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HIAS Chicago Citizenship Classes Offered

HIAS Chicago invites you to our Citizenship Classes to help you prepare for your citizenship interview and exam. 

Classes are taught in English by volunteer teachers.

Please check our Citizenship Preparation Programs page for more information.

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of the giver.
~ Maya Angelou

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HIAS Chicago is a program of Jewish Child & Family Services and a partner with the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago in serving our community.  

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HIAS Chicago Scholarship Application

Thank you for your interest in applying for a HIAS Chicago Scholarship. Applications can be submitted anytime on or before January 21, 2018. Note that the same application is used for all of our scholarships.

Elligibility Criteria

All applicants must meet one of the following:

­An individual who came to the United States with the assistance of HIAS Chicago, OR

­A U.S.-born child or grandchild of someone who immigrated to the United States with the assistance of HIAS Chicago


Someone who, or whose family, applied for Permanent Residency (i.e. a “Green Card") or citizenship with the assistance of HIAS Chicago.

In addition, applicants must:

Be Jewish

­Have lived in the United States for a minimum of 2 years;

­Demonstrate academic excellence, financial need, community service to the Jewish and broader communities, and a well-thought out educational plan.

Plan to begin or continue undergraduate or graduate level education on a full-time basis in a four year college or university in the 2018-2019 academic year.


The following items are required for a complete application.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.

  • The completed 2018 HIAS Chicago Scholarship Application;
  • An essay, one-page in length, which describes: 1) your immigration experience; 2) the impact that immigration has had on your life; and 3) your educational and professional aspirations;
  • A school transcript that includes your most current GPA (Grade Point Average);
  • Budget Worksheet;
  • A copy of your or your family’s most recent tax return or an explanation of why your family was not required to file income taxes. (NOTE: If you are financially dependent upon your parents, please submit a copy of your parents' tax return. If you are financially independent, only your tax return is required).

If you are invited to an in-person interview, you will be required to bring two sealed letters of recommendation from school faculty/counselors or community activity supervisors.

Finalists will be interviewed and winners will be selected by the HIAS Chicago Scholarship Committee. Awards will be granted in summer 2018. Due to the limitations of available funds, former winners of HIAS Chicago scholarships are not eligible to receive the same category of award.

Apply Now! There are 2 ways to apply:

HIAS Chicago 2018 Scholarship Application (.pdf)

                     HIAS Chicago 2018 Budget Worksheet (.xls)



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