About The HEAR 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.

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Listen to our HEAR Story!

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

The Application Cycle for our HEAR 2019 Scholarships begins shortly. Check back soon for more information and a link to apply.

We look forward to welcoming a new class of HEAR Scholars to our growing family!


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

For more information on our scholarship, please click here.

The HEAR Foundation is seeking Mentors to help support our new class of 2022 Scholars.

On May 8th 2018, The HEAR Foundation officially awarding 25 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. You can help them navigate through their new and exciting journey!

In order to support these scholars we are focussing attention on recruiting mentors for the HEAR Class of 2022.

If you, or anyone you know, is 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 our Director of Mentoring, Melissa Vela at: mentoring@hearfoundation.org.

The HEAR Class of 2021 at our Annual Awards Ceremony

The HEAR Class of 2022 is our biggest yet, with 25 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 25 young men and women are destined for great things!

Meet the HEAR Scholar Class of 2022!

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

Salma Barhoumeh from Lane Tech High School
Eric Brzeski from Lane Tech High School
Nick Caputo from Guerin College Prep
Rose Carroll from Chicago High School for Agricultural Studies
Brianna Davis from Morgan Park High School
Tara Deane from Lane Tech High School
Jean Dorelus from Evanston Township High Schjool
Eric Filipiak from Glenbrook South High School
CJ Foronda from Glenbrook South High School
Moria Hand from Loyola Academy, Wilmette
Shagufta Khatoon from Chicago Math and Science Academy
Oliwia Lakomy from Lane Tech High School
Nicola Maimon from Neuqua Valley High School
Jacqueline Mendoza from Taft High School
Vanessa Nieto fromSt. Ignatius College Prep
Justin Pita from Latin School of Chicago
Richard Rivera from Loyola Academy, Wilmette
Taylor Smith from Trinity High School
Kress Stewart from Walter Payton College Prep
Caitlin Strickland from Evanston Township High School
Ellery Therriault from Northside College Prep
Aniyah Travis from Kenwood High School
Daisy Trujillo from Northside College Prep
Annie Zhou from Walter Payton College Prep
Melanie Zuniga from Resurrection College Prep

Our Annual Awards Ceremony at St. Ignatius College Prep on May 8th was very successful . We welcomed our newest class of HEAR Scholars into the HEAR Family and celebrated our graduating HEAR Class of 2017.

Our Keynote Speaker, Dr. Toinette McClellan Gunn (Vice President of Programs at Chicago Scholars), was on point and resonated with our past, present and future scholars as she shared her own story of how she persevered throughout her years as a student both at high school and through college. Despite many barriers Dr. Gunn, herself a first-generation college goer, understood how important education is to a successful future. We are incredibly grateful to her for taking time out of her busy schedule to talk to our scholars.

Class of 2022 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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