The deadline for applying to HEAR’s Scholarship Program for 2024 has now passed.

Thank you to all who applied.

Students selected for an interview will be informed by the end of March.

If you have questions regarding our application process, please email info@hearfoundation.org.

Announcing Our 2024 HEAR Board of Directors

2024 brings change for the Board of Directors at the HEAR Scholarship Foundation. Joe Lamberti, President of the Foundation, has stepped down from the board after being involved for over a decade. Teresa Devereux, former Mentoring Chair, is the new President. Thank you Joe for your significant contribution to the board, and welcome Teresa!

We are delighted to welcome a new member to our Board of Directors – Pablo Esparza. Pablo is a HEAR Class of 2020 Scholar. He graduated from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania with a BA in International Business & Management and a double minor in Spanish and Economics. He says, “It is truly a privilege and an honor to be a part of such a great organization involved in the advancement of higher education. This organization gave me the necessary resources to accomplish all of my goals not only financially, but with its great support system. Being a HEAR Board member, my goal is to guide other scholars and help progress this scholarship foundation forward just as it helped me.”

We are excited to have one of what we are confident will be many HEAR Graduates among our Board. We are looking forward to his insights and advice on how best we can continue to support our scholars.

Each Board member plays a crucial role in ensuring the continuing success of the HEAR Foundation, taking on responsibilities within the different committees that make up our organization. More information on our board can be found in the “About” section of our website. If you are interested in becoming a member of the board, please contact us at: info@hearfoundation.org.


         2024 HEAR Board of Directors

President – Teresa Devereux
Interim Vice President – Jim Ziemba
Secretary/Treasurer – Michael Spaniak


Greg Cadichon              Chris Eigel
Karoline Eigel                Pablo Esparza
Steve Hall                       Mary Kate Hatfield
Rula Marziani                George Silca
Rana Strellis                   James Weiss


Meet The New HEAR Scholar Class of 2027!

This class marks the 200th scholarship awarded to outstanding students from within the Chicagoland area.

From top left: Koffi A. (University of Missouri), Muntadher A-M. (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Jose C. (Northwestern University, Abigail C. (Clemson University), Mohammed D. (University of Illinois Chicago), Madelyn F. (UIUC), Michelle G. (Loyola University, Chicago), Mario G. (Northwestern University), Ndeye K. (University of Missouri), Mohammad K. (Illinois Institute of Technology), Joanna L. (Pomona College), Jacianna L. (Lewis University), Ara M. (UIUC), Emely M. (University of Chicago), Erica O. (UIUC), Daniel P. (Vanderbilt University), Dhruv P. (Harvard College), Lisa P. (UIUC), Kennedi R. (Vanderbilt University), Ted S. (Liberty University), Jamariya S. (Howard University), Stephanie T. (Elmhurst University), Jalen T. (University of Illinois Chicago), Marquelle W. (Morehouse College), Yasmine Z-M. (Loyola University, Chicago).

Finalizing the HEAR Class of 2027 was incredibly difficult this year. The Foundation was inundated with many outstanding applications. The interview process was particularly challenging as there were so many worthy recipients. We are grateful to everyone who took the time to complete the application to become part of this year’s class and we wish everyone a successful college journey! 

We are delighted to welcome the 25 students who make up the HEAR Class of 2027 into the HEAR Family of scholars this coming fall. These inspiring young men and women are destined for great things. We are excited to begin supporting them throughout their college career.

We look forward to sharing more information with you soon!

Scholars Share What Being Part Of HEAR’s Program Means To Them.

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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.

To hear from other HEAR Scholars, click here.

HEAR Scholarship Foundation recognized as National Scholarship Provider of the Year by 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. HEAR was delighted to be named Small Scholarship Provider in 2021.
To learn more about the National Scholarship Providers Association, click here.
This award reinforces our success at helping low-income students in the Chicagoland realize their dream of a college education. THANK YOU for continuing to help us along the way. We are truly grateful!

 HEAR Scholarship Foundation announced as a grant recipient from Invest For Kids Chicago.

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.


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 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.


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


Mentor with us – make an impactful change today.


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