WHAT MAKES A STRONG APPLICANT
Pullman Scholars succeed academically and professionally, they’re active in their communities, they overcome challenges to achieve their goals, and are responsible individuals.
To be eligible for a George M. Pullman Educational Foundation Scholarship, applicants must:
- Be a graduating high school senior
- Be a Cook County, Illinois resident
- Be enrolling as a full-time student in the fall, for the first time, to receive a bachelor’s degree
- Be attending an accredited bachelor’s degree-granting institution in the fall that is eligible to receive Title IV federal aid and is located within the U.S.
- Demonstrate strong financial need
- Have a cumulative 3.0 unweighted GPA or higher
- Be eligible to receive state and federal aid and will file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- Be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Resident
- Not currently attending a college or community college, or hold any degree (This does not include dual enrollment as a high school senior)
- You’ll receive up to $10,000 per year for four years
- You’ll have the support of the Pullman Foundation Staff and the Pullman Scholar Community for your four years of college and beyond
As applicants proceed through the stages, they will receive other deadlines for submitting transcripts, the interview process, submitting the FAFSA Student Aid Report, and submitting college acceptance letters and financial aid award forms.
HOW TO APPLY
In order to apply, applicants must:
- Complete and submit an online application which includes three essays and questions related to your cumulative unweighted GPA, family income, high school activities, classes taken in high school, etc.
- Have two recommendation forms submitted by individuals who can speak to your strengths, achievements, growth, etc. (e.g. a teacher, mentor, guidance counselor, employer, boss, etc.)
Access the online application through the link below. Applications are due on Friday, February 2, 2018 by 5:00 p.m. CST
WHEN CAN I APPLY?
CAN I APPLY IF I HAVEN’T BEEN ACCEPTED TO A COLLEGE YET?
WHERE DO I SUBMIT MY APPLICATION?
WHO SHOULD COMPLETE THE RECOMMENDATION FORMS?
Consider people who can speak to your strengths, growth, achievements, and/or involvements. One recommendation must come from a teacher and another must be filled out by an adult who can speak to who you are and your accomplishments (a counselor, advisor, mentor, coach, teacher, manager, boss, etc.).
No recommendation forms from family members or personal friends will be accepted.
HOW MUCH FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE MAY I RECEIVE IF I AM SELECTED AS A PULLMAN SCHOLAR?
HOW LONG CAN I RECEIVE THE PULLMAN FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP AND HOW DO I RENEW IT EACH YEAR?
WHY DOES THE FOUNDATION REQUEST MY SAR AND FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION?
WHEN WILL I FIND OUT IF I RECEIVED THE SCHOLARSHIP AWARD?
HOW MANY NEW SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AWARDED EACH YEAR?
IF I’M HAVING ISSUES APPLYING, IS THERE ANYONE I CAN CONTACT FOR ASSISTANCE?
HOW DO I KNOW IF EVERYTHING FOR MY APPLICATION WAS SUBMITTED CORRECTLY OR ON TIME?
Once you submit your application form and three essays, you will receive an immediate confirmation from the software and a confirmation email. You will not receive confirmation when your recommenders submit their forms, but they will receive an immediate confirmation from the software and a confirmation email.
To know if everything was submitted, the Foundation recommends asking your recommenders if they submitted their forms correctly and on time.
IF SELECTED AS A PULLMAN SCHOLAR, WHAT ELSE IS EXPECTED OF ME?
You will need to read the Pullman Scholar Handbook and sign the Pullman Scholar Agreement which details all expectations.
You’ll also need to attend mandatory events such as the Annual Pullman Scholar Symposium.