CHUMS, Inc. - Chicago Chapter Scholarship

Organization & Scholarship Overview:
CHUMS awards this scholarship in honor of CHUM founders Mary Ward Barnes, Joyce Tate Brown, and Theodora Jackson Cora to promote one of our national objectives—enriching children’s lives. This one-time scholarship helps students with documented financial need benefit from a college education.

Website: CHUMS, Inc. – Chicago Chapter Scholarship
Application: Download Here

Eligibility Requirements:

  • An African-American high school senior
  • A non-family member of a Chum
  • Has an unweighted GPA of 2.5 or greater
  • Need and Merit Based
  • Has completed volunteer services for the last 3 years
  • Must be accepted and plan to enroll in a 4-year institution (exception of 5 year program)

Required Documents:

  1. Official High School Transcript
  2. Letter of acceptance from a 4-year college or university
  3. Submit a 450-500 word essay describing your leadership roles, community service, and personal philosophy (awards and honors may be listed on a separate page).
  4. Two (2) letters of recommendation (1 from a teacher, school counselor, or community leader; 1 from a school administrator)

Renewable: No
Open to DREAMers: Yes
Questions? Any questions regarding the application process can be e-mailed to Celeste Wheeler at