Below are listings of some scholarship opportunities. Please check back to this site frequently as we will add more scholarships to this list as they become available. Newest scholarships will always be posted at the top of the section below, directly below the “Discover Colleges” scholarship link.
Honors, Presidential, Chancellor, etc. scholarships offered by individual institutions are generally available to those who rank in the upper level of the graduating class, have accumulated a respectable GPA, and/or have earned a high ACT score. Contact the institution to which you are applying or check the school’s website for specific information regarding such scholarships.
www.DiscoverColleges.com- to gain information on private colleges and register for a scholarship drawing for $2500.
Illinois PTA- offers one-year, non renewable scholarships to two students in the State of Illinois who are planning to study in the field of education or an education related degree program. 1st place= $3,000 2nd place= $2,000. Interested applicants should have a GPA of 3.0 or above. For more information, and to apply, please visit: http://illinoispta.org/scholarshipapplication.html. Deadline for submission: February 15 ,2015.
Scholarship of the Day: for a different scholarship listing every day, be sure to check out http://www.tuitionfundingsources.com/ , click on the social media icons and follow one or more of their social media accounts.
2015 GE/Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program~ this national program awards college scholarships to high school seniors who embody the characteristics of: Leadership, Drive, Integrity, and Citizenship. Applicant must demonstrate strong academic performance (min. 3.0 GPA) and financial need. For more information, and to apply, please visit: http://www.reaganfoundation.org/GE-RFScholarships.aspx or www.facebook.com/ronaldreagan Deadline for submission: January 8, 2015.
Will-South Cook Soil & Water Conservation District~ offers Conservation Education Scholarships. Applicants must live within the boundaries of the district (Will or South Cook County) and plan to attend college in fall 2015 and plan to major or study Agriculture, Environmental Science, Horticulture, Wildlife, Soil or other Natural Resources. Applications are available on the website:http://www.will-scookswcd.org/scholarships.php Deadline for submission: February 1, 2015.
Career Scholarship Opportunity~ are you interested in pursuing a career in one of Will County’s most in demand careers? If so you may be eligible for a scholarship. For a list of careers as well as scholarship information, please review the information below.
Independent Order of Odd Fellows~ offers scholarships for qualified, needy students. Three $1,500 scholarships and ten to fifteen $1,000 scholarships are awarded annually. For more information, and to apply, please visit: http://www.ioof-il.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogcategory&id=24&Itemid=49 Deadline for submission: March 1, 2015.
Burger King Scholars~ scholarships range from $1,000 to $5,000 Application period is from October 15, 2014 to December 15, 2014. For more details and to apply, please visit: http://www.bkmclamorefoundation.org/WhatWeDo/ScholarsProgram
Create-a-Greeting Card- is once again offering their Create-a-Greeting Card contest. The winner will receive $10,000. For more details, and to apply, please visit: http://www.gallerycollection.com/greetingcardscontests.htm Deadline for submission: February 18, 2015.
CBAI Foundation for Community Banking~ is pleased to announce their 2015 Annual Scholarship. Students may win up to $4,000 for higher education. For more information, see the scholarship guildelines and application below. Deadline for submission: February 4, 2015. CBAI 2015 scholarship
Paramount Tall Club of Chicago- awards one $750 scholarship to a graduating senior who resides in the Chicagoland area and meets the height requirements of the club. Female applicants must be at least 5’10 and males 6’2. Local scholarship recipients have to potential to advance into the Tall Club International for an additional $1,000. For more information, and to apply, please visit: http://www.tallclubchicago.org/ParamountScholarship Deadline for submission: December 29, 2014.
John F. Kennedy Library Foundation is sponsoring their Profile in Courage Essay Contest. Students must write an essay on an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official who served during or after 1956. First place winner receives $10,000, second place winner received $1,000 and up to five finalists receive $500 each. For contest information, registration, and to submit your essay, visit the Profile in Courage Essay Contest at: jfklibrary.org Deadline for submission: January 5, 2015.
NFIB 2015 Young Entrepreneur Award~ are you a young entrepreneur? Graduating high school seniors who operate their own small business are eligible to receive a 2015 Young Entrepreneur Award from the NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation. Visit: www.NFIB.com/YEA for more information and to apply online between October 1 and December 18th, 2014.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (FAA- College of Fine & Applied Arts) offers several scholarship opportunities for freshmen thru seniors. Freshmen thru Junior applicants can win scholarship money to attend an FAA summer institute, while senior recipients would win scholarship money to be applied towards study in the FAA at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. For more information, and to register and apply, please visit: http://go.illinois.edu/FAAcompetitions.Deadline for senior applicants: November 7th, 2014, deadline for all other grade levels: April 3, 2015.
Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors each year. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, and their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. For more information, and to apply, please visit: http://www.coca-colascholarsfoundation.org/applicants/. Deadline for submission: October 31, 2014.
Gates Millenium Foundation: The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program selects 1,000 talented students each year to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice. Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or above to be considered alongwith a strong history of community service. For additional information, and to apply, please visit: http://gmsp.org/. Deadline for submission: January 14, 2015.
Bruce Fishkin Scholarship: The Bruce Fishkin Scholarship Fund is in search of standouts. Formed in 2010, the Fund effectively eliminates the entire cost of a college education for those outstanding students we believe most deserve an investment of our time and money. We are in search of high school students in their junior or senior year who seek to challenge themselves to succeed and accomplish what most people never imagine. Selection is based upon application essays, followed by personal interviews. Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above. Details of the award:
- Up to six scholarships will be awarded annually.
- Students may reapply each year as long as they continue to meet the eligibility criteria.
- The scholarship will be in the amount of a “full ride”, for 8 semesters.
Applications will be accepted from October 1, 2014 until December 15, 2014. For more information, and to apply, please visit: https://www.brucefishkinscholarshipfund.com/
IEA-NEA Education Scholarship: The IEA-NEA has established a scholarship program that is open to all children/legal wards of current IEA-NEA members. All children/legal wards of deceased, divorced, or IEA-Retired members are eligible to apply, regardless of child’s age or marital status, as long as they plan to pursue a career in teaching. For more information, and to apply, please visit: http://www.ieanea.org/2014/08/13/iea-education-scholarship/. Deadline for submission: December 4, 2014.
Walmart Scholarships- Walmart offers scholarships for employees as well as for students who have a parent employed by the corporation. Please visit: http://foundation.walmart.com/our-focus/associate-scholarships for application and more details. Deadlines vary.
Ronald McDonald House Charities- offers scholarships for deserving students. Applications will be available after October 1, 2014. For more information, and to apply, please visit: http://www.rmhc.org/rmhc-us-scholarships. Deadline for submission: January 20, 2015.
B. Davis Scholarship is offering a $1,000 scholarship award. For application and more information, please visit: http://www.studentawardsearch.com/scholarships.htm Deadline for submission: May 26th, 2015.
http://www.legion.org/scholarships- to gain information on the various scholarships offered through the American Legion.
Joliet Junior College offers over 400 scholarships for both full and part time students. Scholarships may be re-posted so check website frequently. Applications and information are available at: http://www.jjc.edu/info/scholarships. Applications will be available after December 1, 2014. Priority deadline for submission: April 1, 2015.
Kankakee Community College offers many scholarships for both full and part-time students. Applications and information is available at: www.kcc.edu/scholarships Applications for the 2014-2015 school year will be available after November 1, 2014. Deadline for submission: March 1, 2015. Also, please check out the flyer below.