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HFS Chicago Scholars Application - Class of 2024

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HFS Chicago Scholars
Application for 8th Grade Students Entering High School in Fall 2020

Once you complete the first page of the application, you are able to save and continue your work at a later time.  If you need any assistance completing the application or scanning and uploading documents, you can contact our office or ask your school counselor, teacher, or other school personnel.


Who is Eligible to Apply for HFS Chicago Scholars?

Eighth grade students who want to attend a private high school that requires tuition and who meet the required criteria listed below are encouraged to apply for an HFS Chicago Scholarship. It may not be necessary to exhibit all five elements listed. 

• Grade Point Average of 3.0 or Above (B average or above for 7th and 8th grades)
• Average to Above Average standardized test scores (from seventh grade)
• Strong attendance and behavior record in 7th and 8th grades
• Evidence of leadership potential
• Evidence of positive academic work ethic
• Demonstration of financial need
• Income level of 55k and under - Provide most recent tax return
• Large families with higher incomes are considered

Students who are accepted as Scholars must agree to the terms outlined in the HFS Scholarship Agreement for Success which includes expectations for academic standards, commitment to community service, and active participation in HFS-sponsored events and mentoring.

Additionally, all incoming Scholars are required to attend and successfully complete summer enrichment courses offered by HFS in preparation for high school. Tuition for this summer program is covered by HFS.

Supporting Documents
The following documentation is required to complete each application file.  Please scan and upload these documents in the last section of the application. 

  • Four handwritten essays - Class of 2024 Applicant Essay Questions
  • Income verification (tax return, SSI, etc.)
  • Final 7th grade report card
  • Current 8th grade report card
  • 7th grade standardized test scores

A letter of recommendation from a Math teacher, English teacher, or counselor is also required for each application file.  No more than 3 letters of recommendation will be accepted for each applicant.  Each letter must be in sealed envelope & answer the following questions:
  • How long have you known this person?
  • What is the nature of your relationship?
  • Why is this person a good candidate for HFS?
  • Any additional information may be added.

Letters of recommendation should be mailed by the recommender to
HFS Chicago Scholars
Attn: Application Review Board
1074 W. Taylor St., Mail Suite #201
Chicago, IL 60607

All supporting documents must be uploaded or postmarked by the Application Deadline - November 15, 2019.

Important Dates


HFS Chicago Scholars Scholarship Information Session
Children of Peace Elementary School (Back Building)
1900 W. Taylor Street, Chicago, IL

Completed applications must be submitted by November 15th, and letters of recommendation must be postmarked by the same date . Faxes are not accepted.  Materials should be uploaded to this online application or mailed to: HFS Chicago Scholars, 1074 W. Taylor St., Mail Suite #201, Chicago, IL 60607.

Applicants notified if selected for an interview
Reminder to Candidates – Apply for financial aid at your prospective high schools.

1st and 2nd Round Interviews held. 

Interviewed candidates are notified if selected for a scholarship.  

Scholarship and Wait-list Acceptance Forms due along with final high school choice, acceptance into other scholarships, and proof of enrollment in high school.


Please complete this section with contact information for the student applying for the scholarship and his/her parent/guardian(s).  Applicants should currently be in 8th grade (enrolling in high school fall 2020).


Student Name

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Students' personal email is preferred over their school email addresses. If a student does not have an email address, please enter the parent/guardian's email address. 
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If the student does not have a cell phone, enter the parent/guardian cell phone number.
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9. Language(s) Spoken At Home (check all that apply) *This question is required.
10. Parent/Guardian 1 *This question is required.
11. Parent/Guardian 1's relationship to the student? *This question is required.
12. Living at Home with the student? *This question is required.
13. Parent/Guardian 2
14. Parent/Guardian 2's relationship to student:
15. Living at home with the student?
16. Home/Mailing Address *This question is required.
17. How should mail be addressed to the parent/guardian(s)? *This question is required.