Miller Perez Family Scholarship Fund

Scholarship & Organization Overview:
Latinos Progresando (LP) is a non-profit organization committed to improving the lives of immigrants and their families. For more than 20 years, Latinos Progresando has delivered high quality information and resources for people to build secure, healthy and productive lives through immigration legal services, tuition assistance, coalition building, arts and culture programming, and more. Formerly known as the Dr. Angela Perez Miller Scholarship Fund, the Miller-Perez Family Scholarship Fund honors Dion Miller Perez, his mother Dr. Angela Perez Miller, and their families.

When the scholarship originated, Latinos Progresando worked alongside Dion to name it in his mother’s honor. Dr. Perez Miller’s parents emigrated from Mexico to the U.S. in the 1920s and settled in Chicago’s southwest side. After obtaining two master’s degrees and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), Dr. Perez Miller served as a teacher and administrator for Chicago Public Schools (CPS). For more than 30 years, Dr. Perez Miller educated youth in Pilsen and Little Village, advocated for increased bilingual education classes in CPS schools, and demanded increased assistance and resources for Latino children, particularly those with special needs. After retiring from CPS, Dr. Perez Miller taught bilingual education and educational policy classes at UIC and DePaul University.

Dion Miller Perez passed suddenly in the summer of 2018—a family man, Dion lived a life of public service, with deep involvement in Chicago Public Schools, local politics and community organizations, including LP. In Dion’s honor, beginning with the class of 2020, the scholarship fund will henceforth be known as the Miller-Perez Family Scholarship Fund.

Website: Latinos Progresando
Application: Access Here

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Admitted or enrolled in an undergraduate degree-seeking program or certificate program at an accredited college or university;
  • Enrolled for at least 6 credit hours for the 2021-2022 academic year;
  • Not previously awarded a scholarship from Latinos Progresando;
  • Experience financial need;
  • Be of Latino/immigrant descent;
  • Demonstrate commitment to community service; and
  • Reside in Cook County.

Applicants must submit the following items – ALL ITEMS MUST BE SUBMITTED TOGETHER:

  1. Transcript: Submit an official transcript from the school at which you are currently enrolled.
  2. Resume: Submit a one-page resume that includes work experience, academic accomplishments, leadership roles, community service, club or team membership, and other relevant activities.
  3. Letters of Recommendation: Each student must secure two (2) letters of recommendation.
  4. Financial Aid: Submit a copy of the 2020-2021 financial aid award letter issued by the appropriate financial aid office. If you do not qualify for state or federal financial aid then complete Addendum A in the application packet.
  5. Essay: In single space, 12pt Times New Roman Font, answer the following (Limit responses to 500 words per question.):
    (a) What are your academic and professional goals?
    (b) How will you use your skills to benefit your community?

Submission Instructions: Complete applications must be submitted by Friday, April 16, 2021 at 11:59 PM. The application is not considered complete unless all attachments are emailed together with the subject line “[LAST NAME] SCHOLARSHIP ATTACHMENTS to by the same deadline. No documents will be accepted separately.

Renewable: No
Open to DREAMers: Yes
Questions? Please email