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HIAS Chicago is a partner in serving our community, receiving support from the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation.

HIAS Chicago 2015 Scholarship Application Period Now Open

The Board of Directors of HIAS Chicago proudly announces the opening for 2015 HIAS Chicago scholarship applications.  The application period is from November 5, 2014 through February 9, 2015.

Scholarships will be awarded to the following categories of students:

HIAS Chicago Undergraduate Scholarships - High school seniors beginning post-secondary education on a full time basis or college students continuing in undergraduate or technical study

HIAS Chicago Benton Bernstein Scholarships - Students enrolling in or continuing in a course of professional study in one of the helping professions such as medicine, social work or psychology

HIAS Chicago Career Enhancement Scholarships - Students enrolling in or continuing enrollment in a graduate level educational program

HIAS Chicago Bierig Scholarships for Volunteerism - Students enrolling in or continuing enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate program with a strong commitment to volunteerism

Those eligible to apply must meet the following criteria:

The applicant must be:  

  • A Jewish immigrant to the United States who immigrated with his or her family with the assistance of HIAS Chicago, or
  • A U.S.-born child or grandchild of a Jewish immigrant to the U.S. who was assisted by HIAS Chicago,
  • and/or:
  • One who applied for Permanent Residency or Citizenship with the assistance of HIAS Chicago.  

Applicants must: 

  • have lived in the United States for a minimum of 2 years
  • demonstrate academic excellence, financial need, community service to the Jewish and general community, and a well-thought out educational plan  

Applicants must plan to begin or continue post-secondary education on a full-time basis in a college, university or technical school in the 2015-2016 academic year. 

Due to the limitations of available funds, former winners of HIAS Chicago scholarships are not eligible to receive the same category of award.

Scholarship applicant finalists will be interviewed and winners will be selected by a committee of community members & professional staff.

Please visit our Undergraduate Scholarship and Graduate Scholarship pages for additional information and to apply.

The closing deadline for receipt of applications is midnight February 9, 2015.  We encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. Please contact us at or by phone at 312.357.4666 with any questions. 

HIAS Chicago Through the Generations

Click on the image below to begin a short video about HIAS Chicago's history and its assistance as a beacon of hope to refugees and immigrants to the United States.




Join HIAS Chicago at our upcoming Citizenship Workshops

HIAS Chicago is hosting citizenship workshops to assist eligible immigrants with the citizenship application.  Please call HIAS Chicago at 312-357-4666 for more information and to register.


January 21, 2015 6-8pm

Harper Learning and Career Center

1375 Wolf Road

Prospect Heights, IL 60016

February 14, 2015 9am-noon

Des Plaines Public Library

1501 Ellinwood

Des Plaines, IL 60016


March 7, 2015: 9am-noon

St. Ansgar Catholic Church

2040 Laurel Avenue

Hanover Park, IL 60133


June 13, 2015 9am-noon

St. Cecilia Parish Center

700 S. Meier

Mt Prospect IL 60056


Child Migrants Have Been Coming to America Alone Since Ellis Island

By Tasneem Raja, July 18, 2014 

An unaccompanied child migrant was the first person in line on opening day of the new immigration station at Ellis Island. Her name was Annie Moore, and that day, January 1, 1892, happened to be her 15th birthday. She had traveled with her two little brothers from Cork County, Ireland, and when they walked off the gangplank, she was awarded a certificate and a $10 gold coin for being the first to register. Today, a statue of Annie stands on the island, a testament to the courage of millions of children who passed through those same doors, often traveling without an older family member to help them along.

Read full article here.

Share Your Story

Your personal story is HIAS Chicago's history. HIAS Chicago is collecting and preserving the poignant stories of your family’s immigration.  Help make your story a chapter in HIAS Chicago's history as we celebrate our 100th Anniversary. Please visit our Share Your Story page to share your own with us. 

And be sure to visit our Your HIAS Chicago Stories page to read about others' histories.





















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