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Scholarship Award Info

The Chicago Blackhawk Alumni Association (CBAA) distributes college scholarships annually to the most deserving Illinois high school hockey players. Awards are determined from a candidate’s level of community service, volunteerism, good citizenship, as well as hockey talent of the individual who receives $7,500.00 annually over four years.

In December of each year, scholarship applications are available for download at www.blackhawkalumni.com. Fully completed applications including letter of recommendations, original transcripts, and scholar essays are due no later than February 1st of each year. Once all of the forms are gathered, a selection committee from the Blackhawk Alumni Association (CBAA) will review all of the candidates and then select the three recipients.

Thank you to all of the Illinois High School players who took the time to submit applications in the previous year. Thank you also to the coaches, managers and team/league presidents who promote and support this effort. The players really deserve it!

Mike Mullins

CBAA Secretary


Chicago Blackhawk Alumni Scholarship Criteria

and Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility Requirements

  1. The scholarship award is available to both male and female applicants residing in the State of Illinois.
  2. Applicant must be a member of their Illinois High School's hockey team (Varsity or Junior Varsity Level)
  3. Applicants who play non-high school hockey club hockey at the AAA or AA level are deemed ineligible unless the applicant's high school does not field a varsity level program, in which case they will be deemed eligible
  4. Applicant must be applying and planning to attend college as a full time university student in the school year following the award. For those students who plan to enter college as a freshman at the beginning of the second semester or later, a special exemption must be applied for and approved by the Chicago Blackhawk Alumni Scholarship Committee.
  5. Applicant must graduate from high school.

Selection Criteria

  1. Academic Standing, including but not limited to grades, class rank, standardized test scores, and curriculum
  2. Community and Volunteer Service
  3. Extracurricular Activities
  4. Leadership
  5. Character
  6. Financial Need
  7. Personal Essay
  8. Coaches Recommendation Letter
  9. Other Recommendations (Maximum of 2, not including coaches letter)

Benefits Awarded to Winners

  1. 4 year financial award in the amount of $7,500 per year payable semi-annually in August and January
  2. Complimentary membership in the Blackhawk Alumni for the term of your college years
  3. Participation in a mentoring program with former Alumni Scholarship winners
  4. Plus Invitations and Opportunities to the following events:
    ♦ CBAA Family Get Together
    ♦ Scholarship Luncheons
    ♦ Scholarship Awards Night at the United Center
    ♦ The Stan Mikita Golf Outing
    ♦ Skate with the Alumni at local rinks
    ♦ Sit in the Alumni Suite at the United Center
    ♦ Attend Chicago Blackhawks Alumni Associate Meetings

Maintenance Requirements

  1. Maintaining a 3.0 minimum grade point average over any 2 consecutive quarters, otherwise will be placed on a probationary period at which time renewal of the scholarship will be on an annual (year by year) basis at the discretion of the Alumni Scholarship Committee.
  2. Copy of grades to be submitted to Alumni Scholarship committee at the end of each semester.

Application Timeline Instructions

  1. December 1st ⇒ Begin "Research" on all information needed for application.
  2. December 11th ⇒ Call and ask your coach and both sponsors if they would write a letter of recommendation.
  3. December 12th ⇒ Email the template Letter of Recommendation to your coach and both sponsors.
  4. December 20th ⇒ Begin your Scholarship personal information form.
    ♦ Contact all people and institutions that may hold critical information.
    ♦ Leave enough time to get GPA, Rank, SAT, and ACT info from school
  5. December 26th ⇒ Write your Scholarship Essay
  6. December 30th ⇒ Complete your Scholarship personal information.
  7. January 4th ⇒ Confirm with coach/sponsors they are sending you a signed letter of recommendation if they haven't already done so.
  8. January 22nd ⇒ Complete entire online application and review.
  9. February 1 is the deadline for your scholarship application recommendation letters & complete application.