Scholarship Opportunities

Along with financial aid, scholarships are a great way to get some financial support for college. There are many different types of scholarship ranging from general ones to specific ones offered by each individual college.
Scholarship Bulletin

Use this to help you find scholarships that meet your criteria! The scholarships are organized according to application deadline.If you have not done so already, PLEASE COMPLETE an Academic Works Profile. This profile will create a select list of scholarships for you based on your interests and qualifications.
The Mather Alumni Scholarship is officially open! The alumni of Mather High School are proud to offer an $8,000 scholarship - $2,000 each year for four years, with demonstration of continued academic success. 
Chicago Public Schools has a resource available for scholarships. The guide is divided by deadlines.
Click below for scholarships listed by each month:​​​​​​​
Want even more scholarship information?
  • If you are interested in receiving scholarship information please CLICK HERE to be added to the 2020-21 CPS Scholarship Manager Email Blast
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  • CLICK HERE to review the LIVE Scholarship Alert WorkbookUpdated weekly! (There are specific tabs to assist students with navigating through scholarships due each month, take a look!) 
  • Add CPS Scholarships to your Google Calendar or bookmarks! Keep up with application open & close dates, CPS Scholarship events, and more! (updated weekly)
  • CLICK HERE to review the 2020-21 CPS Scholarships Starter Guide for Students
One $500 scholarship is being awarded by Illinois Administrative Professionals in honor of Kathryn G. Hansen. Ms. Hansen was one of the founding members of the State Universities Civil Service System, and Illinois Administrative Professionals, an organization composed of employees in civil service classifications with qualifications that meet or exceed those of Office Support Associate. The scholarship is to be used for tuition, books, or other related educational expenses at any university within the State of Illinois.
  • be enrolled full time as a high school senior in the 2020-2021 academic year in Illinois, progressing normally toward graduation, and planning to enter college no later than the fall following graduation;
  • have a strong commitment to pursuing a higher education in an office professional, secretarial, or business-related field within the State of Illinois with preference given to attendance at the University of Illinois;
  • involvement in co-curricular and community activities;
  • demonstrate academic achievement;
  • be a resident of Illinois;
  • be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
The recipient will be asked to attend a presentation at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign campus to receive a certificate. A recipient unable to attend the presentation must contact the committee. If a recipient makes no direct contact with the committee once they have been notified the scholarship is forfeited.
The application packet must include:
  1. Application form found here: Kathryn G. Hansen Scholarship
  2. A brief (approximately 500 words) essay explaining your future educational and career plans.
  3. Two letters of recommendation from non-relatives, (submitted via US Mail or e-mail)
  4. High school transcript to include grade-point scale, average, ACT score and class rank. Note: an unofficial transcript will suffice. (can be submitted via US Mail or e-mail)
Falsification of information will result in disqualification from the scholarship competition.
Mailing address for application materials:
Email (preferred method):
U.S. Mail:
Penny Ames
IAP Kathryn G. Hansen Scholarship Committee
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
4305 Creston Drive
Champaign, IL 61822
Deadline for application (postmark/email receipt) and all materials is Monday, March 8, 2021.
All applicants must meet all of the following criteria to be considered eligible for the 2021 EEqual Scholarship:
  • Applicant is a legal resident of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia (“D.C.”) who is at least 16 years of age and no older than 23 years of age as of the last day of the Program Period located in the United States or D.C.
    • Citizenship is not a determining factor in your eligibility for this scholarship.
  • Applicants must be on-track to apply for or enrolled in an accredited post-high school/post-secondary educational program (including accredited two-and four-year colleges, universities, vocational-technical and trade schools).
  • Applicants must have a 2.0 Unweighted GPA or higher to be eligible for this scholarship.
  • Applicant may be required to complete an interview as part of the application process.
  • Applicants must be in their last year of high school or have already graduated and at least 16 years of age
  • Applicant must complete the application in its entirety. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
  • Applicant must be willing to work with the EEqual leadership team and selection committee throughout the application and award process.
  • Applicant has not previously received the EEqual Scholarship.
  • Applicant must have financial need OR has been verified as a McKinney-Vento student by a MV School District Homeless Education Liaison in their public school district, a student experiencing poverty or homelessness, or part of a family in transition. Parameters on homeless status are defined by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Program (see below).
According to the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Program, a person is considered to be experiencing homelessness if they “lack a fixed, regular, and adequate night-time residence.” This includes people living in shelters, cars, motels/hotels, campgrounds, or places not meant for human habitation. The definition includes children and youth who are living with friends or relatives temporarily (doubled-up or sharing the housing of others) because they lack permanent housing due to economic hardship.
Please note: This is not an honorary scholarship for students who have experienced homelessness or extreme poverty in the past and overcame their situation. EEqual is looking to support students who are currently struggling and are in need.
This scholarship only covers tuition costs for these types of higher education opportunities: Four Year College or University (Bachelor's Degree); Junior or Community College (Associates Degree); Career College (Trade or Vocational); Online Degree Programs.
Application Closes: March 31st, 2021 at 11:49 PM EST
I'm pleased to announce the 2021 Distracted Driving Scholarship. This scholarship is available to all incoming college freshmen in the United States that desire to apply.
More information can be found on our scholarship application below:
Submission Opens: March 1st, 2021
Submission Closes: May 1st, 2021
Winner Announced: June 2021
Award Amount: $1,000
College can be expensive. That’s why scholarships for women are so valuable. First, they help lower the cost of going to school, which is worthwhile in itself. Second, they are only open to female students, making them potentially less competitive.
If you have a girl getting ready to head to college, here is the ultimate list of scholarships for women and girls.