The Chicago Engineers’ Foundation encourages Chicago students to pursue careers in engineering by recognizing their talents and providing them with financial awards for their engineering studies.

The Foundation provides incentive awards to graduating high school seniors who live or go to high school in the city of Chicago, and are accepted to accredited college or university engineering programs. For those award winners who maintain satisfactory grade point averages, and complete annual applications, CEF continues to make awards throughout their college careers. The awards increase with each year that a student qualifies and participates in the program.

  • Graduating High School/Freshman Award Amount – $1,000
  • Rising College Sophomore Award Amount – $1,200
  • Rising College Junior Award Amount – $1,400
  • Rising College Senior Award Amount – $1,400

In addition to financial awards, the Chicago Engineers’ Foundation encourages the award winners to form a professional network among themselves that they can call on as they progress in their engineering studies.  CEF maintains contact with award winners throughout the school year through a variety of networking and informational activities.

To be eligible for consideration as a High School Student, you must:

  • be a graduating high school senior living or going to high school in the city of Chicago.
  • study engineering in college, starting in the 2018-2019 academic year, and show an acceptance from an accredited, 4-year  undergraduate engineering program.
  • complete a 2018 application by the April deadline.
  • meet the academic criteria outlined in the application:
    • Minimum 2.5 GPA (unweighted)
    • Minimum SAT score of at least 990 or ACT score of at least 21

To be eligible for consideration as a College Student to receive renewed support from CEF, you must:

  • be a 2017 CEF award recipient (college applicants are only considered if they received a CEF award the previous academic year)
  • have a GPA of at least 2.5 (Freshman and Sophomore) or 2.75 (Junior and Senior)
  • complete a 2018 application by the April deadline.


Congratulations to the 2018 Incentive Award Recipients!

The next application cycle opens January 1, 2019.