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Chicago Scholarships

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UChicago Promise is the University of Chicago’s multi-pronged initiative to help increase college access and readiness for Chicago high school students. UChicago Promise offers special scholarships for students from the Chicago area and also includes resources to help guide Chicago high schoolers to selective four-year institutions, including an Admissions Academy, mentorship, and extensive programming.

Merit awards are determined by committee on the basis of the application for admission without consideration of financial need. Most of UChicago's financial aid is awarded on the basis of need, so all students who may require financial support in their education are encouraged to apply for need-based aid.

First-Year Applicants

Chicago Police and Fire Scholarship

In honor of their service to the University community and the city, the University of Chicago offers up to full-tuition scholarships to select children of active firefighters and police officers. To be considered for the scholarships, candidates must complete applications to the University of Chicago and be children (including legally adopted children) of sworn City of Chicago firefighters, police officers, or University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD) police officers. Students whose parent lost their life in the line of duty are also eligible for the scholarship. Each winner is guaranteed the scholarship for four years of undergraduate studies (12 academic quarters) at UChicago provided he or she makes satisfactory academic progress.

Samuel is a native Chicagoan who has been able to take advantage of a variety of resources around UChicago’s campus. He contributes to the longest continuously-running student film society in the nation (Doc Films), and is a member of his cohort of Odyssey Students. In addition to his campus involvement, Samuel a Metcalf internships conducting research at the Lincoln Park Zoo for a summer.
Samuel Algas, Class of 2021
Son of Chicago Firefighter