ACI Scholarship Program

ACI’s 2024 Scholarship Program application is now OPEN!

Adoption Center of Illinois will award two scholarships for furthering education. One scholarship will be awarded to an ACI birth parent and one scholarship will be awarded to a person adopted through ACI/FRC.

The value of each award is up to $5,000, which will be paid directly to the school.

The award recipients will be selected based on their response to the following prompt:  What would you want others to know about adoption? . . .

Please complete the form below and submit it with your response. You may submit your response in any format including essay, video, song, poem, etc.

Scholarship Application Form 2024

Application Deadline: May 31st, 2024 at 11:59pm

Applicant Requirements:

  • Applicants must be enrolled or accepted at a vocational school, trade school, 2-year or 4-year educational institution for continuing education
  • Applicants must be either a birth parent who placed a child through ACI/FRC OR a person adopted from ACI/FRC’s Traditional Adoption Program, Agency Assisted program or an International program (China, Guatemala, Ukraine or Primary Provider program)
  • Applicants cannot be a family member of an ACI/FRC board member or employee

Frequently Asked Questions

What is this scholarship for?

This scholarship is for furthering education and can be applied to 2024-2025 tuition or any other expense paid to the school, such as equipment or textbooks.

Which education institution can this scholarship be used at?

The scholarship can be used at any vocational school, trade school, 2- year or 4- year educational institution.

Do I need to prove financial need?

No, this is not a need-based scholarship and no financial documentation is required to apply. The scholarship will be awarded based solely on the question response.

Do I need to provide grades or a school transcript?

No, this is not an academic scholarship and no high school transcripts is required to apply. The scholarship will be awarded based solely on the question response

How will the scholarship be distributed?

The award will be made directly to the school listed in your application form, up to 12 months from the date of the award selection. Direct payment to the school prevents the award from being taxable income.