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Local Scholarships

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National Wild Turkey Federation Scholarship - Deadline January 1 (updated Dec 2017)

Douglas County Pheasants Forever-Tom Innes Memorial Scholarship - Deadline January 2019 (updated Jan 2019)



Hammond United Methodist Church Scholarship - Deadline March 1 (updated Jan 2019)

Moultrie County Retired Teacher's Association Scholarship - Deadline March 15 (updated Mar 2019)

Girls' Athletic Club Scholarship - Deadline March 20 (updated Mar 2019)

Varsity Club Scholarship- Deadline March 20 - (updated Mar 2019)

Charles B. Shuman Memorial Scholarship - Deadline March 22 (updated Feb 2019)

District #305 Education Foundation Scholarship - Deadline March 24 (updated Mar 2019)

Arthur Education Association Scholarship - Deadline March 24 - (updated Mar 2017)

Rutledge/Kettwich Memorial Scholarship - Deadline March 24 (updated Apr 2017) 

Robert and Leila Lorenson Scholarship - Deadline March 24 - (updated Mar 2018) 

John Craig Watkins Memorial Agriculture Scholarship - Deadline March 30 (updated Mar 2019)

Springfield Diocesan Council of Catholic Women Scholarship
 - Deadline March 30 (updated Feb 2018)


O.M. Slater Scholarship - Deadline April 1 (updated Mar 2018)

George and Cora Betts Scholarship - Deadline April 1 (updated Mar 2018)

United Church of Atwood Scholarship
 - Deadline April 1  (updated Mar 2019) 

Atwood Women's Club Scholarship - Deadline April 1 (updated Feb 2019)

Illinois Masonic Lodge Scholarship Application - Deadline April 1 (updated Feb 2017)

Arthur Women's Club Education Scholarship - Deadline April 3 (updated Feb 2019) (paper copies also available in guidance office)

Veterans of Foreign Wars Scholarship
 - Deadline April 3  (updated Feb 2019) 

Arthur American Legion Auxiliary - Deadline April 5 - (updated Feb 2019)

Douglas County Republican Women and Douglas County Central Committee Scholarship - Deadline April 7 (must reside in Douglas County)   (updated Mar 2019)

ALAH Student Council Red Cross Blood Drive Scholarship - Deadline April 12 - (updated Mar 2019)

ARTCo Scholarship - Deadline April 14, 2017 (updated Feb 2017)

The Chorale - Deadline April 15 (updated Mar 2019)

ALAH FFA Alumni Scholarship - Deadline April 15 -  (updated Mar 2017) 

Fred Boll Scholarship - Deadline April 15 (updated Mar 2017)

Heritage Family Farms Agricultural Scholarship - Deadline April 15 (updated Mar 2019)

J. Leonard Brown Scholarship - Deadline April 15  (updated Mar 2019)

Lake Fork/Bill Starr Scholarship - Deadline April 15 (updated Mar 2016) 

Order of Eastern Star Scholarship - Deadline April 15 (updated Mar 2018)

Parker Family Scholarship - Deadline April 15 (updated Mar 2017)

Donald J. Lindley and Belle H. Lindley Scholarship - Deadline April 15 - (updated Mar 2018) 

Shalynn's Hope Scholarship - NEW - Deadline April 15 (updated Mar 2019)

Arthur Masonic Lodge #825 Scholarship - Deadline April 19 (updated Mar 2017)

Lovington American Legion - Deadline April 19 - (updated Mar 2019)

Georgine McDonald Trust Scholarship - Deadline April 19 (updated Mar 2019)

Tuscola Moose Family Center Scholarship - Deadline April 19 (updated Mar 2019)

Joyce C. Martin Scholarship - Deadline April 22 (updated Apr 2019)

Terri (Aubert) Martin Memorial ScholarshipNEW - Deadline April 25 (updated Mar 2019) 

Lovington Volunteer Ambulance Scholarship - Deadline April 26 (updated Mar 2019) 

Lovington Volunteer Fire Department Scholarship - Deadline April 26 (updated Mar 2019) 

Bill Mitchell Memorial Scholarship - Deadline Apr 26 (updated Mar 2019)

Marty Benard Fine Arts Scholarship - Deadline Apr 26 (updated Mar 2019)

John Dukeman Scholarship - Deadline Apr 26 (updated Mar 2019)

Arthur Rotary Club Scholarship
 - Deadline April 30 (updated Mar 2019)

Coles-Moultrie Electric Cooperative Scholarship - Deadline April 30 - (updated Mar 2019)

Fine Arts Boosters Senior Scholarship Application - Deadline April 30 (updated Mar 2018)


Jason L. Ray Memorial Scholarship - Deadline May 1 -  (updated Mar 2019) 

Sharon Hogan Scholarship - Deadline May 1 - (updated Mar 2017) 


Gwen Marie Boyd Memorial Fund Scholarship -  Deadline June 1 (updated Apr 2016)

Eberhardt Scholarship - Deadline June 6 (updated Mar 2018) 


Atwood American Legion Auxiliary Scholarships - These four scholarships must be returned to the sponsoring auxiliary unit -  Blanche Bishop, 224 N Missouri, Atwood, IL 61913.  (updated Jan 2016)

    Children of Warriors National President's Scholarship - Deadline March 1 (updated Jan 2016)

    Ada Mucklestone Memorial Scholarship - Deadline March 15 (updated Jan 2016)

    Mildred R Knoles Scholarship - (for students presently attending college) - Deadline March 15 (updated Jan 2016)
    Past Presidents Parley Nurses Scholarship - Deadline April 10 (updated Jan 2016)

Other Scholarships

AITCOY - Offers a $500 undergraduate scholarship for two high school seniors who plan on attending a four year college. Applicant must have service, a B average, demonstrate leadership qualities and plan on majoring in social work, counseling, psychology, youth recreation, youth prevention or sociology. To apply, visit Application deadline is May 24, 2019. (updated Mar 2019).

America's Farmers Grow Ag Leaders - Apply for a $1500 scholarship sponsored by Monsanto Fund. Must be continuing your education in an ag-related field of study. Students need not be FFA members to apply. Applications accepted from November 15, 2018 - February 1, 2019. Apply online at November 2018)

American Legion - The American Legion offers many different scholarships. Scholarship opportunities can be found on the IL Legion website
 and the national American Legion website. Legion Deadlines vary. (updated November 2018)

 Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Scholarships
 - Over 450 scholarships are awarded to students all over Illinois. There are 2 scholarships open to all applicants including one specifically for Health Career fields. If an applicant has a Masonic relative, they are also eligible for 4 other scholarships. Applications are available at or on this website.   Applicants should have a B average.  Two letters of recommendation are required.  Deadline is March 1, 2019(updated November 2018)

Central Illinois Chapter of the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers - The Central Illinois Chapter of the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers is sponsoring a $1500 scholarship to a qualified central Illinois high school senior.  To be eligible, the candidate should be accepted into an engineering college or a junior college with an equivalent engineering academic schedule and are encouraged to have a minimum ACT score of 28.   The candidate must reside within the counties of Macon, Moultrie, Piatt, Shelby, and the southern parts of DeWitt and Logan.  There is no formal application form.  Interested high school seniors should submit a brief resume including:  interests, organized activities, officer positions, and awards;  their school transcript with national testing results; college acceptance notifications; a one-page composition describing their interest in engineering; and telephone and email contact information.   The scholarship committee will determine which applicants will be selected to be interviewed for the scholarship.   Arrangements will be made for the personal interview with each qualified applicant during the middle part of April.   Interested students should submit his/her application to:  Willard Sudduth, PE, 2360 South Taylor Road, Decatur, IL 62521. Deadline:  March 25, 2016.

The Chorale
- This is the 2018 Young Artist Scholarship Competition for a $1000 scholarship. Central Illinois high school seniors who are graduating in Spring of 2018 and will continue in musical studies are eligible. Applications, audition dvd or cd, music teacher's signature, personal statement, and a head-shot are all required. Must be available to audition on Sunday, April 8, 2018 and perform at a concert on Saturday, May 5. Applications are available in the links above.  Applications must be mailed in and received by Friday, March 16, 2018(updated Feb 2018)

The Christie Foundation - In collaboration with Parkland College, the Christie Foundation will award 20 Health Professions scholarships for the 2018 fall semester. Students must be full-time in a health profession degree program, a resident of District 505, have a GPA of 3.0 (ACT/SAT requirement for incoming freshman), and demonstrate work and/or volunteer experience in health professions. Applications are available The deadline for application is March 31, 2018(updated Feb 2018)

Coles-Moultrie Electric Cooperative Scholarship Program
CMEC will be giving six scholarships.  Priority will be given to one applicant specializing in Electrical Technology.  All applicants must be either a Coles-Moultrie member or under 21 years of age and a legal dependent of a Coles-Moultrie member.  Applicant must be enrolled in either a 2 or 4 year degree program at an accredited institution in Illinois.  Applicant cannot have previously received a Coles-Moultrie Electric Cooperative scholarship and employees, directors, and any of their dependents are ineligible.   Applications must be received at Cole-Moultrie's office (104 Dewitt Avenue East, P.O.. Box 709, Mattoon, Illinois 61938) no later than April 30, 2018.   Please include a portrait type of picture such as a senior picture. (updated Feb 2018)

Dean Ritter Trust for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
For the 2017-2018 school year, the Dean Ritter Trust will be awarding scholarships in varying amounts between $1000 and $8000 each.  Applicants must be a resident of Illinois, a high school senior in good standing, have a significant hearing loss in one or both ears, and exhibit financial need.  The applications can be downloaded at   In addition to applications, candidates will need to submit a short response and essay, family financial information, and two letters of recommendation.  Deadline is March 17.2017(updated Feb 2017)

Douglas County Pheasants Forever
-Tom Innes Memorial Scholarship Application-
Applicants must be a child, niece, nephew, or grandchild of a Douglas County Pheasants Forever member or members themselves.  An essay explaining how career choice, hobbies, and or lifestyle align with the missions of Pheasants Forever is required.  Deadline is February 28, 2016.   Applications are available in the guidance office or on this website.

Douglas County Republican Women and Douglas County Central Committee. 
 Two scholarships of $500. are being made available to high school seniors living in Douglas County.   The purpose of this scholarship is to assist civic-minded  Winners will be chosen based on an essay.  Application can be found HERE.  Deadline is April 15, 2016.

EIU Community Ambassadors Scholarship-No less than eleven area seniors will receive a one time $2000 scholarship.  There are no GPA or test requirements.   This scholarship is to reward students who have been leaders and provided service to their communities.  A letter of recommendation and a personal statement/essay is required.  More information and the details of the scholarship can be found  at  

Elgin and Genevieve Daily Scholarship
Must be enrolled in an agricultural field at Lake Land College or University of Illinois or a music major at Millikin University, be a resident of Coles or Moultrie counties, and be a full-time student. Applications are available at and are due by April 15

Farm Credit Agriculture Scholarship
 - Twenty-four $2000 scholarships will be award to high school seniors who plan to enroll in an agriculture-based college curriculum. Apply online at by March 1, 2019.   (updated November 2018)

Fred S. Bailey Scholarship at the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign-
This scholarship program is a university YMCA program.   Incoming freshmen, sophomores, and juniors at UIUC are eligible to receive an award of $3000 one time.  As seniors, students may apply for the Bailey Leadership Awards.  Eligibility is based on demonstrated commitment to service, community involvement, leadership, and awareness as well as demonstrated academic achievement and critical thought about the pressing issues facing the world today and financial need.  Applications became available November 7.  Deadline is February 15, 2019.  Apply online:  For more information contact University YMCA, 1001 S. Wright St., Champaign, IL 61820;; 217-337-1514. (updated November 2018)

Golden Apple Scholar - The Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois is a scholarship program that identifies talented high school seniors who have the promise and drive to be excellent teachers in schools-of-need in Illinois. We prepare them for immediate and lasting success in the most challenging teaching environments. We are more than a scholarship program that only awards funding. We provide four years of paid residential summer institutes, which give students on-site classroom experience, as well as mentoring from Golden Apple award-winning teachers. Apply online at Priority deadline is Dec. 1, 2018 and regular deadline is March 1, 2019(updated November 2018)

Heritage Family Farms Agricultural Scholarship 
-This scholarship was established in 2014 by the Green family, partners in Heritage Family Farms.  The purpose of the scholarship is to aid a worthy individual in furthering his/her education in an agricultural field.   The amount of the scholarship is $500 and will be paid directly to the college or university on behalf of the recipient.  Any high school senior who is pursuing an agricultural field of study and attending Arcola, Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond, Tuscola or Villa Grove High Schools is encouraged to apply for this scholarship.   Applications must be typed.  Finalists will be interviewed.  Award recipient must allow use of award photo in Heritage Family Farms publications.  Application includes application form, copy of acceptance letter to college or university, photograph, and two letters of recommendations.  Deadline for submissions is April 15.  Applications forms can be obtained from the guidance office of from this website.

Illinois AMVETS Service Foundation 
- 25 scholarships up to $1,000 are now available. Most require student to be a child or grandchild of a veteran. Learn more and apply online at Deadline March 1(updated November 2018)

Illinois Chemical Eduation Foundation - ICEF presents a number of $2,000 scholarships to top high school senior science students. For details on how to apply click here. Applications must be postmarked by February 22, 2019 and received no later than February 27, 2019(updated November 2018)

Illinois Odd Fellows and Rebekahs Scholarships
 Several scholarships are available for students who are residents of Illinois and citizens of the United States.   Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of financial need and scholastic ability.  Applicants must have a GPA of "C" or above with plans to attend an accredited college or trade school.  Applications can be obtained online at Completed applications must be postmarked before March 1, 2019.   Applications should be sent to Scholarship Committee, Grand Lodge of Illinois, P.O. Box 248, Lincoln, Illinois 62656-0248.  (updated February 2019)

Illinois PTA 
- Seniors residing in Illinois, attending Illinois public schools, and enrolling in education related programs in college are eligible to apply for two scholarships, $3000 for 1st place and $2000 for 2nd place. Apply online at Deadline February 15, 2019.  (updated November 2018)

Illinois Sheriff's Association - The Illinois Sheriffs’ Association will be awarding over 100 scholarships, one from each county, throughout the State of Illinois to students wishing to pursue higher education during the 2017-2018 academic year. The student must be an Illinois resident and enrolling full-time at a Illinois college/university in 2017-2018. Applications are available at Applications should be mailed to the sheriff's office in the county in which you reside. Deadline March 15, 2017(updated Mar 2017) 
Jim and Millie Smith Scholarship - There is no application for the Jim and Millie Smith Scholarship. The family will decide each year if they wish to present one or more scholarships to members of the current senior class. 

Lake Land College Foundation Scholarships
Applications for the LLC Foundation scholarship are now available at    The four short essay questions on the application are very important.  Applicants should carefully answer the questions in detail and proof their work.  Only one application is required to be considered for all Foundation scholarships.  Applications are available beginning November 1 and are due February 1(updated November 2018)

Michael William Collins Memorial Scholarship -
 This scholarship will be awarded to a senior who is attending Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond High School.  A GPA of 2.5 is required.  Due date is May 1, 2016.  The application is available at  (updated Apr 2016)

Monticello Area Arts Council Scholarship - This scholarship is a $500 cash award given to a senior who is going on to pursue a career in the arts. Any graduating senior residing in Piatt County that meets the criteria is encouraged to apply. The deadline is  March 31, 2016 . The application is available by clicking HERE(updated March 2017)

The Murray Wise Associates Foundation Scholarhip
Applicants must be pursuing a career in agriculture. Awards will be based on demonstrated scholastic ability; leadership in school, church and community activities; and commitment to agriculture or related fields. Scholarship amounts will vary, but will generally be renewable for up to four years. Apply online a by March 31, 2017. (updated December 2016)

National Wild Turkey Federation Academic Scholarship Program -
 Applicants should have at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale as well as actively support the preservation of the hunting tradition and participate in hunting sports.  A copy of current hunting license is required.  Applications are available on this website.  Deadline is January 1, 2019.  In the past there have been multiple local winners.  Local winner will receive a minimum of $250, state winners a minimum of $1000, and national winner $10,000.  Applications should be sent to Scott Branca,  1130 North,U.S. Highway 45, Tuscola, IL 61953. (updated December 2018)

Presidential Scholarship (Lake Land College) - This scholarship is a tuition waiver scholarship awarded for a maximum of two consecutive calendar years beginning with fall semester as the first enrollment period. Students will be required to pay fees. Eligible students must graduate within the top 15% of their senior class or have an ACT composite of 26/SAT total score of 1240 and reside in LLC district or graduate from a high school in LLC district. Acceptance forms are available in the guidance office. (updated November 2018)

SBL Volunteer Guild Scholarships
The Sarah Bush Lincoln Volunteer Guild Scholarship program is offering scholarships to students in the healthcare field. In order to meet criteria, students must be an Illinois resident, be enrolled or accepted into a hospital-related healthcare professional curriculum, attending a school that is accredited or recognized as an approved program by the appropriate agencies. There is also a GPA requirement of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. 2019 scholarship applications can be downloaded here. All completed scholarship packets must be received or postmarked by April 15, 2019. (updated Mar 2019)

South Central Careers in Ag Scholarship 
- Seniors pursuing a two year degree in agronomy or related crop production degree are eligible to apply. Scholarship covers all tuition and fees to a junior college of your choice. Student must work for South Central for 24 months following graduation, maintain a full-time course load and a 2.4 GPA. If employment is terminated during the 24 month period, all scholarship monies must be refunded. To apply complete application by March 1, 2017. Application process includes an interview. ((updated Feb 2017)

Steve Finke Memorial Scholarship - There is no application for the Steve Finke Memorial Scholarship. The family will decide each year if they wish to present one or more scholarships to members of the current senior class. 

Thomas Dixon Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship, given by the Kirby auxiliary, is to be applied toward tuition, fees, board and room, or books.  It will be given to a qualified student ofPiatt County, Illinois, who is pursuing a field of study in health careers.  Any student currently enrolled in or accepted into a certificate or degree conferring health care sequence is eligible to apply.  Schools attended must be accredited or recognized as a legitimate institution, but need not be a school in Illinois.   Applications are currently available at   Scholarship deadline is April 15. (updated Feb 2017)

Thomas H. Moore Illinois Electric Cooperatives (IEC) Memorial Scholarship Program-
Nine $2000 scholarships are awarded annually. Five will be awarded to a student who is a son or daughter of an Illinois Electric cooperative member who uses Coles Moultrie, one scholarship "The Earl W. Struck Memorial Scholarship" will be awarded to a student who is son or daughter of an Illinois electric cooperative employee or director. and three additional scholarships will be reserved for use at a two-year Illinois community college and sons and daughters of Illinois electric cooperative members, employees and directors are all eligible.  Scholarships are awarded based on grade point average, college entrance test scores, work and volunteer experience, participation in school and community activities, biographical statement and knowledge electric cooperatives as demonstrated by a short essay.  Deadline is December 31, 2018.  Applications should be  sent electronically through website under the Community menu. (updated December 2018)

World Class Scholarship Program
- Mediacom Communications is offering 55 - $1,000 scholarships.  Residents of Arthur, Atwood, and Hammond where Mediacom is available are eligible to apply. Applications are available at  Deadline is February 15, 2019 (updated November 2018)