Shimer College

Dangerous Optimist’s Scholarship for Transfer Students

Two-year scholarships up to $24,000 per year for a spring transfer student who will change the world.

To apply, follow these easy steps:

  1. Read the essay selected by our faculty for the competition and write an essay in response to the prompt at the end.

  2. Apply to Shimer College for the Spring 2016 semester.

  3. Interview.

  4. Attend the celebration of scholars on campus in December!

Contact us with any questions at 312.235.3555 or

Stuff to remember:

  • Scholarship applicants will be judged solely on the quality of their essays and the discussion of the reading during their interviews.

  • To be eligible for The Dangerous Optimist’s Scholarship, you must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form before a scholarship can be awarded.  Note: Students who are awarded federal or state grants may have their scholarship adjusted if the combined amount of all aid exceeds the cost of tuition.

The Dangerous Optimist’s scholarship is effective for four semesters of fulltime enrollment or the equivalent within a 3-year period beginning with the initial date of enrollment at Shimer College.  It is automatically renewable for students who maintain a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.00 and are in good social standing. Enrollment during summer sessions and/or on a part-time basis is permissible and will be prorated (for example, two semesters of halftime enrollment counts as the equivalent of one semester of fulltime enrollment).  Leaves of absence are permitted if approved by the Dean of the College, although they do not negate the 3-year completion stipulation. The award applies only to tuition fees and does not include other fees such as books, orientation or graduation fees. Applicants who compete in the Dangerous Optimists’ Scholarship Competition are not eligible to compete for Shimer’s Montaigne Scholarship.