Obama Foundation Scholars Program

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  • 27 March 2022

The University of Chicago Obama Foundation Scholars Program is a joint initiative of the Obama Foundation and three schools at the University of Chicago; the Booth School of Business, the Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice, and the Harris School of Public Policy. The program brings together an interdisciplinary group of promising eligible University of Chicago Obama Foundation Scholars and empowers them with the education, skills, relationships, and perspectives they need to tackle their communities’ most pressing challenges.


The program seeks emerging leaders from the United States and around the world who meet the following criteria: • UChicago students entering their final year of study at the Harris School of Public Policy; Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice; and/or the Booth School of Business; • Have at least 3 years of demonstrated leadership experience with clear traction tackling a particular social challenge and are now at a “breakthrough moment” in their careers; • Have a demonstrated commitment, following their completion of the program, to apply their enhanced training, skills, and connections to tackling this social challenge in their community; • Are seeking to refine their approach to tackling this challenge by including feedback and ideas from a variety of contexts around the world; • Have demonstrated academic success; • Have a demonstrated commitment to hope, community, courage, resilience, inclusivity, integrity, imagination, strategy, accountability, and empathy; and • Will not be engaging in an electoral campaign for political office during the program term.

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A complete application, submitted entirely online, includes the following materials: • Resume/curriculum vitae • Responses to short essay questions • Two letters of recommendation

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