Opportunity Scholarship Program
The Museum is pleased to be able to provide a limited number of Opportunity Scholarships to support field trip expenses for qualified schools. The program enables us to offer subsidies for admission and/or transportation to the Museum for students and chaperones.
- Field trip date confirmed with paid deposit
- Financial need (at least 50% of students considered low-income by ISBE or the United States Department of Agriculture)
- Scholarship application submitted at least 30 days before scheduled trip
- Maximum two scholarships per school per school year
- School located in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, and Wisconsin
Actual admission fees and/or transportation costs will be subsidized at the discretion of the Museum, based on need. While most scholarships are partial, the maximum amount granted will be $1,000, including admission and transportation costs. Please indicate on your scholarship application what costs you would like covered.
Subsidies cover the cost for students, chaperones that fall within the 10:1 ratio, and medical/behavioral aides. The subsidy does not cover extra chaperones ($15 each) or students not registered with the Museum in advance. The subsidy will be paid in the form of a waiver at the time of field trip check-in.
How to Apply
- School information
- Teacher information
- Field trip information
- Financial need (% of students on free/reduced lunch)
- Expected field trip costs (admission)
- Short answer questions about objectives and benefits of trip
Applications will be reviewed and rewarded on a rolling basis. Award notification will be sent via email.
Field Trip Deposit
The $50 non-refundable deposit toward your trip will not be waived. The Museum believes each school should maintain a minimum amount of financial “buy-in” toward the trip. This deposit covers the cost of processing your original field trip request, as well as your Opportunity Scholarship, and is needed to continue the program in the future.
Transportation Scheduling & Reimbursement
For Illinois schools only:
Arrangements for transportation are the responsibility of the Museum. Alltown Bus Service, Inc. is the exclusive provider for the Illinois Holocaust Museum. The Museum will organize the transportation to and from the Museum. If your school cannot use Alltown Bus Service, Inc., please indicate this on your application.
For schools in Indiana, Iowa, and Wisconsin:
The Museum is not responsible for arranging transportation. Please indicate on your application the expected cost, if any. The Illinois Holocaust Museum will issue a reimbursement after receiving a signed, paid invoice and thank you letters.
In order to continue to provide our Opportunity Grants Program, it is essential that the sponsors understand the true impact of their support.
- Schools who are awarded an opportunity grant must complete one mandatory “Letter of Thanks” to IHMEC written by the teacher(s), incorporating student feedback and the benefits gained from the field trip. This letter must be received within 60 days after your field trip date.
- Schools who are awarded an opportunity grant must complete the online field trip feedback evaluation after their field trip.
- Transportation is exclusively provided by Alltown Bus Services, Inc.
- Schools will be invoiced for the total cost of admission if a “Letter of Thanks” is not received.
- Schools who do not send a “Letter of Thanks” may not be considered for future scholarship opportunities.
Generously supported by: Crown Family Philanthropies; MB Financial; RBC Wealth Management; and an anonymous foundation.
Education Services are supported with generous grants from: Dr. Scholl Foundation; Leah Gutman Education Fund; John and Eunice Johnson Education Fund; Harry & Sadie Lasky Foundation; Francis L. Lederer Foundation; MetLife Foundation; Charles & M.R. Shapiro Foundation.
Additional endowment support is provided by: The Mayor Richard M. and Maggie C. Daley Education Fund; The Harvey L. Miller Family Foundation Program Endowment Fund; and Teachers Educational Endowment Fund.