Scholarships

Scholarship Alert Workbook: 
The Scholarship Alert Workbook  is a live google doc that we use to organize scholarship deadlines per month. This year we’ve added an Elementary Scholarships tab in addition to the monthly deadline tabs. This helps all stakeholders understand what opportunities are due each month. The links also direct you to the Academic Works postings.
CPS Scholarships Google Calendar: 
We have created a  CPS Scholarships Google Calendar that consists of the open and closing dates for each scholarship that we update in our system. We also have postsecondary and scholarship activities on this calendar as well. It’s public and students and schools have already begun using it. This will help with application completion.
CPS Scholarship Alerts Log: We have established a google doc log of our CPS Scholarship Alerts that have gone out via the CPS CollegeScholarships@cps.edu account. This allows for those students/parents/CBO’s to be sure they haven’t missed any of our correspondence.
CPS Scholarship Alert Sign Up:
We encourage students/parents and Community Based Orgs that support CPS students across our district to sign up for the 2018-19 CPS Scholarship Manager Email Blast to receive alerts directly to their inbox. We ask a series of questions that include the students GPA, SAT, etc to ensure we are sending targeted information to each recipient.

CPS Academic Works Scholarship Tool:CPS Academic Works is the web-based scholarship application system and management tool for Chicago Public Schools students. This link takes you directly to the tool.

Scholarships are gifts you do not have to pay back. Scholarships can be based on need, merit, talent (visual and performing arts), volunteerism, religious affiliation, organizational affiliations and many others. You may receive scholarships from colleges, organizations, or foundations.

Different scholarships are available for different types of students. Scholarships may be based on your grades, what you want to study in college, whether you are male or female, or your after-school activities.

You can improve your chances of getting a scholarship by:

  • Getting good grades
  • Doing well on the ACT or SAT tests
  • Active involvement in your school’s clubs and organizations
  • Submitting your college applications early
  • Meeting deadlines and eligibility criteria
  • Following directions carefully

When applying for scholarships, pay attention to the deadlines and the eligibility criteria. Follow the directions carefully.


CPS has a web-based scholarship application system called CPS Academic Works.
Academic Works is a web-based scholarship management tool for Chicago Public Schools students.  Students are able to apply for many CPS Strategic Scholarships through Academic Works a well as review and apply for postsecondary enrichment programs that lead to scholarships.  All CPS Strategic Scholarships (almost 200 scholarships internal/external) can be found in the system!  All scholarships within the system are intended for Chicago Public Schools students. (Scholarships are added to the system year-round.)
There will be no paper applications, CPS students will only be able to apply for scholarships through Academic Works tool or as they are directed to other scholarship provider websites through the tool.

ACADEMIC WORKS – User Comprehension Guide – SY2018-19
Benefits of CPS Academic Works:

  1. No paper applications to complete! Most of the CPS Strategic Scholarship applications are online.  Letters of recommendation, electronic recommendation forms, official transcripts and many other documents can be uploaded to the system.  Students will be able to view the status of recommendation requests they have submitted and can send reminders to their recommenders.
  2. The system will match students to scholarships for which they meet the minimum requirements.  This can only happen once the students have completed the Academic Works General Scholarship Application.
  3. Review almost 200 scholarships and free summer programs through the system.

Scholarships and scholarship programs in CPS Academic Works:

There are three types of opportunities in the system:

  1. “Recommended” – Academic Works will  “recommend”  CPS Strategic Scholarships for which you meet the minimum requirements in the “Recommended” Opportunities section of your account.
  2. “Apply” – these are CPS Strategic Scholarship applications embedded in the AW system and managed by the CPS Scholarship Manager.
  3. “External” – these are CPS Strategic Scholarships and other national opportunities that require students to apply on an external site provided by the scholarship provider.
  • There are currently no scheduled events.