HSI Bridge Scholarship Program FAQs

What is the HSI Bridge Scholarship?
  • It is a merit based scholarship for exceptional students from select HSIs* with BA or BS degrees to study at the University of Chicago for one academic year (three quarters).
  • Each HSI is invited to nominate up to three exceptional students to participate in Cohort 1 (Autumn Quarter 2017–Spring Quarter 2018).
  • Graham School intends to award 10 HSI Bridge Scholarships in total for the academic year.
  • The three quarters can be (Autumn, Winter, and Spring) or (Winter, Spring, and Summer or Fall).
  • Students will be awarded full tuition for up to 6 courses (600 credits) for three quarters (one academic year).
  • Students may take either undergraduate or graduate courses in the following divisions and schools:
    • Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences, Divinity, Harris School of Public Policy, Social Service Administration, Law School and The University of Chicago Booth School of Business (with the exception of The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine).
  • Students who have successfully completed the HSI Bridge Scholarship Program will receive a University of Chicago transcript.

* U.S. Department of Education’s 2013 List for Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions

Why are we offering this scholarship?

At UChicago, a deep commitment to diversity drives ideas, builds careers, enriches communities, and spurs innovation. The scholarly community is composed of a rich mix of individuals who, through their own distinctive viewpoints, contribute to the intellectually challenging culture of the University.

Our goal through this HSI Scholarship is to provide qualified students from HSIs with an opportunity to explore new fields of study or delve deeper into academic areas of interest. The scholarships will provide substantive academic experience towards eventual applications to graduate or professional schools. The Program Director and her team are committed to working closely with recipients of the scholarship to ensure their academic success towards their future professional goals.

What are the scholarship qualifications?
  • Applicants must have a BA or BS degree at time of matriculation.
  • Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 to be considered.
What are the academic progress and requirements while in the program?
  • Applicants must have a minimum completion rate of 1 course per quarter and secure a grade of B, to remain in the HSI Bridge Scholarship Program.
  • Applicants experiencing extenuating circumstances and requiring a Leave of Absence for 1 quarter or more must continue to work closely with the Program Director as well as the Dean of Students if they wish to resume their studies in the near future.
How do I apply or request a nomination?
  • Each HSI is invited to hold their own internal selection process and put forward up to three nominations to represent their schools for this scholarship.
  • Individual alumni members of HSIs are advised to contact their alma maters to be considered for their school’s nomination process.
  • Once nominated by their schools, nominees will submit applications through Graham’s School Graduate-Student-At-Large (GSAL) program: apply-graham.uchicago.edu/apply/.
  • Nominees will submit their undergraduate transcript (unofficial), SAT/ACT scores, candidate statement and current resume online, as part of their application.
  • Nominees will submit three Letters of Recommendation (one must be from faculty) and Letter of Nomination from their school (sealed and signed) via mail to the address below:
    ATTN: Esther Pandian-Riske
    Associate Director, GSAL and RS Programs Graham School
    1427 E. 60th Street
    Chicago, IL 60637
  • Application deadline: March 1, 2017. HSI Bridge Scholarship Selection Committee will meet and provide scholarship decisions by June 15th.
  • Applicants may be admitted to the GSAL program even if they are not selected for the HSI Bridge Scholarship.
What are the benefits of the program?
  • Weekly, individual in-depth academic advising.
  • Interdisciplinary course offerings, with the flexibility to explore multiple areas of study.
  • Opportunities to attend campus wide workshops and seminars.
  • Opportunities to build professional relationships with faculty.
  • Opportunities to attend graduate program and career exploration through campus wide events and conferences.
Who should I contact for more information?

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

Esther Pandian-Riske
Associate Director

What is the HSI Scholarship Cost?

Course Tuition: $0 (full tuition scholarship)
Student Life Fee: $1,128
Medical Insurance: $3,615†
Books and Course Materials: $800 estimated cost
Graduate Student Housing: $7,200^
One-time 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.

When are the deadlines?
March 10th Last day for nomination and online application
April 15th Admissions Decisions
May 15th Last day to accept or decline HBCU Bridge Scholarship