As Chicago’s premier architectural, historical and charter cruise company, it’s safe to say we know what makes Chicago so special. From the famed architecture to the world-renowned museums, the jaw-dropping skyline and lake views to the awe-inspiring works of public art, Chicago is “Second City” to none- at least in our hearts.

But what would make our beloved Windy City even better? That’s where you come in.

Chicago Line Cruises is proud to announce that we’re offering a $2,000 scholarship to one U.S. college student.

Keeping in mind Chicago’s rich architecture, history, and public art works, we want you to answer the question “In an ideal world, what new creation would you contribute to Chicago’s physical and/or cultural landscape?”

We want you to be creative with your answers, so we’re accepting a wide variety of formats for your submission. A written essay, a podcast, an animated video, or even a hand drawing – anything goes! Submissions will be judged on:

Creativity of concept/originality of idea
Execution/attention to detail
Demonstration of your appreciation of Chicago
This scholarship is open to any college student or incoming freshman with a GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Format and length requirements are as follows:

Written submission: 500-1,000 words
Audio submission: 1.5-3 minutes
Video submission: 30 seconds-1 minute
Visual submission: Include a 1-2 paragraph description with your entry
Written and visual submissions should be sent by August 1st, 2015 at midnight to as attachments (Word doc, PDF, JPEG, PNG, etc.); for audio and video submissions, entrants should e-mail the above e-mail address with the link to the video or audio file on YouTube or Soundcloud. You may make the video or audio file private on YouTube or Soundcloud.

The Fine Print

To apply for the scholarship, applicant must be a student currently enrolled at a 2-year or 4-year college or university in the United States.

Applicant must be a current college student, have a cumulative high school grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 on a 4-point scale and have taken either the ACT or SAT test.

Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors

Applicant must have a cumulative college grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 on a 4-point scale and be enrolled full-time at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university in the United States for Fall 2015.
Applicant must use the scholarship toward undergraduate program (i.e. Graduate and Masters programs not eligible).
If the applicant or the applicant’s parent/legal guardian is employed by Chicago Line Cruises at the time of award, the student is not eligible for the scholarship. Eligibility of finalists will be verified before winners are selected.
Description of Scholarship Funds
The selected winner will receive a one-time $2,000 educational scholarship to be applied to qualified expenses, including graduate and undergraduate tuition, fees, books and on-campus room and board for the 2015-2016 academic year. Funds are provided by Chicago Line Cruises. Payments issued by Chicago Line Cruises are made payable to the student’s approved college or university and mailed by 9/15/2015 directly to the accredited college or university last designated by the student.

Selection and Announcement of Winners
Winners will be selected by the Chicago Line Cruises team after the deadline of 8/1/2015 at midnight. Applicants are judged on quality and thoughtfulness of entries. The winners will be announced on or before 8/14/2015.

College/University Approval
The institution must be accredited and listed on the official website of the U.S. Department of Education. All school transfers are subject to accreditation approval.

Responsibilities of Recipients
The recipient must be actively enrolled full-time as a freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior for the 2015-2016 semester and for the entire academic year without interruption, barring illness, emergency or military service. It is the recipient’s responsibility to verify receipt of funds with their designated institution and notify Chicago Line Cruises, should the award check not arrive on or about 30 days from the issue date. Chicago Line Cruises reserves the right to alter or discontinue this program at any time without notice.

Digital Rights Agreement
By submitting an entry to this competition, you agree that all essay and photo submissions will become the property of Chicago Line Cruises and may be used in marketing materials, reposted or displayed online in whole or partial form without notification.