WHAT IS THE BOY AND HIS DREAM SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM?

A Boy and His Dream Foundation (ABAHD) focuses on giving back to the Chicago community the opportunities and knowledge to be successful and healthy.

The A Boy and His Dream Scholarship program was created to help children in our local communities to overcome obstacles and continue their education where lack of financial and academic support may be a factor. The goal of the scholarship is to encourage struggling youth to stay in school, to realize there is hope for their future and to inspire change.

Each Scholarship will provide students with a $1000 dedicated fund to support their educational expenses. A minimum of 10 scholarships will be granted annually, with more depending on available donations. Students will be mentored by A Boy and His Dream and their progress and journeys followed. Recipients will be asked to share their stories to help inspire others to succeed through education.
 

Interested in Applying for a Scholarship?

Please complete the the digital application using Adobe Reader (free download online, if needed)

After completing the application and essay, please save your file with your name included in the title, and email to Sunny@ABoyandHisDream.org.

 

WHAT IS THE APPLICATION PROCESS?

To apply for A Boy and His Dream Scholarship Program an application must be completed, along with all required supporting documents and recommendations, by the deadline.

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Eligibility Questionnaire: This step requires financial information from the applicant, parent(s) or legal guardian(s).

Referrals: Applicants must obtain a recommendation from a high school representative (principal, teacher, counselor, coach) who is 21 or older and not related to the applicant.

Application Submissions: Applications and recommendations must be completed and submitted between April 1-30. Late, mailed, faxed, or emailed submissions will not be accepted.
 

HOW ARE ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS IDENTIFIED?

In partnership with the Breakthrough organization (www.breakthrough.org), potential applicants will be identified from Marshall High School in Garfield Park, one of the most under-supported schools in the Chicagoland community.

To be eligible for A Boy and His Dream Scholarship Program, students must meet the following criteria at the time of application:

■ High-school senior
■ Citizen or permanent resident of the United States and Chicago resident
■ Earn a minimum 3.0 GPA (or equivalent)
■ Demonstrate financial need
■ Demonstrate local community involvement
■ Proof of enrollment in continuing education program


HOW ARE SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS SELECTED?

A Boy and His Dream Scholars are selected based on the following principles:

■ Financial need
■ Academic performance
■ Commitment to serving their communities
■ Drug-free commitment
■ Attendance
■ Demonstrated motivation to learn
 

HOW ARE SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS MAINTAINED AND MANAGED?

A Boy and His Dream Foundation has secured the PCCF Foundation to govern, manage and deploy scholarship funds. PCCF will assist in ensuring funds go directly towards approved education expenses.

Accountants for A Boy and His Dream Foundation will ensure compliance with tax and accounting regulations. Donations made to A Boy and His Dream Scholarship fund are tax-deductible. A Boy and His Dream Foundation is a registered 501c3 non-for profit organization.

 

WHERE CAN THE SCHOLARSHIPS BE USED?

Scholars may attend any two or four-year, nonprofit, accredited college or university in the United States. Funds may also be used at technical or trades schools.

 

WHAT DOES THE SCHOLARSHIP COVER?

The A Boy and His Dream Scholarship fund pays toward the cost of:

■ Tuition and fees
■ Room and board
■ Books and supplies
■ Miscellaneous educational expenses

 

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF THE SCHOLARSHIP?

The A Boy and His Dream Scholarship Program provides many outstanding benefits:

  • Financial assistance toward a four-year undergraduate degree
  • Dedicated help and support from A Boy and His Dream Members and  Breakthrough mentors and contacts
  • Recognition as an A Boy and His Dream Scholar
  • Annual events, activities, and support exclusively for A Boy and His Dream Scholars
  • Assistance in planning for a rewarding career after college
  • Alumni Program offering ongoing support and a lifelong connection to a network of A Boy and His Dream Scholars

 

WHAT IS REQUIRED OF A BOY AND HIS DREAM SCHOLARS?

  • Meet all academic requirements while in school (including a minimum 3.0 GPA) and remain on track to graduate
  • Communicate regularly and stay in contact with A Boy and His Dream Foundation members
  • Participate in the annual A Boy and His Dream Scholar reunion
  • Share their experience and story to inspire peers and other youth
  • Fulfill all scholarship requirements and submit required documents by their deadlines.

 

WHAT IS THE PROGRAM TIMELINE?

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Applications will be evaluated in the first two weeks of May. Scholarship awards will be announced the 2nd week in June via ceremony at the Breakthrough organization.

 

PARTNERSHIP WITH THE BREAKTHROUGH ORGANIZATION:

The Breakthrough organization in Chicago partners with those affected by poverty to build connections, grow skills and open doors of opportunity.

Through people, trust, and quality & safe facilities, Breakthrough engages in an integration of programs that promote holistic personal development and community connection, so that people strengthen their social capital, have access to resources, and make progress on their goals and dreams.

Through their community relationship, Breakthrough will help to market and connect A Boy and His Dream scholarship applicants with the program.

We appreciate any contribution to our scholarship program. Thank you!

Learn to Dream!

Interested in Applying for a Scholarship?

Please complete the the digital application using Adobe Reader (free download online, if needed)

After completing the application and essay, please save your file with your name included in the title, and email to Sunny@ABoyandHisDream.org.