Local Scholarships

Greater Chicago Scholarship:

Thanks to some wonderful local donors and volunteers, there are funds available for prospective AFSers throughout Greater Chicago!

The AFS Greater Chicago Team provides scholarships to qualified local high school students in the Greater Chicago area for AFS-USA summer, semester or academic year programs. The goal is to help deserving students and their families bridge the gap between the funds they have available and the cost of an AFS-USA program.

To be eligible for a scholarship from the AFS Greater Chicago Scholarship, students must:

  • Live or attend high school within Greater Chicago
  • Submit an AFS online application
  • Express interest in need-based funds to a local AFS volunteer and complete a Greater Chicago Scholarship Application Form
  • Recipients and the amount of each scholarship are decided by the scholarship committee, which is comprised of AFS volunteers who are experienced in evaluating students' abilities to benefit from an AFS program and other members of the community whose job experience gives them expertise in evaluating families' financial capabilities
  • Awards are announced at the end of each AFS application cycle

For more information about the AFS Greater Chicago Scholarship, please contact Brad Thompson. 
Awards are announced on a rolling basis, so apply early!  Please note that all applicants are not guaranteed funding.


Scholarships for Illinois Residents

The opportunity to study abroad should be available to everyone, regardless of financial realities. Through merit- and need-based scholarships and personal fundraising tips, AFS is dedicated to supporting you and your family in every way we can to make studying abroad a reality.