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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 http://www.aitcoy.org/scholarships.html. 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 www.ffa.org/scholarships. (updated 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 http://www.aasrdanville.org/ or on this website. Applicants should have a B average. Two letters of recommendation are required. Deadline is March 1, 2019. (updated November 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 www.christie-foundation.org/scholarships. The deadline for application is March 31, 2020. (updated Mar 2020)

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. Application. 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, 2020. Please include a portrait type of picture such as a senior picture. Additional Luck of the Draw scholarship is available. (updated Mar 2020)

DCFS  - The Department is currently accepting applications for the 2020 Department of Children and Family Services Scholarship Program. The DCFS Scholarship Program provides 53 scholarships each year; four of which are awarded to children of veterans. The Department must have court-ordered legal responsibility for the applicant, the applicant must have aged out of the Department’s care at age 18 or older, the Department must have had legal responsibility for the applicant prior to the adoption being finalized, or the applicant must be in the Subsidized Guardianship Program. Application is due by March 31, 2020.

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 http://www.deanritter.org/. 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 23. (updated Feb 2020)

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 https://www.firstmid.com/scholarship-applications/ and are due by April 20, 2020.

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 www.farmcreditIL.com by February 28, 2020. (updated February 2020)

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: www.universityymca.org/bailey. For more information contact University YMCA, 1001 S. Wright St., Champaign, IL 61820; baileyscholar@universityymca.org; 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 https://www.goldenapple.org/golden-apple-scholars. Priority deadline is Dec. 1, 2018 and regular deadline is March 1, 2019. (updated November 2018)

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 www.ilamvets.org. 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. Application. Completed applications must be postmarked before March 1, 2020. 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 https://illinoispta.org/scholarship/. Deadline February 15, 2019. (updated November 2018)

Illinois Retired Teacher Association Foundation - Applicant must be accepted into a Teacher Certification Program and have at least a 3.0 GPA. Scholarship recipient shall receive a grant of $750 each semester for one year. Application must be postmarked by March 7, 2020. (updated Feb 2020)

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. The student must be an Illinois resident and enrolling full-time at a Illinoiscollege/university. Applications are available at https://www.ilsheriff.org/youth-2/. Applications should be mailed to the sheriff's office in the county in which you reside. Deadline March 15. 

Illinois Society of Professional Engineers -

The Champaign Chapter of the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers is sponsoring a $1000 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. Application due by March 30, 2020.

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 or SAT equivalent. 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, organization officer positions, and awards; their school transcript with national testing results; college acceptance notification; 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 a personal interview with each qualified applicant during the early part of April.

Interested students should submit his/her application to: Willard T. Sudduth, PE, 2360 South Taylor Road, Decatur, Illinois 62521 prior to March 28, 2020.
(updated February 2020)

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.

Kids Chance, Inc. of Illinois - To be eligible for a scholarship grant, applicants must have a parent who has been killed or seriously injured as a result of a work related accident that meets the criteria of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act and that has resulted in demonstrated financial need. Additional requirements and application at https://www.kidschanceofillinois.com/scholarships.html. Deadline to apply is May 31, 2020.

Kirby Medical Center Foundation Scholarship - This scholarship offers full tuition, housing, student fees, and meal plan in exchange for a service commitment to Kirby Medical Center. Open to high school seniors and current college students interested in specific health care careers with existing or future vacancies at the hospital. This years career paths are Family Practice Physician, Physical Therapist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Occupational Therapist, Speech Language Pathologist, Registered Nurse, Medical Lab Scientist or Technician, Radiologic Technologist and Paramedic. Additional if can be found here. Apply online at kirbyhealth.org under the About tab. Deadline to apply is March 13.

Lake Land College Foundation Scholarships- Applications for the LLC Foundation scholarship are now available at https://www.lakelandcollege.edu/dv/fd/app/index.cfm 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 2019)

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 clickingHERE. (updated March 2017)

The Murray Wise Associates Foundation Scholarship - 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 at http://app.murraywiseassociates.com/ 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)

Paul Brumaghim Memorial ScholarshipThis scholarship is named for longtime Shelter Agent Paul Brumaghim from Danville. Paul was a tireless supporter of the Insurance Industry and was a mentor to many of us. We will award at least (4) $500 Scholarships this year to deserving High School Seniors who plan to major in Insurance, Finance, Business or some other field related to the Financial Services Industry in College. The Application is due Thursday, April 30th and can be received via regular mail, dropped off at Mark Stutsman’s COUNTRY Financial office at 301 South Gilbert St, Danville, IL 61832 or via email at mark.stutsman@countryfinancial.com or rickyro1@outlook.com.

Piatt Country VFW Scholarships - Piatt County VFW Post 5346 proudly announces a new scholarship opportunity for Piatt County residents who will be graduating in 2020, and we are also awarding high school seniors who are planning to join the military in the near future a cash award as well. Children of Veteran Scholarship Info and Application due April 11, 2020. Patriot Award Info and Application due April 18, 2020. 

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 Lloyd & Selma Sweeney Scholarships - Scholarship Opportunity specifically for graduating seniors attending high school in Coles or Douglas Counties who are pursuing degrees in either Agriculture or Healthcare, or a Healthcare-Related Field. Please read the Eligibility and Requirements page, complete the Application and submit additional required paperwork. Each scholarship totaling up to $5,000 will be awarded to graduating seniors in Spring 2020, to be used for the 2020-2021 School Year. Deadline March 15, 2020. (updated Feb 2020)

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. 2020 scholarship applications can be downloaded here. All completed scholarship packets must be received or postmarked by April 15. (updated Feb 2020)

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 November 30, 2019. Application process includes an interview. (updated Nov 2019)

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 of Piatt 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 http://www.kirbymedical.org. Scholarship deadline is March 13, 2020. (updated Feb 2020)

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 www.cmec.coop 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 www.mediacomworldclass.com. Deadline is February 15, 2019. (updated November 2018)