1. What is LINK Unlimited Scholars?

LINK Unlimited Scholars is a 50-year-old Chicago-based institution working to change the trajectory of high-potential African American youth, through unique programming and mentorship opportunities in the classroom and beyond. With educational support, mentors and financial subsidies, LINK provides the necessary backing to help close opportunity gaps and help ensure economic stability for our scholars.

2. What is considered “financial need”?

Each family’s ability to contribute toward the educational cost of the student will be evaluated by LINK staff. If selected for an interview, applicants must provide verification of income and assets. Generally, scholarships have been awarded to students from families with 80% or less of Chicago Area Median Income (AMI). See guidelines below.:

Household Size Area Median
Income Limits
2018 (Effective
April 1, 2018)
50% 60% 80% 100%
1 $29,650 $35,580 $47,400 $59,300
2 $33,850 $40,620 $54,200 $67,700
3 $38,100 $45,720 $60,950 $76,200
4 $42,300 $50,760 $67,700 $84,600
5 $45,700 $54,840 $73,150 $91,400
6 $49,100 $58,920 $78,550 $98,2000
7 $52,500 $67,020 $83,950 $105,000
8 $55,850 $62,580 $89,400 $111,700

3. Does the family have to pay anything?

Yes. ALL families will be responsible for paying $300 for participation in our 6- week academic and cultural enrichment summer program.

In addition, LINK tuition scholarships are meant to supplement the financial aid awarded by partnering private schools to reduce the amount of expected family contributions. Families are responsible for the cost of tuition and school related fees outside of the financial support that LINK and/or outside scholarships may provide. If awarded a LINK scholarship, families must verify eligibility each year of the scholar’s participation in LINK. The number of scholarships available to each incoming class may vary.

4. What are the requirements for LINK scholars and families?

  • Scholars and families are required to attend all programs related to college and career readiness, personal development activities, class retreats, and our signature summer learning program. LINK programs typically take place in the evening between the hours of 6:00 and 8:30 pm or on occasional weekends.
  • Scholars are also expected to maintain regular communication with their mentors.
  • Student success depends on family involvement, therefore all LINK families are required to fulfill at least 1 hour of volunteer service to LINK. Several options are available and may be fulfilled at the LINK office, at LINK events or remotely.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must be of African American descent and exhibit high potential through grades, test scores, leadership experience and parent support.
  • Student must reside in the Chicagoland area and plan to attend either a LINK Unlimited Scholars Partner school OR a Chicago Public School with a college enrollment rate of 78% or higher according to the CPS School Quality Rating Report.

The application deadline for the Class of 2023 is December 1, 2018. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted..

To learn more about LINK and to meet current LINK scholars, parents, and staff, please join us at one of two Open House Information Sessions:

Open House dates for the Class of 2023 will be held on:

  • Wednesday, October 9 (6:30 pm-8:00 pm)
  • Saturday, October 20 (10:00 am-12:00pm)
  • **All Information Sessions will be held at the LINK Office: 2221 S. State St., Chicago, IL 60616.

    For additional information, please contact Dr. Johari Shuck, Director of Educational Programs at jshuck@linkunlimited.org or 312-225-5465.

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