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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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I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul
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 are now being accepted through February 1, 2019.




Elligibility Criteria

All applicants must identify as 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; OR

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

In addition, applicants must:

Identify as 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 2019-2020 academic year.


Note that the following items are required as part of the online application submission: 

  • Responses to three essay questions on topics including volunteerism, Jewish community engagement, and your/your family's immigration history; 
  • A school transcript that includes your most current GPA (Grade Point Average);
  • Information on your/your family's finances, including projections about costs, expenses and debts associated with study. 
  • 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 selected as a finalist for a HIAS Chicago Scholarship, you will be required to submit two sealed letters of recommendation from school faculty/counselors or community activity supervisors.

Scholarship winners will be selected by the HIAS Chicago Scholarship Committee. Awards will be granted in summer 2019. Due to the limitations of available funds, former winners of HIAS Chicago scholarships are not eligible to receive the same category of award.

Questions? Contact Jessica Schaffer, HIAS Chicago Director, at or 312-673-3232.




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