Apply for Project Syncere E-Academy Engineering Program

Project SYNCERE’s E-CADEMY is an out-of-school time engineering program that is designed to prepare students in grades 6-8 and 9-11 for enrollment in post-secondary STEM programs.

The program utilizes the nationally recognized Project Lead The Way curriculum, to teach students how to apply engineering skills to identify problems, create unique solutions and lead their own learning experience. Over the course of 32-weeks during the school year, students work both in teams and individually to develop the skills and knowledge required for success at the post-secondary level. Our goal is to provide a pathway of opportunities that brings like-minded students together, to motivate and prepare them to successfully pursue careers in engineering. Through their early involvement in the program, we believe that we can be the catalyst for increasing the number of students who successfully matriculate through college and pursue careers in the STEM fields.  


  • Learn to use industry leading software to solve engineering problems
  • Create solutions to engineering design challenges
  • Build a portfolio of work for continued education opportunities
  • Gain skills in communication, critical thinking and collaboration
  • Entrance into a post-secondary institution to pursue a STEM degree


They have 2 programs, one for middle school students and the other for high school students (including incoming freshman):


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Check out our Summer 2017 Quarterly Newsletter!

Download the latest edition here: Summer 2017 Quarterly Newsletter


Join our Summer Program, Mni Wiconi, Water Is Life!

Get ready for our annual summer program! This week-long program will continue with the theme, Mni Wiconi, or ‘Water is Life’. Youth will go on a field trip to the Chicago Botanic Gardens, participate in educational and artistic workshops facilitated by teachers from CPS and play lacrosse with visiting instructor, RJ Smith. Please RSVP by completing the Summer Program Registration Form and email it to

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Learn HOW to Write an effective Scholarship Essay

We continually share information on scholarships that are available to be applied to and now have a new resource on HOW to write essays so you can increase your chances of winning the scholarships. Check out this article below to learn more:


Join us for our Achievement Celebration!

Achievement Celebration 6-4-17

Join us on Sunday, June 4th from 11 am-2 pm to help us celebrate our Native youth of Chicago at the National Museum of Mexican Art. We will be celebrating all of our program participant’s academic achievements and recognizing all of our Kindergarten, 8th grade and High School Graduates!
This year, we are glad to have Dr. Beverly Jean Smith as our special guest Keynote Speaker! Dr. Smith is Diné (Navajo) and recently obtained her Doctor of Philosophy in Education Policy Organization Leadership from the College of Education at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). She also currently serves as the Assistant Director of Native American House at UIUC.
This will be a great community event with special award presentations and lunch catered by La Villa!
If you have an American Indian/Alaska Native child who is graduating from a CPS school, please let us know so we can present them with a certificate of achievement at the event.
Contact our office at 773-534-2735 or email Lisa Bernal at for more info or to RSVP. This event is free and open to the public. The venue has plenty of street parking as well.

Midwest SOARRING Foundation Scholarship, application deadline July 15, 2017

Midwest SOARRING Foundation is pleased to announce their 2017 scholarship for all students of native ancestry or interest in Native American culture who are pursuing advanced degrees and trades in undergraduate or graduate education in any field. While tribal enrollment or native ancestry is not required, they are interested in applicants who can demonstrate their positive involvement in their community with native American cultural activities and/or advancing Indigenous concerns.

Midwest SOARRING Foundation assists in repatriation, protection of sacred sites, environmental issues, and educating the public about Native American culture, important to our history and identity. The scholarship amount is $1,000 and will be announced at the 23rd Annual Harvest Pow Wow, Sunday, September 24, 2017. The Pow Wow takes place at the Naper Settlement, 523 Webster St., Naperville, IL. The final decision to award the scholarship is at the discretion of the Midwest SOARRING Scholarship Committee.

Interest applicants must fill out the Scholarship Application form, obtain a letter of recommendation from a teacher/professor, employer, or community service director; submit a 500 word essay as detailed on the application form, and a recent copy of school transcripts. Scholarship applications must be postmarked by July 15, 2017. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Download application here

Mail your complete application materials to:

Midwest SOARRING Foundation

P.O. Box 274

Lyons, IL 60534

They encourage all interested applicants to apply.

Attn: Seniors in H.S., apply for The Marcus J. Bradshaw Foundation Scholarship by Monday, May 22nd

The MJB Foundation will award at least one $2,500 scholarship to the student(s) who in the perspective of the Scholarship Committee reflect the academic achievement and personal character exemplified by Marcus J. Bradshaw. The scholarship is a one-time award that will be provided in a check made out to the student. The student may use the scholarship to assist in undergraduate related expenses such as payment of tuition, fees, books, room and board and/or travel to and from the school and home. An interview may be required.

Website: The Marcus J. Bradshaw Foundation
Download Application: The Marcus J. Bradshaw Foundation Scholarship APPLICATION

Eligibility Requirements:
  • A graduating, minority high school senior accepted into an accredited four-year college or university, as an entering freshman
  • Economic need as reflected in federal Pell Grant eligibility
  • A minimum “B” cumulative, academic average (3.0/4.0 or better)
  • A score of at least 20 on the ACT and/or 1020 on the SAT
  • A positive behavioral record
  • Evidence of service learning hours earned
  • 2 Letters of recommendation from a teacher and a counselor or school administrator
  • A completed application
  • Proof of acceptance into an accredited four-year college or university

IMPORTANT NOTE: Minority Group for this scholarship is defined as one of the following…

  • African American
  • Hispanic/Latin American
  • Asian American,
  • Native American
  • Pacific Island American
  • Middle Eastern American
  • LGBT American
  • American Military Veteran

Application Requirements:

  • A completed MJB 2017 Scholarship Application Checklist
  • A completed MJB 2017 Scholarship Application Form (Download the Scholarship Application Here)
  • Answers to student choice of 2 of 3 questions on the MJB 2017 Scholarship Brief Essay Questions Form
  • An official high school transcript
  • An official record of ACT and/or SAT scores
  • Evidence of economic need (Please redact/omit any Social Security numbers)
  • Evidence of acceptance into an accredited four-year Illinois college or university
  • Evidence of service learning points
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation; one from a teacher and one from a counselor or school administrator
  • Optional: Additional documents listing extracurricular, community, athletic and school activities; as well as any awards, honors or distinctions earned

Required Essay Question(s):
Select and respond to any TWO of the THREE questions in an essay that is at least 200 words.
Question #1: In what subjects have you done your best work? Why do you feel you have been successful in those subjects?
Question #2: What are your short-term goals? What are your long-term goals?
Question #3: Please share anything else you would like the MJB Scholarship Committee to know about you that may assist us as we consider your application (such as obstacles you have overcome, personal attributes, work-based experiences such as internships, mentorships, etc.)