As a Chicago Public School or charter school student, you may be eligible to receive the Charles Scholarship—an award honoring those with a record of academic achievement, personal accomplishment, and leadership ability.

Preference is given to traditionally under-represented students, particularly Latinx and Hispanic students.

The Charles Scholarship provides funding that offers:

  • The comprehensive cost of tuition, fees, room and board for four years
  • A book and personal expense allowance
  • An annual travel allowance

The scholarship is renewable provided you maintain the specified grade point average and meet requirements toward earning a degree.

Nomination Process

Guidance counselors, heads of schools or principals, or college preparatory program representatives may nominate up to three students from their school or program. Our admission and financial aid staff may also nominate you based on the strength of your application for admission.

Nominate a Student for the Charles Scholarship


  • December 15- School nominations due.
  • January 11- Application for admission and FAFSA due.
  • March- Charles Scholars will be named in March.

If not eligible to complete a FAFSA, please contact for next steps.


For questions related to the Charles Scholarship, please contact our scholarships team.