Chicago Scholars Program

Organization & Program Overview:
At Chicago Scholars, we believe our students will become the next generation of leaders to transform their communities and Chicago. That’s why our program provides comprehensive support to students to ensure they have the resources they need to get to college, to be successful, and to graduate. Our goal is to help you develop as a leader and reach your fullest potential. And we don’t stop there. As we always say, “once a Chicago Scholar, always a Chicago Scholar”. The final phase of our program is dedicated to helping you start and accelerate your career.

Website: Chicago Scholars Program
Application: Access Here
Frequently Asked Questions: FAQ

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a high school Junior (class of 2020)
  • Have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, ACT of 20 or higher or PSAT score of 1020*
    If you are a student with an academic profile that does not meet these criteria and would like to apply, we will provide a space for you to provide proof of an upward trajectory in your academic performance in the essay portion of this application
  • Live and attend high school in Chicago
  • Be a first-generation college student (neither parent has received a 4-year degree) and/or come from an under-resourced community
  • Be academically ambitious, motivated and committed, and believe in the possibility of their unique superpowers
  • Be leaders in their schools, communities, or homes
  • Be mature students who can fully commit to a rigorous academic and leadership development program

Before you begin the application, you will need the following items:

  • Family Income Information (Tax Documents or other income souces)
  • Standardized Test Scores (PSAT, Practice ACT, SAT or ACT Score)
  • Full Name and email address of your high school counselor
  • Full Name and email address of one teacher and one additional recommender

Contact Information:

5-year college access program and leadership development