Phi Beta Kappa Association of the Chicago Area (PBKACA)

Organization & Scholarship Description:
The Phi Beta Kappa Association of the Chicago Area (PBKACA) will offer a one-year $5,000 scholarship ($2,500 per semester) to an outstanding 2020 graduate from the Chicago Public Schools for continuation of his/her education in college. The scholarship will have both merit-based and need-based criteria, recognizing superior academic talent, personal character, and financial need. The goal is to enable the recipient to benefit from higher education while pursuing academic excellence in keeping with the ideals of Phi Beta Kappa. In making these awards, the Association will not discriminate based on race, creed, national origin, or other non-academic factors. Awarding of these scholarships will be based solely upon academic qualifications, financial need, and capacity for contribution to society.

Website: Phi Beta Kappa Association of the Chicago Area Scholarship
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IMPORTANT NOTICE: Students applying to this scholarship MUST have a nomination by the school Principal, Assistant Principal, Counselor or College and Career Coach. ONLY ONE nomination per school will be considered for review.

Please Note: The deadline has been EXTENDED to Tuesday, March 17, 2020 to accommodate recent glitches in student’s reference requests. Ensure you follow up with the counselors/teacher who you requested in your General Application and/or Supplemental Questions to submit a recommendation and/or transcript on your behalf.

Scholarship Qualifications:

  • Chicago resident
  • Chicago Public Schools senior (class of 2020)
  • Composite ACT Score of 27 or higher (SAT equivalent:1280+)
  • Must be nominated/recommended by the school Principal, Assistant Principal, Counselor or College and Career Coach (ONLY ONE NOMINATION/APPLICANT PER SCHOOL)
  • Must submit a teacher recommendation in addition to the nomination.

Open to DREAMers: Yes
Renewable: Yes, if funds are available and the student has earned excellent/superior grades as verified by official transcript, and on a case-by-case basis, the scholarship may be renewed for one year.

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Supplemental Questions
  1. Please provide a nomination from your Principal, Assistant Principal or counselor that provides information on your abilities, interests and likelihood of success in college.
    • Name and Email Address
  2. Please provide a recommendation from a teacher with direct knowledge of your academic work, including the teacher's name and email address.
    • Name and Email Address
  3. Do you plan to attend a four-year institution with a liberal arts program?
  4. Please list 3 colleges you have applied to in rank order, indicating your top choice. Please indicate the dates you applied and whether you have been accepted.
    • Name of College
    • Name of College
    • Name of College
  5. Official Transcript Required
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