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CHA kicks off its 2017 Scholarship Program

Now through May 17, 2017 CHA residents are encouraged to apply for one of more than 200 college scholarship awards ranging from $1,000 to $2,500.

In the last three years, CHA has provided support to 534 recipients totaling almost $850,000. Further, more than 80 percent of recent scholarship classes remain enrolled or have graduated, including:

  • 86% of the 2015-2016 scholarship class.
  • 89% of the 2014-2015 scholarship class.
  • And 81% of the 2013-2014 class.

“This program has grown and flourished over the past three years, and CHA students are the beneficiaries,” said CHA CEO Eugene Jones, Jr. “We encourage all students – whether pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees – to apply for this scholarship. It could make a difference in your college journey.”

IN ADDITION TO providing scholarships to college bound CHA residents, CHA holds a number of events to encourage and support higher education goals. Photographed above with students are supporters and sponsors of the CHA’s Take Flight Reception for students going on a tour of prospective colleges and universities. From l-r; Senior Vice President for Resident Services Mary Howard (second from left), Director of Youth Opportunities Ebony Campbell (Northwestern), Commissioner Matthew Brewer (second from right) and Director of External Resources Kristen Hamer (far right) pose for a photo with college bound CHA Youth. (Photo by Dot Ward)

Prospective applicants must be listed on a current CHA lease and plan to enroll in an accredited post-secondary institution in the fall of 2017. Applicants can include current high school seniors, undergraduate and graduate students continuing their studies, or adults seeking to start a post-secondary program in the fall. Scholarships cannot be applied to any past debt with your institution. Proof of enrollment will be required at the time of scholarship award.

CHA plans to award over 200 scholarship awards ranging from $1,000 to $2,500 based on each applicant’s financial need and academic merit. A 2.0 GPA is required, with a 2.5 GPA or higher recommended for all applicants. If you have previously received an award through this program and will be continuing your studies this fall, you will need to reapply in order to receive sustained support.

Applications can be submitted online until May 17, 2017. All application materials (including transcripts, personal essays) must be received by the deadline of May 17; incomplete applications will not be considered and no exceptions will be made.

If students are enrolled or plan to enroll in one of the Chicago City Colleges, CHA has a separate partnership directly with City Colleges that will allow CHA residents to attend their colleges for little or no cost, after financial aid is applied. Due to this special agreement, CHA residents attending one of the City Colleges of Chicago are not eligible to receive the CHA Scholarship and need not apply. For further information on CHA’s partnership with Chicago City Colleges, visit in education.

To learn more and apply for the CHA Scholarship, visit

For questions about the CHA Scholarship, email [email protected] or call 312.786.3222.

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