Become a Big Shoulders Fund Scholar

Through the tax credit scholarship program

 For over 30 years we have provided support to families and schools across the city of Chicago and we know that our work is making an impact. We are committed to serving families here in Illinois for the long haul.

  Big Shoulders Fund eighth graders attend college prep high schools at high rates. 74 percent of the class of 2016 continued on to a Catholic, selective enrollment, International Baccalaureate, magnet, or other quality high school

Big Shoulders Fund eighth graders attend college prep high schools at high rates. 74 percent of the class of 2016 continued on to a Catholic, selective enrollment, International Baccalaureate, magnet, or other quality high school

 Big Shoulders Fund is the largest scholarship program in Chicago serving over 50,000 scholars over 10 years.         

Big Shoulders Fund is the largest scholarship program in Chicago serving over 50,000 scholars over 10 years.         

 Our geographic diversity allows us to serve students across the city of Chicago and beyond.

Our geographic diversity allows us to serve students across the city of Chicago and beyond.

  Since 2009, 85 percent of graduating Big Shoulders Fund scholars have enrolled in college the year following high school graduation according to data from National Student Clearinghouse.                                                   

Since 2009, 85 percent of graduating Big Shoulders Fund scholars have enrolled in college the year following high school graduation according to data from National Student Clearinghouse.                                                  

 According to a recent survey, the college graduation rate for Big Shoulders Fund alumni is nearly double the national rate.

According to a recent survey, the college graduation rate for Big Shoulders Fund alumni is nearly double the national rate.

 Schools strengthened through scholarships, enrichment, academic programming, leadership development, and operational improvements.

Schools strengthened through scholarships, enrichment, academic programming, leadership development, and operational improvements.

Our programs benefit the hardest working students in Chicago, providing scholarships, academic programs, instructional equipment, much-needed school facility improvements, faculty support, operating grants, and much, much more.