City Treasurer’s Black History Month Essay Contest

Chicago City Treasurer Kurt Summers is proud to announce the 2016 Black History Month Essay Contest. The 9th annual scholarship contest, sponsored by the Treasurer’s Office, is open to all CPS seniors with a grade point average of 2.5 that also have 50 hours of community service. The $2,500 scholarship will be used to support the award winner’s 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 (600-1,000 words) on a topic related to Black History Month. Participating students must also provide a description of their college plans.

Topic: What does today’s activist movement that campaigns against racial inequality mean to you? What does this movement against injustice mean for our nation’s history?

The deadline to apply is February 19, 2016. To apply, please click here. 

Scholarship Qualifications:

  • CPS senior (class of 2016)
  • Plan to enroll in an accredited two or four-year institution of higher education or educational institution in the fall of 2016
  • Minimum cumulative weighted GPA of 2.5
  • 50 hours of community service (should be on the transcript)

Additional Requirements:

– List of scholarships applied for
– Official transcript
– Please describe your college plans for fall of 2016. 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.