How to Apply

Scholars must live or attend a high school within the neighborhood limits of Austin in Chicago. Boundaries are Austin Blvd to the west, Metra tracks to the North, freight tracks to the East, and Roosevelt Road to the South.

The Class of 2024 applications are closed. We will begin accepting applications for 2025 by the first week of February.

Who can apply?

In order to qualify, a graduating senior must attend a Chicago Public School and either reside in or attend a CPS high school in the Austin Community (portions of 60639,60644, 60651), have strong academic achievement, necessary financial need, and be accepted to a two-year or four-year college or university degree program.

2025 Application Process

The 2025 application will open in early 2025. We will also reach out to 116 CPS school counselors and other staff at all Austin and neighboring CPS high schools.  Please email us with any questions.

Completed applications include:

Applicants meeting Scholars Committee application standards attend one personal interview with members of the committee at Third Unitarian Church.

Students chosen to receive awards must attend the Sunday Awards Ceremony held in May of 2025.  The ceremony becomes our church service on that Sunday with special speakers.  Otherwise, a student must request a make-up date by the Awards Ceremony a following Sunday.

Example High Schools

Some high schools attended by past Austin Scholar awardees:

(Note: Students attending a high school outside of Austin must live in Austin to qualify.)