Harper Promise Scholarship
The Harper Promise Scholarship provides District 211 students the opportunity to earn up to two years of tuition-free coursework at Harper College upon high school graduation. Applications for the Promise Scholarship are accepted during the first semester of a student’s freshman year of high school and eligibility requirements become effective during the second semester of freshman year.
Parents and students may apply for the Scholarship two ways:
1.) Using a paper application form. Click here to download the application form.
2.) Using an online form. Parents may access the online from through their Infinite Campus account. Click here to log into Infinite Campus. Look for a message in the inbox titled “Harper Promise Scholarship Application.”
Eligibility for the Harper Promise Scholarship is based on four factors:
All absences from school (excused and unexcused) have the potential to impact a student’s eligibility for the Promise Scholarship. An absence that accounts for more than 50% of student’s school day will count as a full day of absence. Three (3) incidents of tardiness to the student’s first daily class period will count as a full day of absence.
Freshmen – Five (5) days during the second semester
Sophomores – Nine (9) days for the entire year (first and second semester combined)
Juniors – Eight (8) days for the entire year (first and second semester combined)
Seniors – Seven (7) days for the entire year (first and second semester combined)
Students must maintain the minimum annual unweighted grade point average (GPA) each year of high school. This is not the cumulative GPA. It reflects the grades from a single year of school. Specific GPA thresholds vary by grade level.
Freshmen – 2.0 (second semester only)
Sophomores – 2.25
Juniors – 2.25 and no grades of D or F
Seniors – 2.3 and no grades of D or F
Students must graduate high school “college ready.” Any need to take non-credit bearing remedial/developmental mathematics or English coursework at Harper College will disqualify a student from the Promise Scholarship program.
Students must earn a minimum number of credits each school year.
Freshmen – four (4)
Sophomores – eight (8) cumulative
Juniors – twelve (12) cumulative
Seniors – eighteen (18) cumulative
Students must graduate on time with their class at the end of their senior year. Seniors requiring summer school to earn graduation credits will lose eligibility for the Promise Scholarship.
All Promise Scholarship applicants must complete community service hours to remain eligible for the Program. Community service is unpaid work done by the student that benefits others. The service work cannot be performed for a family member or at an organization where the student’s parent is the agency representative.
The number of required service hours varies by grade level.
Freshmen – Five (5) hours of community service must be completed during the 2nd semester of 9th grade (including the summer after freshman year). Hours must be completed and reported no later than the last day of summer school following freshman year.
Sophomores – Ten (10) hours of community service must be completed during the 10th grade year (including the summer after sophomore year). Hours must be completed and reported no later than the last day of summer school following sophomore year.
Juniors – Fifteen (15) hours of community service must be completed during the 11th grade year (including the summer after junior year). Hours must be completed and reported no later than the last day of summer school following junior year.
Seniors – Twenty (20) hours of community service must be completed during the 12th grade year. Service hours completed during the summer after senior year will not be included. Hours must be completed and reported no later than the Friday immediately preceding the scheduled graduation ceremony.
Completed community service hours must be reported using the District 211 Harper Promise Community Service Hours reporting form. A signature from a representative of each volunteer agency is required to verify the completion of service hours. This representative cannot be the student’s parent. The service hour reporting form is available here.
All community service hour reporting forms from freshmen, sophomores, and juniors must be turned in to the student’s high school student services office by 3:00 p.m. on the last day of summer school.
Community service hour reporting forms from seniors must be turned in to the student’s high school student services office by 3:00 p.m. on the Friday prior to the scheduled graduation ceremony.
Community Service Resources
Harper Promise Scholarship applicants may complete their community service hours at a community-based site of the applicant’s choosing. Below are resources students may find helpful to identify opportunities to complete community service hour requirements.
VolunteerMatch – Find a place to volunteer that aligns with a personal area of interest.
HandsOn Suburban Chicago – Find a place to volunteer that aligns with a personal area of interest.
Students must annually meet each individual eligibility requirement to remain eligible for the Promise Scholarship and will be asked to recommit to the Promise Scholarship Program at the start of each school year.
Students and parents should consult with the student’s high school counselor regarding questions pertaining to Promise Scholarship criteria or eligibility. Click here to view Harper College’s website detailing the full set of Promise Scholarship Program information.