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Chicago Public Schools

Wentcher Scholars Program

The Wentcher Foundation awards $10,000 college scholarships to high-performing Chicago Public Schools students to help them pursue higher education. Funded through the generosity of benefactor Ernest Wentcher, the Foundation supports students on the basis of academic merit, character, and financial need.

The Foundation awards 70+ renewable scholarships to CPS students annually. Scholarships may be used at any accredited, not-for-profit, Title IV eligible college or university of the student's choice within the United States. Wentcher Scholars who continue to meet the Foundation's guidelines may renew their scholarships for up to four years of undergraduate support, totaling up to $40,000.


  • Open to Chicago Public Schools seniors graduating in June 2020
  • Minimum 3.0 unweighted GPA
  • Minimum 1030 SAT total score (or 20 ACT)
  • Open to all students who are eligible to receive federal financial aid. Applications from US citizens, legal permanent residents, and FAFSA-eligible non-citizens will be considered. If you are not sure about your eligibility status, visit the Federal Student Aid website.

    Applications for the 2020 CPS Wentcher Scholarship are closed. Check this page in late fall 2020 for information about the 2021 scholarship.

    Questions? Email or call 847.410.1990.