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 scholarship was put in place to celebrate personal accomplishments as well as stress the importance of being socially conscious. The scholarship is an investment in a brighter future. It’s a small amount of positive energy being transferred to the next generation, to help in their quest to make the world a better place. We believe in the next generation and want to do our part to help because we know you will be tomorrow’s leaders. Best of luck! The administrator of this scholarship will be Larry Gordon

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Eligibility Criteria:

  • CPS High School Senior (12th grade)
  • Underrepresented Minority Student (African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian American/Pacific Islander or Hispanic American)
  • Must have a 3.2 GPA (weighted)
  • Audio of idea sent to urbanekonomics@gmail.com

Review the Essay Topic: Please respond with your thoughts to this quote from Former President Barack Obama’s farewell speech.
“Let me tell you, this generation coming up — unselfish, altruistic, creative, patriotic — I’ve seen you in every corner of the country. You believe in a fair, and just, and inclusive America; you know that constant change has been America’s hallmark, that it’s not something to fear but something to embrace, you are willing to carry this hard work of democracy forward. You’ll soon outnumber any of us, and I believe as a result the future is in good hands.”

Review the Audio Essay Topic: In 300 words or less, What is your idea for uplifting urban communities using a technology that has not yet been invented?
Technology can be as simple as a flashlight or as advanced as an app, a hover-board or a robot. Think about an issue in urban communities, think about how you would solve it, then think about how you solve it with technology. Winning ideas will be those that are in tune with problems affecting urban communities and present a creative solve.

Once you have written your idea, this award requires you to read your idea aloud and send the audio to urbanekonomics@gmail.com. Please note your idea is safe, all rights to your idea are yours. We will hold an event March 30th for the top four ideas. Everyone who is invited will receive some award and one winner will receive the $2,000 scholarship. Please indicate if you will be able to attend this event if your idea is selected.

Renewable: No
Open to DREAMers: Yes
Questions? Contact urbanekonomics@gmail.com

Supplemental Questions
  1. Please upload a copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR) from the FAFSA (www.fafsa.ed.gov)
  2. Please provide a recommendation from a professional source (teacher, employer, community service manager, etc). Please include relationship to applicant and number of years known. (Cannot be a family member)
    • Name and Email Address
  3. Please respond with your thoughts to the aforementioned quote from Former President Barack Obama's farewell speech.
  4. In your own words, describe your personal definition of grit.
  5. Essay Question: You have graduated College, and are now a young professional. You return to your high school to speak with students about your journey through college and into the professional world. A student raises their hand and asks, "What do you see as your legacy?" Please think about how you would answer this question by thinking through where you want to be eventually and how your interactions with others mold your legacy.
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