City Treasurer's Black History Month Scholarship

Chicago City Treasurer Melissa Conyears-Ervin is proud to announce the 2020 Black History Month Essay Contest. This scholarship recognizes a senior in high school who has displayed outstanding academic achievement or community involvement and writes a thoughtful and impactful essay (600-1,200 words) on a topic related to Black History Month. Participating students must also provide a description of their college plans. Winners will receive a $1,500 and $1,000 award, respectively.

Website: Chicago City Treasurer
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Eligibility Qualifications:

  • CPS senior (class of 2020)
  • Must be a Chicago resident
  • NO GPA REQUIREMENT
  • Plan to enroll in an accredited two or four-year institution of higher education or educational institution in the fall of 2020
  • Strong community service/civic engagement suggested (students should be able to prove their required service learning hours as reflected on their transcript)

Required Documentation:

  1. College or university acceptance letter (provide a copy of your application if not yet accepted)
  2. List other scholarships you have applied for
  3. Essay Question (600 – 1,200 words max): Chicago has an amazing history of African-American entrepreneurs from John Johnson to Annie Malone to Common whose innovations changed our community. Name a past or present African-American entrepreneur in Chicago and describe the impact they have on our community.

Renewable: No
Open to DREAMers: Yes

Award
$1,500 and $1,000
Deadline
03/03/2020
Supplemental Questions
  1. 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.
  2. Have you applied for any other scholarships?
  3. Essay: "Chicago has an amazing history of African-American entrepreneurs from John Johnson to Annie Malone to Common whose innovations changed our community. Name a past or present African-American entrepreneur in Chicago and describe the impact they have on our community." (600-1200 words)
  4. What is your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) Number? It is located on your FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR)
  5. If you have not completed your FAFSA, when do you plan to complete it? If you do not plan to complete the FAFSA, please provide an explanation.