CSBG Scholarship Information

The CSBG Scholarship Program helps low-income Chicagoans finance higher education. Students enrolled in an Illinois college, university or vocational training program may qualify for a CSBG Scholarship. Funds can be applied toward tuition, uniforms, study-related fees and books. Individual scholarships range from $1,000 to $5,000.

Scholarship applications are available during the spring months of each year and awarded for the following fall semester.

For more information, please call 312.747.0327.

Other College, Scholarship and Financial Aid Sites

Always keep in mind that you will find the means to obtain your educational objectives and goals.

The following sites may be useful to you in obtaining those objectives and goals.  Everyone should be investigating at least one of the Gates Foundation Partners sites, their school site (if determined for internal and external scholarships/grants) and one of the sites listed under “Scholarships and Reviewing Colleges.” 


www.isac.org -- Illinois Student Assistance Commission for FAFSA on-line application and other opportunities.

https://ides.illinois.gov/jobs-workforce/cis.html -- Illinois Career options and scholarship opportunities by area of interest.

www.finaid.org -- Site addresses the primary sources of financial aid such as loans and scholarships but also other types that fall into one of eight broad categories.

www.commonapp.org -- Gain familiarity with the college application process.  Many (not all) universities/colleges use the Common Application for undergraduate admissions.

www.petersons.com – Site addresses the overall process from college search, tests, selection to payment.

https://teachearlychildhood.org/scholarships/ - Education Scholarships

https://www.edsmart.org/scholarship/ - Edsmart.org Annual Scholarship

Gates Foundation and Partners – Investigate GMSP and, if applicable, appropriate minority advocacy partner

www.gmsp.org - Gates Millennium Scholars Program (GMSP)

www.uncf.com - United Negro College Fund

www.hsf.net - Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF)

www.aigcs.org - American Indian Graduate Center Scholars (AIGCS)

www.apiasf.org - Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF)

Scholarship and Reviewing Colleges

www.ccc.edu -City Colleges of Chicago

https://www.unigo.com/ - Scholarship Experts

www.scholarships.com - Scholarship.com

www.fastweb.com - Fastweb Scholarship

www.cappex.com - Cappex College Decision Headquarters

www.scholarshipsonline.org - Scholarships Online

https://www.edsmart.org/best-scholarship-websites/ - Scholarship websites to fund your education

http://www.edsmart.org/students-with-disabilities-college-guide/#Scholarships - A guide for students with disabilities

School Website

Always search your college/university site for scholarship opportunities.  Simply search for “scholarships” which will provide you with both internal and external opportunities.  Every school should have this type of website available information with varying degrees of usefulness.  The “internal” scholarships will be unique to the institution; whereas, the “external” will be available to applicants not necessarily enrolled at the school.  The following website is from the University of Illinois www.osfa.illinois.edu/aid/scholarships/.

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