The HEAR Scholarship Foundation

Organization & Scholarship Overview:
The HEAR Scholarship Foundation’s mission is to provide financial and mentoring support to Chicagoland High School graduates of need, who have demonstrated academic excellence, commitment to community, and highest moral character in pursuing their dream of a college education. The HEAR Scholarship Foundation awards a $20,000 tuition scholarship to Chicagoland High School seniors from disadvantaged homes.

Website: HEAR Scholarship Foundation
Application: Access Here

Eligibility Requirements:

  • An unweighted GPA of at or above 3.0;
  • This year, due to the pandemic and some students being unable to sit the SAT/ACT, HEAR has changed this requirement to optional. If you have sat these exams however, we would encourage you to include your results on your application;
  • Demonstrated financial need;
  • Excellent character, impeccable work ethic, and a demonstrated commitment to service;
  • Must be a U.S. citizen

Supporting Documents:

  1. High School Transcript
  2. Two (2) essays of 300-350 words maximum
  3. While it is not required, we do like to see community service
  4. FAFSA or Student Aid Report
  5. One (1) letter of recommendation (submitted by a counselor, teacher, or other professional who is qualified to comment on your academic and/or personal achievements and potential to succeed in college)

Open to DREAMers: No
Renewable: Yes, a HEAR Scholarship is renewable each semester/trimester for a period of four-years. Students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher (and send in transcripts at the end of each semester/trimester). They must also commit to maintaining regular contact with both HEAR Staff and their assigned mentor.
Contact Information: If you have any questions, please email