Who Should Apply?

Applicants that demonstrate academic potential, strong character and financial need are the best candidates for a DMSF scholarship.  Applicants must live in the city of Chicago or the surrounding areas of Cicero or Berwyn to be eligible for the scholarship.  We do not accept applications from students who live in other communities.

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Academic Potential

An applicant demonstrates academic potential through the grades he or she has received in the 6th and 7th grades, as well as through test scores.  Not one factor is determinative.  Applicants’ report cards should contain mostly A’s and B’s in core subjects.  Applicants’ test scores should display the ability to work at grade level or better.  DMSF also carefully considers recommendations it receives from applicants’ teachers.


An applicant can demonstrate strong character through the school and community activities in which he or she has been involved.  An applicant’s character is also judged based on the content of the essays that the applicant is required to write and the recommendations provided by teachers and a principal or guidance counselor.

Financial Need

Financial need generally means families whose annual incomes are at or under $65,000.  Each applicant’s family is required to provide significant financial disclosure to DMSF, including information about the income of the applicant’s parents/guardians (including non-custodial parents and step-parents), as well as about the assets of applicant’s parents/guardians.  DMSF is only able to provide financial assistance to those families who also qualify for financial assistance from our partnership schools.  The DMSF Scholarship is not a full scholarship.  DMSF will cover part of the tuition, the partner school provides significant financial aid, and families are also responsible for contributing to the tuition.  The average family contribution is $2,500-$3,500 per school year.