HEAR Scholarship Foundation Fall Fundraiser

Tickets now on sale!

After a two-year hiatus, we are delighted to announce the return of our in person fundraiser. Buy your tickets now and join us for what is sure to be a BIG celebration.

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Ticket price includes open bar, food, live band, and more! We can’t wait to see you there.

Questions? Email: fundraiser@hearfoundation.org

The 2022/2023 HEAR Scholarship Application Cycle is now open.


 The deadline for submitting applications for our scholarship is Sunday, February 12th at 9pm CST, 2023.


Click here to begin your application.


We wish you the best of luck with your application.

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

HEAR Scholarship Foundation Awarded Development Grant By Invest For Kids


We are absolutely delighted to announce that the HEAR Scholarship Foundation has been announced as a recipient of an Invest For Kids Chicago grant.

Invest For Kids is dedicated to supporting highly effective not-for-profit organizations that serve Chicago area youth from disadvantaged communities. Learn more about them here – https://investforkidschicago.org/

We are so honored to have been recognized with this award, and are very grateful to the IFK Board of Directors who decided that our cause is worthy of their support!

IFK is hosting its 14th Annual Invest For Conference on November 1st. For more information on the event, please click here

Meet The New HEAR Scholar Class of 2026!

From top left: Ariela A. (George Washington University), Vanessa B. (Loyola University), Elicia C. (University of Michigan), Mandy C. (Cornell University), Olivia C. (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Cortez D. (DePaul University), Netaya D. (George Washington University), David D. (UIUC), Ashley F. (UIUC), Austin F. (Morehouse College), Jennifer L. (UIUC), Vincent L. (University of Southern California), Darwin M. (UIUC), Leslie M. (University of Illinois at Chicago), Joel O. (Elmhurst University), Emily O. (Loyola University), LeeVonn O. (Columbia College, Chicago), Tristen T. (Claremont McKenna College), Lilyanna V. (Nova Southeastern University), Yoselyn W. (Tulane University).

Finalizing this year’s class of scholars was extremely challenging. The number of applicants and the quality of the applications was overwhelming. There were so many recipients. The hardest part of the selection process is telling those who weren’t successful. That decision can mean the difference between a student’s ability to attend college or taking a different path, and it is a heartbreaking process for the team.

We are delighted to welcome the 20 students who make up the HEAR Class of 2026 into the HEAR Family of scholars this fall. These inspiring young men and women are destined for great things and look forward to supporting them throughout their college careers.

We look forward to sharing more information with you soon!

The 2021 HEAR Annual Report is now available online.

Click here to read it.



If you would like a paper copy, please email lucy@hearfoundation.org.

We Are Winners!!!

We are thrilled to announce that the HEAR Scholarship Foundation has been named National Scholarship Provider of the Year (small category) by The National Scholarship Providers Association (NSPA).
The Scholarship Provider of the Year Award showcases scholarship providers that leverage their unique resources to strengthen college access and success, advance industry or professional performance, kick-start innovation, and improve conditions in their community and beyond.
To learn more about the NSPA, the award, and to hear our acceptance speech, click here.
This is huge honor for us and reinforces our commitment to help low-income students in the Chicagoland are realize their dream of a college education.
The last 12 months have proved challenging for HEAR and this recognition reminds us of the important work that we do. THANK YOU for continuing to help us along the way. We are truly grateful!

HEAR Scholars Share The Importance Of A HEAR Scholarship In These Selfie Videos.

Watch Now!


It’s never too early to join us and help build the fund to support next year’s class of scholars. Donate below now.

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


HEAR Mentoring


Mentoring is an essential part of our program. HEAR pairs every new Scholar with an adult mentor.

They serve as guides to our under-resourced and often first-generation scholars throughout their college careers.


Mentoring is well-documented as being key to ensure college perseverance and completion.

Become 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, please contact us at info@hearfoundation.org.


Class of 2025 Announced!

Congratulations to our newest HEAR Scholars! 

Scholar Stories

Listen to HEAR Scholars explain what being awarded a scholarship means to them.


Over $3,400,000 in scholarships granted since 2010.


Mentor with us – make an impactful change today.


Connect with HEAR in your community.  Join us at our next event!


Invest in Permanent Change.  Make a contribution to HEAR today.

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