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 and 9th – 11th Grade 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.
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.
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.
We encourage students/parents and Community Based Orgs that support CPS students across our district to sign up for the 2019-20 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 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:
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.
There are three types of opportunities in the system: