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.– to gain information on private colleges and register for a scholarship drawing for $2500.

CF Physical Therapy/Jill Bane Memorial Scholarship This scholarship, first awarded in 2010, is available to any high school senior who plans to pursue a career in either physical therapy or athletic training and resides within a thirty-mile radius of any of the twenty-two CF Physical Therapy clinics in central and southeastern Illinois and who has maintained a minimum 3.0/4.0 or 4.0/5.0 GPA. Beginning in 2016, this scholarship is also available to any undergraduate student or post-graduate student currently enrolled in a physical therapy or athletic training field of study whose permanent residence is within a thirty-mile radius of any of the twenty-two CF Physical Therapy clinics in central and southeastern Illinois and who has maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA.

The following criteria are also required for consideration from ALL applicants:

  • A valid email address
  • Proof of permanent address
  • One letter of character reference from a non-family member
  • A copy of the student’s most recent transcript (inc. GPA)
  • A 600-word maximum essay, double-spaced, discussing the following prompt-“Discuss the three most meaningful experiences that led you to choose a career in physical therapy or athletic training.
  •            The deadline to submit materials is Friday, April 15.

Community Services Council, INC. of Will County~ is pleased to announce a scholarship opportunity. Scholarships are in the amount of $500. Applicants must be: Resident of Will County, planning to attend  college, university. business college or vocational school in Fall 2016. Completed application, high school transcripts, essay and two references are required. Deadline for submission: March 18, 2016. Please download and complete the application packet below:

Community Services Council of Will County

Buick Achievers Scholarship Program~ Buick Achievers awards 50 scholarships each up to $25,000/yr. to deserving students. Buick Achievers Scholarship recognizes students who may have overcome obstacles and still excelled in the classroom. Buick wants to support students who would be unable to attend college without financial assistance. Students who meet this criteria and plan to major in a specified course of study focused on engineering, technology or design on an interest in the automotive industry.

There are several new scholarship listings from

1. Washington Crossing Foundation Scholarship – $5,000 – 5 Awards (Deadline: January 15, 2016) Student Eligibility: Competition open to all high school seniors who are U. S. citizens and are planning careers of service to the United States in local, state, or federal government. All awards are for one year. Applications can be found by going to:

2.  Elks National Foundation Legacy Awards – $4,000 – 250 Awards (Deadline: January 29, 2016) Student Eligibility: For the 2016 contest, any child or grandchild (or step-child, step-grandchild, or legal ward) of a living Elk who joined the order on or before April 1, 2013, or a charter member of a Lodge that was instituted on or after April 1, 2013, is eligible to apply. The applicant must be a high school senior. Applications can be found by going to:

3. Courageous Persuaders Scholarship – $3,000 – 14 Awards (Deadline: February 11, 2016)
Student Eligibility: Compete for scholarship dollars and a chance to air a commercial on TV. Create a 30-second commercial to warn middle school students about the dangers of underage drinking or the dangers of texting while driving. Students can enter separate videos in both categories. The competition is open to high school students in grades 9-12.
Applications can be found by going to:

4. January 2016 Scholarship Points Award – $10,000 – 10 Awards (Deadline: January 31, 2016) Student Eligibility: A) At least 13 years old and enrolled or will enroll in a college or university in the US. B) A legal resident of the U.S. or Puerto Rico.
Applications can be found by going to:

5. You Deserve It Scholarship – $1,000 – 1 Award (Deadline: February 15, 2016)
Student Eligibility: A) You must be a resident of any of the 50 United States, District of Columbia or US Territories B) You must be 16 years of age or older
C) You must either be enrolled now, or will be enrolled in a qualified high school, college or university within the United States. Applications can be found by going to:


Other Scholarship Listings:

ExploraVision Awards – $10,000 – 40 Awards (Deadline: February 1, 2016) Student Eligibility: All entrants must be United States or Canadian citizens or legal residents, living within the United States, U.S. Territories or Canada and enrolled full-time in a public, private or home school. Students enter as a team of 2-4 students with a teacher/coach and optional mentor. Applications can be found by going here.

Franks Gerkin McKenna Illinois Perseverance Scholarship- If you are a high school or college student and are enrolled in a two to five year institution in Illinois in 2016, apply today for the $1,000 Franks Gerkin McKenna Illinois Perseverance Scholarship.To apply, create a short (30–120 second) video and essay telling us about one of the following things:
1. A time when you received help through a tough time. Who helped you? What was the outcome? What did you learn from this experience that you will take into the future?
2. A time when you stuck up for someone else. How did you help him or her? What was the outcome? What did you learn from this experience that you will take into the future? More information about the scholarship and how to apply can be found here. Deadline: January 15, 2016

Solution Reach Scholarship – $2,000 – 2 Awards (Deadline: December 18, 2015) Student Eligibility: A. High school graduates with a GPA of 3.2 or higher and already accepted at an accredited college/university may apply. B) There are no requirements for major or graduation date. C) Any undergraduate student currently enrolled in an accredited US college or university with a minimum of 9 credits and a GPA of 3.0 may apply. Apply online here.

You Deserve it Scholarship – $1,000 – 1 Award (Deadline: February 15, 2016) Student Eligibility: A) You must be a resident of any of the 50 United States, District of Columbia or US Territories B) You must be 16 years of age or older C) You must either be enrolled now, or will be enrolled in a qualified high school, college or university within the United States. Applications can be found by going here.

Second Annual Aspiring Nurse Scholarship – a $1,000 scholarship to an aspiring nurse who best demonstrates: A track record of academic excellence, particularly in science and mathematics, a passion for the nursing profession and the overall field of healthcare. This scholarship is open to all high school seniors who plan to pursue college education in nursing, including LPN / LVN, ADN, and BSN programs. Scholarship applications will be accepted until midnight on June 30, 2016. Go to and click the banner on the right-hand side of the website’s homepage for more information.

Illinois AMVETS Service Foundation Scholarships: The Illinois AMVETS Service Foundation supports a scholarship program each year that provides graduating Illinois High School students a scholarship for their continued education.
Scholarships should be postmarked by March 1st. For more information on the 25 scholarships available go here.

Golden Apple Scholars Program: Do you dream of teaching and giving back? Golden Apple is the answer. Golden Apple Scholars commit to teaching for five years in an illinois school of need after college. They will receive:

  • Up to $23,000 for college
  • Paid summer internships
  • Classroom teaching experience from the start
  • Job placement assistance after college

Apply online at Application deadline January 2016.

The Leopold Education Project Scholarship Program: Seeks to provide scholarships for post-high school education. Scholarship recipients are selected based on: academic record, a demonstrated commitment to natural resource conservation activities, honors, work experience, statement of educational and career goals, natural resource oriented community service, and recommendations from a counselor, advisor, instructor or employee. Applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Application deadline: February 15, 2016.For more information on how to apply go here: Leopold education project

Will-South Cook Soil and Water Conservation District- Conservation Education Scholarships: The Will-South Cook Soil and Water Conservation District will be awarding two $1000 scholarships to Will/South Cook County students who expect to major in an agriculture or natural resource field at any accredited college or accredited school of higher learning. Applications are available on their website, All application materials must be received by February 1, 2016.

Ronald McDonald House Charities U.S. Scholarship Program: The RMHC U.S. Scholarship Program seeks to invest in students who are exemplary role models in their communities and have the initiative to fulfill their educational goals. To qualify applicants must be a senior in high school with a minimum GPA of 2.7. To apply and learn more about the scholarship go here. Deadline for submission: January 20, 2016.

ABRI Credit Union Scholarships: $1000 scholarship for a graduating high school senior. To be eligible student must be an Abri Credit Union member or the child of an Abri Credit Union member with a minimum GPA of 3.5 out of 5.0 or higher. Scholarship forms and more information are available at Deadline for submission: January 29, 2016.

From the website

  • 10 Words or Less Scholarship – $500 – 1 Award (Deadline: January 29, 2016) Student Eligibility: A) Anyone who is between the ages of 14-25 who will be attending school in the Fall of 2016. B) In 10 words or less, tell us why you deserve the $500 scholarship. Apply here.
  • Zeiger Firm Scholarship – $1,000 – 1 Award (Deadline: February 2, 2016) Student Eligibility: In order to participate, prospective applicants must be currently enrolled in an accredited United States college or university or planning to attend one in the fall 2016 semester. Applicants should submit a 500-word essay answering the question on the website. Apply here.
  • IAPMO Scholarship – $1,000 – 3 Award (Deadline: May 1, 2016) Student Eligibility: Must be a current high school senior; or enrolled or accepted as a full-time (12 credit hours) student in an accredited technical school, community college, trade school, four-year accredited college or university, or an apprentice program. Apply here.

CBAI Foundation for Community Banking 2016 Annual Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded to top high-school seniors statewide.. Winners could win up to $4,000 for college. Students must write a short essay on the following theme: The Importance of Community Banking. Entried must be received by February 3, 2016. Find out more about this scholarship here: CBAI Foundation Scholarship

Sons of the American Revolution, Knight Essay Scholarship: The Annual Knight Essay Scholarship Contest is designed to give freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior students an opportunity to explore events that shaped American history. Students must submit an essay of between 800-1200 words, dealing with an event, person, philosophy or ideal associated with the American Revolution, The Declaration of Independence, or the framing of the United States Constitution. Students should submit their essays in a Word Document via email no later than December 21, 2015. For more information go here:

Golden Apple Scholars: is a program that recognizes high school seniors that have the desire to be teachers in high-need schools. Applicants must have a minimum of a 22 ACT composite score with a 19 in English/Writing and a 2.5 GPA. Learn more and apply online at Application deadline is January 8th, 2016.

Burger King Scholars: offers scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $50,000. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 and be passionate about serving the community. To apply go to

Scholarship of the Day: for a different scholarship listing every day, be sure to check out , click on the social media icons and follow one or more of their social media accounts.

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.

MyCareer Scholarship

Walmart Scholarships- Walmart offers scholarships for employees as well as for students who have a parent employed by the corporation. Please visit: for application and more details. Deadlines vary.– 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: Applications will be available after December 1, 2015. Priority deadline for submission: April 1, 2016.

Kankakee Community College offers many scholarships for both full and part-time students. Applications and information is available at: Applications for the 2016-17 school year will be available after November 1, 2015. Deadline for submission: March 1, 2016. Also, please check out the flyer below.



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