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.
CrossLites Scholarship– $4,000 – 33 Awards. To be eligible for the CrossLites Scholarship: A) The CrossLites Scholarship is open to High School, College, and Graduate School students. As an applicant you will write a reflective essay (400-600 words). B) Applicants will be competing against students of their level. You may enter only one essay per application a year. Applications can be found be going here. Deadline: December 31st, 2015
Youth Volunteer Scholarship Award– $500-1 Award. To be eligible for the Youth Volunteer Scholarship you must: A) Over the past 2 years a student must have completed a minimum of 50 hours of volunteer work. B) Over the past 2 years a student must have maintained a GPA of 3.5 or greater. C) A student must be under the age of 21 years on the day of the deadline. D) A student must submit an essay on the topic prior to the deadline. Application can be found by going here. Deadline: November 29th, 2015
Stephen J. Brady Stop Hunger Scholarships – $5,000 – 20 Awards (Deadline: December 5, 2015) Student Eligibility: Stephen J. Brady Stop Hunger Scholarships are open to student’s enrolled in an accredited educational institution in the United States.Applications can be found by going here.
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.
December SP Scholarship – $10,000 – 10 Awards (Deadline: December 8, 2015) Student Eligibility: A) Be at least 13 years old and enrolled or will enroll in a college or university in the US. B) Be a legal resident of the U.S. or Puerto Rico. 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 www.nursingschoolsalmanac.com 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.
Second Annual St. Louis Lawyers Scholarship Contest: We are offering three scholarships to high school seniors and currently enrolled college students at 2 and 4 year colleges who write compelling essays related to the topic of the contest. This year’s essay objective is to write a persuasive piece of 500-700 words from the following prompt: “What do you think is the most important lawsuit or legal decision in the last 20 years and why?”
For more information and instructions on how to apply go to http://www.missourilawyers.com/scholarship/
Deadline: December 1st, 2015.
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 www.goldenapple.org. Application deadline January 2016.
Scholarship Slam – $1,000 – 1 Award (Deadline: November 6, 2015) Student Eligibility: The basic requirements are this: (1) you are 25 years of age (or younger), and (2) you are a current or former high school student who will attend or is attending college within the U.S. or its territories. Applications can be found by going to:http://scholarshipguidance.com/scholarship_scholarship_slam_8954.php?&utm_source=newsletter01&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=201510&utm_content=57c0dd9d3b584b4a66aa898e8d1dd5d1
“Mean Stinks” Scholarship – $10,000 – 3 Awards (Deadline: December 14, 2015) Student Eligibility: To enter, students are asked to share how they will bring an end to bullying once and for all while living the Mean Stinks mantra of spreading nice to make a positive impact on those around them. Applications can be found by going to: http://scholarshipguidance.com/scholarship_mean_stinks_scholarship_8956.php?&utm_source=newsletter01&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=201510&utm_content=57c0dd9d3b584b4a66aa898e8d1dd5d1
Out-Of-The-Box-Thinking Scholarship – $1500 – 3 Awards (Deadline: December 20, 2015) Student Eligibility: A) Applicants must be a current student at any high school, accredited university, graduate school or equivalent within the U.S. B) Applicants must submit a copy of their school verification (courses with your name, acceptance, transcript, or equivalent) Applications can be found by going to:http://scholarshipguidance.com/scholarship_outoftheboxthinking_scholarship_8955.php?&utm_source=newsletter01&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=201510&utm_content=57c0dd9d3b584b4a66aa898e8d1dd5d1
Scholarship Points – $10,000 – 10 Awards (Deadline: November 3, 2015) Student Eligibility:A) Be at least 13 years old and enrolled or will enroll in a college or university in the US. B) Be a legal resident of the U.S. or Puerto Rico. Applications can be found by going to:http://scholarshipguidance.com/scholarship_points_scholarships_8953.php?&utm_source=newsletter01&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=201510&utm_content=57c0dd9d3b584b4a66aa898e8d1dd5d1
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, http://www.will-scookwcd.org. All application materials must be received by February 1, 2016.
2016 GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship: This national program awards college scholarship to high school seniors who embody the characteristics of President Ronald Reagan at school, in the community, in the workplace, and at home. We’re looking for students with: leadership, drive, integrity, citizenship. Recipients receive $10,000 renewable schlarships. Apply online through www.reaganfoundation.org/scholarships. Deadline: January 7, 2016
Good360 Sustainability Scholarship: $1,000 award. Student Eligibility: We want to hear how sustainability has touched your life. If you’re a high school senior applying to college, or you’re currently a college student, and you have an interest in sustainability and the environment, then we’d love to hear your thoughts on what sustainability means to you. Thus, we’re sponsoring a college scholarship with an award of $1,000 to go towards tuition. Applications can be found by going to: http://scholarshipguidance.com/scholarship_good360_sustainability_scholarship_8951.php?&utm_source=newsletter01&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=201510&utm_content=f16a8026394cd141feee449a7658a8cb Deadline: November 30, 2015
Flosum Scholarship: $750 – 1 Award. Student Eligibility: The applicants must be enrolled in an accredited 4-year university or college located in United States; Graduating high school seniors with a GPA of 3.5 or above are also eligible to apply for the scholarship. Applications can be found by going to:http://scholarshipguidance.com/scholarship_flosum_scholarship_8952.php?&utm_source=newsletter01&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=201510&utm_content=f16a8026394cd141feee449a7658a8cb (Deadline: December 15, 2015)
Paramount Tall Club of Chicago Scholarship: Paramount Tall Club of Chicago (PTC) through the Paramount Foundation awards one $750 scholarship to a graduating high school senior who lives in the Chicagoland area and meets the height requirements of the club, 5’10” for females and 6’2” for males. For more information and to apply go to http://www.tallclubchicago.org/ParamountScholarship. Deadline for submission: January 4th, 2016
Ronald McDonald Hous 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.
Herrman & Herrman, P.L.L.C. Innovation Scholarship: Herrman & Herrman, P.L.L.C. is sponsoring an essay contest with $3,500 in prizes to help young people further their educations.To enter, students should write a 600+ word essay on the following topic: How has technology altered the driving experience in the 21st century? Describe the ways the technological innovations have impacted highway and vehicle safety. For more information go to http://www.herrmanandherrman.com/scholarship/. Deadline for submission: December 1st, 2015.
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 https://www.idmyway.com/scholarship/scholarship.php. Deadline for submission: January 29, 2016.
Celebrating High School Innovators~ $500 scholarship. Are you an ordinary kid who has done extraordinary things? If you have taken great ideas and made them a reality, if you have done something that’s innovative and creative, you might be chosen as one of the most innovative high school students in Illinois. Categories include: art & literature, business entrepreneurship, health & nutrition, social entrepreneurship, and STEM. For more information about this scholarship program, please visit: http://innovative100.engineering.illinois.edu or see Ms. Barber in Guidance. Deadline for submission: November 30th, 2015.
From the website scholarshipguidance.com:
- 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: http://www.sar.org/Youth/Knight_Essay
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 http://www.goldenapple.org/high-school-students Application deadline is January 8th, 2016.
Amazon Student Scholarship: Available for students intending to be full-time undergraduate students in fall 2016. Fifty students will receive a $5,000 scholarship and $500 to spend on textbooks. Apply online at http://www.amazon.com/b?ie=UTF8&node=9944643011 Scholarship deadline is November 20th, 2015.
John F. Kennedy Essay Competition: For this scholarship you will need to write an essay on a specific topic between 700 and 1000 words. For more information on the contest and details on how to apply visit: http://www.jfklibrary.org/Education/Profile-in-Courage-Essay-Contest/Eligibility-and-Requirements.aspx. Applications are accepted between September 1st, 2015 and January 1st, 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 http://bkmclamorefoundation.org/who-we-are/application-information/
The Gates Millennium Scholars Program: To be eligible for this program students must be African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian American/Pacific Islander or Hispanic American, have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 and demonstrate leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular or other activities. The deadline for applications is January 13, 2016. Apply online at https://www.gmsp.org/publicweb/AboutUs.aspx
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.
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.
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.
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, 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: www.kcc.edu/scholarships 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.