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Each year, the members of the ILLCF select outstanding people who meet the eligibility criteria to receive Foundation scholarships to help them achieve their educational objectives.  Scholarships are granted to Latino college students whose home residence is in Illinois and are open to all students who are fully enrolled in an accredited college or institution (undergraduate, graduate, or certificate programs). 

The Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus Foundation (ILLCF) was established in 2002 as a strong voice and resource for the Illinois Latino population and for those that work and live within Latino communities statewide.  Through its annual statewide conference and the ILLCF Public Policy Institute, the Foundation seeks to empower Latinos to confront critical issues affecting their communities and to increase access to federal, state and community programs in such areas as employment, education, community and social services, health care, and housing.  


Each year, the members of the ILLCF select outstanding people who meet the eligibility criteria to receive The Michael W. Gonzalez scholarship to help them achieve their educational objectives.  This year, $5,000 will be granted to approximately 20 Latino students that are fully enrolled in an accredited institution whose home residence is in Illinois.  An electronic application form is available online at  The deadline for applications is Friday, September 16, 2022, and scholarship winners will be announced toward the end of October 2022 via email.  Scholarship checks will be delivered/paid directly to the student’s college or university to apply toward the student’s tuition and fees.  Scholarship checks will not be paid directly to the individual student.  The scholarship is available to all Illinois students of Latino ancestry, regardless of immigration status.  We encourage all students who meet the criteria to apply.


Scholarship guidelines are the following:

  • An applicant must be currently enrolled as a full-time student during the fall term of 2022-23 at an accredited community college or four-year college or university (This includes certificate, undergraduate, and/or graduate programs)

  • An applicant must be of Latino ancestry;

  • The application form must be filled out completely, including a 500-word personal statement describing how the scholarship award will help the recipient achieve his or her educational and career goals;

  • A letter of recommendation written by the student’s teacher, primary academic advisor, or professor is required.  The letter must be on an official college letterhead, and must include a contact name, email address and phone number.  Letters of recommendation should be emailed to: and must contain the student’s name on the subject line (e.g., Letter of Recommendation for STUDENT NAME).  

  • A cumulative GPA is needed. If applicants are in their first semester of college and do not have a cumulative GPA yet- they may use their highschool cumulative GPA. 

  • Scholarship money must be used in the same academic year as it is granted; and

  • Previous winners of an ILLCF scholarship are not eligible to apply again.


The entire online application (including the letter of recommendation, emailed separately to must be submitted by Friday, September 16, 2022.  Any questions or inquiries may be addressed to the ILLCF Counsel:


Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus Foundation Scholarships, c/o Nicolas Guzman

Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

320 S. Canal Street, Ste. 3300

Chicago, Illinois 60606



For further information about the ILLCF Scholarship Program, contact the office of Nicolas Guzman at Please allow 48 to 72 hours for response.

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