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Note: The information and dates regarding these
applications is specific to the year of 2017-18, and the 2018 Chicago
Student Science Fair. Much of this information may change for the 2019
year and Fair.
Students who have started on their investigation by completing their
library research and formulating an experimental design may apply for
funds to help purchase supplies and equipment not normally available at
the local school.
awards a maximum of $100 per semester or $200 per year to help students
finance the research of students in grades 7-12. The application may be duplicated for
your use. The Research Grant Committee awards grants on the basis of
the application. The student must demonstrate that he/she fully
understands the nature of the project and that experimental research
(not a demonstration) will be conducted.
High school students
whose funding requirements exceed $100 should apply for funds through
the Maxi Grant Program.
Students applying for a Maxi Grant must
have participated in a past regional or city science fair. The
application for this grant appears here.
The application should be completed with great attention to detail. Do
not request equipment that is usually part of the school inventory. All
equipment purchased through the grant becomes property of the school
when the project is completed. Greatest consideration is given to
students who have thoroughly researched their project and have used
scientific journals rather than general reference books and textbooks
in their Reference List.
Maxi grant applications
will be screened by the Research Grant Committee and evaluated by an
initial point system. If your application passes the initial screening,
the student will be invited to a personal interview conducted by
selected CPS Student Science Fair Committee Chairpersons. Maxi
Research Grants are awarded to students one time only.
All grant applications
are evaluated according to the following criteria by the committee:
scientific merit, scientific approach, and potential for development. A
student may apply for either the Minigrant or the Maxi Grant, but not
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The Advise-a-Student Program is designed to assist students working on
a project who have exhausted the help of teachers and parents. Upon
receipt of an application demonstrating that the student has completed
the library research necessary, the committee attempts to find a
research scientist who will provide expert help. The scientist only
provides suggestions on improving the project and should not be asked
to provide equipment or laboratory space. This program is not designed
to provide money, equipment, or general information. The application form may be
duplicated for your use.
Over one and a half million dollars in scholarships has been awarded to
Chicago public schools students who have participated in the student
science fair as exhibitors of projects and/or as symposium participants.
awarded by corporations, philanthropic organizations, universities, and
the Chicago Public Schools Student Science Fair, Inc. The number of
scholarships available varies each year.
Any senior who has
participated in at least one Chicago Public Schools Student Science
Fair at the Chicago Region level or above and who is graduating from a
Chicago Public High School is eligible to apply for a scholarship.
Interested seniors may
obtain scholarship application forms from their high school science
fair coordinator, their counselor, or science department chairperson.
The application is also found here, in PDF format. Applicants should
be aware of the deadline for filing their applications. See the Science Fair calendar for the due
date. Late and incomplete entries will not be considered and will
returned to the student. Faxed applications are not accepted.
forms will be judged on the following criteria:
amount of science fair participation, levels of achievement, and
- academic profile:
types of courses and grades, class rank, and standardized test results
- career objectives
activities, school and community service
characteristics, letters of recommendation
sketch (personal essay)
candidates will be selected from the applicants and invited to meet
with the scholarship committee in the final step of screening.
Recipients of scholarships are selected by the committee to discuss
their candidacy with the committee in an informal setting. The
candidates are notified by letter as to the decision of the Scholarship
Committee whose decisions are final. A formal presentation of
scholarships takes place at an awards dinner to honor the recipients
and their parents.
university scholarships had been made available to Science Fair, Inc.
at the time of this handbook’s publication. The list is subject to
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One full tuition-free renewable scholarship
Requirements: ACT score of 22 (or SAT equivalent);
GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale
Majors: biology, chemistry, computer science, industrial technology,
mathematics, or nursing
One tuition-free, 4-year scholarship
Requirements: ACT score 16+ or 22+ for the Honors Program
Must apply and be accepted by the university.
Must major in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, engineering, or
DeVry Institute of
One full tuition-free scholarship leading to a Bachelor of Science
degree in engineering or computer science
Requirements: Must be accepted into the program in computers or
One $4000 renewable scholarships
Requirements: ACT score 28
Honors program and rank in the top 15%
One or two year, ½ tuition scholarship
Requirements: Admission to Lake Forest by February 1
ACT score 25 and/or SAT score 1180
a 3.5 GPA and rank in the top 20%
One $1,000 per year renewable tuition waiver
Requirements: Admission to Lewis University;
3.0 GPA in high school; maintaining
a 3.0 GPA while attending Lewis University
Loyola University of
One $2,000 per year renewable tuition waiver
Requirements: Admission to Loyola by April 1.
ACT score 24+ or 30+ for the Honors Program
Rank in class: Upper 10%
Major in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Pre-Medicine, or Mathematics
One 4-year tuition-free scholarship
Requirements: ACT Score 26; or ACT score 23 and top 10% of class
Rank in class: Upper 10%
Major in Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, or Physics
University of Chicago
One tuition waiver of $2,000
Requirement: Student must have been accepted by the
University by April 1.
Illinois at Chicago
One 4-year, tuition-free scholarship
Requirements: ACT score 26+; SAT score 1090
Rank in class: Upper 15%
A number of monetary
scholarships will also be available. The funding of
these scholarships depends on the generosity of corporations and
philanthropic organizations that contribute to Science Fair, Inc. Cash
grants usually range from $2,000 to $3,000. The application for a
Science Fair Scholarship can be found here, in PDF format.
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