HSI Bridge Scholarship Program

Bridge Students and Staff posing for a picture
Our exceptional Bridge Scholars 2016-17 cohort photographed with Mark Nemec, the Dean of Graham School and Mary Daniels, Associate Dean of Bridge and Partnership Programs.

For the second year, the University of Chicago Graham School is offering full tuition Bridge Scholarships for up to 10 graduates of select Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs) to study for three quarters at the University of Chicago as graduate students-at-large. As demonstrated by the first cohort in 2016-17 academic year, the scholarship provides exceptional students with an opportunity to explore paths to graduate or professional school after their college graduation, and supports them in their eventual applications to graduate or professional degree programs.

The program is designed to provide substantive academic experience at a leading research institution. The HSI Bridge Scholarship provide full-tuition scholarships for students to explore graduate or undergraduate courses in disciplinary areas of their choice, excluding the Pritzker School of Medicine. Full tuition scholarships were awarded to 5 outstanding students for the 2016-17 academic year; these students are currently enrolled in courses at the University of Chicago.

About the Scholarship

  • Applicants must have a BA or BS at time of matriculation. Students must provide a final official transcript which shows the degree conferred and date of graduation at time of matriculation.
  • HSIs are invited to nominate up to three candidates each for participation in the 2017-18 HBCU Bridge Scholarship program.
  • HSI Bridge Scholarships will award full tuition scholarships for up to two courses per quarter for three academic quarters. HSI Scholars may elect to start either in Autumn 2017 or Winter 2018. This is a merit-based scholarship.
  • Participating Bridge Scholarship students will be responsible for living expenses, health insurance, student life fee, transcript fee and book costs.
  • The HBCU Bridge Scholarship is available to students interested in undergraduate and graduate courses in Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, Divinity, Public Policy, Social Service Administration, and Law.

HSI Scholar Program Opportunities:

  • In-depth academic advising with weekly individual meetings.
  • Interdisciplinary course offerings and the flexibility to explore multiple areas of study.
  • Graduate program and career exploration through campus- wide workshops and conferences.

Nomination and Application Process

HSIs are invited to hold their own internal selection process and nominate up to three candidates per year for the scholarship. Nominated candidates must submit their applications online through the Graduate Student-at-Large program at apply-graham.uchicago.edu/apply. Interested students should contact their universities to be considered for nomination.


March 10th Last day for nomination and online application
April 15th Admissions Decisions
May 15th Last day to accept or decline HSI Bridge Scholarship

Required Materials:

  • Official Undergraduate Transcript SAT/ACT Scores
  • Candidate Statement
  • Current Resume
  • Three letters of recommendation (at least one from faculty)
  • Letter of nomination from your university

Course Tuition: $0 (full tuition scholarship range for three quarters: $18,360-$39,540)
Student Life Fee: $1,128
Medical Insurance: $3,615†
Books and Course Materials: $800 estimated cost
Graduate Student Housing: $7,200^
Onetime Lifetime Transcript Fee: $60
Total: $12,803

†Health insurance is required for all students. Students may provide proof of coverage elsewhere and complete a waiver to opt out of University coverage.
^Estimate based on 9-month lease on studio apartment at $800 per month. Meals are not included.

For more information about the HSI Bridge Scholarship, academic progress and requirements, please contact Esther Pandian-Riske or Mario McHarris.

Esther Pandian-Riske
Associate Director

Mario McHarris
Program Specialist