Jack & Jill of America, Incorporated is a National Organization which was organized on January 24, 1938 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by the late Marion Stubbs Thomas. Today the organization is comprised of over 230 chapters nationwide with over 40,000 family members.
The mission of our organization is dedicated to nurturing future African-American leaders by strengthening children through leadership development, volunteer service, philanthropic giving and civic duty. This is achieved through organizing activities and community service initiatives that not only operate to benefit the children of the members of our organization but the children of the very communities where we reside.
The South Suburban Chicago Chapter was organized in 1976 and has been recognized for our outstanding children's programming and long history of providing scholarships to local high school students in our community.
Our scholarships are funded through the voluntary efforts of our student and parent members. These efforts are an extension of our dedication and pride in promoting leadership development among youth and young adults.
African-American student with a demonstrated financial need, attending school and residing in the South Suburban Chicago area
- Currently enrolled in senior year of high school
- Cumulative unweighted GPA of 2.7 or higher
- Provide two letters of recommendation: One must be from a teacher and the second recommendation can be from another teacher or any other school staff member
- Must be accepted to a four-year college or university for the 2021-2022 school year
APPLICATION SUBMISSION CHECKLIST
All documents, including supporting materials, must be submitted on or before, Saturday, March 12, 2021. Late applications will not be considered. Information provided will be maintained confidentially and used for purposes stated for this initiative only.
If you have questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Complete all section of the scholarship application.
1) Personal/Family Information
2) Academic Information
- Provide an answer for each question
- Upload an official copy of your high school transcript
3) Student Employment Information
4) Student Essay - Upload an essay (500 words or less) that answers one of the questions below.
- In one of his most famous speeches, Robert F. Kennedy once said that "Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” What is a moment when you failed or faced a significant challenge? What lesson did you learn from that experience and how will that lesson shape how you approach future challenges?
- Name a person - either a historical figure or someone who is alive today - who serves others and their community. How do they help others and how does this person inspire you to help others?
- What does “success” mean to you? How would you know that you’ve had a “successful life”?
5) Letters of Recommendation (Share Recommendation Instructions with Teachers/School Staff writing letters of recommendation)
- One letter of recommendation must be from a teacher
- The second recommendation can be from another teacher or any other school staff member
- Letters of recomendation must be emailed from teacher/school staff to email@example.com
- Letters of recommendation must be submitted on or before, Saturday, March 12, 2021
- Teacher/school staff must put the student's full name in the subject line of the email