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QCAACC Scholarships to African American College Students

The Quad County African American Chamber of Commerce (QCAACC) offers scholarships to African American students currently enrolled in college.  Three financial awards are made annually totaling $7500.00.  These are memorial scholarships honoring African Americans who dedicated their careers to helping the QCAACC. Those persons were Ron Allen, Leroy Cooper, and City of Aurora alderwoman Scheketa Hart-Burns. 


We recognize that having funds to finish college is not easy.  Our desire is to help African American students continue their academic goal of obtaining a college degree.  The QCAACC believes that tomorrow’s leaders need our help today.  QCAACC and its affiliated entities will award scholarships annually. 

Eligible students must be currently enrolled in a 2 or 4 year post-secondary institution with a minimum cumulative 2.4 GPA. The applicant must live in DuPage, Kane, Will or Kendall counties, or attend a post-secondary school located in one of the counties mentioned above. Career college institutions are not eligible.  Please note: Only individuals who have never won an award from the QCAACC Scholarship are eligible to apply.  Past winners are NOT eligible.


Requested for applications will begin in October and winners will be awarded at the Chamber’s Annual Jazz Brunch in February of the following year.


The following outlines the criteria for consideration:

  • Applicants must attend a 2- or 4-year academic institution located in the Quad Counties (Will, Kane, DuPage, Kendall) be a resident of the Quad Counties.

  • Enrolled college student with a minimum 2.4 G.P.A. on 4.0scale

  • Ethnicity of African American descent

  • Completed, signed, and dated application.

  • Copy of most recent College transcript(s) (Official or Unofficial); or last high school transcript if currently in first semester of college

  • List of extra-curricular activities over past four years (i.e., leadership, sports, student activities, church, volunteer, etc.; )

  • 1 letter of reference from a non-family member

  • Write a personal essay answering the question: “What motivated you to choose your academic major, and how do you expect it to benefit society?”(100 words or less.)

To ensure the integrity of the selection process, applicants must meet all requirements. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Submitted documents will be properly disposed.


2024 Recipients & Parents

Congratulations to the winners of the 2024 Jazz Brunch Scholarship Awards!


2020 Recipients

Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 Jazz Brunch Scholarship Awards!


2023 Recipient

Congratulations to the winners of the 2023 Jazz Brunch Scholarship Award!


2019 Recipients

Congratulations to the winner of the 2019 Jazz Brunch Scholarship Award!

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2022 Recipients

Congratulations to the winner of the 2022 Jazz Brunch Scholarship Award!


2018 Recipient

Congratulations to the winner of the 2018 Jazz Brunch Scholarship Award!

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