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.

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.

The 2019 HEAR Scholarship Application Cycle is now open.

 The deadline for submitting applications for our scholarship is Thursday, February 15th, 2019.

We wish you the best of luck with your application.

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

Tickets are on sale NOW for the

2018 Annual HEAR Fundraiser!

Our annual fundraiser is sure to be the highlight of your holiday season, filling you with cheer and a feeling of well-being. Tickets can be purchased now through our dedicated fundraiser website. In addition to tickets, you can also enter into our HEAR Scholarship Square contest, purchase tickets for our wine pull and browse our silent auction items.

Our silent auction is now live! Even if you can’t attend the event, you can still bid online for items in our auction. We have an amazing selection of items this year, so make sure you don’t miss out. Visit our online auction now, browse, register and start bidding!

Please support our mission of helping underserved, exemplary high school seniors attain their dream of a higher education by attending our event on December 8th, 2018. We hope you will come and celebrate with us! Even better – bring some friends along to the evening and celebrate with them too! If you would prefer to receive a paper invitation in the mail, please email fundraiser@hearfoundation.org.


Support our fundraising efforts with a scholarship square purchase!


Support our fundraising efforts by entering the second annual HEAR Foundation Scholarship Squares contest. Like Super Bowl squares, you can choose as many squares as you’d like at $200 per square. In 2017, we were able to fund 40 squares, raising $8000 and awarding one lucky winner a diamond bracelet! For 2018, our goal is to raise $10,000, or ½ a full scholarship. This year’s prize is a vacation package to the Ozark’s worth $3,000! Please help a worthy cause while being a part of the evening, whether you can join us or not.

We appreciate your support and sincerely hope you are at the event in case we announce you as the 2018 Scholarship Square winner (if you’re unable to attend we will notify you via email / phone!)

Don’t delay, purchase your square today!

Please consider becoming a sponsor for our event, or donating an item to our silent auction!

We are looking for partners to help cover the cost of our fundraiser, ensuring its success and meaning all proceeds raised at the event go towards our HEAR Scholarship program. We are also looking for items to be donated to our silent auction. If you are interested in either of these opportunities, please download our Event Sponsorship Packet and contact us at: fundraiser@hearfoundation.org.

Thank you for your support!

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 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.


Volunteer with us – make an impactful change in our community today.


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