Any of the following students are eligible to apply for a renewable college scholarship for the 2021-22 school year:

A high school senior who will graduate from a Chicago or suburban high school during the 2020-21 school year, by June 2021.


A youth leader who is active with CCH or former youth client of the CCH Law Project, no older than age 24 as of April 30, 2021.

Every applicant must have:
  • Experienced homelessness: living in a shelter, on the street, in a car, or other public place, 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 2-year or 4-year public or private college or university for the 2021-22 school year as of April 30, 2021. Scholarships will not be awarded to attend for-profit schools.
  • A cumulative, weighted high school or college grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher.
  • Filed a completed FAFSA (standard college financial aid form) application by April 30, 2021. 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.