We Help Niles Area Students Succeed Through Scholarships for Higher Education

Niles Chamber of Commerce Dollars for Scholars® is a nonprofit foundation comprised of business members of the Niles Chamber of Commerce & Industry that supports academic success in the Niles, Illinois area community.  We donate our time throughout the year trying to raise money for local students who need financial aid as they enter high school and college. In the past fifteen years this program has awarded over $145,000 in scholarships to area students.  For 2018, we will award two $4,000 College Scholarships ($1,000 each year for up to four years). Application deadline is Monday, February 5, 2018. Winners will be notified by March 1, 2018.

2018 College Scholarships

Are You Eligible? You must be a current Senior in High School AND meet ONE of the following criteria:

  • Niles, IL resident
  • Son/daughter of an employee at a Chamber Member Business. For a list of current members search the business directory: www.nileschamber.com
  • An employee of a Chamber Member business.  For a list of current members search the business directory: www.nileschamber.com

How to Apply:

  • Create a Student Profile by going to the "Students & Parents" Tab at the Top
  • Complete the profile steps incuding: Basic Info, Additional Info, Schools, GPA, Class Rank, Test Scores, Activities, Awards, Employment, Parent/Guardian Info (if you are under 18 years of age).
  • Find the "My Scholarships" tab on the left hand side. You MUST complete the Custom Question and answer in essay format "How can our nation protecty society and still respect the 2nd Amendment?"  In approximately 500 words.
  • You DO NOT have to complete financial info.  Letters of recommendation are not required.  Financial information, goals and aspirations essay, unusual circumstances essay and letters of recommendation will NOT be considered for this scholarship. 

High School Scholarships (8th Grade Students)

In past years we have also awarded high school scholarships to eighth grade students.  Due to a lack of applicants in the past few years we will not be offering high school scholarships this year.  If there is an interest in the future for high school scholarships are committee will reconsider.