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.

Meet the HEAR Scholar Class of 2023!

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

The HEAR Class of 2021 at our Annual Awards Ceremony

The HEAR Class of 2023 is our biggest yet, with 29 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 29 young men and women are destined for great things!

Angelique Acevedo  –  Northeastern University of Boston (Environmental Science)
Kevin Alcantara – Case Western University (Biochemistry)
Johnny Brown – University of Miami, FL (Bio-medical Engineering)
Anthony Burtley – Marquette University (Biological Sciences)
Gabby Calderon – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Animal Science)
Mia Cinquini – Marquette University (Nursing)
Mearieta Clemente – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Anthropology)
Ikenna Elue – Northwestern University (Computer Science)
Kely Enriquez – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Biology)
Miguel Fernandez – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Electrical Engineering)
Ines Garcia-Valdivia – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Psychology)
Evan Garrett – University of Oregon (Interior Architecture)
Angelica Glogowski – DePauw University (Biology/Global Health)
Cathy Guan – University of Toronto (Neuroscience & Bioethics)
Darius Johnson – Santa Clara University (Management Information Systems & Economics)

Gurleen Kaur – University of Illinois at Chicago (Computer Science)
Izabela Kwietniewski – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Business)
Alyssa Matias – University of Southern California (Political Science)
Tamara Mazets – Fordham University, NY (Economics & Computer Science)
Kiera McNeary – Xavier University of Louisiana (Pre-Med)
Anthony Navarette – University of Illinois at Chicago (Computer Engineering)
Jenifer Nunez – University of Pennsylvania (Undecided)
Alexandra Ramirez – St. Olaf College (Nursing)
Marc Ridgell – Washington University in St. Louis (African-American Studies)
Andrea Salamanca – Occidental College (Critical Theory and Social Justice)
Aatika Shaikh – University of Illinois at Chicago (Business Management)
Alexandra Siek – University of Illinois at Chicago (Biological Sciences)
Alondra Valezquez – Lake Forest College (Biology)
Lucy Weaver – University of California at Los Angeles (Public Health)

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!

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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