Lakeside Bank "Write On!" Creative Writing Challenge

Overview of Scholarship & Description:
Lakeside Bank is pleased to offer a $2,500 scholarship to deserving CPS HS Seniors in good standing who have been accepted to an accredited two or four-year college in the fall of 2020 and can demonstrate financial need. Applicants need to write a 750 – 1,000-word short story that weaves in Lakeside Bank’s tagline, “It’s About Time.” This does not mean simply using the words, but incorporating the concept into your story. Your ideas may be science fiction, social issues, history, art, family…the possibilities are endless! Winners will be selected by a Lakeside Bank Scholarship Committee, and stories will be judged on creativity, the ability to move us, and how well the theme “It’s About Time” is integrated. If you think you can make us laugh, cry, angry, hopeful…… start writing!

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Eligibility Requirements:

  • 2020 graduating CPS high school senior in good standing (no GPA requirements)
  • Have financial need, as demonstrated by your FAFSA Expected Family Contribution (EFC) OR by a copy of your Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid (intended for qualifying undocumented and transgender students) OR by your Proof of Household Income, which includes: Parent(s) IRS form 1040 or 1040 EZ, 2019 W-2 Forms, Student 2019 Income Tax Return, signed and dated (if applicable), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Award Letter, Woman Infants and Children (WIC) Award Letter, SSI Award Letter, Statement from CPS Homeless Liaison, or a letter from your employer indicating your parent/guardian annual earnings
    IT IS MANDATORY FOR ALL STUDENTS TO SUBMIT APPLICABLE FINANCIAL RECORDS IN THE SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONS BELOW, WHICH INCLUDES: FAFSA STUDENT AID REPORT (SAR); EFC NUMBER; ALTERNATIVE APPLICATION FOR ILLINOIS FINANCIAL AID; OR PROOF OF HOUSEHOLD INCOME.
  • Applicant must be accepted at an accredited two or four-year college for the fall 2020 term

How will stories be judged? Winners will be selected by the Lakeside Bank Scholarship Committee, based on an objective and non-discriminatory review. Age, gender, race, grades … none of that matters.

The Committee will score all entries on:

  • Your ability to move us. Make us laugh, cry, think.
  • Originality.
  • Story structure. Is the tale well told? Is the language clear? Is the grammar correct?
  • How well you integrate the “It’s About Time” theme into your story idea.

A completed application consists of…

  1. Confirmation you are a CPS high school senior, graduating June 2020
  2. Your essay of 750-1,000 words
  3. Proof of fall 2020 acceptance to an accredited 2 or 4 year college or university
  4. FASFA or Student Aid Report (Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid/Proof of Household Income is required for DREAMer Students ONLY)

DREAMer Students: Please complete the “Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid” OR “Proof of Household Income” question below and ignore the FAFSA questions.
A DREAmer is a non-U.S. citizen or permanent resident high school student who qualifies for in-state college tuition under Illinois’ HB-60 State Legislation and who will benefit from the Illinois DREAM Act, a provision that supports children of immigrants in Illinois signed by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn in 2011.

Renewable: No
Open to DREAMers: Yes
Questions? Contact the CPS Scholarship Manager via email at CollegeScholarships@cps.edu OR the Lakeside Bank Contest Coordinator at CPScontest@lakesidebank.com.

Award
$2,500
Deadline
05/08/2020
Supplemental Questions
  1. Write an original short story of 750 to 1,000 words. Your ideas may be science fiction, social issues, about history, art, a person, a family ... whatever you want to write! The only requirement: weave Lakeside Bank’s tagline, “It’s about time,” into the story. This does not mean simply using the words. It means incorporating the concept into your story. How you do that is up to you.
  2. Will you be pursuing a full-time undergraduate degree, academic bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in the fall of 2020?
  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. What is your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) Number? It is located on your FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR)
  5. Please upload a copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR) from the FAFSA (www.fafsa.ed.gov) OR a copy of your Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid (intended for qualifying undocumented and transgender students)
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