Financially Preparing for the Future: The Wentcher Scholarship by Rosaly Gonzalez
The mission of the Wentcher Foundation is to provide college scholarships to Chicago high school seniors based on the student’s’ academic merit, financial need and character. The Wentcher Foundation will award 50 plus renewable scholarships valuing up to $10,000 per year to Chicago seniors supporting them as they attend a US college or university.
Qualifications to apply for a Wentcher Foundation scholarship include being a Chicago Public School Senior, being a US citizen, earning a minimum weighted GPA of 3.0, have earned a minimum ACT score of 20, have completed FAFSA, and have received a financial aid award letter.
Requirements while applying for a Wentcher Foundation Scholarship include the student’s official high school transcript, ACT score report, two letters of recommendation written by a teacher or counselor, a college acceptance letter (if available), descriptions of the student’s work, volunteer, leadership, extracurricular and honor experience and achievements, a copy of the student’s FAFSA SAR report and EFC, and a 500 minimum word essay where the student states who they are, their history and their goals, as well as explain why they should receive a Wentcher Scholarship.
If awarded a Wentcher Foundation Scholarship, the awarded money may only be used for undergraduate tuition, room and board, required books and fees, and other approved expenses that are necessary to pursue a college education. The Wentcher Foundation Scholarship may not be used for studying abroad, non-accredited colleges or universities, or for post- bachelor’s work.