Any of the following students are eligible to apply for a renewable college scholarship for the 2018-19 school year:

A high school senior who will graduate from a Chicago or suburban high school during the 2017-18 school year, by June 2018.


A youth leader who is active with the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, has a high school diploma or GED, and is no older than age 22 as of April 16, 2018.

Every applicant must have:

Experienced homelessness, either living in a shelter, on the street, or doubled-up in someone else’s home. This must be verified on a certification form signed by the applicant’s homeless school liaison or a service/shelter provider.

Been admitted to or enrolled in an accredited two-year or four-year public or private college or university for the 2018-19 school year, as of April 16, 2017. Scholarships will not be awarded to attend for-profit schools.

A cumulative, weighted grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher.

Filed a completed FAFSA (standard college financial aid form) application by April 16, 2018. FAFSA can be accessed online at

Privacy Policy:

CCH does not share applicant information with any other organization. All applicants will be notified in June, after the finalists have been interviewed and selected.

You may also wish to apply for NAEHCY’s college scholarship. This national scholarship is available to students younger than age 21 who experienced homelessness during their K-12 education.