2017 City Treasurer’s Black History Month Essay Competition

Each year the City Treasurer’s Office sponsors a Black History Month Essay Competition. The winner of this competition will receive a $2,500 non-renewable scholarship to support the cost of attending the first year of college. This scholarship recognizes a senior in high school who has displayed outstanding academic achievement or community involvement and writes a thoughtful and impactful essay (600-1,200 words) on a topic related to Black History Month. Participating students must also provide a description of their college plans.

Website: City Treasurer’s Black History Month Essay Competition

Scholarship Qualifications:

  • CPS senior (class of 2017)
  • Plan to enroll in an accredited two or four-year institution of higher education or educational institution in the fall of 2017
  • NO GPA REQUIREMENT
  • Strong community service/civic engagement suggested (students should be able to prove service learning hours)

Additional Requirements:

– List of scholarships applied for

– Official transcript

– Please describe your college plans for fall of 2017. Include the institution you plan to attend, your intended major, how you plan to pay for school-related costs (i.e., tuition, room, board, textbooks, airfare, etc.).

-What is your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) Number? It is located on your FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR)

– 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.

Renewable: No

Open to DREAMers: Yes

Award: $2,500

Deadline: 02/23/2017

Supplemental Questions

  1. Official Transcript Required
  2. Please provide a recommendation from a teacher, counselor or college and career coach who is familiar with student’s academic work.
    • Name and Email Address
  3. Please provide a recommendation/verification regarding community service (non-relative)
  4. Please upload your college letter of acceptance. The letter of acceptance must come from a regionally accredited two or four-year institution of higher learning.
  5. Have you applied for any other scholarships?
  6. College Plans Essay: In no more than 500 words: 1. Please describe your college plans for fall of 2017. Include the institution you plan to attend, your intended major, how you plan to pay for school-related costs (i.e., tuition, room, board, textbooks, airfare, etc.). Include the names and amounts of any scholarships you have been awarded..
  7. Essay 2: In the 1960’s, the Civil Rights movement brought issues such as voting rights, de-segregation, and equal protection under the law for African Americans to the forefront. How do you think America has changed since the 1960’s? Where have you seen the most/least progress? Finally, as a young person, you are the future of our Nation. What do you think is the most pressing issue of our time? If you could tackle this issue in your lifetime, how would you do it?
  8. What is your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) Number? It is located on your FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR)
  9. 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.

Printable Application for Charter School Seniors: http://bit.ly/CTOScholarship
Charter School students please send completed application to: CollegeScholarships@cps.edu

Link for CPS High School Seniors: https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/1607