Give Something Back - Illinois Scholarship

Organization & Scholarship Overview:
Give Something Back provides mentors and scholarships to help Pell Grant eligible students go to college and graduate in four years. Give Back scholars are lower-income (Pell Grant eligible), academically driven students who have faced adversity. Many are working-class kids who live below the poverty line. Most are first-generation college students. Some have incarcerated parents and others are growing up in the foster system. We select scholarship recipients early— in the ninth grade —in order to prepare them for college. Our scholars are held accountable. They are required to have a minimum 3.0 GPA in high school, take a college preparatory course load, and demonstrate strong character throughout the program. Our scholars attend one of our partner colleges. Tuition, fees and room and board are covered.

Website: Give Something Back Illinois
MANDATORY Online Session: View Here

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Students must show that they can meet a GPA standard of 3.0
  • Must be eligible for a full Pell Grant (part of our application process includes a tool that will help applicants understand their Pell Grant eligibility)
  • Participate in the online information sessions and at least initial stages of the application process before determining on their own if they are eligible (linked above)
  • Attend one of the Turnback sessions in January 2019 (Applications will be made available at the Turnback Sessions)

Renewable: Yes
Questions? Please email

Tuition, fees and room and board