Illinois Scholarships

Millions of scholarships are available to students studying in the United States. With the help of, finding these scholarships is not a problem. When you conduct a free college scholarship search at, one of the factors considered in the filtering process is your state of residence. Another is "state of attendance", if applicable. Many college scholarships are available only to those from or attending college in a particular state and if you are among them, you could end up securing some additional funding for college. We recommend you conduct a complete scholarship search, but if you would like a sample of what you might find as an Illinois resident or someone who intends to study in Illinois, check out the scholarship opportunities below.

AAUW Return to Learning Scholarships
Application Deadlines: April 01, Annually
The Lombard Area Branch of the American Association of University Women offers up to one $2,200 Return to Learning Scholarship to a qualified woman returning to school after a significant break in attendance.

To apply for The AAUW Return to Learning Scholarships, you must be a female resident of the Lombard, Villa Park, Oakbrook Terrace, Wheaton, Addison, Glendale Heights or Glen Ellyn, Ill. [...] More

CBAI Foundation for Community Banking Child of a Banker Scholarships
Application Deadlines: August 15, Annually
The Foundation annually awards three (3) $4,000 scholarships to children or grandchildren of contributing member banks' employees, directors, or officers and part-time bank employees. The students must be entering their freshman year of higher education. Each scholarship is $1,000 per year for up to four years of higher education if the child remains eligible via grades and full-time student [...] More

CCIP High School Scholarship Program
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The Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation's Chicago Community Israel Program (CCIP) and the Naftali Steinfeld Memorial Scholarship Fund offer scholarships based on financial need for high school students participating in approved Israel Experience programs. The purpose of the CCIP High School Scholarship Program is to develop Jewish identity and nourish greater understanding and commitment to [...] More

Chicago Police and Firefighter Training Academy Scholarship
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The Chicago Police and Firefighter Training Academy (CPFTA) awards a 2 year scholarship for cadets of the four-year program (two years in high school and two in college). Students must meet or exceed the following requirements to be eligible:

• A 3.0 (B) average upon completing the 2 year high school component.

• A 90% attendance rate throughout the high school component.

• No Driving [...] More

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals
Application Deadlines: December 01, Annually
CBYX for Young Professionals is a yearlong fellowship, funded by the German Bundestag and U.S. Congress through the U.S. Department of State. The program annually gives 75 American young professionals the opportunity to study, work, and live with a host in Germany. The CBYX program consists of three phases: two months of German language school; four months of classes in your career field at a [...] More

Dan L. Meisinger Sr. Memorial Learn to Fly Scholarship
Application Deadlines: November 27, Annually
The Dan L. Meisinger Sr. Memorial Learn to Fly Scholarship is the newest addition to the scholarship program sponsored by NATF. The fund was established in the honor and memory of Dan L. Meisinger Sr., whose career in aviation spanned 63 years. He was founder of Executive Beechcraft, headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., and was twice named Beech Aircraft's Man of the Year. The purpose of this fund [...] More

Edison Park Community Council Scholarship
Application Deadlines: February 08, Annually
The Edison Park Community Council is proud to present its annual scholarship award. The scholarship is $3,000 to be awarded to an Edison Park resident who will be attending college or trade school. Eligibility requirements and instructions for application are described below.

- Applicant must be 21 years of age or younger, a high school graduate, a senior in high school or a freshman in [...] More

Elmhurst Garden Club Scholarship
Application Deadlines: May 15, Annually
The Elmhurst Garden Club Scholarship is for Illinois residents who are college juniors, seniors or graduate students majoring in horticulture, environmental studies, biology, botany and/or other related sciences. Our goal is to encourage the advancement and stimulate an interest in horticulture through education; to provide an outlet for creative expression; to further horticultural education, [...] More

EMU National Scholars Program
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The EMU National Scholars Program is a four-year award that pays 30 credit hours per year (15 per semester) of out-of-state tuition differential.

Must be a new freshmen or new transfer student with a minimum 3.50 GPA and a resident of a state other than Michigan or Ohio to be considered. Freshmen recipients must live in university housing the first two years of this award.

For more [...] More

Engineering Student Incentive Award for High School Seniors
Application Deadlines: April 24, Annually
To encourage the study of engineering, the Chicago Engineers’ Foundation of the Union League Club offers incentive awards of $800 to Chicago high school graduating seniors who have been admitted to an engineering program at an accredited college of engineering and who intend to enroll in the upcoming fall semester. This award is renewable throughout the student’s four years of college provided [...] More

Friends of Volo Bog Environmental Scholarships
Application Deadlines: March 31, Annually
The Friends of Volo Bog is offering an Entering College scholarship and a Continuing College scholarship for $1,000 each to outstanding students interested in pursuing an environmental career.

To be eligible for the Entering College scholarship the applicant must reside in Lake, McHenry, Kane, Cook, DuPage, Kendall, or Will County, attend a high school in one of these counties, have a minimum [...] More

Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois
Application Deadlines: December 01, Annually
Created in 1988 by the award-winning teachers of the Golden Apple Foundation, the Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois program recruits and prepares a rich ethnic diversity of bright and talented high school graduates for successful teaching careers in schools of need throughout Illinois.

Beginning in April of their junior year and continuing through November 30th of their senior year, any [...] More

Greenhouse Scholars Scholarship
Application Deadlines: January 04, Annually
Awarding scholarships for tuition is only the beginning of what Greenhouse Scholars has to offer. Our seven program components work together to provide both financial and personal support - providing our Scholars every tool they will need to achieve their goals in college and beyond. Ultimately, we are ensuring that students who thrived academically in high school and in their communities will [...] More

Herman J. Neal Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 01, Annually
This scholarship program supports African-American students in their pursuit of an accounting education and the CPA designation. This year, the Herman J. Neal Scholarship program will provide up to 3 scholarships of up to $4,000 each to African-American accounting students who show significant potential to become CPAs and demonstrate achievement as well as financial need. These scholarships [...] More

Illinois Bonus Incentive Grant
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College Savings Bond Bonus Incentive Grant (BIG) Program

If you are the beneficiary of an Illinois College Savings Bond, you may be eligible to receive a Bonus Incentive Grant (BIG). The amount of your grant will depend on the amount of the bond, ranging from a $40 to $440 grant per $5,000 of the bond.

To apply, the bondholder and beneficiary must complete an application for the BIG [...] More

Illinois Counties Association Scholarships
Application Deadlines: April 30, Annually
As a non-profit association that provides services to county government, the Illinois Counties Association (ICA) is committed to promoting and advancing education and the future of Illinois' youth.

Applicants must meet ALL of the following criteria:
- Be a U.S. citizen and resident of the State of Illinois
- Be enrolled full-time (minimum 12 credit hours) at an accredited four-year college [...] More

Illinois CPA Society Accounting Scholarship Program
Application Deadlines: April 01, Annually
In order to be eligible for the Illinois CPA Society Accounting Scholarship Program, you must meet the following criteria:

- Be a U.S. citizen, permanently residing in Illinois and enrolled in an Illinois college or university as a senior or graduate student
- Have 3.0/4.0 GPA or equivalent
- Plan to sit for the CPA Examination in Illinois within three years of application date and [...] More

Illinois National Guard Grant Program
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If you are a member* of the Illinois National Guard, you may be eligible to receive the Illinois National Guard (ING) Grant. This grant can pay for eligible tuition and certain fees for undergraduate or graduate study. Benefits are limited to use only at Illinois 2- or 4-year public colleges. Your grant can be used for a maximum of the equivalent of four academic years of full-time enrollment. [...] More

Illinois Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Scholarships
Application Deadlines: May 02, Annually
Applicant Qualifications:
- Be a permanent resident of the State of Illinois
- Be accepted and plan to enroll in an accredited culinary school, college or university
- Major in a culinary, restaurant management of foodservice related program

How Scholarsrhip Applications are Judged and Selected:
A judging panel of educators, industry leaders, and culinary professionals will evaluate [...] More

Illinois Special Education Teacher Tuition Waiver Program
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
If you are a teacher or an academically talented student pursuing a career in special education as a public, private or parochial preschool, elementary or secondary school teacher in Illinois, you may be eligible for the Illinois Special Education Teacher Tuition Waiver Program. This program will exempt you from paying tuition and mandatory fees at an eligible institution for up to four calendar [...] More

Italian Catholic Federation Scholarships
Application Deadlines: March 15, Annually
One of the many purposes of the Italian Catholic Federation is to offer college scholarships to further the education of students who are Roman Catholic and of Italian descent (or whose non-Italian Roman Catholic parents, guardians or grandparents are members of the Federation), who maintain a GPA of at least 3.2 and who live within the Roman Catholic Dioceses of California, Nevada, Illinois and [...] More

Jewish United Fund Merit Scholarship Program
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
The Jewish United Fund offers a number of annual merit scholarships to high school, college and graduate students to age 23 who demonstrate significant leadership skills. The purpose of these scholarships is to encourage the development of Jewish identity, nourish greater commitment to Israel and the Chicago Jewish community, and to recognize future leaders.

Eligibility Requirements:
- [...] More

JSU Alabama McGee Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
The JSU Alabama McGee Scholarship is for approximately $2,000. Any non-Alabama resident with 3.0 GPA; 28 or above ACT score or SAT score of 1260 or above may [...] More

Korean American Scholarship Foundation -Midwestern Regional Chapter
Application Deadlines: July 15, Annually
The KASF scholarships are awarded each year to the college students of Korean heritage. A student currently enrolled in a full-time undergraduate or graduate program is qualified to apply for the KASF scholarship. The scholarship recipient is selected on the basis of financial need, academic achievement, school activities, and community services. Each applicant must submit an application to the [...] More

MGMA Midwest Section Scholarships
Application Deadlines: May 01, Annually
The ACMPE Scholarship Fund Inc. supports and promotes health care leaders' personal and professional growth toward the advancement of the profession. The program supports individuals who, by virtue of experience, current position and plans demonstrate potential for contributing to the medical practice management profession.

To be eligible for this scholarship, students must be:
- Enrolled in [...] More

Migrant Farmworker Baccalaureate Scholarship
Application Deadlines: July 01, Annually
The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial support to a deserving student with a history of migrating for employment in agriculture who has successfully completed one year of college. This support will cover expenses beyond what the youth is entitled to in federal/state and other scholarship assistance. This scholarship is designed to assist the youth in obtaining a baccalaureate [...] More

Minority Teachers of Illinois Scholarship Program
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
If you plan to become a preschool, elementary or secondary school teacher and are of African-American/Black, Hispanic American, Asian American or Native American origin, you may qualify for up to $5,000 per year as part of the Minority Teachers of Illinois (MTI) Scholarship Program to pay for tuition, fees and room and board, or commuter allowances, if applicable. This scholarship may be received [...] More

Palumbo Family Foundation Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 31, Annually
The Palumbo Family Foundation scholarships are open to high school seniors entering college or trade school full time or to full time undergraduate students. Applications are available online only.

These scholarships are limited to students who have resided for a minimum of six months prior to application date in Cook, Dupage, Kane, Lake, and Will counties of Illinois. Must have a GPA of 3.0 [...] More

Posse Foundation Scholarship
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The Posse Foundation assists schools in identifying and recruiting exceptional groups of diverse students. Winners of the Posse scholarship will be afforded full tuition for four years to one of the Posse Foundation's partner universities. Students who are chosen to participate in the Posse Program will undergo an eight-month workshop during which they will meet for two hours per week to prepare [...] More

Tall Clubs International Student Scholarships
Application Deadlines: February 15, Annually
Are you under 21 years of age and about to start college in the fall? If so, you may be in luck! TCI annually awards student scholarship(s) of up to $1,000 each to tall students who are under 21 years of age and attending their first year of college in the following fall.

What are the requirements?
-You must be under 21
-You must be entering college in the upcoming fall
-You must also meet [...] More

TELACU David C. Lizarraga Fellowship
Application Deadlines: February 28, Annually
Since 2007, TOYOTA has generously funded The David C. Lizárraga Fellows—an impressive cohort of graduate students. One of only a handful of corporations providing financial assistance for advanced degrees, TOYOTA’s investment is helping to ensure that our nation has a well-educated workforce equipped to participate in the 21st century global economy. While priority is given to applicants pursuing [...] More

The Heidelberg College Out Of State Grant
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In order to qualify for the Heidelberg College Out Of State Grant, the applicant must be resident of a state other than Ohio and attend Heidelberg College. This grant is renewable for four years as long as the student is making satisfactory academic progress. For more information, please visit [...] More

The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation Scholarships
Application Deadlines: March 05, Annually
Our scholarships are available to students within our geographical region of Illinois, Ohio and West Virginia. Please see out website for all scholarship descriptions, requirements and [...] More

The Three Sisters Scholarship Foundation
Application Deadlines: April 15, Annually
This scholarship is for seniors at Evanston Township High School in Illinois and Montclair High School in New Jersey.

- $2,000 in the first year
- $2,000 in the third year
- Awarded to two students per year
- Open to E.T.H.S. seniors intending to enroll in a four-year college or university
- Preference given to an African-American female who has demonstrated academic improvement, [...] More

Last Edited: September 2015

Illinois Scholarships

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