CPS Dream Fund Scholarship

Scholarship Overview:
In 2011, CPS Scholarship Manager Marcia Boyd envisioned a talent and need-based, last-dollar scholarship for academically talented undocumented Chicago Public Schools students. The goal of the scholarship is to assist talented DREAMers in their quest to pursue a post-secondary education. A significant number of Chicago Public Schools students are undocumented and due to state and federal financial aid policies, these students are ineligible to receive any Federal or state financial aid. Funding for this scholarship is made possible through tax-deductible contributions to the CPS Dream Fund. The scholarship awards will be sent directly to the colleges or universities that the awardees attend in the fall of 2021.

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Scholarship Qualifications:

  • Chicago Public Schools Senior (class of 2021)
  • Undocumented Student/Dreamer (Cannot be a U.S. Citizen)
  • Minimum Grade Point Average (GPA): 3.0 or higher (weighted)
  • Submit ACT or SAT Scores
  • Currently enrolled and attending a Chicago Public High School
  • Must have attended a CPS high school for three (3) years – including this year
  • Plan to attend a regionally accredited two or four-year institution of higher education in fall of 2021
  • Submit proof of completing the 2021-2022 Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid (Financial Aid form for Undocumented Illinois students)

Open to DREAMers: Yes, only CPS DREAMers are eligible to apply. US Citizens and permanent residents are not eligible for this scholarship.
A DREAMer is a non-U.S. citizen or permanent resident high school student who qualifies for in-state college tuition under Illinois’ HB-60 State Legislation and who will benefit from the Illinois DREAM Act, a provision that supports children of immigrants in Illinois signed by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn in 2011.

Contact Information: Please email Marcia Boyd at mlboyd1@cps.edu, or email dreamers@cps.edu
NOTE: we will NOT process any applications from students born in the United States.

$1,000 - $2,500
Supplemental Questions
  1. I understand that US Citizens and permanent residents are not eligible to apply for the CPS Dream Fund Scholarship.
  2. Official Transcript Required
  3. Have you attended a Chicago Public Schools high school for three (3) years?
  4. Please list your country of birth.
  5. Please provide a recommendation from a teacher.
    • Name and Email Address
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