City Treasurer's Native American Heritage Month Scholarship Essay Contest

Organization & Scholarship Overview:
Chicago City Treasurer Melissa Conyears-Ervin is proud to announce the 2022 Native American Heritage Month Essay Contest. This scholarship recognizes two (2) seniors in high school who have displayed outstanding academic achievement or community involvement and writes a thoughtful and impactful essay (600 – 1,200 words) on a topic related to Native American Heritage Month. Participating students must also provide a description of their college plans. The first place winner will receive a $1,500 award, and the second place winner will receive a $1,000 award, respectively.

Website: Chicago City Treasurer
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Eligibility Qualifications:

  • CPS senior (class of 2023)
  • Must be a Chicago resident
  • NO GPA REQUIREMENT
  • Plan to enroll in an accredited two or four-year institution of higher education or educational institution in the fall of 2023
  • Strong community service/civic engagement suggested (students should be able to prove their required service learning hours as reflected on their transcript)

Required Documentation:

  1. College or university acceptance letter (provide a copy of your application if not yet accepted)
  2. List other scholarships you have applied for
  3. Essay Question (600 – 1,200 words max): _"Identify some of the barriers and challenges facing Native Americans to accessing economic opportunities. Then, based on your own personal experience, research, or knowledge, explain what steps you would take to improve economic opportunities for Chicago’s Native American families and communities." _

Renewable: No
Open to DREAMers: Yes

Award
$1,500 and $1,000
Deadline
11/30/2022
Supplemental Questions
  1. Please upload your college letter of acceptance OR proof of applying. The letter of acceptance or proof must come from a regionally accredited two or four-year institution of higher learning.
  2. Have you applied for any other scholarships?
  3. Essay: "Identify some of the barriers and challenges facing Native Americans to accessing economic opportunities. Then, based on your own personal experience, research, or knowledge, explain what steps you would take to improve economic opportunities for Chicago’s Native American families and communities. (600-1200 words)
  4. REQUIRED for U.S. Citizens: What is your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) Number? It is located on your FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR)
  5. If you have not completed your FAFSA, when do you plan to complete it? If you do not plan to complete the FAFSA, please provide an explanation.