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Carl Schurz High School – Scholarship List

Ms. Rodriguez – Room 118

April 9, 2007

IMPORTANT! DON”T DELAY! Your completed scholarship applications must be RECEIVED by the scholarship organizations on or before the “Deadline” dates given. You must allow enough time for the mail delivery by the post office.

But, if the deadline is a “Postmark Deadline”, then you must make sure that your completed application is postmarked on or before that given date; we can postmark these applications at Schurz.

APPLY!! APPLY!! APPLY!! You have an excellent chance to win!!

Illinois Federation of Teacher’s Carl Megal Annual Scholarship is $1,000 for special education students; it can be used for any college, university, or vocational school. You must be the son/daughter of a current, active member of the IFT or of a deceased member who was in good standing. Also, you may be sponsored by an IFT member who is now or was previously one of your teachers. You must be enrolled in a special education class or program. For more information, or an application, you must personally contact the IFT at 500 Oakmont Lane, P.O. Box 390, Westmont, IL, 60559, or by calling 630-571-0100. The counseling office is not provided with these copies.
I.B.E.W. Local 134 and the Electrical Contractors’ Association are registering new applicants for their Communications Program, where you learn to install and maintain electronic and information systems in commercial industrial, and residential settings. Applicants who are selected into the program will begin classes in 2007. Go to www.ejatt.com for more information. Registration for this program will take place at the IBEW-NECA Technical Institute, 6201 W. 115th Street, Alsip, Illinois, EVERY Tuesday and Thursday from July 3 to August 31, from 9:00 a.m. until noon. All applicants must bring a photo ID, an original social security card, a $25.00 application fee and a birth certificate. You must show proof of high school graduation, and must have earned a minimum grade of “C” in Algebra.
Student Science Fair, Inc. offers $1,000 to $5,000 to Seniors who have participated in the CPS Science Fair and who intend to major in science. You must write an essay and provide two (2) letters of recommendation.

Received Deadline is April 10, 2007.

Chicago Mercantile Exchange Mayoral Award for Student Achievement is $1,000 for one student at Schurz. This student will then become eligible to be considered for a summer job. You must have good attendance, excellent academic achievement, and a career goal in business and finance. You need a letter of reference and an essay. All of the applications have to be reviewed by a committee at Schurz, and then the ONE winning application must be mailed to the Board of Education so that they will receive it by their Deadline of April 13, 2007.
Alberto-Culver Scholarship offers $5,000. This is not an academic scholarship! They want to reward students who have been role models, who have gone above and beyond in overcoming odds, or in some area of their personal achievements, making a contribution to their school, their families or to the community. Schurz can nominate three students who have demonstrated one of the following values (each student must be nominated for a different value):

1) Entrepreneurship, 2) Improving our Community, 3) Values-based Leadership, 4) Innovation, 5) Ethics, 6) Relentless Passion, 7) Builders of Teams, 8) Winning Against the Odds, 9) Family Values, or 10) Dedication and Tenacity. You must write a letter outlining what you expect to accomplish with your college degree, and two letters from teachers or administrators in your school or group that outline your accomplishments in the value area for which you are being nominated. Received Deadline is April 13, 2007.

We Beat the Street Scholarship Contest” will award $500 to $1,500 to the winners. “We Beat the Street” is a book about three (3) boys who struggled against peer pressure, gang violence, drug use and the challenges of being young and black. They made a pact with each other, and helped each other reach their goal of becoming doctors!! In order to win this scholarship, you have to write an essay stating your true personal experiences in overcoming adversity to beat the street and reach your goals. Go to www.penguin.com/youngreaders. Then, click on “Enter the We Beat the Street Scholarship contest” for the details. Received Deadline is April 15, 2007.

Student-View Scholarship Program. Go to www.student-view.com, complete a survey, and this will enter you into a random drawing. You can win from $500 to $3000. Received Deadline is April 15, 2007.
Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA) offers $1,250 to $1,500 to Hispanic (or Hispanic descent) students, who are citizens or permanent residents, with a 3.0 or better GPA who will study business, accounting, finance, IT or a related field. Go to www.hispanicfund.org and click on “Scholarships” and then click on “ALPFA Scholarship”. You must apply online. Postmark Deadline is April 15, 2007.
The Union League Civic & Arts Foundation scholarships. For details and applications go to www.civicandarts.org. If you prefer, you can go through the Program Rules and Applications Book located in room 118.


  • Annual Classical Music Scholarship Auditions offer $3,000 for musical performance in piano, strings or winds to applicants from 14 to 30 years of age. Postmark Deadline is April 15, 2007.

  • Jazz Composition Competition offers $600 for a jazz composition of any length and form to any high school student. Postmark Deadline is June 1, 2007.

  • Creative Writing Competition offers $150 to $500 to students ages 16 to 19 for fiction (short story, novel excerpt, creative non-fiction, or a one-act play). Postmark Deadline is June 1, 2007.

Sallie Mae First in My Family Scholarship is for $500 to $5,000 for Hispanic-American students who will be the first in their family to attend college. You must have a minimum 3.0 GPA. You need an essay, resume, and letter of recommendation. Go to www.hispanicfund.org, click on “Scholarships”, and then click on “Sallie Mae Fund First in My Family Scholarship”. You must apply online. Received Deadline is April 15, 2007.

Sallie Mae American Dream Scholarship is $500 to $5,000 for African American students. You must have a minimum 2.5 GPA. Go to www.uncf.org/scholarships/scholardetail.asp?Sch_ID=10771. Received Deadline is April 15, 2007.
Blues Ambassador Scholarships (BAS) are for $2,500, for students who have demonstrated interest and achievement in the arts and/or shown leadership in promoting understanding among people of diverse backgrounds. Go to www.ihobf.org to download the IHOBF-Chicago application. U.S. Post Office postmark deadline is April 15, 2007.
Alpha Alumni Scholarship is $1,000 from the Beta Sigma Fraternity, for Lutheran male students attending the University of Illinois at Urbana. You need an essay and a letter of recommendation from your pastor. You have to send for an application at: Beta Sigma Psi, Alpha Alumni Scholarship, P.O. Box 17233, Urbana, Illinois, 61803.

Received Deadline is April 15, 2007.
John Fischetti Scholarship is $1,500 for male or female students of at least 25% Italian ancestry who will be majoring in journalism or media communications. They will ask you for an essay and for a copy of one of your published works (for example, an article in the school newspaper). Deadline is April 15, 2007.

CEO’s Service Leader Scholarship Awards is $2,500 offered by Arne and Karen Duncan if you have a 3.0 or better GPA, have extracurricular activities, community participation, and/or work experience; leadership in the school and community; civic leadership skills through organizing and/or participating in a service or action project that responds to a critical community need; commitment to the common good through action in school and/or community. You need a two-page essay and an adult who agrees to be interviewed regarding your community service. Come to room 118 for a copy of the application. Received Deadline is April 16, 2007.

Great Clips Cosmetology School Scholarships are $500 for students who will be entering cosmetology school or barbering school. Pick up an application in room 118. Received Deadline is April 20, 2007.
The Fountainhead Essay Contest offers $10,000. Write an essay about The Fountainhead, by Ayn Rand. Go to www.aynrand.org/contests for details. Received Deadline is April 27, 2007.
2007 Sejong Writing Competition offers $200 to $600 to all 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th graders, regardless of your ethnic background. (Elementary school students can also apply.) You must write an essay regarding the Korean culture. Go to www.SejongSociety.org. Received Deadline is April 30, 2007.
Scholarships.com has an essay contest “Resolve to Evolve.” The awards are from $1,000 to $3,000. Go to www.scholarships.com/resolvetoevolve.aspx. Received Deadline is April 30, 2007.

Leroy Miller Entrepreneurial Scholarship is a Dell Desktop Computer! You must have a minimum 2.5 GPA. You must major in political science or business (for example: management, marketing, information systems, etc). They will look at your academics, financial need, leadership, community service, school activities, possible jobs and capacity for contribution to society. You need 2 letters of recommendation, from a community leader and an educator. Write an essay on “What are your chief interests, future plans and goals?” Pick up an application from room 118.


Postmark Deadline is May 1, 2007.
Call Me Mister” Scholarship provides college tuition assistance for minority males who will teach in a South Carolina elementary public school. You must attend one of these ten colleges/universities: Benedict College, Claflin University, Clemson University, Greenville Technical College, Midlands Technical College, Morris College, Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College, South Carolina State University, Tri-County Technical College, and Trident Technical College. You must apply online at www.callmemister.clemson.edu/. Received Deadline is May 1, 2007.
The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) Scholarship. You must be a child of a CTU member. To receive a scholarship application, send a written request to Connie Thorps, Chicago Teachers Union, 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 400, Chicago, IL 60654-1016. Received Deadline is May 4, 2007.
Epilepsy Foundation’s Post Secondary Scholarship is $1,000 for students with epilepsy who will attend a college or vocational program. Pick up an application in room 118. Received Deadline is May 15, 2007.
Excellence in Agriculture Scholarships are $2,500 for students with a minimum 2.75 GPA who are pursuing careers in agriculture at two-year or four-year colleges. Winners are chosen based on a short essay stating why you want to pursue a career in agriculture or an agriculture-related field. You can pick up an application from room 118 or download a copy from www.state.il.us/treas. Postmark Deadline is May 15, 2007.

ScholarshipExperts.com is offering Do-Over Scholarships of $1,000 for an answer to the following essay question, in 250 words or less. “If you could get one “do-over” in life, what would it be and why?” You must be a U.S. resident. You can apply online at www.scholarshipexperts.com/scholarship/apply.jsp. Deadline is May 15, 2007.

Educational Communications Scholarship Foundation offers from $1,000 to $6,000 for legal U.S. residents who demonstrate academic ability. You do not have to apply to Who’s Who to qualify for these scholarships. You can get a waiver for the $4.00 fee. Pick up an application from room 118. Deadline is May 15, 2007.
Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans Scholarship is $1,000 for a male with a 3.75 GPA or higher who has at least one parent of 50% Italian ancestry. Deadline is May 29, 2007.
Nordstrom Scholarship Program is for JUNIORS. They offer $10,000 scholarships. You must have an un-weighted GPA between 2.7 and 4.0, have made a substantial contribution to the community, be involved in school activities and demonstrate financial need. You must include a personal statement, a financial statement, and an essay.

Postmark Deadline is May 31, 2007.
L. Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future Contest awards $500 to $1,000, and an additional $4,000. Prepare prose, up to 17,000 words in length. (science fiction, fantasy and horror) Go to www.writersofthefuture.com. There are continuous deadlines throughout the entire year. The next Deadline is June 30, 2007.
L. Ron Hubbard's Illustrators of the Future Contest awards $1,500, and an additional $4,000. They look for illustrations with science fiction and fantasy themes. Go to www.writersofthefuture.com. There are continuous deadlines throughout the entire year. The next Deadline is June 30, 2007.

Tweener Time International Chapter Book Competition wants 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th graders to write a book that tweeners (8-12 year olds) will want to read. They offer the 1st place winner a $20,000 Bethel College Scholarship and a Baker Trittin Press publication contract with a $1,000 advance royalty. The 2nd and 3rd place winners will win $10,000 Bethel College Scholarships. The 4th and 5th place winners will win $6,000 Bethel College Scholarships. Everyone who enters the competition will receive a copy of the winning book, and a Tweener t-shirt. A teacher must sponsor you. A teacher can sponsor more than one student. The teacher of the 1st place winner will receive a 7-day guided educational tour of Paris. The entry fee is $25. If you do not win, you will be able to market your manuscript elsewhere. Pick up details from room 118. Your manuscript’s Postmark Deadline is July 2, 2007.

Barbizon Modeling Schools awards four-year college tuition to students who have taken their classes, or attended one of their Career Day lecture series. Contact the school where you have taken the classes.
KeyBank offers the Take 5 Scholarships ($5,000), each month, from now until June (5 chances to win). Go to www.Key.com/TakeFive and register. Just go to the website once a month, and you might be the lucky winner!

Minority Scholarships. See Mrs. Rodriguez in room 118 for a list of 66 websites that have scholarships, especially for minorities. Many of the scholarships are for ALL students, not just for minorities!

Prom Guide is offering the opportunity for a $1,000 scholarship to seniors who register to be on the cover of future issues of Prom Guide. Register online at PromGuide.com. Click on “Teen Model Search.”

More scholarships can be found at: www.fastweb.com www.scholarships.com www.petersons.com/finaid www.scholarshipexperts.com/hobsons www.postsecondary.cps.k12.il.us

StraightForward Media offers many $500 scholarships and one $1,000 (with four different deadlines each year). These scholarships are for American and also International students who are going to attend 2-year, 4-year, vocational or technical schools. You must apply online at: www.straightforwardmedia.com. Click on “Scholarship Programs”, located at the top of the screen, and then click on the appropriate scholarship. There are separate websites for the scholarships.

These Straightforward Media scholarships have the following deadlines: April 14, 2007, July 14, 2007. If you miss one of the deadlines, you can still apply on time for the next deadline!


  • Dale E. Fridell Memorial Scholarship: $1,000 awarded four times per year.

  • Nursing School Scholarships: A scholarship for future nurses.

  • Get Out of Debt Scholarship: If you are in debt, you write an essay about why you're in debt and why the scholarship will help you attend an educational program.

  • Teacher Scholarships: For students planning to be teachers -- of any kind and at any level.

  • Business School Scholarships: For students attending business schools, including students getting their MBAs.

  • Engineering Scholarships: For all engineering students.

  • Law Enforcement Scholarships: For students interested in law enforcement, including police officers and correctional officers.

  • Law School Scholarships: For students interested in becoming lawyers, prosecutors and judges.

  • Media & Communications Scholarships: For students interested in mass communications and media.

  • Medical Professions Scholarships: For students interested in the medical professions.

  • Minority Scholarships: For minority (racial or ethnic) college students (and soon-to-be college students).

  • Science Scholarships: For students interested in a science-related field.

This Straightforward Media scholarship has the following deadlines: May 15, 2007, August 15, 2007. If you miss one of the deadlines, you can still apply on time for the next deadline!

  • Mesothelioma Memorial Scholarship: This is a general scholarship for students of all educational backgrounds.

These Straightforward Media scholarships have the following deadlines: May 31, 2007, August 31, 2007. If you miss one of the deadlines, you can still apply on time for the next deadline!


  • Art School Scholarships: For students pursuing a degree in any art-related field.

  • Vocational-Technical School Scholarships: For students who intend to go to a vocational school.

Harvard has a special program for students with financial need. If your family income is less than $60,000 per year, and you are accepted to Harvard, your tuition will be free, with no student loans. Some work-study may be required. In addition, Harvard will reduce the tuition for families with incomes between $40,000 and $60,000. For more information, go to: http://fao.fas.harvard.edu/ , or call Harvard at 617-495-1581.
Yale has a program similar to Harvard’s for students with financial need. If your family income is less than $45,000 per year, and you are accepted to Yale, your tuition will be free, with no student loans. Some work-study may be required. Yale will also reduce the tuition for families with incomes from $45,000 to $60,000.

Choices Planner. If you do not want to attend a four-year college/university, consider a vocational/technical school, business school, community college, internship, or apprenticeship. At the Choices Planner website you can find information about all possible opportunities that are available. ALL freshmen, sophomore, junior and senior students are required to log on to Choices Planner this year. At the end of the school year Schurz will receive a report, indicating which students have been using this website. Go to www.bridges.com. You can search for scholarships by using the “scholarship finder” at this site. You can find a lot of information about the careers and colleges that you’re interested in, and you can start creating a plan for your future. You can go to any of the computer labs, the library or the college room (118) and start using the site. All students from grades 9 through 12 are expected to use this site often. Get a step-by-step instruction sheet from room 114 or 118.

Are You a College-Bound Student-Athlete? The NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) is the athletics governing body for colleges and organizations. The NCAA has three divisions. Colleges in Division I and II may offer athletics scholarships, while Division III colleges may not. The NCAA Initial-Eligibility clearinghouse works with the NCAA to determine if you are eligible to participate in athletics/sports in your first year of college. You can only register online with the clearinghouse at www.ncaaclearinghouse.net. The fee is $50 for domestic students, or $75 for international students. They will only give you a fee waiver if you have already received an official fee waiver (not a voucher) from ACT. Your grades, your ACT or SAT scores and your amateur participation will determine your initial eligibility. At this website you will find the entire “Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete”, as well as all of the answers to your questions. There is NO DEADLINE to apply. But, you must already be certified as a qualifier before you can receive an athletics scholarship, or be able to practice or compete at a Division I or II college.
Roosevelt University is offering the “Student Involvement Scholarship” of $2,500 per year, to students with a 2.75 GPA or better, who are planning to enroll in the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Business, the College of Education, or University College. You must apply to this University. This is for students who will be involved in a club or organization at Roosevelt, including leadership and community service activities. You must fill out the FAFSA. Pick up an application from room 118.

Roosevelt University also offers the “Recognition Scholarship” of $2,000 to $8,000 per year to students with a minimum 3.0 GPA and 22 ACT who are going to enroll in these colleges.

The University of Chicago offers FULL TUITION Scholarships to five (5) graduating seniors of the Chicago Public Schools every year. These are for outstanding students who have the greatest potential for making a contribution to the academic, extracurricular and communal life of this college. All students who are accepted to the University of Chicago are considered for this full tuition scholarship, which is renewable for all four years. The University of Chicago meets 100 percent of the financial aid needs of all of their accepted students. Need is not considered when they are looking at your application. For more information call 773-702-8650 or go to www.collegeadmissions.uchicago.edu. The application fee is automatically waived for all applicants from the Chicago Public Schools. You can apply online at www.uncommonapplication.uchicago.edu.
Syracuse University’s School of Architecture is offering full tuition scholarships to students of color interested in pursuing a 5-year professional degree in Architecture. Contact Mark Robbins, Dean of the School of Architecture at 315-443-2255 or robbinsm@syr.edu.
Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut has an Illinois Scholarship program that will award you with any remaining financial need (so that you do not have to take out a loan or work while you are attending this college), and you will also be offered a summer internship that will pay you $5,000 each summer. Go to www.illinois-scholars.org.

eCampusTours.com has 360º x 360º virtual tours of over 1,200 college campuses. You will also find college and career information as well as financial aid and scholarship information. By going to this site you will have a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship. With a click of your mouse you can visit a college and go inside the actual dorm rooms, check out the actual classrooms and tour the libraries and much more.

EDU, Inc. Common Black College Application. This application allows you to apply to ALL 34 member colleges for a one-time fee of $35 (no waiver can be given). It comes to just slightly over $1 per application. You can use the online application at www.eduinconline.com. All 34 colleges will be able to see your application just minutes after you submit it. Essays and recommendations must be mailed to the colleges that you decide you’re going to attend. The transcripts and test scores are sent separately.
www.ChristianConnector.com has a free Christian college information service as well as a $2,500 scholarship drawing. Go to this site to request information and be automatically entered in the scholarship drawing.
For All Undocumented Students. In order to qualify for state and federal financial aid, you must be a legal permanent resident or citizen. But if you are not yet a legal permanent resident, some private organizations offer scholarships that do not require a social security number, legal residency, or citizenship. If an application asks for your social security number and you do not have one yet, leave that space blank. Lying about your legal status or providing a false social security is a federal offense. For a copy of the scholarship list provided by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, go to: www.maldef.org. Look on the right-hand side of the screen. Scroll down to a small logo that says “scholarships lista de becas” and click on that logo. You can also pick up a copy of the packet in room 118.

College and University Scholarships and Grants


Colleges and universities offer their own scholarships and grants to students who apply to their schools.
  1. Go to the official websites of the colleges, universities, trade schools, vocational schools, etc. that you are interested in attending. These websites include the descriptions of some of the scholarships that they are offering.


  2. Visit the financial aid offices of the colleges. They will have lists of their scholarships and grants.

  3. College representatives are located outside of the Schurz lunchroom throughout the year. Go up to them and ask them about their scholarships and grants.

  4. When you go on college field trips throughout the year, ask the colleges what they have to offer you in scholarships and grants.

The Illinois Institute of Technology offers financial aid to CPS graduates. Your household income must be less than $40,000. They will offer full financial aid for all tuition, books and fees, providing the additional money not covered by federal, state and other available awards.
Washington University of St. Louis offers $2,000 scholarships to National Merit Scholarship Finalists.
The Medical School of Washington University in St. Louis offers full tuition 4-year scholarships (and $2,500) to African-American students, through the John B. Ervin Scholars Program. For more information, visit

http://www.wustl.edu, or call the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 800-638-0700, or contact Dorothy Elliott, Associate Director of the John B. Ervin Scholars Program, 314-935-5875.


Eastern Michigan University of Ypsilanti, MI has scholarships for Illinois students who are accepted to this university. The Eagle Scholarship is for $1,200 (each year). You must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and a minimum ACT of 20. The National Scholars Program pays the difference between the out-of-state tuition and in-state tuition (each year).

Iowa State University of Ames, Iowa offers scholarships for Illinois residents. You must apply to Iowa State. Contact the Iowa State Financial Aid office for more information.


The Academic Recognition Award ($3,500 per year) is for students who rank in the top 25% of the class.

The Award for Competitive Excellence ($5,000 to $6,000 per year) is for students with a minimum 3.0 GPA, who have followed a rigorous high school curriculum.

Return to Iowa – Generations Scholarship is a ($1,500 per year) scholarship for students who are children or grandchildren of Iowa State graduates.
Northern Illinois University of DeKalb, IL offers merit scholarships. For more information, visit

www.niu.edu/scholarships.
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, provides 4-year scholarships (up to $80,000) to students pursuing degrees in engineering, mathematics, physics, computer science or a related scientific field. You must be enrolled at this university. For scholarship applications or more information, contact the College of Engineering at coe.scholarships@umich.edu or call (734) 647-7113, or the College of Literature, Science & the Arts at lsascholarship@umich.edu or call (734) 615-0660.

Carnegie Mellon University offers several scholarships that do not need a separate application.

Andrew Carnegie Scholarships cover half the tuition for students in business, computer science, information systems, engineering, fine arts, liberal arts or sciences.

Judith Resnik–Challenger Scholarships cover half the tuition for students in computer science, information systems, engineering, or science.

Presidential Scholarships ($1,000 to $12,000) are for artistic and academically talented students who qualify for little or no need-based aid. You must apply for financial aid.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill offers the Carolina Covenant for students with great financial need. If your family income is at a poverty level, you will not have to take out a loan. Your college costs will be covered. You must fill out financial aid applications, and you will be asked to work 10 to 12 hours a week in a work-study. For more information, visit www.unc.edu/carolinacovenant.
OTHER PROGRAMS:

Southern Illinois University at Carbondale will hold the Corporate Aviation and General Aviation Career Day for students interested in a career in aviation. The event will be held at Southern Illinois Airport on Saturday, April 28, 2007, beginning at 8:00 a.m. You must drive to the event. Students who apply early will be considered for free “Introductory Flights” in SIUC Aviation Flight Aircraft during the event. If you have questions, you can call Charlene Wallace or David Jaynes at 618-453-9300. Go to www.aviation.siu.edu/careerdays/ for an application. Deadline is April 16, 2007.
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale offers two summer programs for Sophomores and Juniors interested in learning about careers in engineering. The Introduction to Engineering Program is from June 5-7 or June 10-12 (for more information go to www.engr.siu.edu/highschool/summer.html). The Women’s Introduction to Engineering Program is from June 18-20 or June 25-27 (for more information go to www.engr.siu.edu/wie/). You must apply online. There is a $100 fee. Deadline is May 4, 2007.

Teens in the Media Arts Conference is for young talented media artists or students who just want to learn about the media arts. There will be a media fair and workshops. It will be held at Columbia College, Chicago, 623 S. Wabash Avenue, on Saturday, April 28, 2007, from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Are you interested in journalism, photojournalism, newspapers, magazines, websites, blogs, computer games, interactive computer works, audio, video, film, or radio? If art is your specialty, you will have an opportunity to create your own art project. For more information or to register you can go to www.colum.edu/ccap or call 312-344-8873.

Southern Illinois University offers the Exploring Careers in Business Program, which is a FREE one-week program from June 17-June 23. Your housing, materials and meals are all free. You will live in a college dorm, experience college life, develop your personal skills, and learn about business careers, networking, and ACT Test preparation. You will also go on a trip to St. Louis, where you will tour and observe real companies. Each department in the College of Business & Administration (Accounting, Finance, Management, Marketing) will help you understand their duties and requirements. Go to www.cba.siu.edu/minorityaffairs/default.htm, and then go to “Exploring Careers in Business” for their “Brochure” and for their “Program Application”. Call 618-453-7498 if you have any questions. You have to apply online. Deadline is April 27, 2007.
Chicago Botanic Garden’s Science First Program will help 9th grade students study the environment together with scientists, in a fun way. Free transportation is provided to and from the Chicago Botanic Garden. You’ll spend all day surrounded by nature and beautiful gardens, seeing and doing science. You need a letter of recommendation from a science teacher or community leader (pastor, youth group leader, etc.) who knows you, but is not related to you. The program is from June 18 until July 13. Pick up an application from room 118. Postmark Deadline is April 28, 2007.

College First Science, College & Careers Program is for highly motivated 10th and 11th grade students who are considering science as a career and would like a great summer job working and learning at the Botanic Gardens. Students learn about ecology, plant science, and horticulture. Students will be paid $6.50/hr. for 30 hours a week. You are given free bus transportation to and from the Botanic Garden each day. The program is from June 18 until August 14, from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Pick up an application from room 118. You can also go to www.chicagobotanic.org/collegefirst for more information. Postmark Deadline is April 28, 2007.


Jewish Vocational Service (600 W. Van Buren Street) has a FREE 24-week Clerical Training Program (sponsored by the Illinois Dept. of Human Services, Division of Rehabilitation Services) that helps people with disabilities. They will help special education high school graduates who want to work in the clerical field, providing individualized training to help them enter the work force after high school graduation. Special education students who can’t afford to go to college immediately can receive clerical training for jobs as secretaries, receptionists, billing clerks, data entry clerks and mailroom clerks. Students must have a minimum 7th grade reading and 6th grade math level. Call the Clerical Rehabilitation Counselor at 312-831-2273.
University of Illinois at Chicago’s Minority Engineering Recruitment and Retention Program (MERRP) is a FREE summer program at UIC for 10th and 11th grade students who are interested in math and/or science. They want students from underrepresented groups (including African-American, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, and White/non-Hispanic) who are interested in exploring engineering. The Engineering High School Institute is a 4-week program, from June 25 until July 20 that exposes students to mathematics and the sciences through a digital electronics course, computer education, and laboratory experiences. Pick up an application from room 118. Deadline is April 30, 2007.

Washington Internship Experience, Washington D.C. The Washington Workshops Foundation offers a summer internship to student leaders who are looking for careers in politics, journalism, medicine, education and law. You will be given a Congressional internship on Capitol Hill or a politically related office assignment. The program can be taken in three-week or longer segments from June 17 through July 28. Participation in this program may satisfy service learning requirements. Pick up details from room 118 or call 800-368-5688 if you need more information.

Northeastern Illinois University will have Residual ACT exams for students who are applying to this university. (These test results are not accepted by any other university, only by NEIU). You must register with the Office of Enrollment Services if you need to take this exam, and pay a fee of $26.50 (no fee waiver accepted). You must register at least one day prior to the test date. This ACT exam will NOT fulfill the CPS graduation requirement; it will only be used by Northeastern for their new enrollees. For more information you can call Patricia Johnson at 773-442-4011. The dates of the tests are April 20, May 1, May 15, June 1, and June 13. All of the tests will take place between 12:00 noon and 4:00 p.m.
Northeastern Illinois University will have a Campus Preview Day on May 10, 2007, from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. You can visit the campus with your family and friends. Find out about their programs, take a tour, and learn about their scholarships and financial aid. If you haven’t applied to this university yet, then you’ve already missed out on some scholarships. Go to www.neiu.edu/~finanaid/scholarship.htm for some NEIU scholarships.

University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is accepting applications from Sophomores and Juniors with a minimum 3.0 GPA who want to attend their College Bridge Program next Fall. You must have excellent attendance. You must be self-motivated enough to fulfill the challenge of college level schoolwork. If you want to attend college in the late afternoon or evening next year, and get college credit (that you can use in a future college) as well as Advanced Placement credit (on your high school transcript), pick up an application from Mr. Kanoon or Ms. Rodriguez. The list of the late afternoon and evening courses that they will offer will be available later in May. But, in the meantime, you must complete and mail your application immediately. Deadline is May 1, 2007.
University of Illinois at Springfield still has space for students who want to apply to this university. They will also have a Preview Day, on April 28, at 10:00 a.m., for all juniors and seniors. You and your family and friends can go to this university on this day and visit the campus. If you want more information, you can call Lori Giordano at 217-206-4847.


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