Featured Partner Scholarships: March-April 2022
By Matt Konrad
As winter slowly but surely marches into spring, our scholarship season marches on—and we’ve got four more partner scholarships to feature as March transitions into April! This time around we have two programs offering up to $25,000 to those who lost loved ones in service to their community and in the fight against COVID; renewable scholarships up to $20,000 for students interested in financial services and technology; and a unique and generous opportunity for students in eligible areas of Illinois.
To see all of our currently available opportunities, and to learn what’s coming up soon, don’t forget to visit our Browse Scholarships page!
Brave of Heart Scholarship
In May of 2020, the Foundations of Cigna and New York Life established the Brave of Heart Fund, with a mission to provide charitable grants and emotional support services to families of frontline healthcare workers, volunteers, and support staff whose lives were lost in the fight against COVID-19.
Administered by E4E Relief, the Brave of Heart Fund has awarded over $30 million to families for funeral and living expenses. Today, the Fund has expanded to include the Brave of Heart Scholarship—a new program that awards scholarships to the children, spouses or domestic partners of frontline health care workers who lost their lives to COVID-related causes.
If you lost a parent, spouse or domestic partner who was employed or volunteering as a frontline health care worker, you may be eligible to apply. You must also be a U.S. citizen or legal resident, planning to enroll, full-time or part-time, in undergraduate or graduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school in the upcoming academic year.
If you are currently in school, you must also have a GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent. Non-traditional students, students in study-abroad programs and students returning to college after time off are encouraged to apply, even if you don’t have a recent GPA.
The Brave of Heart Scholarship is not a competitive program; all eligible applicants will receive funds. Award amounts range from $5,000 to $25,000 per academic year, depending on financial need and area of study, and most awards can be received for up to a total of four years.
(More eligibility information, including eligible parent/spouse/partner occupations and child requirements, can be found on the application page.)
CME Group Foundation Scholars Program
CME Group Foundation strives to empower future generations through education—equipping today’s students to meet tomorrow’s challenges. Their specific focus is on preparing students from low-income and historically underserved communities for careers in financial services, and they work with a prestigious group of partner schools that provide evidence-based support programs for this group of students majoring in fields related to the financial services and technology industries.
Eligible students can now apply for renewable scholarships of up to $20,000 to be used toward a degree in finance, computer science, math, cybersecurity, data science, financial engineering, accounting, information technology or statistics at one of eleven CME Group Foundation partner schools (located in Illinois and New Jersey).
CME Group Foundation Scholars must identify as Black and/or Latinx, and must be current or rising sophomores, juniors or seniors who plan to enroll full-time at one of the specified partner schools for the entire upcoming academic year. Students enrolled in a 4+1 MS Finance degree program are eligible, but must be a rising junior, senior or graduate student in the 4+1 MS Finance program. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent).
In addition to receiving a scholarship, CME Group Foundation Scholars will earn an expenses-paid trip to attend a one-day market education program at CME Group in Chicago in August 2022.
MissionSquare Retirement Memorial Scholarship Fund
The MissionSquare Retirement Memorial Scholarship Fund honors education, health care, not-for-profit, public safety, and other local and state government employees who died while in service to their communities. Established in 2001, the fund has raised over $1.4 million and has awarded more than 450 scholarships to surviving children and spouses of fallen public sector employees from across the nation.
High school seniors, undergraduates, and graduate students who are surviving children or spouses of those employees and who are planning to attend an accredited two- or four-year college, university, or vocational school full time for the upcoming academic year are eligible to apply.
MissionSquare Retirement recognizes that educators, health care workers, and those serving in the not-for-profit industries are on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Everyone who applies for and is awarded a scholarship has had a loved one who has made the ultimate sacrifice for the greater good. MissionSquare is proud to demonstrate its commitment to the families of fallen champions.
Applications are being accepted through April 8. Apply Now >
O’Brien-Vrba Scholarship Trust
Dorothy G. O’Brien and Genevieve A. O’Brien grew up on a farm south of DeKalb, Illinois, and the two sisters left a legacy of support for rural Midwestern students’ educational opportunities. Along with Genevieve’s husband, Ed Vrba, their estates created the O’Brien-Vrba Scholarship Trust, which has been benefiting students for 30 years. (Learn more about the history of the trust from NIU Today.)
In 2022, the O’Brien-Vrba Scholarship Trust is once again providing scholarships to college upperclassmen and graduate students who attended high school or currently live in rural Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin and Michigan communities.
If you are a collegiate junior, senior or graduate student from an eligible rural county (or you attended one of the nine DeKalb County, Illinois high schools), you could earn a scholarship renewable for up to two total years. Applicants must be actively involved in school activities and community service, and have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent).
In addition, you must be planning to enroll in full-time postsecondary or postgraduate study for the entire upcoming academic year, and your family’s annual Adjusted Gross Income must be less than $100,000. Finally, applicants of the Catholic faith are encouraged.
Applications are open through April 13. Apply Now >