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 Bank. This scholarship recognizes a senior in high school who has displayed outstanding academic achievement or community involvement and writes a thoughtful and impactful essay (600-1,200 words) on a topic related to Black History Month. Participating students must also provide a description of their college plans.

Website: Chicago City Treasurer
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Eligibility Qualifications:

  • CPS senior (class of 2019)
  • Plan to enroll in an accredited two or four-year institution of higher education or educational institution in the fall of 2019
  • NO GPA REQUIREMENT
  • Strong community service/civic engagement suggested (students should be able to prove service learning hours)

Required Documentation:

  1. Official Transcript Required
  2. Please provide a verification regarding community service (non-relative, 50 hours minimum)
  3. Please upload your college letter of acceptance (the letter of acceptance must come from a regionally accredited two or four-year institution of higher learning)
  4. List other scholarships you have applied for
  5. College Plans Essay (500 words max): (a) Please describe your college plans for fall of 2019. Include the institution you plan to attend, your intended major, how you plan to pay for school-related costs (i.e., tuition, room, board, textbooks, airfare, etc.). Include the names and amounts of any scholarships you have been awarded.
  6. Essay 2 (600 – 1,200 words): (b) Today, the City of Chicago remains the third biggest city in the country. Notwithstanding that, for a myriad of reasons, the city has seen a mass exodus of Black residents. Chicago’s Black population dropped by about 180,000 from 2000-2010. Additionally, the Greater Chicago area has lost close to 46,000 black residents since 2010. As a young person growing up in this city, what do you think can be done to stem the tide of Black residents leaving Chicago? What role could large companies and investors play to address the issue and help ensure that neighborhoods are not left desolate? Also, what are some ways you plan to get involved and advocate for those who do stay in the future?
  7. What is your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) Number? It is located on your FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR)
    If you have not completed your FAFSA, when do you plan to complete it? If you do not plan to complete the FAFSA, please provide an explanation.

Renewable: No
Open to DREAMers: Yes

Award
$2,500
Deadline
02/18/2019
Supplemental Questions
  1. Official Transcript Required
  2. Please provide a recommendation/verification regarding community service (non-relative)
  3. Please upload your college letter of acceptance. The letter of acceptance or proof must come from a regionally accredited two or four-year institution of higher learning.
  4. Have you applied for any other scholarships?
  5. College Plans Essay: In no more than 500 words: 1. Please describe your college plans for fall of 2019. Include the institution you plan to attend, your intended major, how you plan to pay for school-related costs (i.e., tuition, room, board, textbooks, airfare, etc.). Include the names and amounts of any scholarships you have been awarded..
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