Chicago Engineers Foundation (CEF) Student Incentive Award

Organization & Scholarship Overview:
The Chicago Engineers’ Foundation provides incentive awards to graduating high school seniors in the city of Chicago who plan to study engineering in college. Applicants must either live or go to school in the city of Chicago, be accepted to an accredited college engineering program, and meet the academic criteria outlined in the application. For those award winners who maintain satisfactory grade point averages, the CEF continues to make annual awards throughout their college careers and at graduation. The awards increase with each year that a student qualifies and participates in the program.

Graduating High School Award Amount – $1,000
Rising College Sophomore Award Amount – $1,200
Rising College Junior Award Amount – $1,400
Rising College Senior Award Amount – $1,400

In addition to assisting the students financially, the CEF encourages the award winners to form a professional network among themselves that they can call on as they progress in the field of engineering. The CEF also fosters professional relationships with other engineering societies as a Steering Committee member of the Illinois Engineering Council’s Chicagoland Engineers Week.

Website: Chicago Engineers Foundation Scholarship
Review Details: Scholarship Details
Please Note: The deadline has been EXTENDED to Friday, May 1, 2020.

Scholarship Qualifications:

  • Chicago Public Schools Senior (class of 2020)
  • Minimum 2.5 unweighted GPA
  • Study engineering in college, starting in the Fall 2020-2021 academic year, and show an acceptance from an accredited, 4-year undergraduate engineering program
  • Minimum SAT score of at least 900 OR ACT score of at least 17
  • Submit a minimum 250-word essay
  • Completed a minimum 40 hours of community service

Open to DREAMers: Yes
Renewable: For those award winners who remain in engineering majors, maintain satisfactory grade point averages, and complete annual applications, CEF continues to make awards throughout their college careers. The awards increase with each year that a student qualifies and participates in the program, to a total of $5,000 over 4-years of college studies.
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