Act Six Leadership Scholarship

Organization & Scholarship Description:
Act Six is a leadership development and college scholarship program that brings together diverse, multicultural cadres of emerging urban leaders who want to use their college education to make a difference on campus and in their communities at home. An initiative of Pursue Scholars, Act Six is Chicago’s newest full-tuition, full-need urban leadership award. Act Six will select approximately 7 of Chicago’s most promising urban leaders for scholarships to Taylor University. Create an account on the Act Six website to begin the application process.

Website: Act Six Scholarship
Application: Create an Account & Apply
Frequently Asked Questions: FAQ

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Minimum 3.5 unweighted GPA
  • Demonstrate financial need through FAFSA or Student Aid Report
  • Graduating class of 2021, high school senior students ONLY
  • Student must plan on attending Taylor University
  • Love your community and want to use your college education to make a difference as a leader on campus and at home;

Additional Requirements:

  1. Main Application Form
    Essays (500-750 words)
    Financial Summary
  2. High School Transcript and Counselor Report
  3. Community Recommendation
  4. Teacher Recommendation (optional this year)

Timeline Details…
Online Application: Applicants complete an initial online application that includes a basic college admissions application as well as additional essay questions, letters of recommendation, and family financial information. All application materials must be submitted on December 1 by 11:59 pm. After an initial screening of written application materials, applicants are notified whether they will advance by email on December 11.

Phase II: Due to COVID-19, the typical in-person Phase II events are not being conducted this year. Instead, candidates will be given a prompt and have one week to submit a 3-minute, unedited, individual cell phone video to supplement their application materials by December 18. Videos are assessed on their content, not on the quality of the filming. A local community committee considers candidates’ written and video components to name 15-25 semifinalists for each partner college. Decisions are emailed on January 26.

Phase III: Due to COVID-19, the typical in-person, multi-day Phase III campus visits are not being conducted this year. Instead, semifinalists will participate in a one-day interactive virtual event between February 6-21 with 15-25 other semifinalists for the single college for which they were selected. Phase III allows students to learn more about the college as they participate in multiple evaluation activities that may include a personal interview, a real-time writing task, an academic seminar discussion, and group problem-solving activities. A parent or guardian will be invited to participate in a portion of the event. Partner colleges select finalists and decisions are emails on February 23.

Decision: Finalists are given one week to decide and commit to the Act Six program by March 1, agreeing to participate fully in the six-month training program. Applicants may withdraw from the process at any time prior to this commitment. The new class of Act Six scholars are formally announced to the public on March 10.

Open to DREAMers: Yes
Renewable: Yes, over 4 years of undergraduate education at Taylor. Persistence in the program and studies is the only requirement of renewability.
Questions? Please email

Up to $40,000 per year