Scholarship Program

What is it?

CEDA’s CSBG funded* Scholarship Program offers financial aid ranging from $500-$3,000 for income eligible residents of suburban Cook County who demonstrate academic achievement, career potential, and educational motivation.

How does it help?

Scholarships are available for post-secondary education at an accredited institution of higher education in the state of Illinois for the 2022-2023 academic year. The award must be used for the 2022 fall semester/quarter.

How does it work?

To be eligible, you need to:

  • Enroll on a full‐time basis in an educational institution by September 15, 2022.
  • Enrolled in a tuition‐based Illinois institution of higher education pursuing a degree.
  • Reside in Suburban Cook County.
  • Income eligible and provide proof of income for 30 days: May 1, 2022 – May 31, 2022. (see table)

Candidates must submit a complete scholarship application with all required documents and provide proof of residency and income eligibility. Applications are due by Friday, June 10, 2022 no later than 5:00 PM.

Income Guidelines
Household Size 30-Day Annual
1 $2,265 $27,180
2 $3,052 $36,620
3 $3,838 $46,060
4 $4,625 $55,500
5 $5,412 $64,940
6 $6,198 $74,380
7 $6,985 $83,820
8 $7,772 $93,260
For each additional person add $787 $9,440

Income includes total annual cash receipts before taxes from all sources, with exceptions noted below. Income includes money wages and salaries before any deductions; net receipts from nonfarm self‐employment (receipts from a person’s own incorporated business, professional business, or partnership, after deductions for business expenses); net receipts from farm self‐employment (receipts from a farm which one operates as an owners, renter, or sharecropper, after deductions for farm operating expenses); regular payments from social security, railroad retirement, unemployment compensation, strike benefits from union funds, workers’ compensation, veterans’ payments, public assistance (including Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Supplemental Security Income, and non‐Federally General Assistance or General Relief money payments), and alimony, child support and military family allotments or other regular support from an absent family members or someone not living in the household; private pensions, government employee pensions (including military retirement pay) and regular insurance or annuity payments; dividends, interest, net rental income, net royalties, period receipts from estates or trusts, and net gambling or lottery winnings.

Stimulus unemployment insurance benefits received ARE considered income to be included in the calculation of income.

Income does not include the following types of money received: capital gains; any assets drawn down as withdrawals from a bank, the sale of property, a house, or a car; or tax refunds, gifts, loans, lump‐sum inheritances, one‐time insurance payments, or compensation for injury. Also excluded are noncash benefits, such as the employer‐paid or union‐paid portion of health insurance or other employee fringe benefits, the inputted value of rent from owner‐occupied nonfarm or farm housing, and such Federal noncash benefit programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, school lunches, and housing assistance.

Stimulus checks received from the coronavirus stimulus bill are NOT considered income to be included in the calculation of income.

What do I need to do?

Please download, complete, and mail the application to our office:

CEDA of Cook County, Inc.
ATTN: 2022 CSBG Scholarship Program
53 East 154th Street Harvey, IL 60426

For more information please review the following documents:

* This project was conducted with funds provided under the *Community Services Block Grant Program administered by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and it does not necessarily represent in whole or in part the viewpoint of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

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