In support of the organization’s mission, PICU will grant a minimum of seven scholarships each year to community college transfer students looking to achieve their educational goals at one of our member institutions. Applicants will be considered for one of three $1,000 scholarships, or one of four $500 scholarships.

We want to help you achieve your transfer goals!


Awarded each year to our top 3 applicants!


Awarded each year to 4 exceptional applicants!

You could be 

one of the

Previous Applicants
Previous Winners
$ 1
Awarded Annually
2023 PICU
Transfer Scholarship

Click on the categories to the right to learn more about eligibility and entry requirements. Email PICU Scholarship Chair, Austin McGrath, with any questions.

All candidates must:

  • Be currently enrolled in an Illinois community college seeking to earn their first baccalaureate degree.
  • Complete a minimum of 30 credit hours at a community college.
  • Submit an application for admission to one of the PICU member colleges or universities listed.
  • Have a 3.0 Cumulative GPA or greater.

The following data are required from each candidate:

  • A completed application form with signed Scholarship Agreement and Information Release.
  • A personal statement of 500 – 700 words telling the committee about your background, your educational goals and how this scholarship will help you achieve these goals.
  • An official community college transcript.*

*Official means directly from the community college either by mail or electronic delivery service; no scans, faxes or photocopies will be accepted.

All entry requirements should be submitted together in one package to: 

Austin McGrath – PICU Scholarship Chair

Columbia College Chicago

600 s Michigan Avenue

Suite 301-I

Chicago, IL 60605

Applications and required materials must be received by June 2nd to qualify.

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