Hope Chicago Scholarship

Hope Chicago is a nonprofit organization seeking to reduce economic and social inequity by funding postsecondary scholarships and non-tuition costs for Chicago Public Schools graduates and adult family members eager to return to school and update their skills. The scholarship is funded by Hope Chicago and open to all students who graduate from one of the following partner high schools after having attended 11th and 12th grade at the school:

  • Benito Juárez Community Academy (Pilsen)
  • Farragut Career Academy (Little Village)
  • Noble - Johnson College Prep (Englewood)
  • Al Raby School for Community and Environment (Garfield Park)
  • Morgan Park High School (Morgan Park)

The Hope Chicago Scholarship is part of The Chicago Difference initiative. Learn more about The Chicago Difference.

Scholarship Benefits

  • The Hope Chicago Scholarship covers the costs of any remaining tuition, fees, room, and board after Illinois Tech scholarships and any federal and state grants. 
  • Hope Chicago also provides support for a laptop purchase and books, and a stipend for personal and transportation expenses.
  • In addition to financial support, Hope Scholars receive a full range of support and services throughout their entire journey with Illinois Tech—including high school STEM education and mentorship, admissions and supported transition from high school and city colleges, and career placement and development. Further services benefit students during their time at Illinois Tech, addressing key academic readiness and enrichment, as well as financial, safety, community, and belonging elements.

How to Apply

  • Apply by the Regular Decision deadline of March 1. Applications submitted after March 15 will be considered as space allows.
  • Complete and submit an application for admission through the Common Application by March 1.
  • Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by April 1, using Illinois Tech’s FAFSA code: 001691. Non-eligible students must complete the Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid by April 1.

Application Timeline

Note: For fall 2022, we have extended our first-year application deadline to August 1, 2022 for eligible students from Hope Chicago schools. If you wish to be considered for admission to start courses in fall 2022, please apply through Common App.

 

March 1 Last day to submit your completed Illinois Tech application through the Common App
March 15 Admission decisions will be released
April 1 Last day to submit your FAFSA or Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid (undocumented students)
May 1 Decision deadline to accept your admission offer and confirm enrollment to Illinois Tech

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must graduate and have attended the 11th or 12th grade at one of the following Hope Chicago partner schools:
    • Benito Juárez Community Academy (Pilsen)
    • Farragut Career Academy (Little Village)
    • Noble - Johnson College Prep (Englewood)
    • Al Raby School for Community and Environment (Garfield Park)
    • Morgan Park High School (Morgan Park)
  • Annually meet all financial aid requirements, timelines, and documentation 
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress, as outlined by school

The Hope Chicago scholarship covers costs for the bachelor’s degree program only. If a student chooses to pursue an accelerated master’s degree at Illinois Tech, they can apply their original Heald Scholarship award toward their tuition for graduate-level courses at the undergraduate tuition rate.