The Chez Scholars Program is a college access and retention program that recruits promising Chicago area public high school students. The program is designed to provide the Chez Scholars with support, guidance, and opportunities for personal growth as they journey through their undergraduate experience at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The Chez Scholarship Program reflects four foundational tenets:
» Academic Excellence
» Civic Engagement and Service Learning
» Leadership Development
» Career Development
Chez Scholars are expected to abide by all university policies, as well as attend Chez scheduled events. These events focus on the aforementioned tenets as well as social networking and individual mentoring. Each Chez Scholar is appointed a Chez Mentor who is a graduate student that guides and supports the scholar. The time commitment of Chez Scholars is approximately three hours a week. These three hours include bi-weekly individual mentoring sessions, bi-weekly group meetings, and bi-weekly Chez Scholar social networking. During weeks with special events, a few additional hours may be added; students will be made aware well in advance. The intent is to provide exceptional opportunities to the Chez Scholars that enhance their academic, professional, social, and personal growth.
Chez Scholarship applicants will be (with limited exceptions):
» Chicago Public High School students who have completed the application for admission to the University of Illinois
» Must be economically disadvantaged, having a household income of less than $40,000 (approximately 200% of the federal poverty level), the maximum family income for eligibility will be reviewed annually
» Must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Application Requirements and Deadline
Completed applications must be postmarked by January 6, 2012. In addition to a completed application for admission, the Chez Family Scholarship application must include the following supporting materials:
» Chez application essays
» Two letters of recommendation (preferably one from a teacher/counselor and one from a personal contact who is not related to the student)
It is recommended that the Chez application and all supporting materials be submitted together, in one envelope. Letters of recommendation should be sealed in individual envelopes prior to submission of the application.
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*information from: http://admissions.illinois.edu/chez/application.pdf