Education for All

Education for All is a scholarship program that provides international students from our local high schools who may not otherwise be eligible for financial support with the opportunity to pursue a degree at Parkland College.

We are pleased to offer two such scholarships in the amount of $1000 per semester, per student, per academic year, as well as a $500 stipend to help cover the cost of books, fees, or other needs related to the students’ education.

Recipients will be selected by an evaluation committee based on a holistic application process that considers not only the student’s academic record, but also their respective circumstances outside of the classroom and how those have shaped their professional ambitions. The Education for All scholarship will directly benefit first-generation college applicants who demonstrate the ability to succeed in higher education and seek to secure a more stable future by pursuing a degree.

Who is eligible?

This scholarship’s intended purpose is to fund international students at local high schools that arrived in the U.S. as minors in their pursuit of higher education at Parkland College. The students must belong to the aforementioned category to qualify.

  • The applicant must be graduating from an Illinois high school
  • The applicant must be able to provide his/her “Offer of Admission” letter from Parkland College
  • The applicant must demonstrate working proficiency in English
  • Recipients must remain in good academic standing once enrolled in courses at Parkland College for the duration of the award

Three Spinners is aware that precarious personal situations do not afford some international students the same opportunities to focus solely on their studies, as they may need to work long hours to provide for themselves and their families. Thus, this scholarship will not be dependent upon GPA, and will instead focus on the essay portion of the application in which the applicant can share information about his/her extenuating circumstances and/or experiences as an immigrant. If the proposed essays pose significant challenges for the applicant, he/she can request a personal 30-45 minute interview with the evaluation committee.

How do I apply?

For paper copies of applications and instructions on applying, contact your guidance counselor or liaison.

What are the application requirements?

  • The application requires one letter of recommendation, but up to three will be accepted. We prefer that these letters come from one of the students’ current or previous teachers or advisors
  • The applicant must provide essay responses (300-500 words per question) to the prompts provided by their guidance counselor and/or liaison
  • The applicant has the option of providing a current resume listing their academic achievements, language skills, honors/awards, volunteer and work experience, and any other relevant information demonstrating their ability to succeed at Parkland College

When and how will funds be awarded?

Award recipients will receive $1,000 per semester for the fall and spring semesters (to be disbursed directly to Parkland College) along with a one-time award of $500 (disbursed directly to the student) to cover the cost of administrative fees, books, and other educational materials. Awards will be disbursed before the start of the fall semester.

Who will have access to the personal information provided on the application?

All information provided by students to Three Spinners is strictly confidential and will not be made available to any governmental agencies or academic institutions.