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The University of Chicago Obama Foundation Scholars program is a joint initiative of the Obama Foundation and three schools at the University of Chicago: Chicago Booth; the Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice; and the Harris School of Public Policy.

Open to UChicago students entering their final year of study at Booth, the Crown Family School, and/or the  Harris School,  the program brings together an interdisciplinary group of promising and eligible UChicago-Obama Scholars and empowers them with the education, skills, relationships, and perspectives they need to tackle their communities’ most pressing challenges.

As a UChicago-Obama Scholar, you participate in a robust set of supplemental programming organized by the University of Chicago and the Obama Foundation.The program is designed to complement your final year of core degree requirements within your school.

During this one-year program, participating students develop a distinctly interdisciplinary approach to advancing social change. Students leave the University of Chicago prepared to address the most complex social challenges through impactful careers in a wide range of settings.

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Interested in learning more about becoming a UChicago-Obama Scholar? Visit the Harris School of Public Policy website to learn more about program requirements and deadlines, and to submit your application. 

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Contact Information

If you have questions about the University of Chicago Obama Foundation Scholars program, please email Adrian Talbott, assistant dean for civic engagement at the Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice.

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