In recognition of the important work of educators and in honor of their service to the city of Chicago, the University of Chicago is launching the Chicago Public Schools Educators Award Scholarship, a full-tuition scholarship to attend UChicago for the children of educators in the Chicago Public Schools.
The CPS Educators Award Scholarship is an expansion of UChicago Promise, a multi-pronged initiative designed to help students and families throughout the city of Chicago gain admission to, pay for and thrive in college. UChicago Promise currently provides full-tuition scholarships for the children of Chicago firefighters, Chicago police officers and UChicago police officers. The program also offers full-tuition scholarships each year to select students attending Chicago Public Schools. UChicago Promise is part of the University’s far-reaching commitment to help Chicago students prepare for and attend the nation’s top colleges and universities.
“This new initiative will help the families of Chicago educators in our own backyard, building on our efforts to enhance preparation and expand opportunities for all Chicago high school students,” said John W. Boyer, dean of the College. “Teachers, police officers and firefighters help make this city work for everyone, and this is an important way to honor their service.”
The new scholarship builds upon the success of UChicago Promise, which in addition to providing scholarships for Chicago students, offers free programming for students, educators and counselors in Chicago across a variety of platforms to tackle the barriers to higher education faced by students and families. Started in 2012, UChicago Promise offers Chicago high schools free enrichment programs and free workshops to help students navigate the college admissions and financial aid processes. As a whole, these programs are designed to help Chicago high school students attain access to an excellent college education anywhere.