Brian Lauterbach Scholarship

Scholarship Overview:
The Brian Lauterbach Scholarship was established in memory of Brian Lauterbach. Brian devoted his career to helping small and large nonprofits make a big impact. He was a passionate, innovative, and kind-hearted colleague and friend, who lived by the motto that “doing right” is more important than “being right.” Brian recently worked closely with the Children First Fund to support CPS students to and through their postsecondary education. With that in mind, the Brian Lauterbach Scholarship will support the post-secondary path of a CPS graduate who exemplifies Brian’s service-oriented interests and values.

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Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a graduating high school senior (class of 2022) enrolled at a Chicago Public High School
  • Plan to enroll at a 2- or 4-year college/university in fall 2022
  • Must answer the short essay question: What is your bold idea to make positive changes in your community and in the world?

Required Documents:

  1. Your essay response
  2. College/university acceptance letter
  3. One (1) reference from a school official or community based organization

Renewable: No
Open to DREAMers: Yes
Questions? Please email the CPS Scholarship Manager at

Supplemental Questions
  1. Official Transcript Required
  2. Please upload a copy of your acceptance letter to an accredited college or university.
  3. Please input the name and contact information of a reference who has knowledge of your character, abilities and potential (References can be a counselor, teacher, community leader, or minister).
    • Reference Email Address
    • Reference Job Title
    • Reference Name
    • Reference Phone Number
    • Reference's Relationship to the Applicant
  4. Essay: What is your bold idea to make positive changes in your community and in the world? (Minimum 700 words)