The Marcus J. Bradshaw Foundation Scholarship

Organization & Scholarship Description:
The Marcus J. Bradshaw Foundation (MJBF) is a State of Illinois 501 ©(3) organization established to honor the memory of Marcus John Bradshaw, and to provide assistance to Chicagoland students in need of educational opportunities. Marcus J. Bradshaw was a young man, born and raised in the south suburbs of Chicago, who received his formal education in the public schools of Homewood and Flossmoor, Illinois prior to earning his Baccalaureate in Business Administration from Chicago’s DePaul University. Throughout his short life, he contributed to his community, mentored youth and young adults, and reflected the values of family, integrity and commitment. It is in that spirit of love and service to people and his city, that the Marcus J. Bradshaw Memorial Scholarship was established for students, who have demonstrated academic promise and are in economic need of support to attend college. The scholarship is open to ALL students from Chicago and Chicago’s southern suburbs, regardless of race, ethnicity or sexual orientation, and is open to DACA and Dreamer students, as well.

Website: The Marcus J. Bradshaw Foundation
Application: Access Here
Recommendation Form: Access Here

Eligibility Requirements:

  • A graduating, high school senior accepted into an accredited four-year college or university, as an entering freshman
  • Must reside in Chicago or its southern suburbs
  • Economic need as reflected in federal Pell Grant eligibility or free/reduced lunch documentation
  • A minimum cumulative 3.0 unweighted GPA
  • A score of at least 20 on the ACT and/or 1020 on the SAT [TEST SCORES ARE OPTIONAL]
  • A positive behavioral record

Required Documentation:

  1. A completed MJB 2023 Scholarship Application Form
  2. Answer essay question* with at least 250 words (approximately 2,000 characters)
    Question : Marcus was a kind, thoughtful, selfless person who always assisted others in need and dedicated his life toward making this world a better place, through acts of kindness and love. How will you become a contributory citizen of your community and of the world? How will your college education propel you toward reaching your personal and professional goals?
  3. An official high school transcript
  4. Evidence of economic need_ (FAFSA, Student Aid Report, Tax Transcripts with SSN redacted, or evidence the student is enrolled in a free lunch program)_
  5. Acceptance letter into an accredited four-year college or university
  6. Evidence of service learning hours earned [OPTIONAL]
  7. Completed recommendation form; (submitted separately by teacher, counselor or school administrator.)
  8. Optional: Additional documents listing extracurricular, community, athletic and school activities; as well as any awards, honors or distinctions earned

Renewable: No
Open to DREAMers: Yes
Questions? Call (708) 639-7200 or email