Poor students living in the inner city are generally at a disadvantage because they do not have the resources available to children from middle-class families. Private organizations recognize the importance of a college education for students who need to overcome economic obstacles. Various organizations offer scholarships specifically designed to help low-income students living in inner cities. The scholarships cover the cost of tuition and related expenses.

First Generation Inner City Scholarship

The Culinary Institute of America offers the campus-based First Generation Inner-City Scholarship for incoming freshman students. The scholarship is reserved for students whose parents did not graduate college. In addition to being a first-generation student, you must demonstrate financial need based on the information reported in your Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The scholarship is competitive, awarding funds to approximately 8 students per year based on leadership skills and academic success.

Monsignor Egan Hope Scholarship

De Paul University offers the Monsignor Egan Hope Scholarship to incoming freshman and current students of the university. To qualify, you must be a resident of Chicago and graduate from a Chicago high school. The candidate must be active within the community and demonstrate leadership skills. Along with your application and resume outlining all extracurricular activities and community service, you must complete a FAFSA. Since the scholarship is committed to giving back to the community, all recipients must partake in mandatory community service projects. If chosen, you must also participate in activities hosted by the Office of Multicultural Student Success, such as mentoring and advising sessions.

One Voice Robert W. Sanderson Scholars Program

Since 1990, the One Voice Robert W. Sanderson Scholars Program has been preparing and placing low-income inner-city Los Angeles high school students in colleges throughout the country. Students can only enter the program if nominated by a teacher or counselor. The program is very selective, accepting a total of around 25 students from various inner city high schools. In the 11th grade, students begin receiving college preparation services, including tutoring, help studying for the SATs and professional college advising. Along with covering college tuition and fees, the fund also covers a range of other personal and education expenses, including clothing and health care.

Federal Assistance

Low-income students should complete a FAFSA to receive federal grants. At the time of publication, low-income students may qualify for a federal Pell Grant of up to $5,645 each year. A Pell Grant is used to cover tuition, books, supplies and living expenses. If you are eligible for a Pell Grant, you can typically combine it with scholarships to reduce your out-of-pocket expenses.