Our Opportunities

Welcome CPS Students and Parents to the Academic Works tool! The application cycle for the 2023-24 school year is OPEN!!. To begin your scholarship application process, follow these steps:

    1. Sign in using your CPS login 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 at CollegeScholarships@cps.edu.

Opportunities Table
Award Name Actions
$3,000 Dolores Saxton Walker Scholarship
Organization & Scholarship Overview: The late Dolores Saxton Walker was...
Deadline02/29/2024
$500-$5,000 Chicago Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.
Organization & Scholarship Description: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc....
Deadline03/01/2024
Cash Prize Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable Commemoration Essay Competition
The DuSable essay is only open to CPS students in 3rd and 5th grades. A...
Deadline03/01/2024
$1,000-$2,500 Chicago Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Academic Scholarship
Organization & Scholarship Description: The Chicago Metropolitan Alumnae...
Deadline03/03/2024
$2,000-$2,500 NAAIA Chicago Scholarship
NAAIA Chicago was founded on the principal need to positively exploit...
Deadline03/15/2024
$1,000 WTS Junior College Scholarship
Organization & Scholarship Description: WTS fosters the development of...
Deadline03/15/2024
$1,000 Gread "Lefty" McKinnis Memorial Scholarship
Organization & Scholarship Overview: The Gread “Lefty” McKinnis Memorial...
Deadline03/31/2024
$5,000 Phi Beta Kappa Association of the Chicago Area (PBKACA)
Organization & Scholarship Description: The Phi Beta Kappa Association...
Deadline03/31/2024
$10,000 Archie Kelly Smith Lake View Scholarship (For Lake View High School Only)
Scholarship & Organization Description: This scholarships is intended...
Deadline04/01/2024
$2,500 ($10,000 over 4 years) Daisy E. Smith Scholarship (For Schurz High School)
Scholarship & Organization Description: This scholarships is intended...
Deadline04/01/2024
Up to $2,000 Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. - Iota Chapter Scholarship
Organization & Scholarship Overview: Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi...
Deadline04/01/2024
$1,000 - $2,500 CPS Dream Fund Scholarship
Scholarship Overview/Descripción general de la beca: In 2011, former CPS...
Deadline04/04/2024
Maximum potential of $10,000 over four years, $2,500 per year James Dyson Foundation
Organization & Scholarship Description: The James Dyson Foundation...
Deadline04/05/2024
$5,000 ($1,250 disbursed annually over 4 years) Edward G. Irvin Scholarship Foundation
Organization & Scholarship Description: The Edward G. Irvin Scholarship...
Deadline04/12/2024
$300 Pay It Forward Award (For Bogan High School Only)
Organization & Scholarship Overview: This award is being funded by a...
Deadline04/30/2024
$0.00 “No Sweat” Scholarship
This is a quarterly scholarship of $2,500 with a generic theme of*_...
Ended
$0.00 Delta Sigma Chicago Alumnae Chapter
Welcome to the 2022 – 2023 Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., Delta Sigma...
Ended
$0.00 The Evelio and Marcelina Alvarez Family Scholarship
Ended
$2,500.00 The Evelio and Marcelina Alvarez Family Scholarship(Roosevelt Students Only)
The Evelio and Marcelina Alvarez Family Scholarship(Roosevelt HS...
Ended
$1,000 - $2,500 CPS Dream Fund Scholarship
Scholarship Overview: In 2011, CPS Scholarship Manager Marcia Boyd...
Ended