1. What is LINK Unlimited?
LINK Unlimited is a not-for-profit organization that provides four-year high school scholarships, mentoring and support programming to low-income Chicago high school youth who possess high academic potential and strong personal character.
2. Who can qualify for LINK?
Any Chicago-land area African American eighth grader who is highly motivated and demonstrates financial need, academic potential, and good moral character.
3. What is considered “academic potential”?
We will evaluate students’ 7th and 8th grade report cards and 7th grade standardized test scores. We will determine each students’ grade point average in core subject areas (math, science, English, language arts, social studies, reading). At LINK Unlimited, we are seeking potential scholars who have maintained a strong academic record – mainly As, Bs, with the exception of a few C’s, and who can demonstrate a proven track record of strong study habits, work ethic, academic discipline, motivation and drive. Applications that don’t meet this requirement will be considered on a case by case basis.
4. What is considered “financial need?”
Each family’s ability to contribute toward the educational cost of the student applicant will be evaluated by an outside financial analysis provider. Each family must prove through the application, verification of income, and parent statements that attending a private high school without financial assistance would not be possible.
5. Does the scholarship apply to any school?
The LINK scholarship only applies to the schools listed on our website. If the school you wish to attend does not appear on this list, please contact the LINK office (312-225-5465) immediately so that we can look into the feasibility of establishing a partnership with that school.
6. How do I apply for the high schools on your list?
Call the schools directly to find out about the school’s application process and entrance exam – watch for deadlines!!!
7. Does the family have to pay anything?
Yes, families will pay a portion of tuition plus the cost of books, uniforms, school registration fees and school incidental fees. The scholarship is a three-way partnership. The partners are LINK Unlimited, the school, and the family. LINK will contribute approximately $4,500 – $5,000 per year. Families must fill out financial aid forms each year at the school in order to receive financial assistance from the school. Based on the individual family financial situation, the school will award financial aid and the family must cover the remaining balance. The average family contribution covering tuition, books and fees will be approximately $2,500 – $3,500, for the school year.
8. When is the application deadline?
The application deadline for the Class of 2018 is November 18, 2013. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.