HFS Chicago Scholars

  • IL

About Us

HFS Chicago Scholars, founded in 1993 by a Notre Dame alumnus, holds steadfast to its founding principle: given active support and educational opportunities, economically disadvantaged Chicago inner-city kids can use the power of their minds and hard work to achieve success. We walk hand-in-hand with each of our scholars as they transform their aspirations into reality.

Our scholars respond to the opportunity by working hard to achieve success and unlock their long-term potential. Their achievements are astounding: • We have retained over 90% of the scholars that join the program at the end of their 8th grade year. • Nearly 90% of our scholars make the honor roll of the top schools in the city each year. • Our scholars are school leaders, serving as class officers, team captains and club presidents, and annually give over 1,800 hours to community service. • Our scholars combined Grade Point Average (GPA) is 3.35/4.00. • Since our founding, 100% of our graduates are accepted to top colleges and universities, such as Harvard University, Northwestern University, University of Chicago, University of Notre Dame, Cornell University, University of Illinois, Loras College, DePaul University and Loyola University. HFS Chicago Scholars provides partial high school scholarships for academically motivated yet economically disadvantaged young men and women. Each year prospective candidates (eighth graders) go through a rigorous and lengthy application and interview process to be considered. Students are chosen based on their academic performance, non-academic activities and, of course, financial need. A select few applicants meet the difficult requirements necessary to receive a scholarship.

An important part of the HFS Chicago Scholars program is providing our scholars a role model to support them through their high school years... in fact, it is a requirement of the program that scholars have a mentor. The mentors offer guidance, assistance and friendship to our scholars. The most critical element is regular meetings and contact between the mentor and scholar. Mentors stay connected with their scholar via phone or email and meet with them at least once or twice a month.