The Chicago Scholars program works to remove the fundamental barriers to success for academically driven, first generation college students from under-resources communities.
Prospective applicants must be:
- High school juniors who have demonstrated academic talent and ambition with a GPA of a 3.0 or above and an ACT score of a 19 or above
- Interested in exploring their college possibilities, have a strong will to succeed, and a desire to give back to their peers and community.
- First-Generation (First in their immediate family who will attend college) and/or Low-Income (e.g. recipient of free or reduced lunch).
- Students must live and attend a high school in Chicago.
Northwestern Academy for Chicago Public Schools
Northwestern Academy began in 2013 as a presidential initiative at Northwestern University, whose mission is to guide students from non-selective enrollment Chicago public high schools towards successful matriculation in some of the nation’s most rigorous and competitive institutions. This program is intensive and multi-dimensional, utilizing enrichment courses, field experiences, and specialized projects with no cost to families.
Winter marks the beginning of the new recruitment season, and Northwestern Academy is now recruiting current freshmen to enter the program!
The ideal freshman student….
- Has demonstrated an aptitude for strong, long-term academic performance, hopefully indicated in first quarter grades.
- Possesses the motivation and willingness to engage in intensive learning experiences in and outside of school.
- Exhibits a love of learning, strong character, and a desire to explore their college possibilities beyond Chicago.
- Is first generation, socioeconomically disadvantaged, or comes from an underrepresented population.
How to apply:
- Students must apply online at www.academy.northwestern.edu.
- If chosen as a finalist, students will be required to attend a brief meet and greet with NorthwesternAcademy advisors.
- Teachers, counselors, or other school employees can nominate students by submitting a form found on our website.
University of Chicago Collegiate Scholars Program
U of Chicago is looking for talented, college-bound freshmen for their Collegiate Scholars Program: a three-year program that aims to prepare talented Chicago Public Schools students in grades 10-12 for admission and success at the nation’s top colleges and universities.
UCCSP is shaped around a core curriculum of humanities, social science, math, and science courses. During the summer months, courses are taught by University of Chicago faculty and PhD candidates. Enrichment activities during the academic year are geared toward college readiness, cultural awareness, and civic engagement.
**Strong applicants embody the following characteristics:
- Leadership and Self-Management: Active contributors to school or community environment; ability to fulfill commitments and manage time well
- Academic Success: Record of achieving academic success (scholars do NOT have to have the greatest GPA, but should be able to handle academic rigor beyond high school courses)
- Ability to Overcome Obstacles: Perseverance when presented with a challenge; ability to creatively problem solve and seek resources available
- Fit with our Program: Desire to learn and grow; Desire to be exposed to new ideas and experiences; Desire to contribute in a positive way to the Collegiate Scholars Program
- Positive Attitude: Optimistic when presented with challenges; Ability to work well with others
University of Illinois-Chicago CHANCE Program
The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) has an awesome program for CPS juniors and seniors! Are you interested in applying to or attending UIC in the future? You should definiitely check out the UIC CHANCE Program. Attending this program could even increase your chances of being admitted to UIC!
The University of Illinois - CHANCE Program was formed in 2004 to assist the campus with recruitment, retention, and graduation rates of underrepresented students. Our comprehensive programming addresses the needs of our student-body through face-to-face and online workshops which are facilitated by the (Blackboard Learning Management System). The CHANCE Program (TCP) is committed to providing academic, personal, and professional assistance to students with demonstrated academic and personal needs.
Benefits of program:
- 12-week program that exposes you to the UIC campus
- College-level instruction in English and Math taught by UIC faculty
- Opportunity to earn Service Learning Hours
Wheaton College B.R.I.D.G.E. Program
Wheaton College's B.R.I.D.G.E. program is an entirely free four-week intensive and residential, academic and leadership program for first-generation college-bound, low-income, and African-American and Latino students. The program is a two-summer commitment for participants, totaling 8 weeks of experience with college curriculum.
Building Roads to Intellectual Diversity and Great Education (B.R.I.D.G.E.) is a residential, academic and leadership program that brings together first-generation college-bound, low-income, and African-American and Latino students from the Chicagoland area who are eager to experience and prepare for college. The two-year summer program allows high school sophomores and juniors to participate in a curriculum that engages and develops their intellectual capacity, leadership ability, and Christian faith.