The Chicago Engineers’ Foundation encourages Chicago students to pursue careers in engineering by recognizing their talents and providing them with financial awards and career development opportunities to achieve their engineering career goals.

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 Senior/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 and offers career development activities to each award recpient.  CEF maintains contact with award winners throughout the school year through a variety of networking and career development 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 2019-2020 academic year, and show an acceptance from an accredited, 4-year  undergraduate engineering program (university does not have to be in the city of Chicago).
  • complete a 2019 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 2018 CEF award recipient (college applicants are only considered if they received a CEF award the previous academic year)
  • have a GPA of at least 2.75
  • complete a 2019 application by the April deadline.


The next application cycle opens January 1, 2019.