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Could you use $2,500 on your road to college?

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The application deadline is: 3/15/2023

About The Program

This program is dedicated to giving back to the communities in which Graham Enterprise, Inc and Graham C-Stores Company operate. The program provides support to local youths by offering $2,500 scholarships to entering college freshmen.

Since its inception in 2012, The Fueling The Minds of The Future Scholarship Program has helped 454 students attend college, including 20 super-scholars who receive support for up to four years of their undergraduate education. To date, over $1 million has been provided in scholarships to academically strong students needing a little help to achieve their college goals.

How To Apply

Begin your application by clicking the APPLY tab.

As part of the online application you will be required to upload a 500-750 word personal statement addressing all of the following questions:

  1. What have been the most important experiences during your high school years that have prepared you for college?
  2. What do you wish to achieve from your college education?
  3. Why should you be considered for a Fueling The Minds of The Future Scholarship?

To complete your application, you must then:

Mail - or have your school mail - an official high school transcript in an officially sealed envelope. We accept electronic transcripts from services like Credentials Solutions and Parchment which should be emailed to

Mail, fax or email a copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR), showing the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as reported from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Where to send this information can be found under Contact Us.

Selection Process

Awards will be based on the information provided on the application, personal statement, academic performance, extracurricular activities, work experience, individual goals and demonstrated financial need.

Preference will be given to students in the geographic communities in which Graham Enterprise, Inc. and Graham C-Stores Company businesses are located.

Scholarship recipients will be selected by a process developed by Charitable Management Systems, Inc. based on the stated selection criteria.

Students will be notified by the end of May.


Current high school senior planning to enroll as a full-time student (12 semester hours or more) in an accredited two or four-year college or university, trade school or vocational school in the U.S. for the 2023-2024 academic year.

Possess at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

Reside in the Chicagoland area.

Be able to demonstrate financial need.

Our Approach

Each year, over one million students drop out of college. The largest single reason for this is the cost of higher education. Currently, less than 15 percent of low-income students will graduate from college. The above statistics are not due to a lack of talent, but rather due to the high cost of tuition. Every student in the United States deserves a chance to attend college. We believe that a proper education helps build strong character inspiring young people to bring creativity, leadership and generosity to whatever their future holds.

Affording college is a major source of anxiety for many students and their families. Despite sacrifices made on behalf of many parents to provide an education for their children, often they cannot shoulder the entire cost alone. We are funding scholarships to increase education opportunities for those most in need. We plan to expand access to higher education for low income students and to promote community service and leadership as well. We view this as an extraordinary opportunity to make an immediate, significant difference in the lives of those less fortunate. These scholarships will ensure that fewer children, especially one whose family is caught in a financial emergency, will be denied the benefits of an education.

Contact Us

Fueling The Minds of The Future Scholarship
PO Box 648
Naperville, IL 60566
Fax: 630-428-2695