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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
JFK Profiles in Courage ScholarshipJan. 14, 2022http://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, 2022http://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 2022-Spring 2023 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.

Washington University at St. Louis: William H. and Elizabeth Gray Danforth ScholarsJan. 4, 2022https://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 ScholarshipFeb. 28, 2022http://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 FoundationFeb. 16, 2022http://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 ScholarshipMar. 31, 2022http://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.

Tyrian Masonic LodgeApr. 2, 2022https://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. 29, 2022https://www.hcu.org/About/scholarships/

2022 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, 2022https://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.

Illinois Society of Professional EngineerApr. 1, 2022http://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.

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.

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. 22, 2022http://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.

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 2022-2023 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 21, 2022http://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. 
Eastern Illinois President Doudna Memorial ScholarshipMar. 15, 2022https://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. 

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 scholarship is March 15th. 

Apply through EIU's Academicworks Portal. 


Technology Addiction Awareness ScholarshipJan. 30, 2022http://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, 2022https://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.

VFW Auxiliary Continuing Education ScholarshipFeb. 15, 2022https://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, 2022https://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

Micklin Law Group ScholarshipNov. 30, 2021https://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.

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, 2022http://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, 2022

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/
National Merit Scholarshipshttps://www.nationalmerit.org/s/1758/interior.aspx?sid=1758&gid=2&pgid=424
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, 2022https://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 ScholarshipJan. 12, 2022https://www.jackierobinson.org/apply/?bblinkid=184889171&bbemailid=16852183&bbejrid=1218609486

SAT combined score 1000+

Show financial need

Graduating minority high school senior

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREhttps://www.usda.gov/our-agency/careers/scholarship-programs
American Welding SocietyMar. 1, 2022https://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, 2022http://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, 2022https://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, 2022https://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, 2022https://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, 2022Eta Psi Sigma Chapter Scholarship Application 2020
College Board

Build Your College List: $500 Get started by exploring colleges you’re interested in on BigFuture

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.

Il Sheriffs' AssociationMar. 15, 2022https://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, 2022Wm McElroy Scholarship Application
Helen and June Hamilton Teachers Scholarship ApplicationApr. 1, 2022Helen and June Hamilton Teachers Scholarship Application
Equitable Excellence℠ Scholarship ProgramDec. 17, 2021https://learnmore.scholarsapply.org/equitableexcellence/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=CB_Equitable_Excellence_Launch_MMS_0820

The program closes on December 17, 2021 3:00 pm or when 10,000 applications are submitted, whichever occurs first.

Applicants to the Equitable Excellence℠ Scholarship Program must:

  • Be United States citizens or legal residents living or claiming residency in one of the 50 U.S. states, District of Columbia, or Puerto Rico.
  • Be current high school seniors who plan to enroll full-time in an accredited two-year or four-year college or university in the United States** by Fall 2022.
    **Enrollment at an accredited postsecondary institution outside of the United States may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Be willing to provide a release to publicize their identities and information about their achievements along with photographs for use in program promotion and information.

Students who have made an outstanding achievement related to reducing risk in areas such as financial, environment, health and/or emergency preparedness or an achievement around empowering society to better face risk, are encouraged to apply.

Employees, associates, financial professionals, or immediate family members of employees, associates, or financial professionals of Equitable, Equitable Advisors and all Equitable affiliated companies or Scholarship America, or their affiliates, subsidiaries, or advertising and promotion agencies, are not eligible to apply to this program.

CWLPMar. 11, 2022http://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.

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

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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.

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.


American Association of Blacks in EnergyMay 1, 2022www.aabe.org/scholarship

The American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE®) is a national association of energy professionals founded and dedicated to ensure the input of African Americans and other minorities into the discussions and developments of energy policies, regulations, R&D technologies, and environmental issues.

The purposes of AABE are the following:

  • To serve as a resource for policy discussion of the economic, social and political impact of environmental and energy policies on African Americans and other minorities.

  • To ensure involvement of African Americans in governmental energy policymaking by recommending capable sensitive and informed personnel to appropriate officials.

  • To encourage both the public and private sectors to be responsive to the problems, goals and aspirations of African Americans in energy-related fields.

  • To encourage African American students to pursue careers in energy-related fields and to provide scholarships and other financial aid for such students.

AABE: Energy Knowledge for our Community, our People and our Tomorrow

We would like to extend an 2nd opportunity for your students to apply for a $2,000 scholarship offered by  the local Southeastern Missouri/Southern Illinois Chapter of American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE). This scholarship aims to assist African American, Hispanic and Native American students within the Southeastern Missouri & Southern Illinois region with the cost of pursuing a bachelor’s degree in S.T.E.M. related fields at an any accredited college or university.



The SMSI Chapter of AABE awards selected high school students throughout the Southeastern Missouri & Southern Illinois region who excel in STEM with financial assistance for post-secondary education. Additionally, those students who are pursuing specific energy-related careers also have a chance to be selected for a National award.  Please encourage your students to apply by the deadline to be considered.


Scholarship Application Deadlines:

·         The 2022 scholarship application submission deadline is Monday, May 1, 2022 @ 11:59PM EST

·         500 word essay is required to be eligible for scholarship opportunity

·         Students can apply online through Scholarship Central by using the link below. No mailed and/or emailed applications will be accepted.  Please consult the application link below for more details.

Apply Today: https://stlouisgraduates.academicworks.com/opportunities/4715/



·         GPA: 3.0


·         Unweighted academic average of B or better (3.0 on 4.0 scale)

·         Graduating high school senior who intends to enroll next semester in an accredited college or university

·         Pursuing a major in business, one of the physical sciences, technology, engineering or mathematics field

·         Underrepresented minority (African Americans, Hispanic or Native Americans)


OCI Foundation Scholarship ApplicationMar. 18, 2022https:::orthocenterillinois
Springfield Lion's ClubApr. 15, 2022http://www.springfieldnoonlions.com/how-we-serve/
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American Legionhttps://www.illegion.org/resources/scholarships/
The Association for Women in Communications, Springfield Chapter, Communications Scholarship FundMar. 1, 2022https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/79295-Community-Foundation-For-The-Land-Of-Lincoln

1 - Open to college Juniors, Seniors or graduate students as of fall semester registration.
2 - Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
3 - Demonstrate a commitment to a professional career in communications through educational work.
4 - Demonstrate service to the communications field through extracurricular or job activities.
5 - Submit two references and their contact information. One of which is from an instructor of a communications-related course that the applicant is currently enrolled in or has completed.
6 - Submit an essay not to exceed 500 words (see below for essay question).
7 - Submit at least 3 work examples/links to work examples.
8 - Submit an official college transcript.

Camp Care-A-Lot ScholarshipMar. 1, 2022https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/73870-Community-Foundation-For-The-Land-Of-Lincoln

1 - Be an former participant in Camp Care-A-Lot as a camper. 
2 - Attend an accredited college or university or vocation/technical school in the coming fall as a full-time student
3 - Have a minimum GPA of 2.0 on a non-weighted 4.0 scale.
4 - Must demonstrate financial need.

COUNTRY Financial Community ScholarshipMar. 1, 2022https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/73871-Community-Foundation-For-The-Land-Of-Lincoln

1 - Must be a graduate of a high school in Sangamon, Macoupin, Montgomery, Cass, Morgan, and Greene counties.
2 - Have a minimum GPA of 3.5 on a non-weighted 4.0 scale.
3 - Be an extraordinary example of service to others and to the community.
4 - Scheduled to attend school as a full-time student in the coming fall at an accredited, nonprofit community college, 4-year college/university or vocational/technical school.
5 - Must be a 1st - 4th year college student in the coming fall.

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority ScholarshipMar. 1, 2022https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/73867-Community-Foundation-For-The-Land-Of-Lincoln

The 2022 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 student of African American descent who is a graduating senior, full time enrollment in the fall of 2022 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, 2022. 






If you have any questions, feel free to contact co-chairs Lisa Scott Bradford (217-855-8009) or Leuwania Baker (217-341-8891).  




Don W. Casper Memorial Scholarship - SHS onlyMar. 1, 2022https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/74064-Community-Foundation-For-The-Land-Of-Lincoln

This scholarship is for a graduate of Springfield High School, in Springfield IL who participated in varsity athletics and demonstrates sportsmanship and character. Athletic ability is NOT a determining factor.


• Be a graduate of Springfield High School, Springfield, IL with a “B” (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or greater grade point average
• Participant in varsity athletics 
• Must show leadership and good moral character
• Candidates must be accepted to a two or four year accredited university or vocational school

Don W. Estaque, Jr. Scholarship-LHS onlyMar. 1, 2022https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/79296-Community-Foundation-For-The-Land-Of-Lincoln

This scholarship fund is for graduating high school students from Lanphier High School who are selected with the endorsement of the Principal and Athletic Directors. Candidates must have lettered three (3) out of four (4) years as a male member of the men's cross country team or track team, attended four (4) years at Lanphier High School with a "B" (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or greater grade point average, and show leadership and be in good standing and of good moral character.


1 - Graduating from Lanphier High School, Springfield, IL 
2 - Attended four (4) years at Lanphier High School with a "B" (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or greater grade point average
3 - Must show leadership and be in good standing and of good moral character
4 - Must have lettered three (3) out of the four (4) years at Lanphier High School as a male member of its men's cross country team or track team
5 - Candidates shall be selected with the endorsement of the Lanphier High School Principal and Athletic Directors.

Farrell and Ann Gay ScholarshipMar. 1, 2022https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/73863-Community-Foundation-For-The-Land-Of-Lincoln

The Farrell & Ann Gay Scholarship supports students graduating from a Springfield, Illinois high school who exhibit good character traits, have a good work ethic, and demonstrate financial need.


1 - Graduating senior from a public or private high school located in Springfield, Illinois.
2 - Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a non-weighted 4.0 scale. 
3 - Attend school as a full-time student in the coming fall at an accredited two- or four-year college/university, a technical school or a trade school.

Frontiers International - James Forstall ScholarshipMar. 1, 2022https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/73880-Community-Foundation-For-The-Land-Of-Lincoln

This scholarship concentrates on assisting African-American students, although any graduating high school senior who resides in Sangamon County may apply. The Frontiers encourage scholastic achievement, leadership skills, community service and good citizenship, and the scholarship will assist students who exhibit those characteristics. 



1 - Graduating high school student at the end of the current school year.
2 - Resident of Sangamon County.
3 - Maintain at least a "C" average.
4 - Preference given to African-American students (either male or female).
5 - Preference given to applicants with substantial financial need.
6 - Scheduled to attend school as a full-time student in the coming fall at an accredited community college, four year college/university or trade/vocational school.

Girls on the Run Founder ScholarshipMar. 1, 2022https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/79297-Community-Foundation-For-The-Land-Of-Lincoln

The purpose of this scholarship is to financially assist Girls on the Run of Central Illinois program alumnae with college or vocational training expenses. The award was established in 2013 by Deb Shultz, the founder of Girls on the Run of Central Illinois, and her family, and is not solely based on financial need.

Multiple awards may be available, with scholarship awards up to $1,500.


1 - Be an alumna of the Girls on the Run of Central Illinois Program (Family members of Girls on the Run of Central Illinois staff and Board members are ineligible.)
2 - Attend an accredited college or university or vocation/technical school in the coming fall as a full-time student
3 - Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a non-weighted 4.0 scale

Henry Bunn Memorial ScholarshipMar. 1, 2022https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/73872-Community-Foundation-For-The-Land-Of-Lincoln

The purpose of the Henry Bunn Memorial Scholarship is to assist worthy students residing in Sangamon County who need financial assistance in order to be able to attend college. 

The scholarship was established in 1953 by Alice E. Bunn in memory of her brother, Henry Bunn. 

This scholarship is a one-time award, but past recipients may re-apply.


1 - Student residing in Sangamon County and attending college; student may be a graduating high school student or may be currently enrolled in college.
2 - Demonstrate financial need beyond reasonable levels of parent and self-help. 
3 - Demonstrate superior high school (or college, if current student) record which indicates the potential for successful college work. 
4 - Demonstrate high moral character, industry and good study habits.
5 - Attend school as a full-time student in the coming fall at an accredited community college, four year college/university or trade/vocational school.

Illinois Women in Leadership High School ScholarshipMar. 1, 2022https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/74067-Community-Foundation-For-The-Land-Of-Lincoln

Scholarship provided by Illinois Women in Leadership to assist Sangamon County women in post-secondary education by encouraging them to set and pursue career goals.


1 - Graduating female high school student from a school in Sangamon County.
2 - Attend school as a full-time student in the coming fall at an accredited community college or four year college/university.
3 - Exhibit leadership qualities and strong potential and desire for professional growth.
4 - May not have an immediate relationship to a member of the Illinois Women in Leadership.
5 - Must be available for a personal interview if selected as a semi-finalist.
6 - Must demonstrate a financial need.

Semi-finalists will be interviewed by the selection committee.

Recipients will present their submitted essay at the IWIL awards reception in May. The event is scheduled for May 16, 2019 at 11:30 am. 

Attendance at the awards reception is REQUIRED for the final recipients.

Jamie K. Patino Math and Science Scholarship- SSHS OnlyMar. 1, 2022https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/73864-Community-Foundation-For-The-Land-Of-Lincoln

This scholarship is awarded to a graduate of Springfield Southeast High School who will be pursuing a degree in engineering, math, science or technology. 

This scholarship is in memory of Jamie K. Patino and the path that she traveled. The scholarship has been established to encourage other students that are interested in following her spirit. The qualified recipient of this scholarship is a student who has made an initiative towards the pursuit of a technical degree leading to a career in engineering, math, science or technology. Academic excellence is not a requisite; however, demonstrating the ability to finish what one has sought to achieve is desired. Some of the truest qualities include individuality, the strength to stand up for what you believe is right, the ability to overcome difficult situations or hardships, and the desire to make the most of today while being mindful of the future.


1 - Graduating student from Springfield Southeast High School.
2 - Attend school as a full-time student in the coming fall at an accredited community college, four year college/university or trade/vocational school.
3 - Must be willing to work towards a degree in the field of engineering, math, science or technology.

Other considerations may include participation in the community, extra-curricular activities, financial need and/or student GPA.

Girl Scouts of Central IllinoisMar. 1, 2022https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/74063-Community-Foundation-For-The-Land-Of-Lincoln

Scholarship for a nationally registered Girl Scout in good standing with the Girl Scouts of Central Illinois. This scholarship is named in memory of Linda S. Culver, a prominent Girl Scout leader and area business leader for many years.


1 - Be a nationally registered Girl Scout.
2 - Maintained good standing with the Girl Scouts of Central Illinois for a minimum of three years (preference will be given for Girl Scout tenure). 
3 - Have a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a non-weighted 4.0 scale.
4 - Be a graduating high school senior, returning undergraduate or graduate student who is attending an accredited college or university as a full-time student in the coming fall. 
5 - Special consideration may be given to any applicant who has received the Girl Scout Gold Award.
6 - Financial need may be considered.
7 - Past recipients are eligible to reapply.

Lori L. Kashmer ScholarshipMar. 1, 2022https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/73877-Community-Foundation-For-The-Land-Of-Lincoln

Scholarship established to give financial assistance in memory of Lori L. Kashmer, who had a passion for learning and helping others. It is available to either a part-time or full-time student who is pursing a degree in nursing, a health or medical career or in veterinary medicine.


1 - Graduating high school student from a school in Sangamon County.
2 - Planning to pursue a degree in nursing, health/medical field, or veterinary medicine.
3 - Attend school as a part-time or full-time student in the coming fall at an accredited community college or four year college/university.
4 - Have a GPA of 2.0 or higher on a non-weighted 4.0 scale.
5 - Demonstrate financial need.
6 - Exhibit a passion for learning.

Margaret Johnson Special Education ScholarshipMar. 1, 2022https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/73879-Community-Foundation-For-The-Land-Of-Lincoln

This scholarship was established in memory of Margaret Johnson to honor those who work in special education.


1 - Graduating high school student from a school in Sangamon County.
2 - Planning to pursue a degree in special education, with the intent of teaching special education students
3 - Attend school as a full-time student in the coming fall at an accredited community college or four year college/university.
4 - Have a minimum GPA of 2.5 or higher on a non-weighted 4.0 scale.
5 - Demonstrate financial need.

O'Brien Scholarship for the Study of NursingMar. 1, 2022https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/74065-Community-Foundation-For-The-Land-Of-Lincoln

The purpose of the O’Brien Scholarship for the Study of Nursing is to assist worthy students who need financial assistance in order to be able to attend college in pursuit of a degree or certification in nursing. 

The scholarship was established in 2016 by Thomas O’Brien and Doreen O’Brien.

This scholarship is a one-time award, but may be renewable for students who demonstrate earnest scholarship, significantly above average, and in the opinion of the Selection Committee, is of superior academic quality, and remain in pursuit of a degree or certificate in nursing.


1. Be pursuing a degree or certificate in nursing
2. Be a graduate of a Sangamon County high school
3. Demonstrate financial need beyond reasonable levels of parental and self- help
4. Demonstrate earnest scholarship, significantly above average, and in the opinion of the Selection Committee, of superior academic quality
5. Be attending a school as a full-time student in the coming academic year at an accredited college, university, or technical institution.

Pearl Fairfield ScholarshipMar. 1, 2022https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/79298-Community-Foundation-For-The-Land-Of-Lincoln

The purpose of the Pearl Fairfield Scholarship is to assist worthy students residing in Sangamon County who need financial assistance in order to be able to attend college. 

The scholarship was established in 2015 by Emmet and Susan Fairfield in memory of Emmet's mother, Pearl Fairfield.


1 - A graduating senior from a public high school in Sangamon County, Illinois.
2 - Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a non-weighted 4.0 scale. 
3 - Demonstrate financial need. 
4 - Attend school as a full-time student in the coming fall at an accredited community college, four year college/university or trade/vocational school.

Reverend Kenneth H. White and Evelyn N. White Scholarship-LHS onlyMar. 1, 2022https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/73861-Community-Foundation-For-The-Land-Of-Lincoln

Scholarship awarded to a Lanphier High School graduating student who plans to obtain a State Teaching Certificate and intends to teach in the public school system. Rev. White was a self-sacrificing man who generously spent his life in service to others and viewed it as his calling - this Scholarship honors his memory.


1 - Graduating high school student from Lanphier High School.
2 - Intend on obtaining a State Teaching Certificate and express intent to teach in public school system.
3 - Have a minimum GPA of 2.0 on a non-weighted 4.0 scale.
4 - Attend school as a full-time student in the coming fall at an accredited community college or four year college/university.

Roland Machinery ScholarshipMar. 1, 2022https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/74068-Community-Foundation-For-The-Land-Of-Lincoln

The purpose of the Roland Machinery Scholarship is to offer financial assistance to a student pursuing a profession in the mechanical or technical trades (heavy machinery, welding, diesel engine mechanics etc.).


1 - Must be a graduate from a high school within the CFLL service area (Sangamon, Cass, Christian, Logan, Menard, Morgan, and Montgomery counties). 
2 - Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a non-weighted 4.0 scale.
3 - Will be attending school as a full-time student in the coming fall at an accredited technical institution or public/private school . 
4 - Be pursuing a degree or certificate in a mechanical or technical trade such as heavy machinery mechanic, welder, diesel engine mechanic or other related trade. 
5 - Demonstrate financial need.

SAHBA Construction ScholarshipMar. 1, 2022https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/74059-Community-Foundation-For-The-Land-Of-Lincoln

This scholarship award is open to students pursuing a career in the building industry (such as engineer, architect, interior design, green industry, or construction management) in the following counties: Sangamon, Christian, Montgomery, Macoupin, Scott, Morgan, Cass, Menard, Mason and Logan.

Mr. Robert E. von Behren, who is memorialized through this scholarship, was an accomplished builder and helped establish the Springfield Area Home Builders Association. He was devoted to his craft and worked hard to perfect his skills and teach others. 


1 - Graduating high school student from a school in the ten-county area which is served by the Springfield Area Builders Association(which includes Mason, Logan, Menard, Cass, Morgan, Scott, Sangamon, Christian, Macoupin, and Montgomery)
2 - Must be pursuing a career in the building industry by enrolling in a building trades or related construction program at a community college, technical school, or 2-year or 4-year college or university or be working toward a designation or certification within the building trades related field 
3 - Be in good academic standing with C+ average or higher

Spanish American Cultural CenterMar. 1, 2022https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/74060-Community-Foundation-For-The-Land-Of-Lincoln

This scholarship is available to students of Latin American descent who are high school graduates, graduating seniors or who are obtaining a GED from an institution located in any of the following Illinois counties: Sangamon, Cass, Douglas, Champaign, Macon, McLean or Morgan. The Spanish American Cultural Center has worked hard to make funds available to benefit Latino students.

This Scholarship is renewable for one additional year of schooling after the initial year. To be eligible, the scholarship recipient must (1) continue in the following school year as a full-time student, (2) maintain a GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale, (3) submit an application for renewal and (4) submit proof of enrollment.


1 - Student must be of Latin American descent (1st, 2nd or 3rd generation) with either the applicant, a parent or grandparent born outside the USA.  
2 - Be a high school graduate from one of the following Illinois counties, or have a GED Certificate from an institution located in any of the following Illinois counties: Sangamon, Cass, Douglas, Champaign, Macon, McLean or Morgan. 
3 - Applicant must be no older than 20 years of age by September 1st of the coming school year.
4 - Have a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a non-weighted 4.0 scale. 
5 - Attend school as a full-time student in the coming fall at an accredited community college or four year college/university.

Susan G. Conner Special Education ScholarshipMar. 1, 2022https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/73876-Community-Foundation-For-The-Land-Of-Lincoln

Scholarship established to give financial assistance in memory of Susan G. "Suzi" Conner, a dedicated teacher who taught her students how to believe in themselves and achieve success. It is available to a graduating senior from a Sangamon County high school, who is pursing a degree in special education.


• Be a graduating senior or former graduate from one of the following high schools: A-C Central, Athens, Auburn, Chatham Glenwood, Greenview, New Berlin, North Mac, Pawnee, Pleasant Plains, Petersburg PORTA, Riverton, Rochester, Tri-City, Virginia, or Williamsville.
• Be a graduating senior from a high school not previously listed, but who is a dependent of a parent or legal guardian currently emplyed by the Sangamon Area Special Education District for at least one year at the time of applying.
   as well as
• Pursue a degree in special education, with the intent of teaching special education students
• Attend school as a full-time student in the coming fall at an accredited community college or four year college/university

BLDD ArchitectsMar. 31, 2022https://www.bldd.com/scholarshipapp.html

There’s still time for your students to apply for the 2022 Because Life Deserves Design Scholarship! BLDD Architects is excited to offer your school district this exclusive opportunity to recognize your graduating seniors for their potential in contributing to the world of architecture, interior design, or graphic design with up to $5,000 in scholarship awards. Follow the link below to learn more and encourage your students to apply today. The deadline has been extended to March 31!