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Laurel Scholarship and Mentorship Program

The Laurel Scholarship is a Chicago-based, small mentorship program that offers pre-arrival programming, a full-tuition scholarship, and additional need-based financial aid to assist with the cost of room and board for those who qualify.

Through this program, students will benefit from the opportunity to bond with a cohort and prepare for the college transition with mentorship from recent Black alumni. The scholarship is being offered for the first time this year and will be awarded to 10 scholars.

Interested in the Laurel Scholarship? Let us know.

Laurel Scholars Program

Program Overview

Enjoy a brief overview of the Laurel Scholarship and Mentorship Program, narrated by Multicultural Program Specialist Channel Turbides ’17.

Student jumping rope outside the Black Cultural Center


  • home address in the City of Chicago or Cook County, Ill.
  • Black or Afro-descendant (if multiracial, Black must be one of the races)
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • record of academic success in a rigorous college-prep curriculum
  • community-minded coalition-builder


All eligible applicants for admission to Grinnell College will automatically be considered for the scholarship. There is no separate application required, and students do not need to indicate on their application that they are interested in the scholarship. Please note, Grinnell College defines a full application as either the Common Application or the QuestBridge Application. Those wishing to be considered for need-based financial aid, in addition to the Laurel Scholarship, should follow the application instructions outlined on the financial aid webpage.

Applicants will be considered for the scholarship during Early Decision I, Early Decision II, and Regular Decision, but preference will be given to Early Decision applicants. Transfer applicants and QuestBridge Match students who match with Grinnell will not be eligible to receive the scholarship.

Nominating Students

Are you a high school teacher, college counselor, or college/CBO adviser working with a student who you think would be a good fit for this program?

Nominate your students here!

The Laurel Scholars Overnight Program — Oct. 10-11, 2021

  • Students on Mac Field relaxing.

    What is the Laurel Scholars Overnight Program (LSOP)?

    LSOP is an all-expenses paid opportunity for eligible Laurel Scholarship candidates (college entry term fall 2022) to experience an overnight visit at Grinnell College and learn more about what the Laurel Scholarship and Mentorship Program entails. Scholarship candidates will travel to campus by plane or by bus and will have the opportunity to:

    • Go on a campus tour.
    • Meet with Grinnell administrators and current students, including members of the Laurel Scholarship selection committee.
    • Enjoy meals (including dinner with current Laurel Scholars) on campus.
    • Attend classes.
    • Spend a night in Grinnell.

    All events will be switched to virtual if necessitated by public health conditions.

  • The Loggia on East Campus

    LSOP Application Information

    Students interested in LSOP must be eligible for the Laurel Scholarship and Mentorship Program. Preference will be given to students who submit all of the required items on the list below by Sept. 24, 2021

    Please note that the Laurel Scholars Overnight Program cannot accept applications from international students or transfer applicants.

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