About The HEAR Scholarship Foundation (Health Education and Relief)

The HEAR Scholarship Foundation’s mission is to provide financial and mentoring support to Chicagoland High School graduates of need, who have demonstrated academic excellence, commitment to community, and highest moral character in pursuing their dream of a college education.

Thank You For Supporting The 2019 Annual HEAR Fundraiser!


Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we were able to exceed our fundraising goals for the evening. All proceeds from the event will be directed to our Scholarship Program and continue to fund HEAR Scholars during their quest to achieve a higher education.

We hope those of you who were able to join us had a wonderful evening and we wish everyone a Happy New Year!

If you would like to see all the photographs from the evening, please click on the link below.




If you missed our fundraiser, you also missed the debut showing of our new video. Please take a moment and listen two of our awesome HEAR Scholars and their families explaining what a HEAR Scholarship means to them. It is because of your support that they are were they are now, doing what they dreamed of.

The 2020 HEAR Scholarship Application Cycle is now open.

 The deadline for submitting applications for our scholarship is Friday, January 31st, 2020.

We wish you the best of luck with your application.

If you have any questions, please email: info@hearfoundation.org.




The HEAR Scholarship Foundation is creating opportunity and changing lives for underserved Chicagoland high school seniors. Please take a moment to listen to our scholars tell their stories in their own words.

Meet The HEAR Scholar Class of 2023!

Please join us in congratulating these students as we celebrate their fantastic achievement….

The HEAR Class of 2021 at our Annual Awards Ceremony

The HEAR Class of 2023 is our biggest yet, with 29 new scholars joining our program. We are delighted to welcome them into the HEAR Family of scholars and look forward to supporting them throughout their college careers. We are certain these 29 young men and women are destined for great things!

Angelique Acevedo, Kevin Alcantara, Johnny Brown, Anthony Burtley, Gabby Calderon, Mia Cinquini, Mearieta Clemente, Ikenna Elue, Kely Enriquez, Miguel Fernandez, Ines Garcia-Valdivia, Evan Garrett, Angelica Glogowski, Cathy Guan, Darius Johnson, Gurleen Kaur, Izabela Kwietniewski, Alyssa Matias, Tamara Mazets, Kiera McNeary, Kassidy Moy (not pictured), Anthony Navarette, Jenifer Nunez, Alexandra Ramirez, Marc Ridgell (not pictured), Andrea Salamanca, Aatika Shaikh, Alexandra Siek, Alondra Valezquez, Lucy Weaver.


Listen to some of our scholars’s stories. See, HEAR and discover what being awarded a HEAR Scholarship really means. Members of our Board of Directors explain why they are compelled to become part of our organization, helping change the futures of some of the Chicagoland area’s brightest students.

Our Mentoring Story.

The HEAR Foundation is delighted to announce that in May 2019 we awarded 30 new college scholarships to high school graduates in financial need, who have shown perseverance and demonstrated academic excellence. Many of these students are first-generation college-goers in their family. In 2020, our goal is to award another 30 scholarships.

Did you know? Almost a third of first-generation students drop out of college in the first year. There are numerous reasons why this happens but often it is because they are overwhelmed by the journey ahead of them and they have no one to turn to for advice. The pressure of trying to succeed on their own is just too much.

The good news? The HEAR Foundation assigns a mentor to each new HEAR Scholar as they start to navigate their way on their new and exciting journey, helping them to succeed in college.

We are beginning the search for mentors for our incoming HEAR Class of 2024. Please consider becoming a mentor for one of our future scholars and feel a sense of satisfaction knowing that you personally made a difference in someone’s life.

If you, or anyone you know, are interested in learning more about becoming a mentor (or are ready to volunteer your services), and want to make a meaningful difference in a young person’s life – whilst at the same time no doubt enriching your own – please contact us at info@hearfoundation.org. We look forward to hearing from you.

Matt (far left)  is one of our most dedicated mentors. He supported Nick (left), a HEAR Class of 2019 scholar, through his four years of college.

Nick graduated in May 2019 from Illinois Wesleyan University having already accepted a full-time position at the organization where Matt helped him find an internship. Matt was a committed mentor during Nick’s four years at college, offering support and advice whenever Nick needed it. Without a doubt, Matt’s help and commitment made a difference in Nick’s life! Nick presented Matt with our “Volunteer of the Year” award at our 2019 HEAR Fundraiser as recognition for all he has done – thank you again Matt!

Class of 2023 Announced!

Congratulations to our newest HEAR Scholars! 

HEAR Volunteer Day

HEAR volunteers spend a day bringing food relief to our communities.


Over $1,500,000 in scholarships granted since 2010.


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