Act Six Chicago

Calling Diverse Emerging Leaders Who Love Their City

Chicago's full-tuition, full-need scholarship, Act Six brings together diverse, multicultural cadres of young people who want to use their college education to make a difference on campus and in their communities.

This year, Act Six will award 7 of Chicago’s most promising urban leaders full scholarships worth up to $195,000 to Taylor University

Discover How the Program Works

Act Six is a proven model for college success and community leadership. Learn more about the four-step process we use to find and equip diverse, transformative community leaders.

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Start Your Application

Check your eligibility, see requirements and timeline, and start your app today. Once you get started, we'll send tips and reminders to help you finish by the December 1 deadline.

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Connect a Student to a Life-Changing Opportunity

Know a student or group of students who are hungry to lead and could benefit from a full scholarship? Schedule a presentation or nominate a student.

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Who We're Looking For

Every year Act Six recruits diverse, multicultural cadres of Chicago’s most promising emerging urban and community leaders. We look for young people who want to use their college education to make a difference on campus and in their communities at home.

Act Six scholars must be:
  • committed to anti-racism and compelled to work for justice and equity,
  • passionate about learning,
  • eager to foster intercultural relationships,
  • willing to step out of their comfort zones,
  • committed to serving those around them, and
  • ready to make a difference on campus and at home

The selection process also places high value on applicants’ teamwork, critical thinking, communication skills and academic potential.

Meet the Chicago Selection Committee

The Act Six Community Selection Committees represent diverse and talented teams of community leaders who work with young people from across our region and from a wide range of backgrounds as well as those working to increase college access in our state. The committees represent the kind of diverse cadre of talented leaders that they are working to select. Members of the selection committee are listed below.

  • Christian Walker, ESL/Test Prep Instructor/Actor, GT Education
  • Danjuma Quarless, Senior Scientist, Abbvie (Act Six Graduate)
  • Grace Dadebo, Trainer, Ernst & Young Events
  • Kira Travis, Music Therapist, Norwegian American Hospital
  • Meagan Familara, Barista, Starbucks
  • Patrick Schism, Marketing Manager, Rocket Mortgage
  • Robert Rivera, PCM Coordinator, Moody Bible Institute
  • Sheila Finley, Retired Teacher, Chicago Public Schools
  • Solomon Dixon, Act Six Coordinator, Pursue Scholars
  • Zack Strother, Police Officer, CPD

Sound like you or a student you know?

Act Six Chicago by the Numbers

40

scholars selected
in 5 cadres since 2015,
with 2 graduates

92%

students of color,
58% low-income, and
60% first-generation

78%

have graduated,
or are still enrolled

67%

volunteer on campus
or in the community

I have felt stretched and encouraged to grow to the fullest extent. There were times when I was forced to think outside of the box and at times this was difficult. But now, I thank the program for this. - Act Six Scholar

Take the Next Step Toward a
Life-Changing Opportunity

Apply Now Schedule a Presentation or Nominate a Student