Announcing the 2021 Gobble Doggs Scholarship

We are proud to announce Gobble Doggs’ Third Annual Scholarship. Gobble Doggs will offer scholarships to graduating high school seniors to assist in their future entrepreneurial goals.

The Gobble Doggs scholarship is awarded to African-American graduating high school seniors who are innovative, forward-thinking and have a passion for business and entrepreneurship. Whether a student opts to attend a college or university, trade/vocational school and/or has or wants to start a business, Gobble Doggs will provide support to those awardees to assist in their entrepreneurial goals. The Gobble Doggs scholarship can be used for educational support, developing a business concept or advancing an existing business.

Gobble Doggs is a small Black-owned business in the Chicagoland area that has been serving satisfied customers since 2012. We specialize in serving gourmet turkey hot dogs with a variety of delicious toppings and select pairings. Since Gobble Doggs’ launch, the business has expanded to include a food truck and a kiosk inside the Chicago LaSalle Street Metra station.

Gobble Doggs has developed a great reputation in the community as having a product consumers thoroughly enjoy, as reflected in our customer reviews on social media sites. Additionally, Gobble Doggs has been applauded for its community involvement, including feeding the homeless and converting its food truck into an online voter registration station – an effort recognized by the Kane County Clerk’s Office who honored Gobble Doggs for promoting voter outreach and awareness in the community.

Gobble Doggs is encouraging all interested candidates to apply. Ideal candidates are African American 2021 graduating high school students who seek to obtain a degree or trade to start their own business. Or, would like to start a business and use the scholarship as start-up funds or currently has an existing business and would like to use the Gobble Doggs scholarship to grow the business. Please note Gobble Doggs considers a business as any legal revenue generating source. Business examples include, but not limited to, babysitting, braiding/cutting hair, dog walking or any other entrepreneurial idea that allows the applicant to have a source of independent income. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply and submit their completed application no later than Friday, April 30, 2021. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

To be eligible for the scholarship, candidates must:

1. Be an African American graduating high school senior

2. Attend a high school in Cook, Kane, DuPage, Grundy, Kendall, Lake and Will County. Homeschooled seniors are also encouraged to apply and must be homeschooled in the aforementioned counties.

3. Cumulative grade point average of “C” or better

4. Complete and submit the Gobble Doggs Scholarship application

5. Provide a clear copy of their Illinois State ID or driver’s license;

6. Submit a personal essay that should include the following: - Tell us who you are. (Be creative) - How are you involved in the community - Why should you be considered for this scholarship - How would you use the awarded funds, i.e. tuition, start your business, fund and existing business, obtain certifications, etc. Should be no longer than 500 words, double-spaced and in an Arial or Times New Roman font.

7. Submit a scholarship essay answering the following: - What characteristics do you believe successful entrepreneurs exhibit and why did you choose these characteristics? - Who is your favorite entrepreneur and why? - Why would you make a great entrepreneur or business leader (if you’re a current business owner, what makes you a great entrepreneur or business leader)? Should be between 500 - 1,000 words, double-spaced and in an Arial or Times New Roman font.

8. Provide a student resume

9. Provide an official copy of grade transcripts with application.

10. Submit an official college enrollment verification form or acceptance letter on school letterhead, if attending college or trade school.

11. Submit two (2) letters of recommendation with application. Recommendations can be from a former or current teacher, dean, principal, counselor, club/organization leader or employer.

Please remember only completed applications will be considered.

All questions regarding the scholarship application process should be directed to

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