Chicago Urban League Scholarship

Organization & Scholarship Overview:
For 104 years, the Chicago Urban League (CUL) has been at the forefront of creating opportunities for African Americans to empower themselves and their communities. We are motivated by a vision that a strong African American community makes a better Chicago. The Scholarship Program includes awards funded by various donors in order to support students needing financial assistance to begin, continue or complete their post-secondary education. Chicago Urban League’s Center for Student Development has provided scholarships to students in low income communities for over 20 years, our most recent 2019 program awarded 36 students a total of $57,000 in awards. Donors included Chicago Urban League Auxiliary groups (Women’s Board, Metro Board, Leaguers), Jack & Jill of Chicago and ComEd.

Website: Chicago Urban League Scholarship Program
Application: Access Here
2020-21 Program Information: View Here

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Possess a minimum cumulative unweighted GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Enrolled as a full-time, undergraduate student in a degree-granting program or expecting to graduate this year from high school (class of 2020) and enroll in a full-time undergraduate degree-granting program or completing a two-year college program and expecting to enroll in a degree-granting program at a four-year institution

Required Supporting Documents:

  1. Completed scholarship application
  2. One Picture
  3. One typed essay
  4. One letter of recommendation (school counselor/teacher)
  5. One letter of recommendation (non-family)
  6. Official transcript of grades (most recent high school transcript for seniors or college transcript for post-secondary students) sent directly to CUL by the school
  7. Student Aid Report (SAR); OR
    (a) Proof of current enrollment or acceptance in a college/university
    (b) Proof of financial status/income (most recent tax returns or documentation of SSI, public aid or unemployment)

Renewable: No
Open to DREAMers: Yes
Questions? Please contact Jimi Orange, Director of the Center for Student Development at 773-451-3572 or

Up to $5,000