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Scholarship Awards - $2,500

We are committed to academic advancement in the African American community and proud to continue the Chicago Defender Charities, Inc®. Bud Billiken® Scholarship Program. As the program is designed to encourage students and assist in the progression of their education, we believe this investment today will return a positive impact in our communities in the future.  


  • Be a United States citizen

  • Resident of Illinois

  • Possess a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.6/4.0 scale

  • Open to students 17-21 years of age.

  • High school seniors to second year of undergraduate college


  • Most recent official transcript

  • Two (2) letters of recommendation (1 academic and 1 non-relative, personal)

  • Proof of acceptance or enrollment in a college or university


1-3 minute video answering the following topic:

  • How has your education shaped who you are in today's society?

  • How can you use that to make a positive impact on others?

Application Deadline June 7, 2019


Student applications are evaluated based on academic achievement, representation of community, and leadership.

Please note that members and relatives of the following are not allowed to participate in the scholarship program:

  • Employees of the Chicago Defender Charities, Inc®.

  • Members of the Board of Directors of the Chicago Defender Charities, Inc®.

  • Contractors of and with the Chicago Defender Charities, Inc®.

  • Vendors of and with the Chicago Defender Charities, Inc®.

Scholarships will be awarded at our annual Scholarship Awards Gala. (Date To Be Announced)

  • Awardees must attend Scholarship Gala