The Chicago Community Trust established the Leonard and Bernice Lavin Scholarship Program to assist high school seniors in the Chicagoland area who plan to continue their education in college programs. Scholarships are offered for full-time study at an accredited institution of the student’s choice.
This scholarship program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship, tuition assistance, and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender, disability, or national origin.
Applicants to the Leonard and Bernice Lavin Scholarship Program must:
Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic performance, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, work experience, a statement of career and educational goals and objectives, unusual personal or family circumstances and an outside appraisal. Applicants will provide a 300-word essay outlining accomplishments related to one of the following values:
Financial need will be considered. Recipients will be selected from a pool of qualified applicants with consideration given to those who demonstrate the greatest need.
Selection of recipients is made by Scholarship America. In no instance does any officer or employee of The Chicago Community Trust play a part in the selection. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.
Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients.
If selected as a recipient, the student will receive a $5,000 award. Up to ten (10) awards will be granted. Awards may be used only for tuition, fees, books, supplies and required equipment. Awards are for undergraduate study only.
Awards are one time only and not renewable. Past recipients may not reapply.
All applicants will be notified in late April.
Scholarship America processes Leonard and Bernice Lavin Scholarship payments on behalf of The Chicago Community Trust. Payments are made in August.
As part of your application, you must upload the following:
One online recommendation form must be submitted on your behalf no later than March 4, 2021 3:00 pm Central Time.
Your application is not complete unless all required materials are submitted electronically.