Raising Hope Scholarship - The Tiara M. Parks Uplift Foundation

Organization & Scholarship Description:
The Raising Hope Scholarship is in honor of Tiara Parks who was killed by gun violence in 2016. The scholarship award is for graduating high school students as well as currently enrolled college students between the ages of 18 and 23 years old that have been impacted by gun violence and show promise of hope for a brighter future by actively engaging in their community and maintaining academic success. The award is for educational expenses such as tuition, course materials and fees, and books. The Tiara M. Parks Uplift Foundation is a nonprofit organization with the goal of helping uplift the lives of young people that have experienced the loss of a parent, sibling, or legal guardian to gun violence. Our vision is to actively engage our community and encourage them to participate in guiding our youth to a brighter future through cultural enrichment, mentoring and scholarship programs. Gun violence has become a huge problem in our society and it has affected the lives of many people that live in our own communities. We are working tirelessly to help end the gun violence and support the survivors in restoring their lives. This scholarship opportunity is not limited to Chicago Public School students.

Website: The Tiara M. Parks Uplift Foundation
Application: Download Here

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a high school graduating senior (class of 2021)
  • Have a minimum 2.4 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale (unweighted)
  • Must be a resident of Cook County
  • A victim of gun violence or have lost a parent to gun violence.
  • Letter of acceptance from 2 – 4 year College/University or trade school
  • Applicants must be actively involved in Community Service (at least 15 hours in the past calendar year)

Document Requirements:

  1. Completed application
  2. Include one letter of recommendation from a school official on official letterhead (examples are: teachers, principals, counselors, etc.)
  3. Include one letter of recommendation from a personal reference (examples include: sports coach, employment supervisor, organization mentor, etc.)
  4. Must provide a copy of applicants high school transcript
  5. 500-word essay describing: “How gun violence has impacted your life and why you should be selected to receive one of the Tiara M. Parks Uplift Foundation Scholarships.” Include a description of your community service activities.

Additional Information Regarding Selection Criteria:
Scholarships will be awarded based on…

  • Financial Need (Household income is considered but not a major determining factor)
  • Academic Achievements
  • Community Service (minimum 20 hours)

Submission Options:
Option 1Electronic Submission Via Email to: tiaraparksupliftfoundation@gmail.com
Option 2Mail Documents to:

  • The Tiara M. Park Uplift Foundation
    P.O. Box #846
    20650 S. Cicero
    Matteson, IL 60443

Renewable: No
Open to DREAMers: Yes
Questions? Contact the scholarship provider via email at tiaraparksupliftfoundation@gmail.com

$500 - $1,500