FAQs

Please note:
It is important that families submit the application that best fits your plans for high school. We strongly encourage you to submit the Scholarship application (option #1) if you are considering a private partner high school. Application information is not automatically transferable from the non-tuition application.

1. What is LINK Unlimited Scholars?

LINK Unlimited Scholars’ mission is to connect economically disadvantaged African American high school students with mentors, resources, and foundational skills required for success as they advance into, through, and beyond college.

2. Who should apply for LINK?

Any Chicago-land area African American 8th grader who demonstrates financial need.   Competitive candidates are confident communicators who are highly motivated, focused, involved in school and community, want mentorship and are college bound. We seek candidates with strong academic records and good moral character.

3. What is considered a strong academic record?

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, we seek potential scholars who have maintained a strong academic record – mainly As, Bs, and who can demonstrate a proven track record of strong study habits, work ethic, academic discipline, motivation and drive.

4. What is considered “financial need?”

Each family’s ability to contribute toward the educational cost of the student 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 our Partnering High Schools

6. Does the family have to pay anything?

Yes, families attending tuition-based high schools will pay a portion of tuition plus the cost of books, uniforms, school registration fees and school incidental fees. Public school students typically pay nominal schools fees. All fee/tuition payments are made by the family directly to the school. Families must complete a financial aid process each year of high school in order to receive financial assistance from the school (and LINK). Based on the individual family financial situation, the school will award financial aid and the family must cover the remaining balance.

Families will be responsible for the cost of tuition and school related fees outside of the financial support that LINK, the school and/or outside scholarships may provide.

7. I am only interested in the scholarship offered. What if I do not want my child having a mentor through LINK?

In addition to our parents, LINK mentors are an integral part of the success we have here at LINK.  It is expected that each family applying is interested and committed to ALL aspects of our programming including having a mentor for your child.  The mentor relationship is viewed equally with our scholars’ academics performance and full participation in our programs. Parents play a crucial role in the growth of the mentor/mentee bond.

8. How do I apply for the high schools on your list?

Call the schools directly and view websites to learn more about the school’s application process and entrance exam – Watch for deadlines!!!

9. When is the application deadline for LINK?

The application deadline for the Class of 2022 is November 17, 2017. 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 2022 will be held on:

  • Wednesday, October 11 (6:30 pm-8:00 pm)
  • Saturday, October 28 (10:00 am-12:00pm)
  • **All Information Sessions will be held at the LINK Office: 2221 S. State St., Chicago, IL 60616.

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