Chicago Injury Center believes in helping those who have courageously served our country. Education has the ability to give those who have suffered a physical or emotional injury the ability to gain access to a society that they may be ordinarily shut off from without a sufficient education.
Having a degree or certification not only provides a wounded warrior with the self-esteem that they may have lost with their injury, but also provides them with the ability to provide for themselves and their family. When a vet can focus on his or her studies as opposed to struggling to juggle the expenses associated with an education, their chances for success are greatly increased.
Chicago Injury Center (CIC) is proud to offer a series of scholarships available to disabled veterans enrolled in: community college, under-graduate, or graduate course of study. This CIC scholarship program will award scholarships in the amounts of $1,000 (1), $500 (1) and $250 (2). These scholarships will be available annually and will follow the deadlines and other requirements stated below.
The Scholarship Application Process
To apply for a scholarship from CIC, write a 500+ word essay on the hurdles you have had to overcome as a veteran with a disability and how it has prepared you to face the challenges of your particular course of study. How do you believe the military and your road to recovery has helped prepare you for the challenges that you will face as a student?
A team at CIC will review the submitted essays and determine the top four submissions. The committee will then vote to determine the scholarship awards.
The scholarship may be used to cover school-related expenses, such as tuition fees, registration costs, supplies and books.
Scholarship Applicant Criteria
Scholarship applicants must fulfill the following criteria:
- Enrollment or specific plans to attend in an accredited trade school, community colleges, college or university in the U.S.
- In addition to a 500 word essay, applicants are to submit a short biography of any length they wish along with a recent photo
- Maintain a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of a minimum of 2.5
- Applications must be received by June 1, 2015 (this is an annual scholarship, and dates will remain for subsequent years)
- Winner will be notified via email on or before July 1, 2015 (this is an annual scholarship, and dates will remain for subsequent years)
- Proof of honorable discharge
Other Scholarship Requirements & Submission Information
- Submissions are accepted via email by Chicago Injury Center (we are not accepting print applications) email: firstname.lastname@example.org must include: ‘Scholarship’ in the subject
- You accept that your essay will be published on the CIC website (chicagoinjurycenter.com) and social media channels if chosen as a finalist / winner.
- Must submit a copy of your transcript indicating your Grade Point Average (GPA) – we accept unofficial transcripts
- Applicants should make a digital copy of their scholarship application for their own records
- By submitting your essay, you authorize Chicago Injury Center to post the material on its website and social media channels.
About Disabled Veterans
Presently there are more than 19 million veterans living in the United States. Approximately, 3.6 million of these vets have a “service-related” disability according to data collected in 2013. The U.S Department of Veterans Affairs deems service-related disability to include a condition, disease or injury that was incurred or aggravated by active military service. The degree of disability is then assessed on a scale from 0 to 100 percent based on evaluations and reports. Compensation for disability benefits is determined by the disability rating. Nearly one million U.S. Veterans have disabilities deemed 70% or above.