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SPS 186: We Want to Support Your Goals

Springfield Public Schools wants to support your college and career goals, and we know those come with a price. To support you in your post secondary efforts, we have provided this site where you can find scholarship opportnities. Click on the scholarship link for opportunities that support your college dreams and apply. For application process and deadlines, click on the scholarship links.

Best of luck.



Scholarships from your achievements in High School!

Scholarship Database

How to organize the information in this table:

Click on Name in a column and the database will sort that column alphabetically.
Click on Deadline and it is arranged by date. Click again to change the order from most recent to earliest.
Click on Amount and it is arranged by amount.

On a mac, click command and the F key to create a search box.

College Scholarship Information/Sites
NameDate dueLinkAppDescriptionEmailAmount
Abbott & Fenner Scholarship ProgramJun. 12, 2021http://www.abbottandfenner.com/scholarships.htm

Open to high school juniors, seniors, or college students. Submit a 500-1000 word essay by email. Topic: Every generation faces new challenges and new problems. What do you think is the biggest difference between your generation and older generations? How do you think these differences will affect the future of our country and/or your career choice?

Coca-Cola Scholars Foundationhttps://www.coca-colascholarsfoundation.org/apply/

For all motivated, dedicated high school seniors. 3 million a year is awarded to 250 deserving students. At least a 3.0 GPA Please follow the link for more details.


Eastern IL SCHOLARSHIPS FOR INCOMING HONORS STUDENTSMar. 15, 2021https://www.eiu.edu/honors/Freshman_scholarships.php

For exceptionally strong incoming freshman students, Pine Honors College offers three different competitive scholarships.

Please note: Applicants for the Pemberton Presidential and the Presidential Scholarship are also considered as applicants for the Honors Award. You do not need to complete an additional application for the Honors Award.

Successful applicants will be offered only one of these three scholarships. 

AMVETS ScholarshipsApr. 30, 2021http://www.amvets.org/amvets-in-action/scholarships/

Five different scholarships available through AMVETS. See the guidance office for a brochure and application information regarding the Foundation SShip, Nursing, ROTC, Trade School, and Ladies Auxiliary Scholarships. 

JFK Profiles in Courage ScholarshipJan. 15, 2021http://www.jfklibrary.org/Education/Profile-in-Courage-Essay-Contest/Eligibility-and-Requirements.aspx

Students must write an original essay describing how an elected official demonstrated political courage by addressing an issue at the local, state, or national level. Essay must include a bibliography with a minimum of 5 sources.

Lincoln Land Community College Foundation ScholarshipsMar. 1, 2021http://www.llccfoundation.org/scholarships
Scholarship info

Numerous scholarships available for students planning to attend LLCC or current LLCC student. The Honors College application is included.

The application is available online annually between December 1st and March 1st for the following academic year.

We would love for you to apply for our upcoming awarding period for Fall 2020-Spring 2021 awards! Visit https://llcc.academicworks.com/opportunitiesfor information about our opportunities that only requires 1 online application to apply for them all!

For information on external scholarship opportunities, please visit: https://llcc.academicworks.com/opportunities/external  

QUESTIONS? Please contact Michelle Burger at 217-786-4502 or at michelle.burger@llcc.edu.

Prudential Spirit of CommunityNov. 10, 2020http://spirit.prudential.com

If you've made a difference by volunteering in your community, apply for this award. Please follow the link for more details

available online for students in grades 5-12 who have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service within the past 12 months. The application is available at http://spirit.prudential.com. The application deadline is Nov. 5. The awards are sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

Springfield Civic Garden Clubhttp://www.scgc-il.org/scgc-sponsored-awards/

The LLCC Scholarship $1,200 is ongoing. It is offered to an interested student who is a U.S. citizen residing in the LLCC district and is majoring in environmental or horticulture studies. 

Illinois Legislative Black Caucus FoundationMay 4, 2020http://www.ilbcf.org/apply

For African American students. Personal statement and letters of recommendation required.

Washington University at St. Louis: William H. and Elizabeth Gray Danforth ScholarsJan. 2, 2021https://admissions.wustl.edu/Financial_Aid_Scholarships/First_Year_Academic_Scholarships/Pages/Danforth-Scholars-Program.aspx
  • Submit an application for admission to the Class of 2023.
  • Log in to your WashU Pathway account to submit the separate application for the Danforth Scholars Program.
  • Write a brief answer (250 words) to the following question:
    The Danforth Scholars program is looking for students with a strong commitment to community, and demonstrated initiative in leadership and service. Please share an example of your personal experience as a leader that would clarify why you would be a good fit for this community of scholars.
  • Write a short essay (250-500 words) on the following topic:
    What matters to you?
  • Submit an additional (third) letter of recommendation from a member of your community who knows you well. If you submit an "other" letter of recommendation through the Common Application or Coalition Application, that letter may be used.
Horatio Alger Associationhttps://scholars.horatioalger.org/scholarships/about-our-scholarship-programs/

For students with critical financial need ($50,000 or less adjusted gross income per family). Must have a minimum 2.0 GPA, be involved in community and co-curricular activities. Award value range from 7,000 to 22,000. Various Need-based Scholarships.

University of Illinois: Fred S. Bailey ScholarshipOct. 5, 2020http://universityymca.org/bailey/

For students going to Univ. of Illinois Urbana-Champaign who have shown a commitment to community engagement, service, leadership and academics. Requirements and application on the website. Scholarship may be renewable.

United Negro College Fundhttps://scholarships.uncf.org/?_ga=1.164001725.381869175.1479320008

The UNCF manages various scholarship programs. Check out their website for more information.Various Scholarships with various deadlines. Be sure to periodically check this page.

Simon Youth Foundationhttp://syf.org/scholarships/

For a student who has financial need, strong academic performance, leadership skills and who shows evidence of participation in school and community activities. Simon Mall Property in Springfield is the White Oaks Mall.

Mu Delta Lambda and Alpha Phi Alpha ScholarshipMay 1, 2021http://tmlcf.com/scholarship/

For African American students. Requires 2.75 GPA, letter of recommendation, 1-page essay, "What have you had to overcome to achieve success?"

Google Scholarships and Programshttps://buildyourfuture.withgoogle.com/scholarships/

Enroll as a full time student in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering or a related major. See website for more information.


Be of Hispanic/Latino heritage or African American. Major in Hospitality Management or Culinary Arts. Have a 3.0/4.0 GPA

Tyrian Masonic LodgeApr. 2, 2021https://www.tyrianlodge333.org/scholorship
Tyrian Scholarship

For students with financial need. Award will be made directly to the college or university to pay educational expenses.

Heartland Credit UnionApr. 30, 2021https://www.hcu.org/About/scholarships/

2020 application process will open in January.

For Heartland Credit Union members who plan to attend a 2 yr., 4yr. college, vocational or technical school full-time. Essay.

Ron Brown Scholar ProgramJan. 9, 2021https://www.ronbrown.org/section/apply/program-description

The Ron Brown Scholar Program seeks to identify 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.

RON BROWN SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY:  Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for the Ron Brown Scholar Program provided you meet the following requirements:

  • Must be Black/African American.

  • Must excel academically.

  • Must exhibit exceptional leadership potential.

  • Must participate in community service activities.

  • Demonstrate financial need.

  • Be a US citizen or hold a permanent resident visa card.

  • Be a current high school senior at the time of your application.  NOTE: Current college students are not eligible to apply.

  • To Apply Click Here: Ron Brown Scholarship Application


Illinois Student Assistance Commission Scholarshipshttp://www.isac.org/students/during-college/types-of-financial-aid/scholarships/

Minority Teachers of Illinois Illinois Special Education Teacher Tuition Waiver Nursing Education Scholarship  A scholarship is a type of “gift aid” that rewards a student for grades, athletics, a unique skill, a special talent, financial needs or even a specific career interest.

Sangamon County Community Resources Scholarship for Low-Income College Entries (SLICE)May 7, 2021http://co.sangamon.il.us/departments/a-c/community-resources/programs-and-services/csbg-slice-scholarship-program

The purpose of the CSBG Scholarship is to provide financial assistance to high school seniors and adults who qualify by income for the purpose of providing financial assistance to deserving undergraduate students for education and training leading to employment. All new scholarship applicants must be enrolled in education or training leading to employment in a local high-growth employment sector. See your guidance administrator or post secondary coach for a list of eligible careers.

Illinois Society of Professional EngineerMar. 31, 2021http://www.illinoisengineer.com/IllinoisEngineer/Aspiring_Engineers/Scholarships/IllinoisEngineer/Scholarships.aspx

Several scholarships for engineers, including for those attending SIU-E, SIU-C, UIUC, and Bradley University, for female engineers, for minority engineers, and a general engineering scholarship.

Association for Women in CommunicationsMar. 1, 2021http://awcspringfield.org/scholarship/educational-scholarship/

For college junior or senior women from or attending college in Central Illinois and majoring in communications, journalism, public relations, or related fields

GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarshiphttp://www.reaganfoundation.org/GE-RFScholarships.aspx

For students who demonstrate exemplary leadership, drive, integrity and citizenship.

Each year, the Program selects numerous recipients to receive a $10,000 scholarship renewable for up to an additional three years – up to $40,000 total per recipient. Awards are for undergraduate study and may be used for education-related expenses, including tuition, fees, books, supplies, room, and board. In addition, Scholars are invited to participate in a special awards program and receive ongoing leadership-development support.

SIU-E ALUMNI SCHOLARSHIPSJan. 31, 2021https://www.siue.edu/alumni/scholarships/scholarship-program.shtml

SIU-E Alumni Association is offering 3 scholarships: Legacy,for the children, grandchildren,siblings, spouses or partners of an SIUE alumni; the Board of Directors Scholarship based on leadership and community involvement; Stahlschmidt Family scholarship based on financial need, GPA, ACT scores, community service, school activities and answers to essay questions.

Applications are accepted September 1 through January 31.

Illinois Children of Veteran's Tuition Waiverhttp://www.osfa.illinois.edu
U of I Children of Veterans Tuition App

The Children of Veterans Tuition Waiver is a four-year in-state tuition waiver at the University of Illinois. The recipient may use his/her Children of Veterans Tuition Waiver at any of the University of Illinois campuses (Urbana-Champaign, Chicago, Health Sciences Center, Springfield). Up to six tuition waivers are awarded per county - one for each of the following wars/conflicts: World War II, the Korean Conflict, the Vietnam Conflict, the Southwest Asia Conflict, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Specific information regarding the required service dates and medal eligibility is provided on the application itself. Candidates must submit the completed application with photocopies of both the veteran parent’s service papers (DD Form 214) and the student’s ACT scores to our office. Office of Student Financial Aid University of Illinois 620 E. John Street MC-303 Champaign, IL 61820 Customer Service 217.333.0100 Electronic Fax 217.265.5516

Springfield American Legion Post 32https://www.legion.org/scholarships

Decendent of current or past member of a veteran organization: American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Veterans, etc. 3 letters of recommendation, essay, transcript. Go to website, click on announcements, then scholarship application.

12th Annual Create a Greeting Card $10,000.00 ContestMar. 9, 2021http://www.gallerycollection.com/greeting-cards-scholarship.htm

  • Submit original photo, artwork or computer graphics for the front of a greeting card.

  • Age Eligibility: Must be 14 years or older at time of entry and be enrolled in High School, College, University or Homeschool.

  • The finalists will again be decided by voting!



Scholarships.com is a resource to help you find various scholarships with various deadlines. Make a profile and get scholarships directly in your email inbox.

Health Care Leaders Scholarshiphttp://nurse.org/healthcare-leaders/

Healthcare Leaders Scholarship - Sponsored by Nurse.org Nurse.org is seeking applications for the Healthcare Leaders Scholarship. To be eligible for the $1000 award, students must have a GPA of 3.0 or above, be pursuing a degree related to healthcare, and submit a 600-1000 word essay.  The scholarship is offered once a year and awards are paid directly to the student.

IACAC Scholarshiphttps://www.iacac.org/scholarship/?utm_source=IACAC+Members&utm_campaign=4e20bca7f4-scholarship&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b676bdf586-4e20bca7f4-311795221

IACAC is pleased to offer ten $1,000 scholarships ($500 each semester, non-renewable) to students who exhibit a commitment to learning and have demonstrated leadership skills and/or community service involvement.

A separate $1,000 transfer scholarship is available from IACAC to a community college student to further his/her education at a four-year IACAC member institution.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The applicant must be a graduating senior from an IACAC member high school (where at least one counselor is an IACAC member) with a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. To verify if your high school is an IACAC member, contact Linda Haffner, (800) 829-0176;

  • The applicant must enroll as a full-time, college freshman at a post-secondary institution in the 2021-2022 school year (preferably at an IACAC member institution); and

  • The student must demonstrate involvement in high school, the community, or service to others with motivation to achieve personal goals.

Selection Process

  • Applications will be reviewed by the IACAC Scholarship Committee

  • Academic credentials, resume, personal essay, and the counselor’s recommendation will be evaluated

B. DavisMay 22, 2021http://www.studentawardsearch.com/scholarships.htm

This Scholarship is available to all high school juniors and seniors as well as all students currently registered in any post secondary institution.

  • There is no age restriction
  • Be sure to include your name and the school you are attending this year and next
  • This is not an academic scholarship but we would like to know where you are going to school now and what your future academic plans are.


To apply for this scholarship you will need to write an essay of less than 1000 words on the topic below:

Your submissions must be sent to us by email at awards@studentawardsearch.com


Describe the three characteristics of leadership you value most.  Discuss why you believe that these traits are so important and how you feel that they are developed in an individual. 
Celebrating High School InnovatorsFeb. 26, 2021http://chsinnovators.org/

Tell us about your idea and you might be chosen as one of the most innovative high school students in Illinois! Our top five winners will receive $1,000 cash and scholarships to Illinois State University and Millikin University.


Southeast Missouri State Universityhttp://www.semo.edu/sfs/financialaid/scholarships/institutional.html

Southeast students receive over $17 million annually, in the form of institutional scholarships. Some of these are only awarded at the time of admission, while others offer an annual application process. Institutional Scholarships can be split into Academic, Endowed, and Participation scholarships. 

Eastern Illinois President Doudna Memorial ScholarshipMar. 15, 2021https://www.eiu.edu/honors/Doudna_Scholarship.php

Dr. Quincy Doudna was president of Eastern Illinois University from 1956-1971, and guided the growth of the university. In his memory, each year a scholarship of at least $1000 is awarded to an incoming freshman student. 

To apply simply complete the form below, and upload an essay that you have written. Students must be graduates of an Illinois High School and have a GPA of at least 3 on a 4 point scale. 

The deadline for the Fall 2019 scholarship is Friday March 15th, 2021. 

Technology Addiction Awareness ScholarshipJan. 30, 2021http://www.digitalresponsibility.org/technology-addiction-awareness-scholarship

To be eligible for the scholarship, the applicants must:

  • Be a high school freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior or a current or entering college or graduate school student of any level.

  • Home-schooled students are also eligible.

  • There is no age limit.

  • You must also be a U.S. citizen or legal resident.

Pureland Supply Vocational and Skilled Trade ScholarshipMay 1, 2021https://www.purelandsupply.com/t-scholarship.aspx

Open for students who have been accepted to an accredited community college, vocational college, technical school, or trade School.  Recipients are chosen on their ability to describe how their chosen trade or field plays an important role in today’s world and how the student expects to play a part in the future of their trade or field.

AASA Redefining Ready Scholarshiphttps://www.redefiningready.org/national-scholarship

  • One (1) National First Place Winner ($5000)

  • One (1) National Runner-Up ($2500)

  • Seven (7) Regional Winners, representing each AASA region ($2000)

  • Seven (7) Regional Runner-Ups, representing each AASA region ($1000)

VFW Auxiliary Continuing Education ScholarshipFeb. 15, 2021https://vfwauxiliary.org/scholarships/continuing-education/
  • Applicant must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Applicant must be one of the following:
    • Current VFW Auxiliary Member*
    • Spouse of current VFW Auxiliary Member*
    • Son of current VFW Auxiliary Member*
    • Daughter of current VFW Auxiliary Member*
    • *Qualifying member must have been a member of the VFW Auxiliary for one (1) year by the application submission deadline.

What is the Scholarship Amount?

Four $1,000 scholarships will be awarded each year, one in each of the four VFW Auxiliary Conferences.

What are the Scholarship Submission Requirements?
Each applicant must:

  • Answer all questions on the application.
  • Write a brief essay (no more than 300 words) describing their commitment to their goals and how this scholarship will help them attain these goals.

What are the Scholarship Deadlines?

  • July 1: Application process begins.
  • February 15: All applications must be submitted to VFW Auxiliary National Headquarters.*
  • May 1: Scholarship recipients are notified.
VFW Auxiliary Young American Creative Patiotic Art ContestMar. 31, 2021https://vfwauxiliary.org/scholarships/young-american-creative-patriotic-art-contest/


Who is Eligible to Apply?

  • Any student in grades 9-12 who is enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the United States.
  • Maximum student age of 18 at time of local entry.
  • Student must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. national.
  • Applicant does not have to be related to a VFW or VFW Auxiliary member to participate, but the student must attend school in the same state as the sponsoring VFW Auxiliary.

What is the Scholarship Amount?

  • The first-place winner from each state competes for national awards totaling $29,500.

What are the Scholarship Submission Requirements?

  • Two-dimensional art must be on canvas or paper. Watercolor, pencil, pastel, charcoal, tempera, crayon, acrylic, pen, ink, oil, marker or other media taught may be used.
  • Do not frame two-dimensional pieces.
  • Submit canvas entries on a stretcher frame or canvas board. Other entries must be
    matted in white. Do not use color mats. Reinforce the back with heavy paper. Mounted and floating mats may also be used.
  • The art should be no smaller than 8” x 10” but no larger than 18” x 24”, not including mat.
  • Three dimensional art can be paper, papier-mâché, pottery, clay, metal work, fabric, etc.
  • Pieces should be no smaller than 8” in any direction and no larger than 24” in any direction.
  • Art cannot be more than 5 lbs. in weight.
  • Digital art, photography and jewelry are NOT ACCEPTED.
  • Complete entry form and attach to back of entry.
  • Submit a typed explanation of patriotism expressed in art (150 words or less).

What are the Scholarship Contest Deadlines?

  • March 31: Student Entry Deadline to Local VFW Auxiliary.*
  • April 10:  Local VFW Auxiliary and District Judging Complete.
  • April 15:  Local VFW Auxiliary and District Winners to Department (state) for Judging.*
  • May 5:  VFW Auxiliary Department (state) Winners to VFW Auxiliary National Headquarters.*

* required deadlines

EIU Scholarship Programshttps://www.eiu.edu/aimhigh/

I wanted to let you know about the 3 brand new scholarship programs at Eastern Illinois University. We believe they are truly extraordinary and will help many students around the state.

These programs are funded with the AIM HIGH Grant signed into state law in August, and we’re using those funds both to make higher education more accessible to students around the state and to encourage them to stay in Illinois.

Here’s a quick description of each of the three programs:

  • EIU Promise
    EIU will offset the remaining balance of a student’s tuition and fee costs for resident families with an income of $61,000 or less.
  • EIU Cost Match
    EIU will match the out-of-pocket cost of attendance of any regionally accredited public university in Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio or Wisconsin. For example, if a student’s out-of-pocket cost at EIU is $5,000 and it’s $3,000 at a qualifying university, we’ll provide them with a $2,000 scholarship to match the difference.
  • EIU Merit Scholarship Bonus< br /> Any student who qualifies for our automatic Merit Scholarships will receive a $500 bonus per year if they are an Illinois resident. That makes the 4-year value of the scholarship anywhere from $10,000 to $18,000
UIS - Illinois Professional Land Surveyors Associationhttps://www.uis.edu/financialaid/scholarships/localareascholarships/

Student scholarship is offered to an Illinois student attending an Illinois school who is pursuing a baccalaureate degree in land surveying or a baccalaureate degree in a related science including at least 24 semester hours of land surveying courses from theIllinois Department of Professional Regulation Land Surveyors Licensing Board approved curriculum of an accredited institution. Scholarship is for $1,000 and applications are available on their website at http://www.iplsa.org.

college board opportunity scholarshiphttps://opportunity.collegeboard.org/?SFMC_cid=EM87919-&rid=47749804


The more effort you put in, the more opportunities you have to earn a scholarship. Complete all six, and you’re eligible to earn $40,000. Scholarships will be awarded through monthly drawings to students who complete each action.


AEA aircraft electronics scholarshipshttps://www.aea.net/educationalfoundation/scholarships.asp

multiple options, rewards and deadlines

Back 2 School IllinoisMar. 1, 2021http://b2si.org/college-sch

Each year we provide scholarships to deserving Illinois high school seniors so they can attend college. We offer $2,500 scholarships that can be applied to their freshmen year of studies. 


Micklin Law Group Scholarshiphttps://www.micklinlawgroup.com/scholarship/

The award is granted two times per year and is needs-based. Applicants must be accepted into an accredited college in the United States.

Mike Rowe work ethic scholarshiphttps://www.mikeroweworks.org/scholarship/

Calling all skilled workers!  This program doesn’t focus on test scores, grades, or grammar.  It’s about the people who share our values and understand the importance of work ethic, personal responsibility, delayed gratification, and a positive attitude. 

Youth Forwardhttps://www.dmvedu.org/scholarship/


Along with your submission please include a picture of yourself which we can post on our site to go along with your essay

The winner will be required to provide proof of successful acceptance to a Higher Institute of Learning, College or University. Payment will be made directly to the applicant’s college.

North American Building Trades Unions NABTU apprenticeshipshttps://nabtu.org/apprenticeship-and-training/
Culinary Institute of Americahttps://www.acfchefs.org/ACF/Education/Scholarships/ACF/Education/Scholarships/

Scholarship Information

The American Culinary Federation Education Foundation, with the support of the American Academy of Chefs, will award two scholarships each year. Each recipient will receive $2,500 per year for four years to be applied directly

to the student’s account at the institution.

Eligibility Requirements

To be considered by the scholarship committee, an applicant must meet the following requirements:

  • Be an exemplary student. Have and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

  • Be a high school senior eligible to graduate the same year as the scholarship is applied for.

  • Be currently accepted to the institution with a major in either culinary or pastry arts.

  • Have a career goal of becoming a chef or pastry chef

The Caring.com ScholarshipDec. 31, 2020https://www.caring.com/caregivers/scholarships-for-student-caregivers#the-caring-com-scholarship

At Caring.com, we understand the demanding lifestyle of student-caregivers and the challenges they may face. The Student-Caregiver Scholarship provides financial assistance to students who are caring for an adult relative while enrolled in college.

Two scholarships of $1,500 are awarded each year to student-caregivers to help cover costs of tuition and books. Applicants must be full-time college students at an accredited two-or-four-year college or university in the United States, or full-time high school students who are registered to attend a qualifying institution the following semester.

Digital ResponsibilityJun. 30, 2021http://www.digitalresponsibility.org/digital-privacy-scholarship/

Who may apply: You must be a high school freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior or a current or entering college or graduate school student of any level. Home schooled students are also eligible. There is no age limit. You must also be a U.S. citizen or legal resident.

How to apply: Complete the application form below including a 140-character message about digital privacy. The top 10 applications will be selected as finalists. The finalists will be asked to write a full length 500- to 1,000-word essay about digital privacy.

Deadline: June 30, 2021

How we'll select the winner: We'll select the 10 finalists based on the content of the 140-character message. The winner will be selected based on the content and creativity of the 500- to 1,000-word essay.

Awards: The winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship.


The Morgan Law Group, P.A. ScholarshipJan. 31, 2021https://www.policyadvocate.com/scholarship-application/

The award is granted per year

Must be Accepted into a U.S.university as a pre-law undergraduate or law school attendant.

Fast Webhttps://www.fastweb.com
Find Financial Aid & Scholarshipshttp://www.finaid.org/scholarships/
Broke Scholars Scholarshipshttps://www.brokescholar.com
National Society of Black EngineersJan. 4, 2021https://connect.nsbe.org/Scholarships/ScholarshipList.aspx

The Fall Scholarship Cycle opens September 1st, 2020 and closes January 4th, 2021

National Merit Scholarshipshttps://www.nationalmerit.org/s/1758/interior.aspx?sid=1758&gid=2&pgid=424
College Board - Big Futurehttps://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/scholarship-search?SFMC_cid=EM180098-&rid=47618093

Find scholarships, other financial aid and internships from more than 2,200 programs, totaling nearly $6 billion.

Enter as much information as possible to find the most matches.

Scholarship information is based on the College Board's Annual Survey of Financial Aid Programs.

The Dream.us scholarshiphttps://www.thedream.us/scholarships/national-scholarship/

DACA and TAP and if you came to the country before November 1, 2014 (5 years before our round opens).

Scholarship Owlhttps://scholarshipowl.com/?transaction_id=1024d1d24a6a870f1d67903a69e866&offer_id=24&affiliate_id=1195&aff_sub=studentemail&aff_sub2=&aff_sub3=&aff_sub4=&aff_sub5=&gclid=

Scholarship search engine

Rover.comMay 1, 2021https://www.rover.com/college-scholarship/

Just write a 400-500 word essay for your chance to win $2500! 

How did caring for a pet growing up help shape you to be the adult you are today?

Jackie Robinson ScholarshipFeb. 1, 2021https://www.jackierobinson.org/apply/?bblinkid=184889171&bbemailid=16852183&bbejrid=1218609486

SAT combined score 1000+

Show financial need

Graduating minority high school senior

Golden Applehttps://www.goldenapple.org

a leading Illinois nonprofit committed to preparing, supporting, and mentoring aspiring teachers, recently opened applications for the Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois Class of 2020. The pre-service preparation, tuition assistance, and mentoring program supports the development and success of new, highly effective teachers for Illinois schools in need.

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREhttps://www.usda.gov/our-agency/careers/scholarship-programs
American Welding SocietyMar. 1, 2021https://www.aws.org/foundation/page/scholarships?_cldee=Y2hlcmVlbW9Ac3BzMTg2Lm9yZw%3d%3d&recipientid=lead-983fac18add8e911a2d9005056bc7ab1-b9821580e70345428e9c31253e2e2223&utm_source=ClickDimensions&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Scholarships&esid=bcf59aec-2a0d-ea11-a2dc-005056bc7ab1
Retention of Illinois RISE Acthttps://www.isac.org/students/before-college/financial-aid-planning/retention-of-illinois-rise-act.html

As described in the Legislation “a student who is an Illinois resident and who is not otherwise eligible for federal financial aid, including, but not limited to, a transgender student who is disqualified for failure to register for selective service or a noncitizen student who has not obtained lawful permanent residence, shall be eligible for state financial aid and benefits…”. 

The application will open the week of January 6th on the link provided.

Atlantic HousingMar. 31, 2021http://www.atlantichousing.org/scholarships

Since 2006, AHF has awarded over 300 deserving young men and women academic and housing scholarships totaling over $6,000,000. 

  • In 2019, we awarded 22 housing scholarships and 51 academic scholarships and spanned many different colleges around the country (see map below).

  • In total, AHF is currently providing scholarships to 116 young people from low-income families.

  • Our annual scholarship awards total over $1,000,000 with a remaining commitment of over $1,000,000.

  • Our scholarship recipients are pursuing degrees and certifications from two-year, four-year universities, technical colleges, and graduate programs. 

CPA Endowment Fund of IllinoisApr. 1, 2021https://www.scholarships.com/financial-aid/college-scholarships/scholarships-by-state/illinois-scholarships/cpa-endowment-fund-of-illinois/

All applicants must meet the following criteria:
-Be a female senior or graduate student
-Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and a resident of Illinois
-Be enrolled in an Illinois college or university 
-Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent
-Plan to sit for the CPA exam in Illinois within three years of the application date, and demonstrate progress in accounting courses
-Demonstrate achievement and financial need

Herman J. Neal Scholarshiphttps://www.scholarships.com/financial-aid/college-scholarships/scholarships-by-state/illinois-scholarships/herman-j-neal-scholarship/

  • This Fund was established in honor of the late Dr. Herman J. Neal, a distinguished Chicago physician, to memorialize his strong commitment to opening doors of opportunity and education for African-Americans. Multiple scholarships are available each year. Applicants must be an African-American junior, senior, or graduate student for the following academic year. For more information and to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.

Illinois AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Memorial ScholarshipsMar. 1, 2021https://www.scholarships.com/financial-aid/college-scholarships/scholarships-by-state/illinois-scholarships/illinois-amvets-ladies-auxiliary-memorial-scholarships/

  • The Ladies Auxiliary Memorial Scholarships supports a scholarship program each year that provides graduating Illinois high school students a scholarship for their continued education. This one-year scholarship varies in its amount on a yearly basis.Applicants must be an Illinois high school senior and a child or grandchild of a veteran of the United States of America who served after September 15, 1940 who was honorably discharged or is presently serving in the military. Must have taken the ACT or SAT. For more information, or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.

Minority Teachers of Illinois Scholarship ProgramMar. 1, 2021https://www.scholarships.com/financial-aid/college-scholarships/scholarships-by-state/illinois-scholarships/minority-teachers-of-illinois-scholarship-program/

  • To be eligible for the Minority Teachers of Illinois (MTI) Scholarship Program you must be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen, be a resident of Illinois, be a minority student of either African American/Black, Hispanic American, Asian American or Native American origin, and have earned a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Also if enrolled at the sophomore, junior, senior or graduate level you must maintain satisfactory academic progress as determined by your college and comply with federal Selective Service registration requirements. For more information, or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.

Eta Psi Sigma Chapter ScholarshipMar. 27, 2021Eta Psi Sigma Chapter Scholarship Application 2020
William E. McElroy Charitable FoundationApr. 1, 2021William E. McElroy Scholarship - Google Docs
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Nu Omicron Omega ChapterMar. 6, 2021https://akadoo.clubexpress.com/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=876877&module_id=108062

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the first black Greek letter organization, was established in 1908. The sorority was founded on the principals of service to all mankind.  The first scholarship was presented in 1914, on the belief that if we assist young people in their effort to acquire an education, they will use their skills and knowledge to help others.


Delta Omicron Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. has been in existence since 1947.  Continuing with the Alpha Kappa Alpha beliefs throughout the past 73 years, Delta Omicron Omega has awarded thousands of dollars to graduating high school seniors who will be pursuing higher education.  The Delta Omicron Omega Chapter scholarships are available to young ladies graduating from high school.  Through the years, the scholarship amount and criteria have varied.  Currently, over half of the awarded scholarships will support a young lady attending a Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). 


This year, Petals of Hope Foundation, with Delta Omicron Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. will award scholarships to five young ladies who will be graduating from the Orange or Osceola County School Districts attending an accredited college or university in the Fall of 2021.  Each student will receive a scholarship in the amount of $1,000.00 to help defray the cost of their post-secondary education.

Interested high school seniors should review the 2021 Scholarship Letter  to determine eligibility.  The application deadline is March 6, 2021.


College Board

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Practice for the SAT: $1,000 

Use Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy to get ready for test day. 

Improve Your Score: $2,000Show how practice pays off by improving your SAT score from your PSAT 10, PSAT/NMSQT, or a previous SAT score. 

Strengthen Your College List: $500 Make sure your college list on BigFuture has a mix of safety, match, and reach schools. 

Complete the FAFSA: $1,000 Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for financial aid. 

Apply to Colleges: $1,000 Apply to colleges you want to attend.

Complete Your Journey: $40,000 Complete all six scholarship steps to be eligible for a $40,000 scholarship.™. 2. ® ® 3. ™ ® 4. 5. 6.

Community Foundationhttps://cfll.org/Grants-Scholarships/Scholarships

The Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln (CFLL) administers a variety of college scholarships. Each scholarship was established by generous donors and is unique, with its own set of criteria for applicants. Students may apply for and be awarded multiple scholarships. There are scholarships available for graduating seniors as well as current and returning college students. Currently, the majority of awards are offered to students from Sangamon County but the number of scholarships for students throughout the CFLL service area continues to grow. CFLL serves the counties of Sangamon, Cass, Christian, Logan, Macoupin, Menard, Montgomery and Morgan.

To review specific information and instructions on how to apply for scholarships for the 2021-22 academic year, please revisit our website toward the end of the calendar year. 2021 scholarship applications will be available from January 1, 2021 to March 1, 2021. Applicants should submit their scholarship applications via the CFLL website during this time period.

Il Sheriffs' Associationhttps://www.ilsheriff.org/youth-2/#isascholarship

In 1979, the Illinois Sheriff’s Association established a scholarship program for college-bound students. Scholarships ranging from $500 to $1000 are awarded to students who demonstrate outstanding scholastic, extra-curricular and character qualifications. Each Illinois county awards at least one $500 scholarship each school year. The scholarship program is open to Illinois students attending an Illinois higher learning institution. College scholarship applications are available beginning in January each year and winners are announced in May.

Wm McElroy Scholarship ApplicationApr. 1, 2021Wm McElroy Scholarship Application
Helen and June Hamilton Teachers Scholarship ApplicationApr. 1, 2021Helen and June Hamilton Teachers Scholarship Application
Equitable Excellence℠ Scholarship ProgramJan. 28, 2021https://learnmore.scholarsapply.org/equitableexcellence/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=CB_Equitable_Excellence_Launch_MMS_0820

The program closes on January 28, 2021 3:00 pm or when 10,000 applications are submitted, whichever occurs first.

Equitable Foundation has established the Equitable Excellence℠ Scholarship Program to assist high school seniors who are planning to continue their education at a two- or four-year college in the United States by Fall 2021.

This program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship, tuition assistance and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals. In compliance with Federal law, this program will not discriminate in the terms, conditions or privileges of participation on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability or sexual orientation.

Springfield-Decatur Area Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority ScholarshipMar. 1, 2021https://cfll.org

The 2021 Springfield-Decatur Area Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Scholarship application is now available.  We partner with the Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln to provide 10 graduating seniors college scholarship opportunities, $500 each. Requirements include status as a graduating senior, full time enrollment in the fall of 2021 at an accredited community or four year college, and a minimum 2.5 grade point average.  Students should also demonstrate Delta’s core values of sisterhood, scholarship, and service.Graduating students who are interested need to go to CFLL.org and complete the application by March 1, 2021. 

CWLPMar. 12, 2021http://imea.org/Documents/IMUAScholarshipApp.pdf

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY for High School Seniors: The Illinois Municipal Utilities Association (IMUA), in partnership with CWLP and other IMUA members, is offering a scholarship program to eligible high school seniors for four $1,000 awards.

YOUTH SERVICE BUREAUFeb. 28, 2021Microsoft Word - 20210128_131458.docx

The Board of Directors at the Youth Service Bureau have established a scholarship program to

acknowledge and celebrate the end of our former executive director ' s 25-year career helping youth in our community. The Kathleen Wright Social Work Scholarship Fund will award a graduating senior $1,000 toward their education in the field of social work. The scholarship application is open to students who reside in Sangamon , Christian , Logan , Mason, or Menard counties .

To apply for the scholarship, students need to write a personal letter including the following information:

• Student Name, Address , Phone Number, & Email Address

• High School they are currently attending

• College they plan to attend (if known)

• Why they would like to go into social work and how this scholarship will help them in this goal

• Optional Information: GPA, Class Standing, Activities, Accomplishments , Achievements , or any

other information they would like our selection committee to know.

All letters need to be postmarked no later than February 28, 2021. The chosen recipient will be notified

through their high school by May l , 2021.

Mu Delta Lambda Charitable FoundationMay 1, 2021Mu_Delta_Lambda__Scholarship_application_2021

The Mu Delta Lambda Charitable Foundation was created in 2007 to promote higher education, community service, health awareness, and low income housing. Providing educational scholarships is one of the components of the Foundation.  Scholarships are awarded in cooperation with the Alpha Phi Alpha Alumni chapter in Springfield, Illinois.


Since it’s founding on December 4, 1906, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. has supplied voice and vision to the struggle of African-Americans and people of color around the world.

Alpha Phi Alpha, the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African-Americans, was founded at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York by seven college men who recognized the need for a strong bond of Brotherhood among African descendants in this country. The visionary founders, known as the "Jewels" of the Fraternity, are Henry Arthur Callis, Charles Henry Chapman, Eugene Kinckle Jones, George Biddle Kelley, Nathaniel Allison Murray, Robert Harold Ogle, and Vertner Woodson Tandy.


The Fraternity initially served as a study and support group for minority students who faced racial prejudice, both educationally and socially, at Cornell. The Jewels and early leaders of the Fraternity succeeded in laying a firm foundation for Alpha Phi Alpha's principles of scholarship, fellowship, good character, and the uplifting of humanity.


Alpha Phi Alpha chapters were developed at other colleges and universities, many of them historically black institutions, soon after the founding of Alpha Chapter at Cornell. While continuing to stress academic excellence among its members, Alpha also recognized the need to help correct the educational, economical, political, and social injustices faced by African-Americans.

Alpha Phi Alpha has long stood at the forefront of the African-American community's fight for civil rights through leaders such as: W.E.B. DuBois, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Edward Brooke, Martin Luther King, Jr., Thurgood Marshall, Andrew Young, William Gray, Paul Robeson, and many others.





•             Must be a high school graduate accepted by an accredited College/University or must be a student currently enrolled in an accredited  College/University

•             Provide proof of acceptance to an accredited college or university.

•             High School transcript or College transcript

•             A 2.75 GPA is preferred but not required.

•             Two Letters of Recommendation are required (one letter must be from a school official)

•             A one page essay on the following topic: Discuss an event in your life that you had to overcome to become successful?

Department of Children and Family ServicesMar. 31, 2021CFS_438-2021_Scholarship_Program_Student_Application-2021_ONLY_


 Applicants must meet eligibility requirements and submit a complete application packet 

on or before March 31, 2021 to be considered for the DCFS Scholarship Program. 

Application packets may be emailed to: 


Or mailed to: DCFS Scholarship Program, 406 E. Monroe, Station #23, Springfield, IL 62701

Affordable Colleges Online

The staggering 1.6 trillion student debt rings in the ears of prospective students hoping for the opportunity of education in America. But many are unaware of the racial disparities hiding within this astronomical number. In a study from the American Sociological Association, it was found that Black students tend to borrow the most, have higher loan balances and have the highest rates of default & delinquency while in repayment.

These disparities contribute directly to the ongoing persistence of racial wealth inequality within our society. 

Our team at AffordableCollegesOnline.org believes that we can help your students find the best school for them and recognize their opportunity to earn their college degree without tumbling into unnecessary debt. This is why we’ve developed a holistic financial aid guide for African American students that provides them with the following resources:

  • List of on-campus support organizations
  • Introduction to HBCUs
  • Scholarship directory and advice on how to land them

​Read more here:


AffordableCollegesOnline.org produces resources and tools related to higher education with an eye on affordability and accreditation. Helping students and prospective students make the right choices for their unique situations.

Regions Bank ScholarshipMar. 31, 2021https://www.regions.com/promo/black-history-month/essay-contest-scholarship

In 2008, Regions launched its Riding Forward scholarship to demonstrate its continued commitment to education and in celebration of Black History Month. With this year’s awards, Regions will have awarded more than $1 million in scholarships to nearly 300 students through the Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Essay Contest throughout our 15-state footprint.

The 2021 Regions’ Riding Forward Scholarship Campaign, Stories Worth Sharingruns through March 31st.

·       Through March 31, 2021, high school seniors and undergraduate college freshmen, sophomores and juniors who are residents of (or who are currently enrolled in accredited colleges located in) 
states with Regions branches are encouraged to submit 500-word essays honoring a Black American who has been an inspiration in the applicant’s life.

·       Scholarships will include a total of 15 awards of $5,000 each for high school winners and 15 awards of $3,500 each for winners who are currently enrolled as college students.

·       One high school winner and one college winner will be selected from each of the 15 states served by Regions branches.

·       Additional information, winning essays from 2020’s contest, eligibility details, official rules and an online contest application can be found at www.regions.com/ridingforward.

Robert Castro, lead attorney at Law Office of Robert Castrohttps://www.castrolawgroup.com/scholarship-application/

Law Office of Robert Castro is awarding a $500 scholarship to a qualified pre-law undergraduate or student entering law school, anywhere in the United States.

The scholarship is designed to offset the costs of tuition or the miscellaneous expenses associated with preparing for the winner’s future as an attorney.


Decree Consulting & Publishing, LLCJun. 29, 2021Annual EWS Scholarship Program begins 3.29.2021

This year, Decree Consulting & Publishing, LLC will provide scholarships to three graduating high school students in the amount of $500.00.

Please share the attached scholarship information with graduating high school students you know. 

The application period begins Monday, March 29, 2021, and closes on Friday, June 29, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. (PT).

Be kind and be well, 

~Dr. Khadijia