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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Health, Health (General & Financing), International, International Relief, Philanthropy, Public Foundations, Scholarships, Scholarships & Student Financial Aid

Mission: The HEAR Scholarship Foundation’s mission is to provide financial and mentoring support to Chicagoland High School graduates of need, who have demonstrated academic excellence, commitment to community, and highest moral character in pursuing their dream of a college education.

Results: In May 2018 we awarded 27 scholarships to exemplary high school seniors in financial need. By May 2019 and with our new class of 31 HEAR Scholars, we will have awarded over 100 scholarships and committed over $2,000,000 to helping low-income high school students attain their goal of a college education.

Target demographics: High school seniors in financial need seeking a college education

Direct beneficiaries per year: 27 new students with scholarships, 81 scholars in total

Geographic areas served: Chicago, Chicagoland Area

Programs: scholarship programs, mentoring support, networking opportunities, internship opportunities

Community Stories

33 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Suzanne M.6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became involved with HEAR Foundation through a friend of mine and I was hooked immediately. The candidates they asked me to interview were underprivileged High School graduates who excelled in school and in the community. Their stories brought me to tears. All of the kids we interviewed deserved a scholarship but we only could give 30 out of 500 candidates. What I also love about Hear Foundation is that the administration staff is mostly volunteer and about 90% of your donation goes directly to these well deserved kids!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with the HEAR Foundation almost ten years. With the 2018 class we have given scholarships to over 50 well deserved young men and women going to college. The 2019 class will have 31 scholars graduating from high schools throughout the Chicago metropolitan area. These students would not have the opportunity without our help. Each scholar has a mentor which makes our scholarship program unique and successful. Our work has been successful with the help of our many volunteers and we want to continue to grow our program. Please visit our web site to learn more and join us.

1 Mary S. S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been part of the Scholarship Selection Committee and have witnessed the deep motivation of students who have overcome the odds and excelled in high school. They've been accepted at top-notch universities, but might not meet the financial gap to attend college. By providing over 100 scholarships to these incredibly deserving students, and with a 100% graduation rate to these well-mentored scholars, the HEAR Foundation changes lives!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with the HEAR Foundation for the past four years. The HEAR Foundation is more than an organization that awards scholarships to high school graduates. The foundation provides mentorships, skills workshops, and guidance for these college bound students. The HEAR board members, scholars and volunteers become part of a family who are truly committed to the success of both its current and graduated HEAR scholar recipients. I am proud to be associated with this organization.

Previous Stories

Board Member

Rating: 5

One of my first and most impactful experiences with the Hear Foundation was with the Scholars Program. As a part of the Scholarship Selection Committee, I heard stories of the challenges and obstacles these high school students face. Similarly, I was amazed at the students' resilience and work ethic in overcoming their personal hardships. Becoming a part of the Hear Foundation and awarding scholarship funding to these deserving students is a privilege. The Hear Foundation not only rewards these recipients financially, they welcome them into the Hear Family for life.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became involved with HEAR through an acquaintance who is a board member. I appreciate their mission of providing not only financial assistance, but also emotional support throughout the college process. I volunteered on the selection committee and was blown away by all those who are part of the foundation- from previous students who received the award to the board members- everyone was dedicated to the mission. This is a foundation that truly believes in the power of education and supports their scholars in all realms of life to ensure that they are successful. There is a high level of investment on both the scholars' and the board members' ends that makes this such a special foundation and one that I'm glad to have discovered!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The HEAR Foundation is incredible. All of the HEAR staff are extremely friendly and wonderful to work with. They empower students to be successful and support them throughout college and beyond. Amazing nonprofit doing excellent work.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a donor to The Hear Foundation for many years. I’ve been extremely impressed with the selection process used to identify needy students who become Hear scholars. Many of these student scholars have already graduated and are now pursuing their dream career.

As a long time donor I am extremely proud of the people that we have chosen to receive scholarship funding.

GREAT ORGANIZATION !!!!


Len Wislow

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The HEAR Foundation is laser-focused on its mission to help Chicago high school students overcome financial barriers to attain a college education. Having observed and supported their work since their incorporation, I've been impressed by the HEAR Foundation's adaptive leadership and ability to focus on community assets to accelerate their success. The HEAR Foundation recognizes that college access is ineffectual on its own, and provides critical mentoring for their scholars throughout their collegiate tenure. Well done!!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been aware of the HEAR Foundation for ten years. Over that time, HEAR has provided scholar ships to college for deserving students from the greater Chicago area who have a financial need to make attending college a reality.
In many cases the recipient is the first in the family to attend college.
Each scholar also is provided a mentor to help each recipient with guidance and counsel about the college experience

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've worked with the Hear foundation by nominating bright talented students for their college scholarships for the past two years. They are incredibly professional and kind and overall Hear is a great organization!

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Lucy-HEAR 10/19/2017

Thank you for your positive review!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The HEAR Foundation is a truly impactful organization that I am proud to be associated with. I often hear the Board members refer to the organization and everyone it touches as "family". This idea is at the center of all that they do. HEAR is doing their part to leave this world a better place and I look forward to seeing the continued impact they have on our community.

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Lucy-HEAR 10/19/2017

Thank you for your great review - we are delighted that you are a supporter of the HEAR Foundation and a part of our family!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Giving financial support for college to local outstanding Chicago-area kids who otherwise wouldn’t be able to attend is all I need to know. Every person deserves an opportunity and HEAR provides it.

Donor

Rating: 5

I was exposed to the HEAR Foundation through interaction from board members, volunteers, and thru direct interaction with funding HEAR's many endeavors.

I became a donor to assist in helping the mission of HEAR.
HEAR is such a broad program I enjoy donating because I know its helping to strengthen the community around me and also in Guatemala.

HEAR assists others achieve their dream of an education. They not only provide worthy students a scholarship to give them a hand up in financing their dream. They back that student up with mentors from the community and create a network of support to follow the student through the process of obtaining their education.

They annually provide chickens to the community to ensure a couple of good meals to those in need. The Scholars volunteer their time which teaches them the importance of giving back to others.

Also a good portion of the Board went to Guatemala to assist Casa Hogar in building a Hen House to assist in giving food to the community while also providing educational needs.

The volunteer hours that I have seen the board and other members of HEAR provide is outstanding. The value of giving someone an education and teaching them to continue to help their community is such a great value.

I am excited to continue donating with HEAR and see them grow in my community.

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Lucy-HEAR 10/19/2017

Thank you for your very positive review, and for your continued support of our Foundation - it is because of you, and others like you, that we are able to enact our mission and for that we are very grateful.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a high school counselor I am always on the lookout for organizations to partner with and/or suggest to students who are looking for scholarship opportunities. The HEAR Foundation has been a WONDERFUL resource for our school. One of our 2016 graduates won a 20,000 scholarship and is now attending UIC at no cost. His dreams came true because of the HEAR Foundation and I overwhelmed by their generosity. Without these types of donors, many high-achieving students would not be able to attend a four-year college/university.

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Lucy-HEAR 10/19/2017

Thank you for your review - it is much appreciated. We hope to get more scholars applying from your school again this year!

1 Carlos Giovanni M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

About four years ago I received great news that I was chosen to receive a college scholarship from the HEAR Foundation. Throughout my undergraduate years at the University of Illinois at Chicago, I was able to network with the board and volunteers. Being part of the organization also meant I had a close group of people who can provide career advice and opportunities. Things are going well and I am now in my first year medical school at UIC. Their support has contributed to my success. I still make the time to be involved with the HEAR Foundation such as volunteering and networking events because I support its mission to help students go to college.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The HEAR Foundation gave me a support system I could rely on throughout my college experience. Whether it was for assistance with internships, classes, or life, the HEAR network was there for me through it all.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Currently, I am a first-year student at Denison University in Ohio. I come from the inner city of Chicago. Fortunately, I've been able to receive private high school education from another scholarship fund that invested in my future, much like the HEAR Foundation. So, I must confess that the HEAR Foundation is an absolutely fabulous organization that's been extremely helpful to me as I've transitioned into college. Not only have they granted me a very generous monetary contribution to attend school, they've also provided me with a support system to help me get through the emotional aspect of attending an out-of-state university. The employees that I've had contact with are always incredibly nice and helpful. When I've spoken to them live on the telephone, I can sense that they genuinely care about me and want to do everything they can to ensure my success. Another awesome quality that the HEAR staff has is that they always go above and beyond to satisfy us scholars. And if I have questions, they won't hesitate to go through leaps and bounds to ensure that they get answered. I truly admire their dedication to us scholars. Little do they know, the money they've given us is not all that matters; but rather, the fact that they support us 100% is what really means the most. Thank you HEAR Foundation!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fantastic organization, that last year helped, via scholarships, six different financially needy individuals pay for their college educations. Hear Foundation is a well run, well thought out, endeavor, that puts every dollar at work for the needy.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am going to post this up on the site. Let me know if there is anything I should add or delete? I am a freshmen at Marquette University studying to become a civil engineer. I come from a low income family and grew up in Chicago. Growing up my family constantly moved. I attended seven different schools before high school. Most of my friends and family did not graduate from high school and are affiliated with gangs. My parents dropped out freshmen year of high school and had me at a young age. Being the first one in my family to attend college is hard. I had no one to tell me how hard college is, how to enroll, let alone what college was. I am the first stepping stone for my family, and all the eyes are on me. I have cousins that look up to me and a younger brother who is in high school. I was nervous, but the HEAR foundation helped me step by step. They, HEAR members, would share their opinions about what was the best college for me, and help my family and me by granting me a scholarship. I cannot describe how fortunate I am. The HEAR foundation is helping me fulfill my dream without them I really do not know where I would be.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a parent of a Hear Foundation scholar, I have had a first hand experience with the wonderful things that HEAR does for children with higher education scholarships.At the scholarship interview, I was greeted by Clare. She let me know how exceptional my daughter Colleen was. While waiting in the waiting room while my daughter interviewed, I had the pleasure of speaking to other scholarship finalists and their parents. It was inspiring to hear these talented students speak of their dreams and goals.Without the HEAR scholarship, many of these hard-working students would not be able to pursue these dreams. It is wonderful that HEAR recognizes these amazing students by honoring them with a scholarship.My daughter and my family are thankful for this wonderful opportunity.