New Scholarship Designed to Help Chicago Students ACE Their Futures


2020 was an unparalleled year that undoubtedly forced some Chicago high school graduates to push pause on their studies or rethink their next steps. However, a new scholarship program supported by Crown Family Philanthropies is paving the way for those students to advance their education right here in their hometown.

Appropriately named the ACE – Advancing Chicago’s Education – Scholarship, students who graduated from a Chicago Public Schools (CPS) high school in 2020 may be eligible to earn a scholarship of $500 if they take Summer courses at City Colleges and/or a scholarship of $1,000 and a laptop to keep if they take classes this Fall.

The funding can be used towards tuition, books, and other life expenses so long as the recipient enrolls and stays enrolled in at least three credit hours at City Colleges during the Summer semester and/or six credit hours during the Fall semester.

The new ACE Scholarship is providing a unique opportunity for students who, due to any number of reasons, have not yet started their college journeys. By taking advantage of the scholarship, students can advance their career outlooks and their futures, whether they plan to head straight into the workforce with a new credential from City Colleges or transfer to a four-year institution.

Students, are you ready to ACE your future? Learn more about the application and eligibility requirements by visiting