Scholarship and Award Winners

Providing over $100,000 to exceptional students

Each year, JA gives thousands of dollars in scholarships and awards to exceptional students who have participated in JA programs. This past year, we awarded more than $100,000 in scholarships and awards to 24 outstanding high school students. The top award, the Colonel Henry Crown Scholarship, provides $20,000 over the course of four years at an accredited college and includes a paid summer internship at a Henry Crown affiliated company.

Scholarship Descriptions and Guidelines 2014-2015

Scholarship Deadline is March 20, 2015- SUBMISSION PERIOD HAS ENDED, PLEASE CHECK BACK JANUARY 2016 TO APPLY NEXT YEAR

Colonel Henry Crown Scholarship ($20,000)

$20,000 scholarship – $5,000 a year for a four year period while pursuing a degree at an accredited college or university of his or her choice. Paid attendance at a summer internship program (3 summers at 10 weeks each) with a Henry Crown affiliated company or an agency supported by Crown Family Philanthropies.

Eligibility Criteria

Must be a high school senior who has an average of “B” or better beginning in sophomore year

Must have participated in a Junior Achievement high school program, such as the JA Company Program, JA Career Success, High School Heroes, etc. Full list of high school programs found here.

Applicants need to submit completed Henry Crown application with the following attached:

  • Copy of the classroom volunteer or teacher rating scale
  • Copy of the high school rating scale
  • Signed transcript
  • SAT/ACT/PSAT results
  • Letter of recommendation from your principal, teacher or counselor
  • Student essay detailing your reasons for wanting to continue your education
  • Short biography including extracurricular activities, community service, and how involvement with Junior Achievement has affected your life

*If selected as a finalist 25 minute interviews will be held at the Junior Achievement offices on Wednesday April 8th to determine the recipients of the four scholarships

*Scholastic promise, motivation, moral character, leadership qualities and good citizenship are the major considerations for the selection.

Junior Achievement General Scholarships ($1,000 – $5,000)

Junior Achievement also awards other scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 as a one time payment to the college or university of your choice.

Eligibility Criteria

Must be a high school senior who has an average of “B” or better beginning in your sophomore year

For the general scholarships, high school participation is not a requirement but you must have participated in a Junior Achievement program at some point during your academic career (elementary school, middle school or high school)

The Colonel Henry Crown application is used for all general scholarships as well; please submit the application with all of the components listed above for the Henry Crown Scholarship.

High School Heroes Scholarship ($500 – $1,000)

This Junior Achievement scholarship is made available for those high school seniors who participate in a Junior Achievement program and then go out in the community and mentor and facilitate a Junior Achievement program in a local elementary school serving as the volunteer.

Eligibility Criteria

All high school students who participate in a High School Heroes event are eligible to submit an essay detailing their experience. Once submitted, Junior Achievement of Chicago will judge essays on content and form. The author(s) of the top essay(s) will receive scholarship consideration from Junior Achievement of Chicago.

Students of current full or part time employees of Junior Achievement of Chicago are not eligible for scholarship consideration.