General Scholarships/Essay contests

Scholarships/Essay Contests

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**Be sure to check specific college/university websites to learn about scholarship opportunities that may be available. See guidance scholarship tips

**Applications may not be available in guidance until 1-2 months prior to deadlines

 

Essay Contests

John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest
Criteria: Applicants must write an original essay of 1,000 words or less that demonstrates an understanding of political courage as demonstrated by an elected government official after 1917.  See website for more details.

 

 

 

http://www.jfklibrary.org/Education/Profile-in-Courage-Essay-Contest.aspx

Amounts: $500 -$5,000

Deadline: January 6

AMERICANISM ESSAY CONTEST: Dept. of Illinois
CRITERIA:  Illinois high school students, see link for details, essay must be no more than 500 words. Contact guidance for the local American Legion representative to mail it to. See guidance for an application or copy the link below http://www.illegion.org/scholarships/
AMOUNT:  $100 – $12,000

DEADLINE:  February 2

Bill of Rights Institute
CRITERIA:  United States citizen or legal resident ages 14-19, see link for details, essay must be be 500-800 words.
www.billofrightsinstitute.org/engage/students-programs-events/scholarship/​
AMOUNT:  $ 5,000

DEADLINE:  February 5

Ayn Rand Essay Contest-3 opportunities
CRITERIA: 9th and 10th grades students submit an essay on ANTHEM by Ayn Rand and 11th and 12th grade students submit an essay on THE FOUNTAINHEAD by Ayn Rand. 12th grade Atlas Unshrugged Specific contest information is available at www.aynrand.org/students/essay-contests
AMOUNT: up to $10,000
DEADLINE: Anthem – March 25 & The Fountainhead – April 29,  Atlas unshrugged- October 23
American College Foundation
CRITERIA: High school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. See website for details
Award:  $1,000-5,000
DEADLINE: Applications must be received by April 1st
Oratorical Scholarship Program
Oratorical Scholarship Program

 

 

 

Criteria: Grade 9-12. 8-10 minute original oration. See details: www.illegion.org/scholarships/

Amount: Up to $18,000

Deadline: January 20

2018 Holiday Classic Scholarship

Criteria:  This scholarship has been established to recognize and award scholarships to eligible high school seniors who participated in the past year’s tournament, a selection committee of current and former educators will choose the winners based on leadership skills and academic performance.  Applicants will be asked to demonstrate their experiences in student activities and community service, and are required to submit an essay titled “How my high school sports experience helped prepare me for success in higher education.”

https://theclassic.org/about/holiday-classic-scholarship/

Eligibility:  Applicants must have been on the roster of a participating team in the 2017 State Farm Holiday Classic; be a graduating senior this spring, maintain a grade point average of 2.75 or above on a 4.0 scale and be admitted to and plan to attend a 2 or 4 year college.

Amount:  $1,000

Deadline:  April 1, 2018

Athnet Sports Recruiting Scholarship

Criteria:  Applicants must be a current or former athlete at the high school or college level and must be a current college student or high school senior entering college.  Applicants do not need to be an athlete at the college level.

Essay:  Write a 400-500 word essay describing how the lessons you have learned through playing sports have positively impacted you as you purse your college education.

Link:  https://www.athleticscholarships.net/scholarship-contest.htm

Amount: $1,000 (towards use of tuition and books)

Deadline:  June 1st

SCHOLARSHIPS

Attention students, for addition scholarship opportunities see the following website. http://www.communityfoundationci.org/central-illinois-foundation-scholarship-opportunities#aldridge​

SCHOLARSHIP: Project Lead the Way, Bradley University
CRITERIA: Accepted into Bradley’s Engineering program. Completed a Project Lead the Way class at MTHS.
AMOUNT: $1,000 automatic award, additional scholarships depending on class rank and ACT score.
DEADLINE: Admitted to Engineering program. for application go to: http://www.bradley.edu/admissions/freshman/cost/sources/pltw/index.dot​

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SCHOLARSHIP Program:  McDonald’s Archways to  Opportunity
CRITERIA: Applicant must be an employee of McDonalds See www.mcdonalds.com/archwaystoopportunity for more info & eligibility requirements.
DEADLINE: Not Specified

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SCHOLARSHIP: The Christian Connector
CRITERIA: Provides Christian college information, $2,500 scholarship drawing, and additional Christian college scholarships. www.christianconnector.com
DEADLINE: Not specified

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SCHOLARSHIP: Latino College Dollars
CRITERIA: Provides over 300 scholarships for Latino students. www.latinocollegedollars.org
DEADLINE: Varies

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SCHOLARSHIP:  National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Scholarships
CRITERIA:  A variety of scholarships are available with different criteria for each.  More information is available online at:  http://www.dar.org/natsociety/edout_scholar.cfm
AMOUNT:  Varies
DEADLINE:  Varies depending on scholarship

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SCHOLARSHIP:  Discover Colleges
CRITERIA:  Simply log on to:  www.discovercolleges.com
AMOUNT:  $2000.00
DEADLINE:  Undetermined

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SCHOLARSHIP: U. S. Bank Internet Scholarship Program

CRITERIA: No Essays, No minimum GPA, students simply apply online at www.usbank.com/community/financial-education/scholarship-application-form.html
AMOUNT: $5000
DEADLINE: October 27 by 11:59 pm

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SCHOLARSHIP Program:  Quest Bridge
CRITERIA:  Top 5-10% of class, household income less than $60,000 for an average family of four.  Applicants must also qualify for free or reduced lunch.  See  http://www.questbridge.org/ for more info.
DEADLINE:  September 28

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SCHOLARSHIP:  Wendy’s High School Heisman Award
CRITERIA:  Eligibility for application is limited to male and females entering their senior year of high school who have at least a “B” average and participate in at least one school-sponsored sport. Online applications are available at http://www.wendysheisman.com/
AMOUNT:  $1,000-10,000
DEADLINE:   October 3

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SCHOLARSHIP:  Horatio Alger Association Scholarships
CRITERIA:  Senior, GPA of 2.0 and above, financial need, involvement in co-curricular and community activities, and US citizenship or permanent residency.   Apply online at:  https://scholars.horatioalger.org/
AMOUNT:  $7,000 – $22,000
DEADLINE:   October 25

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SCHOLARSHIP:  Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation Scholarship
CRITERIA: Must demonstrate leadership in school, commitment to community, academic achievement and part-time employment. Senior, GPA 3.0. Please complete an electronic application at http://www.coca-colascholars.org 
AMOUNT:   Up to $20,000
DEADLINE:   October 31

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SCHOLARSHIP: NSA-Stokes Educational Scholarship Program

CRITERIA: High school senior, Major in Computer Science or Computer/Electrical Engineering, Must be a U.S. citizen, eligible to be granted a security clearance, minimum SAT/College Board score of 1600 (1100 Critical Reading and Math, 500 in Writing), or ACT of 25, GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale, Demonstrated leadership abilities. For more info and application see www.intelligencecareers.gov/icstudents.html

AMOUNT: See website multiple benefits and $
DEADLINE: November 15

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SCHOLARSHIP: Ron Brown Scholar Program
CRITERIA: African-American high school seniors who will make significant contributions to society. Applicants must excel academically, exhibit exceptional leadership potential, participate in community service activities and demonstrate financial need. See http://www.ronbrown.org 
AMOUNT:  $10,000-40,000
DEADLINE:  Early deadline  November 1 and must be postmarked by January 9

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SCHOLARSHIP:  Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
CRITERIA: To recognize students in grades 5-12 for their spirit of volunteerism/community service. Applications are available in Student Services and further information is available at  http://spirit.prudential.com
AMOUNT:  $1000 Medallion and a trip to Washington, DC
DEADLINE:   November 7

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SCHOLARSHIP: The Hagan Scholarship

Eligibility: GPA 3.5, ACT 23 or higher, enroll in 4-year college, see website for more eligibility requirement.  hsfmo.org
AMOUNT: Up to $40,000
DEADLINE: November 15

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SCHOLARSHIP: Kids’ Chance Inc. of Illinois
CRITERIA:  Must have a parent who has been killed or seriously injured as a result of a work related accident that meets the criteria of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act and that has resulted in demonstrated financial need.  See website for more details and application  www.kidschanceofillinois.com/scholarships/
DEADLINE: December 1
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*SCHOLARSHIP: National Association of Secondary School Principals
CRITERIA:  If you are interested in being nominated see guidance. Nominees should be a Senior in the top 20% of their class and demonstrate leadership. See details at www.nassp.org click on “Recognition” then “Student awards”
AMOUNT: varies by scholarship
DEADLINE: varies by scholarship

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Scholarship: University of Illinois Extension ACES Scholarship

Criteria: Incoming freshmen or transfer students majoring within the College of ACES

Amount:  $2,500

Deadline:  December 1st

 

SCHOLARSHIP:  AXA Achievement Scholarship
CRITERIA:  Complete an application, write an essay – to qualify you must demonstrate, ambition and drive, determination to set & reach goals, respect for self, family, and community, and ability to succeed in college. Scholarships are on a first come first serve basis. Applicants must one of the 10,000 submitted electronically by the deadline. More information is available at: http://www.axa.com/acheivers
AMOUNT:  $10,000 and $25,000
DEADLINE:  December 15

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 *SCHOLARSHIP: NFIB-Young Entrepreneur Award
CRITERIA: A senior entering college or vocational school who demonstrates entrepreneurial spirit and initiative through examples such as: starting his/her own business; participated in organizations such as DECA, FBLA, FFA, NFTE; or through other initiatives. For application and more info see http://www.nfib.com/foundations/yef/yef-programs/young-entrepreneur-awards/​​
AMOUNT: $2,000-25,000
DEADLINE: December 18

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SCHOLARSHIP:  Woodford County Heritage Scholarship
CRITERIA: Seniors in Woodford County. See guidance for essay and application
AMOUNT: $500 and an additional scholarship if students are attending Eureka College
DEADLINE: December 28th

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SCHOLARSHIP: Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation
CRITERIA: Student must be the child of a Marine and have a family income of $80,000 or less. Additional scholarships are available for children whose parent is participating in Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom. Applications are available at  www.mcsf.org
AMOUNT: Varies
Timeline:  January 1-March 2
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SCHOLARSHIP:  University of Illinois Children of Veterans Tuition Waiver
CRITERIA: Student must be a resident of Illinois and applied to an University of Illinois campus.  The student must be the natural child, step-child, or legally adopted child of a veteran. You must provide legal copy of your veteran parent’s DD Form 214. See guidance for application or direct questions to U of I Financial Aid Office at (217) 333-0100.
AMOUNT: 4 Year (consecutive) Tuition Waiver
DEADLINE: January 2nd
SCHOLARSHIP: Walmart Foundation Scholarship Programs
CRITERIA: Be a Walmart or Sam’s Club associate or the child or legal dependent of a Walmart or Sam’s Club associate. Student must complete an online application and submit all required information to Scholarship Program Administrators. Information is available at  http://walmartstores.com/communitygiving/8736.aspx
AMOUNT: $13,000
DEADLINE: January 3 and ends March 15

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SCHOLARSHIP: Green House Scholars
CRITERIA: High school senior, GPA 3.5, finanicial need (annual income no greater than $70,000) for more information and application see www.greenhousescholars.org
AMOUNT:  $5,000 per year
DEADLINE:  January 4

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SCHOLARSHIP:  Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, Illinois

CRITERIA: High School Senior Woman who plans to enter the field of education

AMOUNT:  $2,000

DEADLINE: January 5

 

SCHOLARSHIP:  Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois
CRITERIA:  Interest in becoming a teacher.  Can apply Junior or Senior year.  Check the website for further details at  http://www.goldenapple.org/scholars-program-nominations
AMOUNT:  $2,500 freshman and sophomore years and $5,000 each year for their junior and senior years
DEADLINE: January 8

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SCHOLARSHIP:  Florence A. Cook Recruitment Grant
CRITERIA: Applicants should be a female senior and be studying in any field of education in college. More information is available at: www.deltakappagamma.org/IL/   For the form:  http://www.deltakappagamma.org/IL/forms.html#Florence%20A%20Cook%20Recruitment%20Grant 
click on Florence A. Cook Recruitment Grant.
AMOUNT:  up to $2,000
DEADLINE:  Must be postmarked by Feb 1
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SCHOLARSHIP:  SAE Engineering Scholarships
CRITERIA:  Complete an application, Write an essay, and earn a degree in engineering or a related science. More information is available at http://students.sae.org/awdscholar/scholarships/engscholar/
AMOUNT:  $400-full tuition
DEADLINE:  January 15

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SCHOLARSHIP: America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund
CRITERIA: high school senior pursuing an ag-related field of study. More information is available at GrowAgLeaders.com

Amount: $1500
DEADLINE: February 1st

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SCHOLARSHIP: Kathryn G. Hansen Scholarship: University of Illinois Secretariat
CRITERIA: high school senior, majoring in an office professional, secretarial, or business-related field within the State of Illinois with preference given to attendance at the University of Illinois, involvement in co-curricular and community activities. See guidance for application

http://publish.illinois.edu/secretariat/secretariat-scholarship/about-the-scholarship/

Amount: $500
DEADLINE: March 5, 2018

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SCHOLARSHIP: Illinois Chemical Education Foundation
CRITERIA: The ICEF’s objective is to recognize and honor high school seniors who have exemplified outstanding achievement in academics, extracurricular/employment activities and community involvement. www.cicil.net   click on “Education programs & services” then scroll to “High school scholarship award application. or click here
AMOUNT: $2000.00
DEADLINE: February 1st
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SCHOLARSHIP: Blackburn College (Carlinville, IL)
CRITERIA: FAFSA indicates 40 estimated family contribution, participate in work program (10 hrs per week) See https://blackburn.edu/prospective-students/financial-aid/scholarships/​
AMOUNT: FREE TUITION
DEAD LINE: Feb 1

SCHOLARSHIP:  Illinois Daughter’s of American Revolution (General Scholarship and Henry Dearborn Scholarship)
CRITERIA: Senior in high school and will attend an Illinois college. See guidance for application.
AMOUNT: $1,000
DEADLINE: Feb. 1

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SCHOLARSHIP: Fred . S. Bailey: YMCA of U of I
CRITERIA: Plan to attend U of I in Urbana-Champaign, shown commitment to service and leadership. See application www.universityymca.org/bailey
AMOUNT: $3,000
DEADLINE: February 7

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SCHOLARSHIP: Central Illinois Chapter of the Links, Inc.
CRITERIA: African-American student planning to attend an accredited post-secondary institution. Minimum GPA of 3.0 on 4-point scale. Must live in Central IL region and be a US citizen. Applicant CANNOT be a relative of a member of the Links organization. Applications are available at: www.centralillinoislinksinc.org/scholarship.php
AMOUNT: $1000
DEADLINE: February 13
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SCHOLARSHIP: BETA SIGMA PSI National Lutheran Fraternity
CRITERIA: Senior, Male, confirmed member of a Lutheran congregation. For application see  http://wp.betasigmapsi.org/​ Once on homepage click scholarships & grants
AMOUNT: $1,500
DEADLINE: February 14
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SCHOLARSHIP:  Illinois PTA Scholarships – Lillian E. Glover Scholarship Application
CRITERIA:  Student must be a senior ranked in the upper 33% of their class and planning to pursue a career in Education or an Education-related program. Applications can be downloaded from http://www.illinoispta.org/scholarship.html
AMOUNT:  $3,000 to $2,000
DEADLINE:  February 15
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SCHOLARSHIP: WACE National Co-op Scholarship program
CRITERIA: GPA of 3.5 or better on 4.0 scale Apply for 2018-2019 academic year to a WACE institution. See guidance for more information or go to http://waceinc.org/​
DEADLINE: application is due by February 15 Deadline also varies by institution
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SCHOLARSHIP: Mediacom World Class Scholarship
CRITERIA: For high school seniors with a GPA of 3.0 or higher or an ACT of 21 or higher. Student must also demonstrate financial need and examples of leadership skills. Applications are available at http://www.mediacomworldclass.com/
AMOUNT: $1000
DEADLINE: February 15
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SCHOLARSHIP: National Commission for Cooperative Education
CRITERIA: Must apply and be accepted at one of the ten NCCE Partner Colleges and Universities. More information is available online at www.co-op.edu
AMOUNT: $6000.00
DEADLINE: February 15
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SCHOLARSHIP:  Psi U Scholarship Grant Program
CRITERIA:  Incoming male freshmen attending the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign who exhibit the highest moral, intellectual and social excellence. Applying for the grant in no way obligates you to join Psi Upsilon Fraternity. Proof of financial need is not required and grants are non-renewable. Applications can be found and filled out online by visiting http://www.psiu.org/?page=Applications​
AMOUNT:  $2,000
DEADLINE: February 15
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SCHOLARSHIP: ICC Honors Program
CRITERIA: ACT of 27, 3.35 GPA, Attend ICC see website for application and details
http://icc.edu/academics/honors-program/
AMOUNT: Full tuition
DEADLINE: Fall semester-February 15 Spring semester-November 1
SCHOLARSHIP: Beta Sigma Psi, National Lutheran Fraternity Educational Foundation
CRITERIA: Lutheran men (confirmed members of a Lutheran congregation) who will be starting college in the Fall of 2018 and will be attending at any accredited 4 year College or University.
Please apply online at http://scholarships.betasigmapsi.org.
AMOUNT: $2,000
DEADLINE: February 17
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SCHOLARSHIP: Buick Achievers
CRITERIA:  Plan to attend a 4-year college, study focuses on engineering, technology, design or business. Apply at www.BuickAchievers.com
AMOUNT:  Up to $25,000
DEADLINE:  February 29 Application must be submitted by 5pm EST to be considered
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SCHOLARSHIP: Robert Lunginbuhl Memorial Scholarship-Woodford County
CRITERIA: 3.0 GPA, major in a career in conservation, natural resources, Environmental education, conservation law, biology or related field. See guidance for application.
AMOUNT: $500
DEADLINE: February 28
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*SCHOLARSHIP: Discover student loans scholarship award
CRITERIA: Must be a high school senior. Go to https://www.discover.com/student-loans/scholarships/award.html​
AMOUNT: Up to $2,500.00
DEADLINE: February 29
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SCHOLARSHIP: Illinois Elks Crippled Children’s Corporation
CRITERIA: High school seniors planning to attend college in the fall and majoring in Special Education, Physical or Occupational Therapy field. Applications are available by visiting: http://www.illinoiselksccc.org   
Click on “Forms” and then click on “Scholarships”.  Scholarship forms are usually available in December.
AMOUNT: $1000 – $2500
DEADLINE: March
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SCHOLARSHIP: The Society of American Military Engineers (SAME)
CRITERIA: Must be a graduating senior and have been accepted and registered as an engineering, architecture, or science student at an accredited engineering or science college (four year). Student must have completed engineering prep and/or math and science curriculum in high school. Cumulative high school GPA of at least a 3.2 on a 4.0 scale. www.samedcpost.org/scholarship.html
AMOUNT: $1000.00 – $2000.00
DEADLINE: March

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SCHOLARSHIP: Illinois AMVETS Service Foundation
CRITERIA: (Multiple scholarships) Child or grandchild of a Veteran; Child of a deceased Veteran; accepted in a pre-approved nursing program; participate in the Junior ROTC program. See http://ilamvets.org/WhatWeDo/Programs/Scholarships/tabid/120/Default.aspx​ or guidance for application.
AMOUNT: $500-1000
DEADLINE: March 1
SCHOLARSHIP: National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA)
CRITERIA: High school students must reside in Illinois or Missouri. They must be high school seniors graduating in the spring of 2018 or full time college students. Priority will be given to students entering a degree program related to business, transportation logistics, or physical distribution.  Please see guidance for application.
AMOUNT: $1,500-4,000
DEADLINE: March 1
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SCHOLARSHIP: Illinois Future Teacher Corps Program (IFTC)
CRITERIA: If you plan to be a preschool, elementary or secondary school teacher who wants to teach in Illinois you may be eligible for the Illinois Future Teacher Corps (IFTC) Program. This program is generally for academically talented and financially needy students who are enrolled as juniors or above, with a priority given to individuals pursuing a education degree. For more information click here.
AMOUNT: Varies
DEADLINE: March 1
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SCHOLARSHIP: Illinois Special Education Teacher Tuition Waiver Program (SETTW)
CRITERIA: If you are a teacher or an academically talented student pursuing a career in special education as a public, private or parochial preschool, elementary or secondary school teacher in Illinois, you may be eligible for the Illinois Special Education Teacher Tuition Waiver Program.https://www.isac.org/students/during-college/types-of-financial-aid/scholarships/illinois-special-education-teacher-tuition-waiver-settw-program.html​
AMOUNT: Varies
DEADLINE: March 1
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SCHOLARSHIP: Society of Women Engineers
CRITERIA: Students should be attending or planning to attend an ABET accredited engineering school to pursue a BS or higher degree full time accredited program. Student’s address must be inside the SWE – Central Illinois section boundaries. http://societyofwomenengineers.swe.org 
AMOUNT: $1,000-10,000
Timeframe: March 1st- May 15th by 5pm
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SCHOLARSHIP: National Defense Transportation Association
CRITERIA: Applicants must be a high school senior that is enrolled full-time in an accredited institution in a state within the NDTA’s Central Region. College students may be enrolled in any field of study, but priority will be given to those in a degree program related to business, transportation logistics, or physical distribution. See http://www.ndtascottstlouis.org or click here for more information. See guidance for paper application and additional information.
AMOUNT: $2,500-$4,000
DEADLINE: March 1 all applications must be postmarked by deadline
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SCHOLARSHIP: Children of Veterans Scholarship at the University of Illinois
CRITERIA: Please refer to http://www.osfa.illinois.edu/types-of-aid/children-of-veterans-tuition-waiver​. The applicant will need to print out the application and mail it in with the required documents. Please note the application is NOT for grandchildren of veterans.
AMOUNT: Four-year tuition waiver at the University of Illinois (any of its campuses)
DEADLINE: March 1
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SCHOLARSHIP: Independent Order of Odd Fellow and Rebekahs of Illinois
CRITERIA: Applicants must be a resident of Illinois and a citizen of the United States. Applicants do not have to be affiliated with the Independent order of the Odd Fellows. Applications are available at http://ioof-il.org   click “Programs” then “State Projects” then “Scholarship Programs” or click here
AMOUNT: $1,500-1,000
DEADLINE: Feb. 28
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SCHOLARSHIP: Paul Towne Memorial AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary #169
CRITERIA: Complete and submit application. www.ilamvets.org click  “What we do” then “Program” then Scholarships
AMOUNT: $500.00
DEADLINE: March 1
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SCHOLARSHIP: The Greater Peoria Amvets Post #63 and Ladies Auxiliary
CRITERIA: Must be a member of Post #64 or Ladies Auxilary #64 or the child or grandchild of a member in good standing. Recipient must attend a technical school, business school, business college, nursing school, two-year college, or college/university of his/her choice. www.ilamvets.org click “What we do” then “Program” then Scholarships
AMOUNT: $500.00 – $1500.00
DEADLINE: March 1
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SCHOLARSHIP: SIU Alumni Association – Peoria Tri-County High Schools
CRITERIA: Student must demonstrate academic achievement with a B or better GPA & financial need. Student must be a graduate of Peoria, Tazewell, or Woodford County. Student must be a registered, full-time student at SIUC. Students may apply online at http://www.siualumni.com/scholarships
AMOUNT: Varies
DEADLINE: March 2
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SCHOLARSHIP: Illinois Lumber & Material Dealers Association Educational Foundation
CRITERIA: Any student enrolled full time in a certificate or degree program in an accredited trade school, two-year or four-year college or university and who is a resident of Illinois. www.ilmda.com click on “Foundation” then “scholarship application form” or click here.
AMOUNT: $500 – $1000
DEADLINE: March 14
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SCHOLARSHIP:  IL Sheriff’s Association
CRITERIA: Senior, Permanent resident of Illinois, enrolling in a college in Illinois.  See www.ilsheriff.org
AMOUNT: $500
DEADLINE: March 15
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SCHOLARSHIP: Kohl’s Kids Who Care Scholarship Program
CRITERIA: The Kohl’s Kids Who Care® Scholarship Program recognizes and rewards young volunteers (ages 6-18) who help make their communities a better place. More information is available at: http://www.kohlscorporation.com/CommunityRelations/scholarship/program-information.asp
AMOUNT: Varies
DEADLINE: March 15
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SCHOLARSHIP: Illinois Division of Sons of Confederate Veterans Illinois Society, Military order of Stars & Bars
CRITERIA: Descendant of a male who served honorably in the army, navy,  judicial executive or civil service of the confederate states of America; Lineal or Collateral family lines must be documented genealogically with a descendency chart; Student must submit a 500 word essay. The topic shall deal with an event, person, philosophy, or ideal associated with such cause during the war between the states. Student must submit transcript of grades & biography as background info only. See guidance for application.
AMOUNT: $1,000
DEADLINE: March 15

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SCHOLARSHIP: KFC REACH educational grant program
CRITERIA: Current senior with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher, enrolling in a public & ins-state college or university. Student must be a US citizen and be planning to pursue a bachelor’s degree. Students may apply online beginning December 1 at http://www.kfc.com/about/kfc-foundation​
AMOUNT: $20,000
DEADLINE: March 17

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SCHOLARSHIP:  Midwest Technical Institute Scholarship Program​: Mike Rowe Works foundation
CRITERIA: Complete a questionnaire and submit a video up to 5 mins of why you should receive the scholarship. see  www.midwesttech.edu/scholarship
AMOUNT:​​​-full tuition/​1000.00
DEADLINE : March 20
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SCHOLARSHIP: Dean Ritter Trust for the Deaf and hard of Hearing
CRITERIA: Applicants must be a high school senior in good standing, a resident of the state of Illinois, have a significant hearing loss in one or both ears, and exhibit financial need.  More information is available by visiting:  http://www.deanritter.org/2018-scholarship/
AMOUNT: $1,000-$8,000
DEADLINE: March 23, 2018

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SCHOLARSHIP:  Steve Maxheimer Memorial Scholarship
CRITERIA:  Students with an interest in golf (playing golf, working at a golf course, or intending to pursue a degree designed to allow them to enter the golf business). Additional information and applications are available in Guidance.
AMOUNT: Undetermined
DEADLINE: March 27

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SCHOLARSHIP:  Peoria Area Illini Club Scholarship
CRITERIA: Admitted to and intending to enroll in UIUC; residence must be in Peoria, Woodford, or Tazewell County.  See http://www.peoriaillini.org or click here for application and more information
AMOUNT: $500
DEADLINE: March 31

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SCHOLARSHIP: Illinois Heartland Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association
CRITERIA: Applicant must be  US citizen, has achieved a  cumulative 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale, will be a college freshman in August and will be attending or have been accepted to a US college or University. Applicant must submit three (3) professional letters of reference and an official transcript. To request an application or more information please email Alexis Kalish at terablue@live.com or (309) 808-0281.
AMOUNT: $ 2000
DEADLINE: March 31 

 

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SCHOLARSHIP: The Student-View Scholarship Program
CRITERIA: Simply log on to www.student-view.com and complete a 15-20 minute application survey about colleges in your area. The scholarship will be awarded via a random drawing of all completed applications.
AMOUNT: $500.00 – $3000.00
DEADLINE: April

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SCHOLARSHIP: Greater Peoria Area Crime Stoppers
CRITERIA:  Must be enrolling as a full time student at an accredited two or four year college or university or Vocational School in the fall. See guidance  or website for details and applications: www.peoriaareacrimestoppers.com
AMOUNT: $1,000
DEADLINE: April 1
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SCHOLARSHIP:  Thomas Jefferson Educational Foundation
CRITERIA:  Physically challenged student planning to attend college. (Many medical conditions qualify) Applications are available in guidance.
AMOUNT:  $500-2,500
DEADLINE: April 1

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SCHOLARSHIP: Illinois General Assembly Scholarship (87th District – Bill Mitchell)
CRITERIA: Undergraduate and Graduate students, as well as adults returning to college may apply. To be eligible, your permanent address must be within the 87th Legislative District. More information and scholarship applications are available in Guidance
AMOUNT: Covers tuition and may apply to certain fees at any State of Illinois public college or university (excluding community colleges).
DEADLINE: April 1

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SCHOLARSHIP:  Illinois Heartland Decorative Artists
CRITERIA:  Must be an art student interested in pursuing a career in fine arts. Please see http://ihda.us/education.html​ for more information.
AMOUNT:  $1000
DEADLINE:  April 5

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SCHOLARSHIP: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Nu Phi Omega Chapter scholarship
CRITERIA: Graduating Senior, G.P.A. 2.8 or higher, ACT score of 16 or higher, or SAT score of 700 or higher. Demonstrated leadership and community service. See guidance for application and details.
AMOUNT:  Not Specified
DEADLINE:  must be postmarked and mailed or emailed by April 8

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SCHOLARSHIP:  HonorsGradU Design a Better Future
CRITERIA:  Whether through essays or multimedia, high school seniors submit a proposal for how they’ll better their communities.  This is a rigorous process with multiple rounds (3 rounds).  The top project will also be funded up to $5,000.

https://www.honorsgraduation.com/graduation-scholarship.htm

AMOUNT:  Five – $1,000 tuition awards and Five $10,000 tuition awards.
DEADLINE:  April 8, 2018

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SCHOLARSHIP: Malcom Scholarship (Kiwanis club)
CRITERIA: Graduate from a Woodford County High School, major in agriculture or healthcare related field. See guidance for application February.
AMOUNT: $2,000
DEADLINE: April 24

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SCHOLARSHIP: Illinois General Assembly Scholarship (73rdth District – David R Leitch)
CRITERIA: Undergraduate and Graduate students, as well as adults returning to college may apply. To be eligible, your permanent address must be within the 73rd Legislative District. More information and scholarship applications are available in Guidance
AMOUNT: Covers tuition and may apply to certain fees at any State of Illinois public college or university (excluding community colleges).
DEADLINE: April 29

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SCHOLARSHIP: Kids’ Chance Inc. of Illinois
CRITERIA:  Have a parent who has been killed or seriously injured as a result of a work related accident that meets the criteria of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act and that has resulted in demonstrated financial need. SEE website for applications  http://www.kidschanceofillinois.com/scholarships/
DEADLINE:The Fall 2016 Semester deadline for applications is April 30, 2016, and the Spring 2017 Semester deadline for applications is December 1, 2016 

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SCHOLARSHIP: Illinois General Assembly Scholarship (37th District)
CRITERIA: Undergraduate and Graduate students, as well as adults returning to college may apply. To be eligible, your permanent address must be within the 46th Senate District. More information and scholarship applications are available in Guidance.
AMOUNT: Covers tuition and may apply to certain fees at any State of Illinois public college or university (excluding community colleges).
DEADLINE: May

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SCHOLARSHIP: Paul Mitchell The School-Normal
CRITERIA: Applicants must be planning to attend the Paul Mitchell School-Normal. Please see  guidance for more information.
AMOUNT: $2,000
DEADLINE: May

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SCHOLARSHIP:  Nursing Education Scholarship Program
CRITERIA:  If you are pursuing a certificate in nursing, an associates degree in nursing, a hospital-based diploma in nursing or a bachelor’s degree in nursing and demonstrate the greatest financial need among qualified students, you may be qualified to win the Nursing Education Scholarship.  Please see guidance for an application. An online application is available at: http://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/life-stages-populations/rural-underserved-populations/nursing-education-scholarship-program
AMOUNT:  Varies
DEADLINE:  May

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SCHOLARSHIP:  Sigma Psi Epsilon
CRITERIA:  Incoming male freshmen attending the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign who exhibit the leadership, athletics and community service.  Applying for the grant in no way obligates you to join Sigma Psi Epsilon Fraternity.  Proof of financial need is not required and grants are non-renewable.  Applications can be found and filled out online by visiting www.illinoissigeps.com
AMOUNT:  Varies
DEADLINE:  May 1

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SCHOLARSHIP: River Cup Foundation Scholarship
CRITERIA: Student must demonstrate an interest and involvement in golf. Student must be a resident of Peoria, Tazewell, or Woodford counties and must have at least a “B” average through 7 semesters. More information and scholarship applications are available at www.rivercup.com.
AMOUNT: $1000
DEADLINE: May 15

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SCHOLARSHIP:  Horatio Alger Association National Career & Technical Scholarship

CRITERIA:  Under 30 years of age United States citizen, plans to enroll in community college for the first time. Pursuing a career or technical program. Demonstrate financial need, involved in community service. Demonstrate overcoming adversity.   Apply online at: https://scholars.horatioalger.org/scholarships/about-our-scholarship-programs/technical/​
AMOUNT: up to $ 2,500
DEADLINE:   June 1

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SCHOLARSHIP:  Jean M. Brown Nursing Scholarship
CRITERIA:  Resident of Peoria area (50 mile radius) that is pursuing an education in the field of nursing. Students must be pursuing an undergraduate degree or graduate degree in nursing or obtaining certification in a specific nursing field, and may be enrolled as a part-time or full-time student. http://www.communityfoundationci.org/central-illinois-foundation-scholarship-opportunities
AMOUNT:  $2500.00
DEADLINE:  June 1

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SCHOLARSHIP: River Valley Players
CRITERIA: Must have been in a minimum of 4 productions with River Valley Players. See guidance for application.
AMOUNT:  $500.00
DEADLINE:  June 1

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SCHOLARSHIP:  Sigma Phi Epsilon-SIUE
CRITERIA:  Excel in leadership, athletics, and community service.  Applying for the grant in no way obligates you to join SigEp. See guidance for applications
AMOUNT:  $1,000
DEADLINE: June 1

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SCHOLARSHIP: Big Sun Scholarship
CRITERIA: All student athletes are eligible regardless of the sport they are involved in. Student must be a high school senior or attending a post-secondary institution. More information and applications are available at www.bigsunathletics.com
AMOUNT: $500.00
DEADLINE: June 17

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You may also find the following websites to be helpful: 

www.scholarships.com
www.collegezone.com
www.SchoolSoup.com

www.federalstudentaid.ed.gov/
www.collegenet.com
www.collegeguidanceconsultants.com
www.studentaid.ed.gov/students/publications/students_guide/index.html