CPS Dream Fund Scholarships for High School Senior Students

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CPS Dream Fund Scholarships for High School Senior Students

The Chicago Public Schools has announced a Scholarship program to those need-based students who are academically talented but are undocumented and those students who have dreams to pursue their post-secondary education. Students applying for this Scholarship program must have maintained a GPA of 2.0 or higher, and they must be currently enrolled and must be attending a Chicago Public High School; they must also have the plan to attend a regionally accredited two-four-year institution of higher education in the fall of 2022. Students will get an opportunity to fulfill the dream of seeking education.

Students will get selected based on their application, financial need, academic excellence and achievements, and their response to the essay questions. After getting eligible for the required criteria, they will be selected for awards and will receive an award amount of $1,000. The amount will be directly transferred to the institution where the student has enrolled, and the amount will be utilized for their educational purposes, including tuition assistance, library fees, books, and other materials, room, and other related and required expenses. This will help students to pursue their education and fulfill their dream.

The Chicago Public School (CPS) was founded on January 05, 1837, and is the third-largest school district in the United States. Their mission is to provide a high-quality public education for every child in every neighborhood that prepares each for success in college, career, and civic life. This scholarship program is one of their steps to complete this mission; the goal behind this scholarship program is to assist talented undocumented students and dreamers in the quest to pursue post-secondary education.

Brief Description

Have a look at the below table to get an idea about this Program:

OrganizationChicago Public Schools
Education LevelHigh school senior
Access ModeOnline
Number of AwardsNA
Contest DeadlineMay 13, 2022
Application FeesNot required

Who Is Eligible?

Chicago Public Schools Senior (class of 2022)

  • Undocumented Student/Dreamer
  • Minimum Grade Point Average (GPA): 2.0 or higher (weighted)
  • Currently enrolled and attending a Chicago Public High School.
  • Plan to attend a regionally accredited two or four-year institution of higher education in the fall of 2022
  • If eligible for the 2022-2023 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 the Dream Fund Scholarship Committee.

Note: ONLY. CPS DREAMers are eligible to apply. U.S. Citizens and permanent residents ARE NOT ELIGIBLE for this scholarship. If you are unsure of your status, please consult with your parents before completing this application.

A 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.)


How to Apply?

Those who are eligible for this program must fill out the application form and enter the required information in each field of the application and including essay questions. In the two essay questions, students need to describe any challenges they have faced as a result of their family’s immigration status and how those challenges have helped them become better students (in about max 500 words) and, in the second essay, they must describe their plans for college and cost of attendance at their top college choice and should also include the name of the college/university college/university; whether they have visited the campus; their academic major; how they plan to finance their education (e.g., tuition, room & board, textbooks, transportation, etc.; how they plan to identify and utilize campus resources to help them navigate the financial and academic barriers they may face. (in 1,000 words maximum). With the application, students must also attach an official high school transcript, recommendation letters from teacher, counselor, coach, or organization, college letter of acceptance, college financial aid award letter, and proof of household income. 

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All the supporting documents, i.e., School Counselor/College Coach/Teacher/Organization Recommendation from School Counselor, Coach, Teacher, or Organization and, School Counselor/College Coach Transcript Submitted via email by: School Counselor, College & Career Coach must be submitted via email to CPS Scholarship Manager, Michele Howard at CollegeScholarships@cps.edu.


Students will be chosen based on their application, financial need, academic performance and achievements, and essay responses. They will be selected for rewards after meeting the required requirements and will earn a $1,000 award. The funds will be transferred directly to the school where the student is enrolled and used for educational reasons such as tuition support, library fees, books, and other materials, accommodation and board, and other connected and mandatory expenses. This will assist students in furthering their education and realizing their dreams. With this, their financial concern regarding education will also lessen, and their focus on studies will increase.

Application Deadline

All eligible applicants should read all information provided above and submit their application with all the required materials before the deadline of May 13, 2022. Submission received after this date will not be considered eligible.

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