“Love the children first, then teach them.”
– Saint Mother Theodore Guerin
Our Scholarship Program
The HEAR Foundation began the HEAR Scholarship program in 2010 with the goal of helping college-bound students with financial need, who had demonstrated a commitment to their schools and communities.
The HEAR Scholarship Foundation awards a $20,000 tuition scholarship to Chicagoland High School seniors from disadvantaged homes, who demonstrate commitment to their community. Scholarships are paid directly to the college, in increments of $5,000 a year, for four years of higher education.
Applicants need to prove they have financial need, must fulfill HEAR’s minimum academic requirements, and must show that they are of outstanding character and caring, active members of their communities.
Our scholarship recipients have gone on to Marquette, Syracuse, Loyola University Chicago, Dickinson, Carroll, and Harvard University, University of Southern California, Northeastern University Chicago, Northeastern University Boston, Tampa and Michigan, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Agnes Scott College, DePaul University, UIC and the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Mizzou and Northwestern, DePauw University, St. Louis, Hampton and Southern University, ITT in Chicago, Elmhurst College, and Middlebury. Our scholars have been able to maintain a cumulative GPA of over 3.45. A growing group of mentors, successful young professionals from various fields, help guide each HEAR scholar through his or her college and future career journey.
All applications for the HEAR Scholarship are done via an online platform. Scholars must upload all documents, send automated messages with transcript and recommendation requests, and submit their applications through the portal. All fully-completed applications undergo a screening process, and successful applicants are invited to attend an interview. From here, our Interview Committee will select successful applicants to become HEAR Scholars for that year.
Did you HEAR? Many contributions have gone into making the HEAR Scholarship a reality. We would like to extend a special thanks to the organizations and families who have donated one or more full HEAR Scholarships:
- The Cesaroni Family
- The Chaddick Foundation
- The Eigel Family
- The HEAR Associate Board
- The Kirkegaard Family
- The Schmidt Family
- The Weigel Family
- The Wislow Family
- The Spaniak Family
Scholarship Application Process
Applications for the 2017 HEAR Scholarship can no longer be accepted. Students with a strong academic record, excellent character and involvement in their communities and demonstrated financial need are encouraged to begin preparing for 2018.
The HEAR Foundation offers a way to honor and memorialize family and friends who have passed through a Memorial Scholarship. These scholarships provide a specific high school graduate with a scholarship to help pay for their college education. If you would like to find out more please contact us here….
HEAR Foundation Mentoring Program
The HEAR Foundation began its scholarship program in 2009 and awarded its first scholarships in the spring of 2010. In an effort to extend both the short and long term impact of this program, the Foundation added a Mentoring Program.
With our incoming Class of 2021 HEAR Scholars soon to be announced we are now looking for new Mentors!
The candidates were incredible young men and women. You seldom come across a collective of people in which each individual leaves such a positive, indelible mark. They shared their story of staring adversity right in the face while maintaining an unwavering commitment to education and volunteering. Each had a vision of how they wanted to change the world; it was as if we were viewing a microcosm of future leaders, and if they accomplish half of what they have in mind, then the future is bright. The process truly sheds light on the financial burden of pursuing a higher education and the importance of making sure people of this caliber have a way to achieve it.
My only regret is that we can’t provide aid to everyone.”
– Casey Crofton
2016 Interview Committee Member
Meet Our Scholars
Brianna recently had the opportunity to travel to Europe and visit a number of different countries including Italy, Prague & Spain. Says Brianna "My time abroad has been life changing and I am grateful for the experience. This has been something I have wanted to...read more
A beautiful message from one of our Class of 2021 HEAR Scholars Sam Van Loon to our newest Class of 2021 Students!
Dear HEAR Class of 2021, Congratulations, welcome to the family, you made it, and all that jazz. I'm not going to bother with the empty praise because I know you've heard it all before. You don't need to be reminded that you're intelligent and deserving...read more
Did you HEAR? We have been busy this week touring schools and surprising students who were chosen to receive a HEAR Scholarship. We are delighted to announce our Class of 2021 HEAR Scholars...... Aileen Acosta from Trinity High School Amanda Bardoshi from York...read more