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 2019 HEAR Scholarship Application Cycle is now closed.


We are excited to share that we will be awarding up to 30 scholarships this year, taking us to over 100 scholarships awarded in total. 

Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to apply for a 2019 HEAR Scholarship. We wish you the best of luck.

Our team of readers are reviewing the many applications we have received.

Over the next few weeks, they will read over 200 applications that have met our eligibility criteria.

If you are selected to attend an interview, you can expect to hear from us at the beginning of April.

The 2019 awards ceremony will be held on Tuesday, May 21st. We hope you can make it and help us celebrate our 100th HEAR Scholar!


If you have any questions or to find out more about our scholarship program, 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.

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.

Desperately seeking Mentors!!

The HEAR Foundation is delighted to announce that in May 2019 we will be awarding up to 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.

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? You can help our incoming HEAR Class of 2023 navigate their way on this new and exciting journey and help them to succeed in college. What’s more, you will feel a sense of satisfaction knowing that you personally made a difference in someone’s life.

We are currently focussing attention on recruiting mentors for the HEAR Class of 2023. 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 us at info@hearfoundation.org. We look forward to hearing from you.


This could be you at our next annual fundraiser. Matt is one of our most dedicated mentors. He has supported Nick, a HEAR Class of 2019 scholar, throughout his four years of college.

Nick graduates from Illinois Wesleyan University this Spring having already accepted a full-time position at the organization where Matt helped him find an internship. Matt has been 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 recent fundraiser as recognition for all he has done – thank you again Matt!

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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