The Raydiant Awards exist to acknowledge and celebrate
those that society has deemed unfit to exist.

Those that have been historically excluded and systematically
deprived access tofull rights,  privileges and opportunities in life
because of their identity. 

We see you. And we’re rooting for you.

Keep shining.


The 2023 Raydiant Awards took
place on Sunday, October 22.





An unforgettable tribute to Black excellence, setting a new standard for recognizing and celebrating extraordinary accomplishments.”


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Congratulations to our 2023 Raydiant Award
honoree and winners.






Check out our recap from
the 2022 Raydiant Awards.






APPLY FOR AN AWARD


We are proud to offer scholarships and awards in the following categories. 
Each winner receives an official Raydiant Awards trophy and $1,000.00. 

The application window for the 2023 Raydiant Awards has closed.


RISING ICON AWARD

For consideration, applicants must meet the all of following eligibility requirements:

Reside in the Chicagoland area

Second semester freshman or sophomore currently
enrolled at a 4-year college or university, or a 2-year community
college in the Chicagoland area

Possess a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0-scale
or 4.0 on a 5.0-scale





YARD RUNNER AWARD

For consideration, applicants must meet the all of following eligibility requirements:

Reside in the Chicagoland area

Third, fourth, or fifth-year undergraduate student currently 
enrolled at a 4-year college or university, or a 2-year community
college in the Chicagoland area

Possess a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0-scale
or 4.0 on a 5.0-scale





EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR AWARD 

For consideration, applicants must meet the all of following eligibility requirements:

Reside in the Chicagoland area

Current teacher, professor or educational support professional
at a preschool, elementary school, high-school, college 
or university in the Chicagoland area





ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR AWARD

For consideration, applicants must meet the all of following eligibility requirements:

Reside in the Chicagoland area

Own a business based in the Chicagoland area that serves 
the local community

Be registered (and in good/active standing) with the 
Illinois Department of Business Services





HOMETOWN HERO AWARD 

For consideration, applicants must meet the all of following eligibility requirements: 

Reside in the Chicagoland area

Active duty armed forces, reserves/national guard,
a police officer, firefighter, paramedic, EMT, doctor,
nurse, or 911 dispatcher in the Chicagoland area. 





SPONSOR AN AWARD


Your tax-deductible donations empower us to dismantle imbalanced social systems
by creating resources and opportunities for historically excluded communities. 













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