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 Undocumented Students and 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 each academic year.

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Please Note: The deadline is Friday, June 2nd by 11:59pm.

Scholarship Qualifications:

  • Chicago Public Schools Senior (class of 2023)
  • Undocumented Student/Dreamer (Cannot be a U.S. Citizen)
  • Minimum Grade Point Average (GPA): 2.0 or higher (weighted)
  • Currently enrolled and attending a Chicago Public High School (including charter schools)
  • Plan to attend a regionally accredited two or four-year institution (college/university) of higher education in fall of 2023
  • If eligible for the 2023-2024 Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid, it is highly recommended to complete the Illinois Financial Aid form for Undocumented Illinois students and submit proof of completing the application to Dream Fund Scholarship Committee.

Open to Undocumented/DREAMers: Yes, only CPS Undocumented and DREAMers students are eligible to apply.
An Undocumented/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 dreamers@cps.edu
NOTE: we will NOT process any applications from students born in the United States.

Award
$1,000 - $2,500
Deadline
06/02/2023
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. Please list your city, state, and country of birth.
  4. Please provide a recommendation from a teacher, school counselor, college and career coach, community-based organization, and/or faith-based organization.
    • Name and Email Address
  5. Are you a member of a DREAMer Club at your school? (This is not a requirement)
  6. Please upload a copy of a college letter of acceptance for the college you plan to attend
  7. Please upload your college Financial Aid Award Letter
  8. If eligible, please upload a copy of your Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid confirmation page (not required but highly recommended).
  9. Please provide the following parental/guardian information:
    • 01. Father's Name
    • 02. Mother's Name
    • 03. Father's Occupation
    • 04. Mother's Occupation
    • 05. Father's Highest Level of Education
    • 06. Mother's Highest Level of Education
    • 07. Home Address
    • 08. City, State, Zip
    • 09. Mother's Country of Birth
    • 10. Father's Country of Birth
  10. REQUIRED for DREAMer* Students ONLY: Proof of Household Income- Any of the following documents may be uploaded: Parent(s) IRS form 1040 or 1040 EZ, 2021 W-2 Forms, Student 2021 Income Tax Return, signed and dated (if applicable), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Award Letter, Woman Infants and Children (WIC) Award Letter, SSI Award Letter, Statement from CPS Homeless Liaison, or a letter from your employer indicating your parent/guardian annual earnings.
  11. Essay 1: Please describe any challenges you have faced as a result of your and/or family’s immigration status and how those challenges have helped you become a better student. Please also share your post secondary plan and long term goals like your career interests, and how this scholarship may benefit you. (Maximum 500 words.)
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