Our Opportunities

Welcome CPS Students and Parents to the Academic Works tool! The application cycle for the 2018-19 school year is OPEN. To begin your scholarship application process, follow these steps:

    1. Sign in using your CPS log in credentials. Ensure accuracy in the spelling of your user email account and ensure the account is checked frequently.
    2. Complete your General Application (a series of preliminary questions to outline your accomplishments) to begin reviewing scholarship applications.
    3. Your application may be Submitted; however, you must check the “Status” bar on your “My Applications” dashboard to ensure that all required references are “Submitted”. If the Status bar displays no additional submissions then your file is incomplete.
    4. Review both “Ours” (embedded applications) and “External” (apply on the scholarship provider website) opportunities by switching your view when you hover your mouse cursor over the “Opportunities” tab.
    5. Scholarships are being updated each week, please make sure you consistently visit the site for new deadlines.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Scholarships are NOT guaranteed, they are a gift. Students/families must have a financial plan to pay for college. Chicago Public Schools encourages all academically eligible students to apply for strategic scholarships that are offered through our Academic Works tool to help with college costs. Scholarship applications will require closer review for actual eligibility; thoroughly review/read scholarship criteria for best contact, content and instructions on applying. Additionally, please note the following:

  • MOST of the opportunities are for high school senior students (most urgent student group).
  • Some of the opportunities are seeking specific applicants related to the following categories: gender, race/ethnicity, financial need and academic merit.
  • CPS strategic scholarships are offered by an organization, company, institution, foundation, individual or family that specifically targets and awards CPS high school, Chicago, or Illinois students.

CPS Scholarship Resources:

If you have any questions please contact CPS Scholarship Manager Michele Howard at CollegeScholarships@cps.edu.

Opportunities Table
Award Name Actions
$1,000 Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. Delta Sigma Chicago Alumnae Chapter Scholarship
Scholarship & Organization Description: Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Incorporated has a presence locally, nationally, and worldwide. The sorority was...
Scholarship & Organization Description: Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority...
  • Deadline: 02/01/2019
  • Award: $1,000
Deadline02/01/2019
$2,500 Brian Sleet Memorial Black History Month Scholarship
Chicago City Treasurer Kurt Summers is proud to announce the 2019 Brian Sleet Memorial Black History Month Scholarship, presented by BMO Harris...
Chicago City Treasurer Kurt Summers is proud to announce the 2019 Brian...
  • Deadline: 02/18/2019
  • Award: $2,500
Deadline02/18/2019
$500 - $12,000 Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. - Chicago Alumnae Chapter Scholarship
Organization & Scholarship Description: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is a public service sorority founded in 1913. Each year, the Chicago...
Organization & Scholarship Description: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc....
  • Deadline: 03/01/2019
  • Award: $500 - $12,000
Deadline03/01/2019
$5,000 Phi Beta Kappa Association of the Chicago Area (PBKACA)
Organization & Scholarship Description: The Phi Beta Kappa Association of the Chicago Area (PBKACA) will offer a one-year $5,000 scholarship...
Organization & Scholarship Description: The Phi Beta Kappa Association...
  • Deadline: 03/05/2019
  • Award: $5,000
Deadline03/05/2019
$2,000 Urban Ekonomics - Legacy Scholarship Chicago
Urban Ekonomics Project – Legacy Scholarship Chicago: This award is provided by a community who knows the promise of education is true. This...
Urban Ekonomics Project – Legacy Scholarship Chicago: This award is...
  • Deadline: 03/23/2019
  • Award: $2,000
Deadline03/23/2019
$1,000 Gread "Lefty" McKinnis Memorial Scholarship
The Gread “Lefty” McKinnis Memorial Foundation (GLMMF) was established in 2005. GLMMF is dedicated in memory of former Negro League pitcher, Gread...
The Gread “Lefty” McKinnis Memorial Foundation (GLMMF) was established...
  • Deadline: 03/31/2019
  • Award: $1,000
Deadline03/31/2019
$1,000 Buffalo Troopers Motorcycle Club Chicago Chapter Scholarship Program
Organization & Scholarship Overview In 1993, the Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club was founded in Chicago by Ken “Dream Maker” Thomas to socialize...
Organization & Scholarship Overview In 1993, the Buffalo Soldiers...
  • Deadline: 04/01/2019
  • Award: $1,000
Deadline04/01/2019
$5,000 ($1,250 disbursed annually over 4 years) Edward G. Irvin Scholarship Foundation
Scholarship Description: The Edward G. Irvin scholarship is provided through the Kappa Alpha Psi Foundation. It is awarded annually to graduating...
Scholarship Description: The Edward G. Irvin scholarship is provided...
  • Deadline: 04/12/2019
  • Award: $5,000 ($1,250 disbursed annually over 4 years)
Deadline04/12/2019
$10,000 Archie Kelly Smith Lake View Scholarship (For Lake View High School Only)
Scholarship & Organization Description: This scholarships is intended for a Chicago Public Schools Lake View High School student who has been...
Scholarship & Organization Description: This scholarships is intended...
  • Deadline: 04/23/2019
  • Award: $10,000
Deadline04/23/2019
$1,000 CMA (Chicago Military Academy) C/O 2004 Alumni Scholarship
Scholarship & Organization Description: This Alumni Scholarship was founded by four 2004 Chicago Military Academy graduates (Alexander Eadie, Aaron...
Scholarship & Organization Description: This Alumni Scholarship was...
  • Deadline: 05/03/2019
  • Award: $1,000
Deadline05/03/2019
$1,000 - $2,500 CPS Dream Fund Scholarship
Scholarship Overview: In 2011, CPS Scholarship Manager Marcia Boyd envisioned a talent and need-based, last-dollar scholarship for academically...
Scholarship Overview: In 2011, CPS Scholarship Manager Marcia Boyd...
  • Deadline: 06/03/2019
  • Award: $1,000 - $2,500
Deadline06/03/2019
Tablets and savings bonds Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable Commemoration Essay Competition
The DuSable essay is only open to CPS students in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades. A school may submit up to three (3) entries. Three (3) citywide winners...
The DuSable essay is only open to CPS students in 3rd, 4th and 5th...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Tablets and savings bonds
Ended
$1,000 CME Group Mayoral Award for Student Achievement (CME MASA)
Chicago Public Schools counselors, college and career coaches, and teachers will have the opportunity to nominate up to five (5) high school...
Chicago Public Schools counselors, college and career coaches, and...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $1,000
Ended
$500 - $1,000 Diamond Dove Achievement Award - Zeta Tau Zeta White Rose Foundation
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, Zeta Tau Zeta Chapter in partnership with Zeta Tau Zeta White Rose Foundation, Inc. is pleased to announce...
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, Zeta Tau Zeta Chapter in...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $500 - $1,000
Ended
$5,000 IPLAC Educational Foundation Scholarship
Organization & Scholarship Overview: The IPLAC Educational Foundation has been organized by the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago...
Organization & Scholarship Overview: The IPLAC Educational Foundation...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $5,000
Ended
$2,000 ($500/year) Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Windy City Scholars
Organization & Scholarship Description: Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Windy City Chapter is pleased to announce Windy City Scholarship 2018,...
Organization & Scholarship Description: Jack and Jill of America, Inc....
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $2,000 ($500/year)
Ended
$1,000 National African American Insurance Association (NAAIA) Chicago Chapter Scholarship
National African American Insurance Association (NAAIA) Chicago Chapter was founded on the principal need to positively exploit the talent pool of...
National African American Insurance Association (NAAIA) Chicago Chapter...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $1,000
Ended
$1,000 Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. - Chicago Alumnae Chapter - Music Scholarship
Organization & Scholarship Description: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is a public service sorority founded in 1913. The goals of this...
Organization & Scholarship Description: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc....
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $1,000
Ended
$4,000 Aramark Scholarship for Chicago Public Schools Hospitality & Culinary Arts Students (in memoriam to Denzel Thornton)
Organization Overview & Scholarship Description: Chicago Public Schools students are increasingly engaged in a myriad of academic advancements. ...
Organization Overview & Scholarship Description: Chicago Public Schools...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $4,000
Ended
$2,500 Lakeside Bank Education Award: 2018 Creative Writing Contest
Overview of Scholarship & Description: Lakeside Bank is pleased to offer up to four (4) $2,500 scholarships to deserving CPS HS Seniors in good...
Overview of Scholarship & Description: Lakeside Bank is pleased to offer...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $2,500
Ended
$1,000 - $2,500 Alpha Gamma Pi Sorority Scholarship
Scholarship & Organization Description: Alpha Gamma Pi Sorority, Inc. was founded by Alberta Myers, Youth Editor of the Chicago Daily Defender in...
Scholarship & Organization Description: Alpha Gamma Pi Sorority, Inc....
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $1,000 - $2,500
Ended
$1,000 WTS Junior College Scholarship
Organization & Scholarship Description: WTS fosters the development of women in the transportation field by encouraging bright new professionals to...
Organization & Scholarship Description: WTS fosters the development of...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $1,000
Ended
$500 - $1,000 Howard University Alumni Club of Chicago HillHouse Scholarship
Scholarship & Organization Overview: The Howard University Alumni Club of Chicago (HUACC) has been re-established to provide alumni with a network...
Scholarship & Organization Overview: The Howard University Alumni Club...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $500 - $1,000
Ended
$1,000 WTS Transportation YOU High School Scholarship
Organization & Scholarship Description: WTS fosters the development of women and girls in the transportation field by encouraging bright new...
Organization & Scholarship Description: WTS fosters the development of...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $1,000
Ended
$3,000 Dolores Saxton Walker Scholarship
Organization & Scholarship Overview: The late Dolores Saxton-Walker was a successful entrepreneur who worked diligently on behalf of the mission of...
Organization & Scholarship Overview: The late Dolores Saxton-Walker was...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $3,000
Ended