The CSBG Scholarship Program helps low-income Chicagoans finance higher education. Students enrolled in an Illinois college, university or vocational training program may qualify for a CSBG Scholarship. Funds can be applied toward tuition, uniforms, study-related fees and books. Individual scholarships range from $500 to $3,000.
Scholarship applications are available during the spring months of each year, and awarded for the following fall semester.
For more information, please call 312.746.7291.
Always keep in mind that you will find the means to obtain your educational objectives and goals.
The following sites may be useful to you in obtaining those objectives and goals. Everyone should be investigating at least one of the Gates Foundation Partners sites, their school site (if determined for internal and external scholarships/grants) and one of the sites listed under “Scholarships and Reviewing Colleges.”
www.isac.org -- Illinois Student Assistance Commission for FAFSA on-line application and other opportunities.
www.ILWorkInfo.com/icrn.htm -- Left hand side, click on “Individuals, Left hand side, click on Career Information System (CIS). Career options and scholarship opportunities by area of interest.
www.finaid.org -- Site addresses the primary sources of financial aid such as loans and scholarships but also other types that fall into one of eight broad categories.
www.commonapp.org -- Gain familiarity with the college application process. Many (not all) universities/colleges use the Common Application for undergraduate admissions.
www.petersons.com – Site addresses the overall process from college search, tests, selection to payment.
Gates Foundation and Partners – Investigate GMSP and, if applicable, appropriate minority advocacy partner
www.gmsp.org - Gates Millennium Scholars Program (GMSP)
www.uncf.com - United Negro College Fund
www.hsf.net - Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF)
www.aigcs.org - American Indian Graduate Center Scholars (AIGCS)
www.apiasf.org - Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF)
Scholarship and Reviewing Colleges
www.scholarshipexperts.com - Scholarship Experts
www.scholarships.com - Scholarship.com
www.fastweb.com - Fastweb Scholarship
www.cappex.com - Cappex College Decision Headquarters
Always search your college/university site for scholarship opportunities. Simply search for “scholarships” which will provide you with both internal and external opportunities. Every school should have this type of website available information with varying degrees of usefulness. The “internal” scholarships will be unique to the institution; whereas, the “external” will be available to applicants not necessarily enrolled at the school. The following website is from the University of Illinois www.osfa.illinois.edu/aid/scholarships/.