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Here at Big Shoulders, our mission is clear: to provide students access to a quality, values-based education that helps them reach their potential. This year, more than 4,200 students are benefiting from more than $8.5 million in scholarships. We provide more than 60 different types of scholarships that vary in duration and amount awarded- it all depends on the scholarship. 

Fill out this form to learn more about our programs and see if you qualify for a scholarship!

Traditional Big Shoulders
Fund Scholarship


High School Scholarships




Traditional Big Shoulders Fund Scholarships

For more than 35 years, we have been providing our traditional, privately funded group of programs to families. There are a wide variety of scholarships available with differing requirements. You can only apply for these scholarships through one of our Big Shoulders Fund supported schools.

Step 2: Your Big Shoulders Fund school principal will apply on your behalf.

Step 3: Families receiving scholarships will be notified by the school. Big Shoulders Fund directs all communication about privately funded scholarships to school administrators.

Traditional BSF Scholarships

Big Shoulders Fund Tax Credit Scholarship

Due to the sunset of the Illinois Invest in Kids Act on December 31, 2023, the Tax Credit Scholarship program is now closed. There will be no January application for the 2024-2025 School Year. If you are interested in learning more about other scholarship opportunities offered by Big Shoulders Fund, please see the Traditional scholarships listed above.”

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