Illinois Scholarships

Millions of scholarships are available to students studying in the United States. With the help of Scholarships.com, finding these scholarships is not a problem. When you conduct a free college scholarship search at Scholarships.com, 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 Deadline: 4/1/2019
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The Lombard Area Branch of AAUW "Return to Learning" scholarship to assist in completing an undergraduate or master's degree, or a certification program. Students must reside in Lombard, Villa Park, Oakbrook Terrace, Wheaton, Addison, Glendale Heights or Glen Ellyn, Illinois in order to apply and are continuing college after a significant interruption. Special consideration is given to women who [...] More

Amos & Edith Wallace Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/13/2019
  • Amount: $500
  • The Amos and Edith Wallace Scholarship was founded to reward young, bright African-American students who have demonstrated an exemplary commitment to service and education. In order to apply, you must be an African-American student who is a KHS graduating senior; have a minimum 2.8 GPA and will attend a four-year accredited college/university in the fall. A 400-600 word essay must also be [...] More

Back 2 School Illinois College Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2019
  • Amount: $2,500
  • Each year, Back 2 School Illinois provides scholarships to deserving Illinois high school seniors so they can attend college. This year we are offering seven $2,500 scholarships. These funds are to be applied to their freshmen year of studies.

    Our College Scholarship Program is made possible through the generosity of the Community Currency Exchange Association of Illinois (four $2,500 [...] More

Billy Smith Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2019
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Billy Smith Memorial Scholarship was established because Billy was always helping people in any way that he could. It is a sport-related scholarship because it memorializes the activities Billy loved most.

    Eligibility:
    -Applicant must be a graduating high school senior
    -Must reside in Winnebago, Boone, Ogle or Stephenson County
    -Must have played at least three years of baseball or [...] More

BLM Squared Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 7/3/2019
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The BLM Squared Scholarship Foundation program is designed to address the financial needs of minority college students and award outstanding high school graduates who plan to earn a baccalaureate degree from an accredited, four-year college or university with financial assistance:

    Applicants must be permanent Illinois residents. Scholarships are to be utilized at an institution of higher [...] More

Bruce Fishkin Scholarship Fund

  • Application Deadline: 10/15/2019
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Bruce Fishkin Scholarship Fund offers college scholarships to eligible high school seniors in Redding, Fairfield and Westport, Connecticut and the cities and surrounding suburbs of Chicago, Illinois and Las Vegas, Nevada. Award amounts vary according to the need of the student and the cost of attendance.

    Eligibility:
    -Must be entering their senior year of high school in the fall
    -Must [...] More

Buster Lindsay Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2019
  • Amount: Varies
  • Each year, the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois distributes more than $200,000 in scholarship funding to local students. All of CFNIL's scholarship funds were created by individuals or organizations that recognize the importance of helping students achieve their educational goals, now and in perpetuity. The funds' creators selected the criteria for each scholarship, based on their [...] More

Carle Auxiliary Health Care Career College Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2019
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Auxiliary Scholarship awards $1,000 per year to full-time students enrolled in an approved health care field. The Carle Auxiliary awards between twelve (12) and eighteen (18) $1,000 scholarships annually to students pursuing health care careers. Two mandatory requirements: The first is that that student be able to prove that they are in a curriculum that results in health care employment like [...] More

Carolyn Wones Recruitment Grant

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2019
  • Amount: Varies
  • Each year, the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois distributes more than $200,000 in scholarship funding to local students. All of CFNIL's scholarship funds were created by individuals or organizations that recognize the importance of helping students achieve their educational goals, now and in perpetuity. The funds' creators selected the criteria for each scholarship, based on their [...] More

CBC Spouses Education Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/18/2019
  • Amount: $8,200
  • The CBC Spouses Education Scholarship is for African-American or black students for all majors who are preparing to pursue or are currently pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree full-time at a U.S. accredited college or university. A minimum 2.5 GPA is also required. Students must also exhibit leadership ability and participate in community service activities. For more information or to [...] More

CBC Spouses Heineken USA Performing Arts Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/22/2019
  • Amount: $3,000
  • The CBC Spouses Heineken USA Performing Arts Scholarship is for full-time students with majors in the performing arts including, but not limited to, drama, music, dance, opera, marching bands, and other musical ensembles. Applicants must be currently/planning to be enrolled in the upcoming academic year as a full-time African American undergraduate student with a minimum 2.5 GPA. For more [...] More

CBC Spouses Visual Arts Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/20/2019
  • Amount: $3,000
  • The CBC Spouses Visual Arts Scholarship is for African-American or black students with majors in the visual arts including, but not limited to, architecture, ceramics, drawing, fashion, graphic design, illustration, interior design, painting, photography, sketching, video production and other decorative arts. Students must be currently/planning to be enrolled in the upcoming academic year as a [...] More

CEFS Economic Opportunity Corporation CSBG Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/31/2019
  • Amount: Varies
  • The CSBG Scholarship is designed to provide financial assistance to low-income and disadvantaged persons. Education and training include either general education to achieve short-term training (2 years or less) in growth occupation skills, or post-secondary education. Income eligibility guidelines: 125 percent poverty level based on family size and past 90 day income level: one, $3,712.50; two, [...] More

Champion Scholars Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2019
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Champion Energy is committed to the communities we serve, and to investing in tomorrow. The Champion Scholars program will recognize three qualified scholars for their achievements.

    Eligibility:
    -High school senior, planning to attend an accredited two or four-year college degree program
    -Minimum of a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale
    -Be a resident of Texas, Illinois, Pennsylvania, or New [...] More

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/15/2019
  • Amount: $2,500
  • Each summer, the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless awards college scholarships to graduating seniors who experienced homelessness while in high school. Eligible to apply are students from Chicago and suburban schools who were homeless at some point while attending high school, as verified by the student's school. Youth leaders active with CCH also are eligible.

    Eligibility:
    -Experienced [...] More

Chicago Engineers Foundation Awards for Graduating HS Seniors

  • Application Deadline: 4/24/2019
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Chicago Engineers' Foundation encourages Chicago students to pursue careers in engineering by recognizing their talents and providing them with financial assistance for their engineering studies. To be eligible for a CEF scholarship, you must be a graduating high school senior either living or going to school in the city of Chicago. You must be planning to study engineering in college and [...] More

Chicago Police and Fire Scholarship - UChicago

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • Full scholarships are available to children of active Chicago Fire Fighters and Police Officers.

    In honor of Chicago Fire Fighters' and Chicago Police Officers' service to the University community and the city, the University of Chicago offers full-tuition scholarships to select children of active Chicago firefighters and police officers. To be considered for a full-tuition scholarship, [...] More

Chicago Police and Firefighter Training Academy Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/9/2019
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Chicago Police and Firefighter Training Academy (CPFTA) awards a two-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 two-year high school component
    -A 90% attendance rate throughout the high school component
    -No Driving [...] More

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • The University of Chicago awards full-tuition, four-year scholarships to a select number of graduates of Chicago Public Schools who are admitted to The College of the University of Chicago. Awards are made to outstanding students who show the greatest potential for making contributions to the academic, extracurricular, and community life of the College. Financial need does not affect admissions [...] More

Church's Chicken Community Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 2/15/2019
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Church's Partners Foundation, Inc. established a scholarship program to assist high school seniors residing in 16 eligible states who plan to continue their education in college or vocational school programs. Scholarships are offered each year for part-time or full-time study at an accredited U.S. institution of the student's choice. Applicants must be living in AL, AR, AZ, FL, GA, IL, LA, [...] More

Come 2 Iowa (C2IA) Senior Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/12/2019
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Five awards of $1,000 each are available to high school seniors through the Come 2 Iowa (C2IA) Senior Scholarship. To participate, eligible students must register and then complete two online financial literacy tutorials plus an assessment. A short essay may be required to break ties among students who achieve a top score on the assessment.

    Eligibility:
    -Are permanent residents in one of the [...] More

Corporate Relocation Council Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/1/2019
  • Amount: $1,000
  • CRC is a non-profit organization that brings together corporations and global relocation service providers in Chicago for the primary purpose of providing educational information and current industry updates to its members. School can be a very important part of the relocation process for children moving into the Chicagoland area.

    As part of our commitment to Global Relocation, CRC is [...] More

Crystal Charitable Fund

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $4,000
  • The Crystal Fund was established to support grants for an extended "away from home" cultural or educational experience that provide a skill, knowledge and/or personal value as a means of support.The Crystal Charitable Fund assists children and young adults with extreme financial need to:

    Break out of poverty so they can live comfortable, productive lives. Grow up to be examples to others and [...] More

Dan L. Meisinger Sr. Memorial Learn to Fly Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 11/24/2018
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The Dan L. Meisinger Sr. Memorial Learn to Fly Scholarship is the newest addition to the scholarship program sponsored by NATF and was established in the honour and memory of Dan L. Meisinger Sr. The purpose of this fund is to provide an annual flight training scholarship to a qualified individual. Applicants must be a college student currently enrolled in an aviation program and have a minimum [...] More

Dr. Loomis/Rockton Lions Club Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2019
  • Amount: Varies
  • The purpose of the Dr. Loomins/Rockton Lions Club Scholarship is to provide educational resources to a full-time student from Hononegah High School who plans to attend a two-, four-year, or vocational college. This award is offered by the Rockton Lions Club.

    Eligibility:
    -Must be a graduating Hononegah High School senior
    -Rank in the top 1/3 of their class
    -Has financial need
    -Has a [...] More

Edison Park Community Council Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2019
  • Amount: $3,000
  • The Edison Park Community Council is proud to present its annual scholarship award. There are three awards for Edison Park residents who will be attending college or trade school.

    Eligibility:
    -Applicant must be a graduating high school senior during the application year
    -Applicant must be an Edison Park resident at the time of application (north of the Kennedy Expressway and west of Harlem [...] More

Elmhurst Garden Club Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/15/2019
  • Amount: Varies
  • 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

Environmental Studies/Natural Science Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 3/31/2019
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Each year, the Friends of Volo Bog offers a scholarship for Environmental Studies/Natural Science college students.

    Eligibility:
    -Be a High School Senior applying to an accredited college/university to study environmental or natural science
    -Be a College/University Student intending to continue studies of environmental or natural science at an accredited college
    -Submit at least one signed [...] More

Era L. and Frances L. Walker Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2019
  • Amount: Varies
  • The purpose of the Era L. and Frances L. Walker Scholarship is to provide educational resources for African-American males to pursue higher education. Applicants must be a graduating senior from a District #205 public high school with a minimum 2.9 GPA. Students must have been involved in community service and volunteerism and share Era's values including the importance of family, service to [...] More

Friends of Moraine Hills State Park Scholarship in Environmental Studies

  • Application Deadline: 4/30/2019
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Qualified applicants will reside and attend a high school in either Lake, McHenry, Kane, Cook, DuPage, Kendall, or Will County Illinois. They must also plan to attend an accredited college or university, plan to major in a field of study and career directly related to the environment and have a high school GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Mail-in application will be found on our [...] More

George M. Pullman Educational Foundation Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/2/2019
  • Amount: $10,000
  • The George M. Pullman Educational Foundation Scholarship is a merit-based, need-based scholarship of up to $40,000 over four years, depending on the student's financial need. Scholars who remain in good standing are invited to renew their scholarship during their four years of full-time undergraduate study. Applicants must be a graduating high school senior and Cook County, Illinois resident who [...] More

Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois

  • Application Deadline: 2/15/2019
  • Amount: $23,000
  • 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.

    Golden Apple Scholars are selected from these distinct paths:
    - Graduating high school students
    - Pathway [...] More

Greater St. Louis Mothers of Twins Club Mary Joan Wolf Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/17/2019
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Greater St Louis Mothers of Twins Club, Inc. offers two scholarships for multiple-birth students seeking initial enrollment in accredited post-high school education or training. The applicants must be from the St. Louis, MO-IL metropolitan statistical areas (MSA) including St Louis and the Missouri counties of Franklin, Jefferson, Lincoln, St. Charles, St. Louis, Warren, Washington, or [...] More

Greenhouse Scholars Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 12/17/2018
  • Amount: $20,000
  • Greenhouse Scholars provides a four-year renewable, need-based college scholarship of up to $5,000 per year.
    Qualified applicants must have an unweighted GPA of 3.5 or higher, demonstrate financial need, be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident as well as a high school senior in Colorado, Georgia, Illinois or North Carolina planning to attend a four-year accredited institution. For more [...] More

Hagan Scholarship Foundation

  • Application Deadline: 11/15/2018
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Hagan Scholarships are intended for high achieving students who will require financial assistance in order to attend college. These students must graduate from a public high school located in one of twenty eligible states and in a county having fewer than 50,000 residents. Hagan Scholars currently attend 147 different colleges and universities.

    Eligibility:
    -Must be a U.S. citizen and [...] More

Herman J. Neal Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2019
  • Amount: $4,000
  • The Herman J. Neal scholarship supports African-American students in their pursuit of an accounting education and the CPA designation. These scholarships support students with their junior or senior year, or with the additional year, (30 semester hours) needed to sit for the CPA Exam which can include graduate studies. Scholarships cover the costs of tuition, fees, and can include up to $500 in [...] More

Hershey Company Tribal Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/31/2019
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The American Indian College Fund Full Circle Scholarship Program scholarships are awarded to students attending non-tribal colleges.

    Minimum general eligibility requirements for Full Circle scholarships include:
    -U.S. citizenship
    -Enrolled full-time in an accredited public or private (non-profit) college or university
    -Registered as a member of a federal or state recognized tribe, or a [...] More

IFI Fatherhood Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2019
  • Amount: Varies
  • "What My Father Means To Me" is this year's theme for the essays. We guarantee every essay submitted will be read at least once if not multiple times. All students submitting an essay through their school will receive a Certificate of Participation and a coupon sheet, which includes discounts on events and merchandise, and specially priced Chicago White Sox tickets. One hundred fifty-six (156) [...] More

Illinois AMVETS Junior ROTC Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2019
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Illinois AMVETS Service Foundation supports a scholarship program each year that provides graduating Illinois High School students a scholarship for their continued education. This one-year scholarship is non-renewable. To be eligible for this scholarship the applicant must:

    -Be an Illinois high school senior
    -Have taken the ACT or SAT
    -Participate in a Junior ROTC program
    -Child or [...] More

Illinois AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Memorial Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2019
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Illinois AMVETS Service Foundation 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.

    To be eligible for this scholarship the applicant must:
    -Be an Illinois high school senior
    -Be a child or grandchild of a veteran of the United [...] More

Illinois AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Worchid Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2019
  • Amount: $500
  • The Illinois AMVETS Service Foundation supports a scholarship program each year that provides graduating Illinois high school students a scholarship for their continued education.

    To be eligible for this scholarship the applicant must:
    -Be an Illinois high school senior
    -Be a child of a deceased father or mother who was a Veteran of the United States of America who served after September 15, [...] More

Illinois AMVETS Sad Sacks Nursing Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2019
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Illinois AMVETS Service Foundation supports a scholarship program each year that provides graduating Illinois high school students a scholarship for their continued education.

    To be eligible for this scholarship the applicant must:
    -Be an Illinois high school senior who has been accepted into a pre-approved nursing program (a copy of an acceptance letter must accompany the application) [...] More

Illinois AMVETS Service Foundation Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2019
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Illinois AMVETS Service Foundation supports a scholarship program each year that provides graduating Illinois High School students a scholarship for their continued education. This scholarship is a one-year scholarship, non-renewable.

    Eligibility:
    -Be an Illinois high school senior
    -Have taken the ACT or SAT
    -Child or grandchild of veteran or active-duty service member

    For more [...] More

Illinois AMVETS Service Foundation Veteran Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2019
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The Illinois AMVETS Service Foundation is committed to supporting educational goals of our Illinois veterans. The Illinois AMVETS Service Foundation Veteran Scholarship has been established to invest in their education. Award amounts will vary and is based on eligible funding annually. Each award is for up to $2,000 and can be utilized for books, housing expenses, school fees, and tuition. [...] More

Illinois AMVETS Trade School Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2019
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Illinois AMVETS Service Foundation supports a scholarship program each year that provides graduating Illinois high school students a scholarship for their continued education.

    To be eligible for this scholarship the applicant must:
    -Be an Illinois high school senior who has been accepted in a pre-approved trade school program. (A copy of an acceptance letter must accompany the [...] More

Illinois CPA Society Accounting Textbook Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2019
  • Amount: $500
  • The CPA Endowment Fund of Illinois, the Illinois CPA Society’s charitable partner, provides life-changing scholarships and training programs to deserving accounting students across the state. The Accounting Textbook Scholarship is offered to juniors, seniors, and graduate students.

    All applicants must meet the following criteria:
    -Be a U.S. citizen or legal resident and be an Illinois [...] More

Illinois CPA Society Accounting Tuition Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2019
  • Amount: $4,000
  • The CPA Endowment Fund of Illinois, the Illinois CPA Society’s charitable partner, provides life-changing scholarships and training programs to deserving accounting students across the state. The Accounting Tuition scholarship is open to college seniors or graduate students. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or legal resident and be an Illinois resident and be enrolled in an Illinois college or [...] More

Illinois CPA Society Women's Executive Committee Advancing Women in Accounting Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2019
  • Amount: $4,000
  • The CPA Endowment Fund of Illinois, the Illinois CPA Society’s charitable partner, provides life-changing scholarships and training programs to deserving accounting students across the state. The Advancing Women in Accounting Scholarship is offered to female seniors or graduate students.

    All applicants must meet the following criteria:
    -Be a female senior or graduate student
    -Be a U.S. [...] More

Illinois National Guard Grant Program

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Illinois National Guard (ING) Grant pays tuition and eligible fees (registration, graduation, general activity, matriculation and term fees) at all Illinois public universities or public community colleges. The ING Grant is an entitlement program and is awarded to eligible recipients regardless of the funding level. Eligible students must be an Illinois National Guard member who is either [...] More

Illinois Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • Since its inception, the IRA Educational Foundation has awarded almost $2.5 million to deserving students pursuing Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management in college. To qualify for a scholarship, you must be a permanent resident of the State of Illinois (under the age of 30); be accepted and plan to enroll in an accredited culinary school, college, or university; be enrolled as a full-time or [...] More

Illinois Special Education Teacher Tuition Waiver Program

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2019
  • Amount: Varies
  • 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

Illlinois County Association (ICA) Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/27/2019
  • Amount: $3,000
  • 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. In order to apply, you must be an Illinois state resident,
    enrolled full-time (minimum 12 credit hours) at an accredited four-year college or university and have a minimum 3.0 GPA. For more [...] More

Italian Catholic Federation First Year Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2019
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Since 1964, the Italian Catholic Federation has awarded over $2,000,000.00 in scholarships to more than 6,000 high school students, of the Catholic faith, attending college. Applications are received from students in public as well as Catholic high schools in California, Arizona, Nevada, and Illinois.

    Applicants must be Roman Catholic and of Italian Descent. Live within the Roman Catholic [...] More

IWEA Environmental Career Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2019
  • Amount: $500
  • The IWEA Environmental Career Scholarship is designed to aid science-minded students preparing for college. IWEA will award a $500 scholarship to a high school student who is college bound and interested in science and the environment. Scholarship winners will be introduced at the IWEA's Annual Conference. The IWEA will offer a reimbursement grant of up to $250 to the teacher who wrote a letter [...] More

JASC-Nielsen STEM Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/2/2019
  • Amount: $2,000
  • In recognition of the community's achievements and its enduring values, Nielsen supports the next generation of Asian American leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) with these two scholarships.

    Eligibility:
    -Applicant must be either a high school senior or currently enrolled as a student in a college or university
    -Area of college study must be in either [...] More

JCCIA John Fischetti Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2019
  • Amount: $2,000
  • John Fischetti was a Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist whose work for many years graced the pages of the New York Herald Tribune, the Chicago Daily News and the Chicago Sun-Times. He was also a man whose enthusiasm for life and generosity of spirit won him many friends.

    Eligibility:
    -Must be male students of full Italian ancestry or who are 50% Italian ancestry
    -Must be either an [...] More

Jewish United Fund Merit Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2019
  • Amount: $1,000
  • 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. Applicants must be enrolled in grade 10, 11 or 12 or must be no older than 23 years old and enrolled in a college or graduate program and must reside or attend school in metropolitan Chicago. Students must have also applied to [...] More

JUF Israel Experience High School Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2019
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation 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 Israel Experience High School Scholarship Program is to develop Jewish identity and nourish greater understanding and commitment to Israel and to the Chicago Jewish [...] More

JVS Chicago Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2019
  • Amount: Varies
  • Educational scholarship funds from grants administered by the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago are available for Jewish college students. More than $500,000 each year is available for full-time students, predominantly those legally domiciled in the metropolitan Chicago area, who are identified as having promise for significant contributions in their chosen careers. Assistance is [...] More

Karen George Chicago Speech Therapy Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2019
  • Amount: $2,500
  • In an effort to support the field of speech-language pathology, we are offering a scholarship to select candidates who share our passion for helping children. The scholarship is based on many factors, so do not get discouraged based on your grades or GRE score.

    Eligibility:
    -Accepted and currently enrolled in a graduate program for speech-language pathology
    -Has a clear passion to work with [...] More

Kendall-Grundy Community Action Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/22/2019
  • Amount: Varies
  • Kendall-Grundy Community Action Services, a division of the Kendall County Health Department, is offering the Community Action Scholarship.

    These scholarships provide financial assistance to eligible individuals for education or occupational training at an accredited Illinois educational institution. Approximately $6,000 in scholarship awards will be awarded.

    Eligibility:
    -Must be income [...] More

Kinnett Scholarships for College/Further Education

  • Application Deadline: 4/8/2019
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Since 2005, the Northern Suburban Special Education District (NSSED) Foundation has been helping to make the dream of college a reality for many students. The Kinnett Scholarship for College/Further Education, aimed at graduating seniors from NSSED-affiliated high schools, grants $1,000 scholarships to:

    -Special Education students pursuing further education through college, vocational school, [...] More

Korean American Scholarship Foundation-Midwestern Regional Chapter

  • Application Deadline: 7/8/2019
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Korean American Scholarship Foundation-Midwestern Regional Chapter is for students of Korean heritage studying in the United States regardless of citizenship status (including Korean Nationals), who will be a full-time student at a school in one of the designated Midwestern region states (Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and [...] More

Latino Resources College Scholarship Fund

  • Application Deadline: 5/31/2019
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The Latino Resources College Scholarship Fund was launched in 2014 as a responsive Latino student success initiative. Through the Latino Resources College Scholarship Fund monetary awards are made to exceptional Latino college students in order to support increased Latino college completion rates. Latino students who are pursuing college education goals at a two-year community college, vocational [...] More

Leopold Education Project Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2019
  • Amount: Varies
  • In order to apply to the Leopold Education Project Scholarship Program, applicants must be a graduating high school senior or high school graduate (diploma or G.E.D. certificate) who is enrolled or planning to enroll in full-time course of study at an accredited two- or four-year community college, college or university. Students must be studying a natural resource field such as fish or wildlife [...] More

Loyola University Catholic Heritage Award

  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2018
  • Amount: Varies
  • Chicago Catholic Heritage Award is made to new freshmen graduating from Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of Chicago and the Diocese of Joliet. This award is awarded for four consecutive years of full-time enrollment and is restricted to tuition.

    In order to be considered for any of Loyola University Chicago's academic scholarships, students must submit a completed Application for [...] More

Marianjoy Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 3/28/2019
  • Amount: $2,500
  • Each year, Marianjoy proudly awards scholarships to students with disabilities to help them to further their education, pursue opportunities for growth, explore new possibilities, and achieve their dreams.

    Scholarship recipients are selected without regard to race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, or national origin, and have a permanent physical disability or functional impairment, which [...] More

Marojevich Academic Scholarship Trust for American Students of Serbian Descent

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Marojevich Academic Scholarship Trust was established through the estate of Mary Marojevich. She and her late husband, Dr. Peter Marojevich, were dedicated to providing financial assistance to qualified medical students who were enrolled in accredited medical schools in the United States.

    The Trust is divided into three separate scholarship programs:
    1. Ten (10%) percent of the trust: To [...] More

Mayor Ruben Pineta Community Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/15/2019
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The mission of Diabetes Scholars Foundation is to support activities related to education for and about children with diabetes. This includes but is not limited to funding scholarships for diabetes education conferences and higher education.

    Mayor Ruben Pineta Community Scholarship awards one $2,500 scholarship to a high school junior or senior with Type 1 Diabetes who is attending West [...] More

MetLife Foundation Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2019
  • Amount: $2,000
  • Open to high school seniosr pursuing a four-year degree in select areas of agriculture, agribusiness management,
    communications, education, journalism, extension, public relations, finance, economics, sales, marketing, engineering,
    mechanization, technology, plant pathology, plant/animal breeding and genetics, range/soil science or public service and
    administration in agriculture. Resident of [...] More

Migrant Farmworker Baccalaureate Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 7/1/2019
  • Amount: $20,000
  • Provides support for a student with a history of migrating for employment in agriculture who has successfully completed one year of college to 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 degree without being encumbered with substantial debt. Applications must be [...] More

Minority Teachers of Illinois Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2019
  • Amount: $5,000
  • If you plan to teach at a non-profit Illinois public, private, or parochial preschool, elementary school, or secondary school, for which the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has determined that no less than 30% of the enrolled students are African American/Black, Hispanic American, Asian American, or Native American; and you are of African American/Black, Hispanic American, Asian American [...] More

NIADA Foundation Regional Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/16/2019
  • Amount: $3,500
  • The NIADA Foundation proudly sponsors four young men or women each year who have displayed outstanding abilities in education. These students will each receive a $3,500 scholarship to the college or university of their choice. The participating regions are found at the scholarship provider's website. An essay will also be required as part of the application. For more information or to apply, [...] More

Norwegian National League Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2019
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Norwegian National League of Chicago scholarships encourages the study of Norwegian heritage the Norwegian National League has developed and administers a scholarship program open to children of Norwegian descent in grades 1-12. The students will research and write a paper (drawings for the younger grades) on a Norwegian topic. Applicants must be current students, be of Norwegian ancestry, [...] More

Palumbo Family Foundation Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/31/2019
  • Amount: $15,000
  • The Palumbo Family Foundation Scholarship is open to high school seniors and undergraduates that reside in Cook, Dupage, Kane, Lake, or Will counties for at least 6 months prior to January 1st of the year the scholarship is awarded. Applicants must also have a minimum 3.0 GPA, an annual adjusted gross income of $60,000 or less, and be a U.S. citizen. For more information or to apply, please visit [...] More

Quad Cities River Bandits: Bandit Scholars Fund

  • Application Deadline: 2/15/2019
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Bandit Scholars Program was founded in 2009 by the Quad Cities River Bandits' team owners Dave Heller and Bob Herrfeldt; the program pays the entire first year of college tuition for two Quad Cities area students through the Keith Lucier Memorial Scholarship and the Bandit Scholarship. The deserving recipient of each scholarship will not only have excelled in the classroom, but will have been [...] More

Quad City Engineering and Science Council Scholarship (QCESC)

  • Application Deadline: 1/24/2019
  • Amount: $3,000
  • The Quad City Engineering and Science Council with its member societies, local businesses, and regional universities annually provide one-time scholarships to high school seniors studying STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) at an accredited four-year college or university.

    Eligibility:
    -Must be a high school senior. Must be a resident of Mercer, Rock Island, Henry, [...] More

Robert Sherman Fine Art Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/15/2019
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Robert Sherman Fine Art Scholarship was established to foster the study of art and advance the development of artists in keeping with the mission of the Glenview Art League. It is for a high school senior planning to pursue a college degree in a visual art. Applicants must submit a CD or flash drive with at least 10 images of their work and proof of college acceptance as a visual arts major [...] More

Sean Patrick French Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2018
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The Sean Patrick French Memorial Scholarship Fund was created by the family of Sean Patrick French following his tragic death as a passenger in an underage drunk driving car wreck on January 1, 2002 and is administered by the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation. Sean was a popular junior at Chatham High School, an honor roll student and a record-setting runner. The scholarship fund, in [...] More

SVS (Balaji) Temple of Greater Chicago Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/13/2019
  • Amount: $10,000
  • The SVS (Balaji) Temple of Greater Chicago Scholarship is awarded to first-year students who are enrolled full time at accredited undergraduate programs. The $10,000 scholarship will be distributed in equal installments over four years. The scholarship is awarded 50% based on merit and 50% based on financial need. All scholarship recipients must be continuously enrolled in an accredited college [...] More

Tall Clubs International Student Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2019
  • Amount: $1,000
  • 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.

    Eligibility:
    -You must be under 21
    -You must be entering college in the upcoming fall
    -You must also meet the TCI [...] More

TELACU College Success Program Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Administered by the TELACU Education Foundation, the College Success Program was created in 1983 to develop and empower new generations of leaders in the communities it serves. The Program is funded by TELACU and the generous contributions of our partners - corporations, colleges, and universities, non-profit organizations and individuals - who have joined us over the past 30 years in advancing [...] More

The Mario Cugia Italian Studies Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 8/1/2019
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Since 1964, the Italian Catholic Federation has awarded over $2,000,000.00 in scholarships to more than 6,000 high school students, of the Catholic faith, attending college. In 1998, to honor Mario Cugia, Past President and Life Member of the Italian Catholic Federation Central Council, an Italian Studies Scholarship Program was created to supplement the Federation's Scholarship Program for [...] More

The AAF-Greater Evansville Scholarship Award

  • Application Deadline: 3/23/2019
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The AAF-Greater Evansville awards scholarships to deserving high school and/or college students yearly in April. Over the past 40 years, AAF-Greater Evansville has distributed over $153,000 in scholarship awards. To be eligible, students must plan to pursue a career in advertising, marketing, public relations or graphic design. The application deadline varies yearly, but is typically in early [...] More

The Anhelo Project Dream Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/26/2019
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Anhelo Project Dream Scholarship is awarded to deserving undergraduate or graduate students who demonstrate leadership, academic competitiveness, community involvement, and financial need. You must be an Illinois resident attending a college or university located in the State of Illinois in order to apply; be an undergraduate or graduate student
    and have a minimum 2.5 GPA. High school [...] More

The David C. Lizárraga Fellowship

  • Application Deadline: 2/26/2019
  • Amount: Varies
  • Through The David C. Lizárraga Fellowship, TELACU recognizes graduate students who demonstrate the potential and commitment to advance TELACU's mission of building self-sufficient communities through economic empowerment.

    Applicants must be a first-generation college student, pursuing a master's degree in business administration or engineering (students pursuing other graduate degrees may also [...] More

The Illinois Sheriffs Association Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2019
  • Amount: $500
  • The Illinois Sheriffs' Association will be awarding over 100 scholarships throughout the State of Illinois to students wishing to pursue higher education. The student must be enrolled full-time at a certified institution of higher learning within the State of Illinois. Applicants must be permanent residents of Illinois. An essay will be required along with the application.

    For more information [...] More

The Italian-American Chamber of Commerce Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 7/31/2019
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Chamber is offering an opportunity to full-time students, residents of the State of Illinois, of Italian ancestry between the last year of high school and the last year of a fully accredited four-year college or university. Students must also have a minimum 3.5 GPA. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. [...] More

The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago Academic Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2019
  • Amount: $8,000
  • Educational scholarship funds from grants administered by the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago are available for Jewish college and graduate students. Approximately $500,000 is available each year for full-time students, predominantly those legally domiciled in the metropolitan Chicago area, who are identified as having promise for significant contributions in their chosen careers. [...] More

The Joseph Mahoney Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/15/2019
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The mission of Diabetes Scholars Foundation is to support activities related to education for and about children with diabetes. This includes but is not limited to funding scholarships for diabetes education conferences and higher education.

    The Joseph Mahoney Memorial Scholarship awards one (1) $2,500 scholarship to a high school junior or senior with Type 1 diabetes who is attending West [...] More

Toyota TeenDrive365 Video Challenge

  • Application Deadline: 2/28/2019
  • Amount: $15,000
  • Learning to drive is one of the coolest times for a teen. But facts have shown it can be extremely dangerous. You have the power to inspire your fellow teens, maybe better than a teacher or a parent can, because you know what messages will be the most powerful. Create a 30-60 second video for your fellow teen drivers that highlights the importance of safe teen driving. Your video's message should [...] More

Traveler’s Foundation Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/31/2019
  • Amount: $4,000
  • Native American/Alaska Native undergraduate students attending tribal colleges and universities are eligible to apply for both the American Indian College Fund Full Circle Scholarship Program and the American Indian College Fund TCU Scholarship Program.

    Minimum general eligibility requirements for both scholarships include:
    -U.S. citizenship
    -Enrollment in an accredited tribal college or [...] More

UChicago Promise

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • UChicago Promise is the University of Chicago's pledge to help increase college access and readiness for Chicago high school students. It marks a strong investment in the University's long-standing commitment to providing opportunities for Chicago's students, offering additional resources and support for those interested in attending the University of Chicago or other selective, liberal arts [...] More

Walgreens Expressions Challenge

  • Application Deadline: 11/30/2018
  • Amount: $2,000
  • Are you currently a high school teen in the Chicago or St. Louis area? Do you have an opinion about Sexting, Self-Esteem, Bullying, Teen Pregnancy, STD prevention, Abstinence, or Sexual Responsibility Awareness or maybe something else? Have you ever talked about these issues with your friends? What are your thoughts on these topics? How would you creatively express your perspective to educate [...] More

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Harvard Supporters Back University in Admissions Trial

October 16, 2018

by Susan Dutca

Harvard students and alumni will testify in support of Harvard during the admissions trial this week, defending its "race-conscious admissions policy" against claims that it discriminates against Asian-American applicants. The trial is the latest chapter in a lawsuit filed in 2014 by Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA).

Harvard University has been accused of "balancing its undergraduate classes to ensure that it had admitted its desired share of students of each race and ethnicity" and also for penalizing Asian-American applicants by "systematically giving them lower scores on a metric admissions officers use to measure personality." Adam Mortara, a lawyer representing SFFA, stated that the university scores applicants in four categories: academic achievement, athletic ability, extracurriculars, and personality. While referencing admissions data, he concluded that, despite their higher academic performance, Asian-Americans are admitted at lower rates. [...]

Professor Sent Abroad After Posting Hateful Tweets

October 9, 2018

by Susan Dutca

An associate professor in security studies at Georgetown University who, last week, wished "death and castration" to GOP senators supporting confirmed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh is no longer teaching but will be "traveling internationally for university research." [...]

File FAFSA Immediately for Best Chance at Getting Money for College

October 2, 2018

by Susan Dutca

The official 2019-2020 college financial aid season began yesterday, October 1st, so it is critical that you file your Free Application for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA) ASAP! Whether you are headed to college for the first time next fall, or you plan on attending college next year, you will want to complete your FAFSA as soon as possible, as many states and colleges award financial aid on a first come, first served basis. [...]

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