Become a Scholar

Interested in becoming a Horizons for Youth Scholar?

To be considered for our waitlist, you must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Applicants must have a permanent address within the City of Chicago limits
  • At least one child you are applying for must be no younger than kindergarten level and no older than third grade level for the upcoming school year. Older siblings, through 6th grade, will be considered for acceptance.
  • Applicant families must show proof of financial need with income no greater than two times the national poverty level.
  • The parent applying for the program must be the legal guardian and have legal custody of the child/children for whom you are seeking acceptance.

If you checked yes to all the above, get on our waitlist!

Interested in applying? Please contact Miriam Glenn at or 312-627-9031 for more information and to be placed on our waitlist. Please make sure you meet ALL of the criteria listed above. Thank you!

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How will I know when Horizons for Youth is accepting applications?
A: We encourage you to call the office or email to request that you be put on our waitlist. When we are ready to send out applications, we will work from our list of parent information and mail applications out.

Q: Do my child’s grades need to be excellent to apply to your program?
A: Horizons for Youth is not a merit-based scholarship. We understand that every child learns differently and has the ability to reach their own potential. We may ask for grades to assess your child’s academic progress, but grades do not play a factor in the ultimate acceptance if your child(ren).

Q: What is my child does not attend a partner school?
A: Our mission is to find the best quality school for your child(ren). Our program staff will work with you on identifying the best school options, and may even explore new options, if appropriate.

Q: How are your Big Sibs (mentors) selected?
A: We take the safety of our students very seriously. All volunteers must complete an interview with our Volunteer Manager and pass an FBI background check, which includes fingerprint collection. For the first three months, all 1:1 outings between your child(ren) and mentor(s) are required to be supervised by one of our staff members or parent.

Q: Can I attend the enrichment outings?
A: Our enrichment outings are meant to strengthen the relationship between our students and mentors. We rely on this time for your child(ren) to open up to their Big Sibling. Our staff will inform you if any outings are open to parents throughout the school year.

Q: How long can my child(ren) stay in the program?
A: Horizons for Youth is proud of our long-lasting relationships. So long as parents and students abide by the yearly contracts, students stay at Horizons for Youth an average of 17 years, from kindergarten through college.