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Become a HighSight Scholar

HighSight awards partial, four-year scholarships for eighth-graders to attend private high schools in Chicago. HighSight also provides academic and social support to prepare its students to enroll in the best college possible.

Application Calendar

To become a HighSight scholar, you must complete the application process. The application process begins in December and concludes in May.

Application Calendar Details

  • December: Private high school entrance exam
  • February: HighSight applications are available
  • March: Applications are due 
  • April: Applications will be reviewed by the selection committee
  • May: Student and parent interviews will be held with qualifying candidates
  • June: Scholar selection will be announced
  • July: Four-week mandatory summer program is held

Eligibility Requirements

To qualify for a HighSight Scholarship you must meet specific requirements, as follows:

Eligibility Requirements Details

  • Currently be in the 8th grade and live in Chicago
  • Live in a household that exhibits financial need - income under $50,000 for a family of four
  • Take the entrance exam and be accepted to the private high school of your choice
  • Apply for financial aid from the private high school once accepted
  • Be able to attend HighSight's four-week Freshman Summer Program starting in July
  • Be able to participate fully in HighSight's activities which include Academic Study/Tutoring Sessions Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, and Saturday mornings during the school year
  • Be able to participate in all of HighSight's summer programs throughout your high school career and be willing to enroll in the best college possible
  • Submit a scholarship application and supporting information by Friday, March 15, 2019

How to Apply

Four-Year Scholarship Applications for the class of 2023 are now being accepted.  Please read the STEPS below before completing the application.

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Step 1. Get Your Information Together

It is important to prepare before starting your application.

Step 1. Get Your Information Together Details

Before you begin the online application, make sure to have the following information ready:

  • Address
  • Phone Numbers
  • Email Addresses
  • Employer Information
  • Annual Household Income - IRS Form 1040 US Tax Return
  • Monthly Rent or Mortgage Payment
  • Parent Statements (we suggest you write these in advance; you may then cut and paste them from a Word document):
    • Why do you want your child to be a HighSight scholar? Please include any information about your financial situation that you would like us to consider when reviewing the application.
    • What high schools did you and your child visit? How did you go about selecting the high school that your child is planning to attend?
  • Most Recent 8th Grade Report Card
  • 7th Grade Report Card
  • Most Recent Standardized Test Scores
  • High School Acceptance Letter
  • Student Essays: Please answer each of the following questions in essay format. Each essay must be handwritten (not typed) on a separate sheet of paper.
    • Why do you deserve to become a HighSight scholar?
    • As you look at your life, what things have you done that provide clues about who you are and who you are becoming?
  • Download the Recommendation Forms and have them completed, they may be emailed separately

Step 3. Upload Additional Documentation

Copies of the supporting documentation must be uploaded and submitted with the online application.

Step 3. Upload Additional Documentation Details

Copies of the following documents must uploaded and submitted with the online application. 

  • Most Recent IRS Form 1040 US Tax Return
  • Most Recent 8th Grade Report Card
  • 7th Grade Report Card
  • Most Recent Standardized Test Scores
  • High School Acceptance Letter
  • Student Essays: Please answer each of the following questions in essay format. Each essay must be handwritten (not typed) on a separate sheet of paper.
    • Why do you deserve to become a HighSight scholar?
    • As you look at your life, what things have you done that provide clues about who you are and who you are becoming?
  • Recommendation Form: current 8th grade teacher
  • Recommendation Form: principal, vice-principal or counselor
    • Click on the links above to download the Recommendation Forms (deadline 3/15/2019)
    • The Recommendation Forms can be submitted via US mail or email