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Eligibility

All grant application packages are reviewed by 100 Club staff and approved by the Board Directors sitting on our Program Services Committee. Grants will be made for post-secondary education, whether a college, university, trade or vocational school. To be eligible for a 100 Club of Chicago Educational Assistance Grant, dependents of a 100 Club Hero must meet the criteria detailed below.

For purposes of this program a “100 Club Hero” refers to a Cook County First Responder who has died as a direct and proximate result of personal injury sustained in the line of duty and whose dependent family members were declared eligible to receive 100 Club assistance as a result of that fatality.

Undergraduate Scholars must…

  • Be the biological, adopted or stepchild of a 100 Club Hero
  • Have been dependent upon that Hero at the time of LODD
  • Be between 16 and 23 years of age at the time of application
  • Have earned a High School Diploma or GED
  • Be enrolled in an officially accredited institution as a full-time student
  • Maintain a GPA of or above 2.0

Scholars are eligible for up to four consecutive years of undergraduate assistance. If you wish for funding to be temporarily suspended, a written explanation is required and must be reviewed and approved by the Program Services Committee. If approved, Educational Assistance may be suspended for a maximum of two terms. All circumstances of hardship will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

Graduate Scholars must…

  • Be the biological, adopted or stepchild of a 100 Club Hero
  • Have been dependent upon that hero at the time of LODD
  • Apply immediately after successfully earning an undergraduate degree
  • Apply prior to 30 years of age if seeking 100 Club assistance for the first time
  • Be enrolled in an officially accredited institution as a full-time student
  • Maintain a GPA of or above 2.0
  • Grandfathered scholars transitioning from undergraduate to graduate education will be reviewed under current program guidelines

Scholars will remain eligible for up to two consecutive years of graduate assistance. If you wish for funding to be temporarily suspended, a written explanation is required and must be reviewed and approved by the Program Services Committee. If approved, Educational Assistance may be suspended for a maximum of two terms. All circumstances of hardship will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

Spouse Scholars must…

  • Have been legally married to a 100 Club Hero at the time of LODD
  • Have been dependent upon that hero at the time of fatality
  • Have earned a High School Diploma or GED
  • Be enrolled in an officially accredited institution as a full-time student
  • Maintain a GPA of or above 2.0

Please note there is no age restriction for Spouse Scholars. Spouses will remain eligible for up to four consecutive years of undergraduate and two consecutive years of graduate assistance. If you wish for funding to be temporarily suspended, a written explanation is required and must be reviewed and approved by the Program Services Committee. If approved, Educational Assistance may be suspended for a maximum of two terms. All circumstances of hardship will be reviewed on a case by case basis. In all cases, special consideration will be given to Spouse Scholars and their schedules.

There are no funds allocated for Doctorate Programs

Information & Instructions

A new application package must be submitted for every term; all required application materials must be postmarked on or prior to the deadline corresponding to that term.
Contact Caitlyn Brennan, cbrennan@100clubchicago.org for a grant application.

  • A Financial Aid form must be completed and verified by your school Financial Aid Office. This form may be returned by you or directly by your school.
  • We now require all scholars attending schools within Illinois to apply for the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC). Scholars may apply for the State’s Dependents of Police or Fire Officers Grant Program or the Grant Program for Dependents of Correctional Officers which consider surviving children and spouses eligible. When obtaining your application, be sure to select the form appropriate to your situation. It is mandatory that you make the effort to apply for funding opportunities in addition to the 100 Club Grant. We have provided you basic resources however it is recommended that you seek further assistance from your school financial aid department. If award confirmation is not listed on the Financial Aid Form, proof of ISAC application or denial must be submitted by scholars attending an Illinois school.
  • When delivering the 100 Club Grant Financial Aid form to your school, please ensure they are aware of all pending awards in addition to the funding that has already been approved. Your form must be signed by a person at the school who has the authority to certify your enrollment and full-time status. If an ISAC grant has been awarded, the total amount must be identified on this form. If ISAC funding has been denied, please supply a copy of the determination letter. If award status is pending at the time your application is submitted, proof of application will be accepted until the status has been established.
  • Previously active scholars must supply an official and sealed transcript (or certified electronic version) of courses, grades and credit hours earned during your most recent term. This serves as your proof of earning a GPA of or above 2.0 during the previous term. Cumulative GPA is not included in standard application review however it may be considered in cases of hardship or probation. Scholars applying for a 100 Club grant for the first time are not required to submit transcripts as part of the initial application package.

 

Scholarships & Stipends

University Scholarships

Over the past few years the 100 Club has formed relationships with 20 area Universities. These relationships have grown into partnerships that now offer a variety of support from assistance toward books to undergraduate and graduate tuition scholarships. As of August 2016 our University Partners include College of Lake County, Columbia College Chicago, Concordia University, DePaul University, Dominican University, Elmhust College, Illinois Institute of Technology, Indiana Tech University, John Marshall Law School, Kent Law School, Lewis University, Loras College, Loyola University Chicago, Northeastern Illinois University, Northwestern University, Robert Morris University, Roosevelt University, St. Xavier University and University of Chicago.

The financial support these Universities are willing to provide makes an amazing difference on the stretch of support we are able to offer. Prior to these partnerships, our Educational Assistance Grant was the only financial support we were able to give toward the many expenses higher education gathers. Unfortunately, in many cases this award was unable to cover your full financial demand leaving a gap to be covered independently. But now with some University Scholarships covering full tuition, it is possible for you to use the 100 Club Grant for additional education-related expenses such as books or room and board.

Grants from the 100 Club are separate and apart from any grant, scholarship or other funding you may receive from another source. Scholarships awarded through our University Partnerships, although made possible through the 100 Club, are presented directly by the University.

If you are interested in one of our University Partner Scholarships contact Caitlyn Brennan at cbrennan@100clubchicago.org.

Larry J. Vincent Memorial Scholarship

The Larry J. Vincent Memorial Scholar project supports a 100 Club Scholar attending a private institution with four years of membership from a 100 Club alumnus and a financial stipend of up to $2,500 annually for text books. For more information see The LJV Memorial Scholar Project

Review & Reward

100 Club staff reviews all components submitted as required pieces of your application package taking special note for returning scholars, credit hours earned and a GPA of or above 2.0. If all package requirements are not provided, you run the risk of funding being denied.

If your GPA falls below 2.0 or your enrollment status drops from full-time, you will be placed on probation for the next term during which no funding is awarded. If you become eligible during that probationary term, we encourage you to reapply for funding the following term. If minimum requirements are again unmet, assistance may be terminated. This protocol is repeated each term.

Following the review and approval process, grants may be made directly to you, the scholar, allowing you the opportunity to manage and apply grant funds to your educational pursuits as you see fit. Should you prefer your grant check be made directly to your school or university, current contact information for your school financial aid office and your school identification number must be provided on your application. It is your responsibility to notify the 100 Club in writing of any contact or academic adjustments that occur throughout the school year.

The maximum 100 Club undergraduate grant awarded is $20,000 per school year to a full-time scholar not eligible for ISAC assistance and not receiving a scholarship from one of our Partner Universities. Full-time undergraduate scholars receiving a University Partner scholarship and/or who have been approved for ISAC assistance may receive up to $10,000 per school year. The maximum grant awarded to all graduate scholars is $10,000 per school year. The amount of award is determined based upon total amount owed and other funding received. Funds will be disbursed according to the preference selected on your online grant application. If you wish to have your 100 Club grant check paid directly to your school a school identification number is required.

Scholars who…

Undergraduate Grants

Graduate Grants

Are not eligible for ISAC and/or did not receive a University Partner scholarship

Up to $20,000 per school year

Up to $10,000 per school year

Have been awarded ISAC assistance

Up to $10,000 per school year

Up to $10,000 per school year

Have received a University Partner scholarship

Up to $10,000 per school year

Up to $10,000 per school year

 

 

 

 

Grants are distributed per academic term and intended to cover a standard four-year educational program for undergraduate studies and two-year graduate program. For those scholars attending schools with special academic calendars, consideration will be given in determining the details of grant distribution. Any special circumstances will be considered and reviewed on a case by case basis by the Program Services Committee.

Every grant program – including those funded by the federal or state government, colleges, or other organizations – has its own unique processing and award cycle. If you plan to use funds from any grant to pay a balance owed to your school, but funds will not received by the scheduled due date(s), it is your responsibility to work with the appropriate office within your school to schedule or adjust your payment plan accordingly.

Scholar Resources

**Please contact Caitlyn Brennan (cbrennan@100clubchicago.org) for all necessary forms for Educational Assistance.

The LJV Memorial Scholar Project

Federal Student Aid

Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) – Grant Programs for the dependents of Policeman/Fireman or Correctional Officer

These grants provide payment toward tuition and mandatory fees for spouses and children of Illinois police/fire/correctional officers killed or at least 90 percent disabled in the line of duty. Recipients must be enrolled on at least a half-time basis and may receive up to 8 semesters/12 quarters of payment for undergraduate or graduate study. Scholars must be attending an approved Illinois public and private, two- and four- year colleges, universities, hospital schools, and certain other degree-granting institutions.

Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Program Educational Assistance Benefits (PSOEA)

The Public Safety Officers’ Education Assistance (PSOEA) Program provides financial assistance, for the purpose of seeking higher education, to the spouses and eligible children of local police, fire, and emergency public safety officers who have been killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. Educational assistance through the PSOEA Program is available after the Public Safety Officers’ Benefit (PSOB) death or disability claim process has been completed and benefits have been awarded. The spouse of a public safety officer is eligible to receive PSOEA funds for educational expenses at any time during his or her lifetime. However, for a child of the deceased or disabled officer, eligibility is limited to educational expenses that occur prior to his or her 27th birthday. Also, a spouse or child is eligible to receive PSOEA funds for a period no greater than 45 months of full-time education or a proportionate period of a part-time program.

Federal Work-Study (FEWS)

This program provides part-time jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need. The program encourages community service work and work related to the recipient’s course of study. Benefits range from $100 to $4,000 a year, depending on timing of application, financial need, funding at the school and policies of the financial aid office at your school.

Federal Pell Grant Program

This program provides need-based grants to low-income students. The maximum grant amount is adjusted each year. The maximum about in recent years has been close to $5,500. The grants, which do not have to be repaid, are awarded through approximately 5,400 participating institutions either by crediting the funds to the student’s account or by paying the student directly.

Monetary Award Program (MAP)

MAP grants cover tuition and mandatory fees with a maximum award determined each year. Eligibility for MAP is based on financial need. Applicants must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to have eligibility determined. Scholars must attend approved Illinois public and private, two- and four-year colleges, universities, hospital schools, and certain other degree-granting institutions.

C.O.P.S. Scholarship Program

Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) Scholarship Program

Wives Behind the Badge Scholarship Program

National Law Enforcement and Firefighters Children’s Foundation

STRIVE National Police Officers Defense Fund

American Federation of Police & Concerned Citizens

IAFF W. H. “Howie” McClennan Scholarship

Family Support

 Questions and application materials may be directed to:
Caitlyn Brennan – Chief Operating Officer
875 N. Michigan Ave., #1351 – Chicago, IL  60611
Phone 312.265.0920 – 312.929.4751 Fax
cbrennan@100clubchicago.org