CHUMS, Inc. - Chicago Chapter Scholarship

Organization & Scholarship Overview:
With our National theme of “ “listen to the children…enrich their lives”, Chums’ Founders’ National Scholarship, established at the October 2001 Conclave at Hilton Head Island, SC. in honor of Chum Founders Mary Ward Barnes, Joyce Tate Brown and Theodora Jackson Cora. This scholarship benefits young adults attending college for the first time who have a documented financial need. The CHUMS Founders’ National Scholarship is a one-time scholarship award for a recipient who is nominated by a local chapter. The recipient of the award will receive funds by June 30, 2020.

Website: CHUMS, Inc. – Chicago Chapter Scholarship
Application: Download Here

Eligibility Requirements:

  • An African-American high school senior
  • A non-family member of a Chum
  • Has an unweighted GPA of 2.5 or greater
  • Has completed volunteer services for the last 3 years
  • Must be accepted and plan to enroll in a 4-year institution (exception of 5 year program)
  • Has obtained awards, distinctions and academic honors in the past 3 years

Required Documents:

  1. Official High School Transcript
  2. Letter of acceptance from a 4-year college or university
  3. Submit a 450-500 word essay describing your leadership roles, community service, and personal philosophy
  4. Two (2) letters of recommendation (1 from a teacher, school counselor, or community leader; 1 from a school administrator)

Submission Guidelines: Application and required documents must be received no later than Wednesday, December 27, 2019.
Mail application and documentation materials to:

  • Deborah M. Douglas
    CHUMS, Inc. Scholarships
    8421 S. Prairie Avenue
    Chicago, Illinois 60619

Renewable: No
Open to DREAMers: Yes
Questions? Please contact Deborah Douglas via email at