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Essay Contest

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High School Scholarship Essay Contest 

As part of the Treasurer’s High School Scholarship Essay Contest, the Treasurer’s office annually awards non-renewable scholarships, sponsored by BMO Harris Bank, to support the cost of attending the first year of college to two high school students. This scholarship, open during Black History Month and Hispanic Heritage Month, recognizes seniors in high school who have displayed outstanding academic achievement or community involvement and who write a thoughtful and impactful essay on a topic related to the respective heritage month. This scholarship is open to all Chicago Public Schools seniors and requires no minimum grade point average. 


Below are the winners of the Hispanic Heritage Month and Black History Month scholarships for the 2019-2020 school year:  


Hispanic Heritage Month 

First Place: Abel Almanza - $1,500 
Second Place: Yovani Villeda Alvarez - $1,000 


Black History Month 

First Place: Tyler Smith - $1,500 

Second Place: Iyana Gross - $1,000 

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