City Treasurer’s Black History Month Essay Contest

2018 City Treasurer’s Black History Month Essay Competition

Chicago City Treasurer Kurt Summers is proud to announce the 2018 Black History Month Essay Contest. The 11th annual scholarship contest, sponsored by the Treasurer’s Office, is open to all CPS seniors that have at least 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 (600-1,200 words) on a topic related to Black History Month. Participating students must also provide a description of their college plans.

Topic: What is a key issue that people in your community face that often goes unnoticed? What role can public and private investments in your community play in addressing that issue? How can you play a positive role in shaping those investments?

The deadline to apply is February 23, 2018. To apply, please click here.

Scholarship Qualifications:

  • CPS senior (class of 2018)
  • Plan to enroll in an accredited two or four-year institution of higher education or educational institution in the fall of 2018
  • 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 2018. 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: 02/23/2018

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 2018. 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: What is a key issue that people in your community face that often goes unnoticed? What role can public and private investments in your community play in addressing that issue? How can you play a positive role in shaping those investments?
  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.

Link for CPS High School Seniors and Charter School Seniors:
Link Here

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