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Welcome to the Chicago Scholars online application! Congratulations on taking the first step towards joining a growing community of diverse student leaders hailing from every neighborhood in Chicago!

We look forward to getting to know you through this application. Before you begin this application process, you should know that Chicago Scholars is a seven-year college access, success, and leadership development program. This means that the group of students selected to join our program will receive guidance and support as they apply to college, while they attend college, and as they start their career paths. We connect our high school Scholars, college students, and alumni to valuable resources that help them navigate academic, professional, and social settings. We do this because we believe in our Scholars and their ability to make Chicago (and the world) a better place!

You should also know that Chicago Scholars has a set of six core values that guide all of our work:

We Embrace Our Differences. We Show Up. We Model the Way.
We Keep Our Word. We Care for Each Other Along the Way. We Dream Big.

Think you have what it takes to be a Chicago Scholar? Here is what we are looking for:
  • Juniors in high school who will graduate in 2020
  • Students who live in and attend high school in Chicago
  • Students who will be a first-generation college student (neither parent graduated from a four-year college in the US) and/or students who come from an under-resourced community
  • Students who are academically ambitious, motivated, and believe in the possibility of their unique superpowers
  • Students who are demonstrated leaders in their schools, communities, or homes
  • Students who are committed to furthering their education and have a strong desire to attend a four-year college
  • Mature students who can fully commit to a rigorous academic and leadership development program
  • Students with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and a minimum ACT score of 20 or PSAT score of 1020
*If you are a student with an academic profile that does not meet this criteria and would like to apply, please continue on with the application. There will be a space in the essay portion of this application that allows you to provide proof of an upward trajectory in your academic performance.*

In case you're wondering, you can save your work and return to your application at any time! However, please enter your email address carefully so you can resume where you left off.

Grab a snack and the following items to reference:
  • Transcript or progress report
  • Standardized test scores (PSAT, SAT, or ACT)
  • Full name and email address of your high school counselor
  • Full name and email address of one teacher, coach, employer, mentor, or counselor who will write you a recommendation letter
It's wonderful if you found your way here on a mobile device, but when you hit submit, please do so from a computer! If you do it from your phone, some of your information may not transfer to our records. 

All applications must be received by Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 at 11:59 PM. Good luck!


Cubs Scholars offers Chicago high school students financial contributions and a team-sponsored mentorship program designed to promote academic achievement and post-secondary educational advancement.  The Cubs Scholars program rewards both individual students and the non-profit organizations which support their development. It provides college scholarships and college preparatory programming for students with high potential but demonstrated need. Nominations will be evaluated based on the following criteria: (1) academic achievement and potential; (2) community participation; (3) need; (4) leadership potential; (5) demonstrated ability to be a team player; and, (6) area of residence and community need.

Applicants must be in 11th grade in order to qualify for the Cubs Scholarship. 

Cubs Scholars will take part in all Chicago Scholars programming. Accordingly, you should know about our six core values that guide all of our work. You'll notice these in the application!

We Embrace Our Differences. We Show Up. We Model the Way.
We Keep Our Work. We Care for Each Other Along the Way. We Dream Big.


It's wonderful if you found your way here on a mobile device, but when you hit submit, please do so from a computer! If you do it from your phone, some of your information may not transfer to our records.

All applications must be received by Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 at 11:59 PM. Good luck!
Core Value 1 - We Embrace our Differences: We represent a multicultural nation and our collective backgrounds, experiences, styles, values, perspectives, and beliefs are an asset to the world.
Please provide some basic demographic information to help us get to know you better.




Jr. etc

What's your nickname?








Include apartment, unit, or floor, if applicable





Select "Other" if HS is not listed





Anticipated High School Graduation Date:
Year:
Month:






Core Value 2 - We Show Up: We show up every day; not just physically, but with a positive attitude and a willingness to work, connect, challenge, engage, solve problems, and have fun.

Please provide some basic academic information to help us get to know you as a student.



Testing Information
You must enter a test score to complete your application. Lower test scores do not automatically disqualify an otherwise qualified student. Self-reported scores are acceptable and verified for consistency.

At least one test score is required

Select a number between 0-36

Use most recent if taken more than once.


Use most recent if taken more than once.

Enter number between 320 and 1520. Please enter your total score (reading/writing + math).

Use most recent if taken more than once.

Recommendations
  1. You must provide the name and email address of your high school counselor. In February, we will ask this person to submit a copy of your official transcript that includes first semester grades from junior year in order to complete your application.
  2. Who knows you best? Provide the contact information for one additional adult who can provide a recommendation letter on your behalf. This can come from a teacher, coach, employer, mentor, or counselor. We will contact this person by email and ask them to submit your letter of recommendation.
Please note that by identifying these individuals, you grant us permission to communicate with them on your behalf and share limited details about your application and status.

Your application will not be considered complete until your transcript and recommendation have been submitted.
Your High School Counselor



Please confirm that the email address entered above is correct.
Recommender



Core Value 3 - We Model the Way: We exhibit the behavior that we want to see in others and in the world.


What do you enjoy doing? Please provide details about your extracurricular activities.

Below, list up to 5 activities that you have pursued or are currently taking part in outside of the classroom. Are you a member of an athletic team, club, volunteer, art group, community service program, or church organization?
Activity Name Please describe the activity. Describe your involvement, any leadership roles, or awards. When did you participate?
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How many hours per week do you typically work?

Please briefly describe your responsibilities in your current job.
Other Program Involvement
Please indicate whether you currently participate in any other programs. Check all that apply.


Core Value 4 - We Keep our Word: When we commit, we are all in.

Every student is required to answer the first essay question, but please choose one question from the second category of the topics provided. Each response should be a minimum of 250 words and a maximum of 500. We recommend that you draft your response using a word processing platform (Word, Google Docs, etc.) and then copy and paste your final version into the form below. Proofread your response carefully. You will be evaluated on proper use of spelling and grammar, in addition to content and creativity.
Personal Narrative (Required)

In this essay we will try to assess whether you possess the maturity needed to take full advantage of our seven-year programming and why being a Chicago Scholar fits into your long-term goals.

If you've made it this far into the application, you likely know by now that Chicago Scholars not only supports students in applying to college, but also in succeeding on campus and in developing the leadership qualities necessary to make a difference in the world. Using the knowledge you have about our program, please explain BOTH why you believe you are a good fit for Chicago Scholars AND why Chicago Scholars is a good fit for you.

In this essay we will try to assess whether you possess the maturity needed to take full advantage of our seven-year programming and why being a Cubs Scholar fits into your long-term goals.

If you've made it this far into the application, you likely know by now that Cubs Scholars not only supports students in applying to college, but also in succeeding on campus and in developing the leadership qualities necessary to make a difference in the world. Using the knowledge you have about our program, please explain BOTH why you believe you are a good fit for Cubs Scholars AND why Cubs Scholars is a good fit for you.

Leadership and Collaboration (Pick One)
In this essay we will try to assess how you have shown up as a leader and/or collaborator thus far in your academic, professional, and personal life.



Optional: Personal Website

Core Value 5 - We Care for Each Other along the Way: We adapt to the needs of the person in front of us.

Outside of typical household chores, do you have responsibilities in your home that prevent you from participating in after-school activities?

Parent/Guardian 1








Please enter a different email from your school or personal emails provided on Page 2.
If your parent or guardian does not use email, leave this field blank.




Include apartment, unit, or floor, if applicable



Parent/Guardian 2










Please enter a different email from your school or personal emails provided on Page 2.
If your parent or guardian does not use email, leave this field blank.




Include apartment, unit, or floor, if applicable



Chicago Scholars Relationships






Household Information

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Please use your parent and/or guardians' tax documents to help you. The total gross income is the amount of money earned by a person in one year from all sources before taxes. Add these amounts for all individuals living within the household.

Include full state and federal return, including schedules and W-2s.

Ask your parent and/or guardian to look at their tax documents from 2017 and identify how many dependents they claimed.
Core Value 6 - We Dream Big: We speak up, innovate, push the boundaries, and keep the creativity flowing.
College/University







Potential Major/Area of Study
If you have a college major in mind, please select from the list below. Otherwise, select "Undecided."


Potential Career Sector
If interested in a particular career field, please select from the list below. Otherwise, select "Undecided."







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That's all for now! Thanks for taking the time to fill out this application! Good luck!