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Illinois Scholarships
These scholarships are administered by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC).

Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship The Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship provides scholarships to academically exceptional high school graduates who show promise of continued academic excellence. A Byrd Scholar may receive up to $1,500 (not to exceed the cost of attendance) for each academic year, up to a maximum of four years of study. The scholarship is not limited to tuition and fees.

Awarding of Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarships is subject to federal funding.

Applications are to be received by ISAC on or before January 15 preceding the academic year for which the scholarship is being requested.

Apply for the Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship.

Illinois Future Teacher Corps (IFTC) Program

-formerly the
David A. Debolt
Teacher Shortage
The IFTC program encourages academically talented students to pursue teaching careers at public, elementary and secondary school teachers in discipline areas that have been designated as Teacher Shortage disciplines in the State of Illinois. The annual scholarship awarded to a qualified applicant may be $5,000 or $10,000 (and, in some cases, may be increased an additional $5,000) depending on the teaching commitment made.

A student must sign a Teaching Agreement / Promissory Note agreeing to teach for not less than five years at a nonprofit Illinois public, private, or parochial preschool or an Illinois public elementary or secondary school.

The scholarship is awarded to students based on specific eligibility requirements with priority consideration given to applications postmarked on or before March 1, in date received order, until funds are exhausted.

Applicants also must apply for federal student financial aid to determine their expected family contribution, which is part of the selection criteria for the scholarship.

Apply for the Illinois Future Teaching Corps scholarship.

Illinois General Assembly These tuition scholarships are awarded by members of the General Assembly to residents of their legislative districts. Awards may be for varying lengths of time.

Students should contact their General Assembly representatives directly for complete information

Apply for the Illinois General Assembly scholarship.

Illinois Special Education Teacher Waiver Program The Illinois Special Education Teacher Tuition Waiver Program provides tuition waivers to current teachers and academically talented students pursuing careers in any area of special education as a public, private or parochial elementary or secondary school teacher in Illinois.

Applications must be received by ISAC on or before February 15 immediately preceding the academic year for which the tuition waiver is being requested.

Apply for the Illinois Special Education Teacher Waiver Program.

Illinois Merit Recognition
(currently not available)
The Merit Recognition Program provides a one-time, $1,000 award to qualified Illinois high school students who ranked in the top 5 percent of their class at the end of the seventh semester. This scholarship can be used for payment of tuition, fees, and other educational expenses at approved Illinois institutions.

Eligible students should contact their high school guidance office or ISAC for complete information.

Minority Teachers of Illinois The Minority Teachers Scholarship Program provides scholarships of up to $5,000 per year to assist individuals of African American, Hispanic American, Asian American, or Native American origin who plan to become teachers at the preschool, elementary, or high school level. Students receiving this scholarship must fulfill a teaching commitment by teaching full time one year for each year of assistance received. The teaching agreement must be fulfilled at a school in which no less than 30 percent of those enrolled are minority students. If the teaching commitment is not fulfilled, the scholarship converts to a loan

The deadline to apply for these scholarships is May 1.

Apply for the Minority Teachers of Illinois scholarship.

Individual Scholarships

Sallie Mae Fund's Community Based Initiative Sallie Mae provides several different types of scholarships for students. Scholarships offered are: Unmet Need, First in My Family, American Dream, and 911 Education Fund.

For more information, visit the Sallie Mae Web site.

Greater East St. Louis Scholarship Program

This scholarship is offered to incoming freshmen with financial need who resides in East St Louis or Brooklyn, Illinois.  The student must have a 2.5 high school gpa and plan to enroll in full time studies at an accredited college or university.  For more information or to apply, please visist www.estlfund.org

NSF / Noyce Scholarship Program

Recipients of this scholarship are committed to teaching at SLPS two years for each year the scholarship is received.

Apply for the NSF / Noyce scholarship.

Madison County Community Development Block Grant This grant is offered to financially needy students who meet the CSBG poverty level guidelines and reside in Madison County. The students must have high academic attainment or potential and have maintained a 3.00 gpa out of a 4.00 gpa if a previous recipient of this award.

Please Return Application to Kathy Belden, Box 1030, Rendleman Hall Room 2221

Apply for the MCCD scholarship.

P.E.O. Program
for Continuing
This grant is offered to women whose education has been interrupted and find it necessary to continue with their education. Women are eligible for the scholarship if she: is a citizen of the United States or Canada; sponsored by a P.E.O. chapter; has had at least 24 consecutive months as a non-student sometime in her adult life; within 24 months of completing her education goal; and not enrolled in a Ph.D., law, degree, or medical doctorate degree program.

For more information or to apply, email Patricia Hunsaker at phunsaker@charter.net.

Center for Student Opportunity's (CSO) Opportunity Scholarship


Center for Student Opportunity's Opportunity Scholarship is a four-year renewable scholarship awarded to first-generation college students graduating in the current high school class and enrolling at a CSO College Partner.

Scholarship winners may serve as monthly guest bloggers on the Opportunity Scholars web blog to share insight and perspective about their transition to college and successes thereafter.

Your qualifying incoming freshmen can apply Apply for the CSO Opportunity Scholarship For questions contact scholarship@CSOpportunity.org .

Private Scholarships

The Hagan Scholarship Foundation

The first four years following high school graduation usually determine the future course of a person’s career. If you are in need of financial assistance in order to attend college and meet the eligibility criteria for a Hagan Scholarship invest in yourself and your future and apply for a scholarship. Hagan Scholarship recipients are currently attending ninety seven different colleges and universities.
Recipients of a Hagan Scholarship will join a distinguished group of high achieving students who aspire to obtain a college education in order to realize their full potential. The dollar amount of each Hagan Scholarship will vary up to $5000 per semester. Each scholarship is renewable for up to seven additional semesters if the recipient fulfills the renewal criteria. The average value of a four year Hagan Scholarship is over $24,000.
The award of a Hagan Scholarship is intended to make a college education affordable and will provide each recipient with the opportunity to graduate college debt free.
The Scholarship Application can be downloaded  from http://haganscholarships.org/. The student will be judged on how well instructions are followed. 
*Also see information regarding The Hagan Scholarship Foundation’s Study Abroad Award.

Advocate Good Sheperd Hospital

The Auxiliary of Good Shepherd Hospital is offering scholarships for students residing in the hospital service area who will be attending school, and pursuing an education in the health care field. The service area includes the following zip codes: 60010, 60012, 60013, 60014, 60021, 60042, 60047, 60051, 60060, 60073, 60084, 60098, 60102, 60110, and 60156.
The number of scholarships awarded will depend upon the number and qualifications of applicants. Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of attitude, education, leadership, citizenship, personality and financial need.
Applications must be postmarked or hand delivered and filed with the Scholarship Committee by April 30th. Interviews will be scheduled in mid-May.
Application can be downloaded from the Auxiliary website at http://www.advocatehealth.com/gshp/scholarships.

Junior Service Club of Collinsville

The Junior Service Club of Collinsville Scholarship is a one year, nonrenewable award, given to a continuing education female student who resides in the Collinsville Unit 10 School District. This scholarship is for a female student who will attend an institution of higher learning this summer or fall. The scholarship award has a value of $1000. The applicant must participate in community service.
Applications are available in the Office of Student Financial Aid. 

Account Control Technology Foundation

The Account Control Technology Foundation is please to inform you about our Second-Year Scholarship Program for first-year students. The Second-Year Scholarship Program is for current undergraduate students who plan and qualify to enroll as second-year students (sophomores) in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited four-year college or university. A total of 25 $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to college students nationwide.
To apply, please click the following link to download guidelines and the application form: http://accountcontrolfoundation.org/

Anderson Auxiliary Scholarship

Four students will be selected each year of which will be granted for a $1000.00 scholarship to be applied toward educational expenses (tuition, books, and fees). These students must be legal residents of the state of Illinois and reside in Madison, St. Clair or adjacent counties. All Anderson Hospital employees, however; qualify regardless of place of residence. The college to be attended need not be an Illinois institution; however, it must be accredited.
To be eligible for consideration, students must be enrolled at least half-time in a health occupation program at an accredited college or university.
Applications are available in the Office of Student Financial Aid. – submit completed application to Anderson Hospital.

Anderson Hospital Medical Staff Scholarship

Three students will each be selected for a $1000.00 scholarship to be applied toward educational expenses (tuition, books, and fees). These students must be legal residents of the State of Illinois and reside in Madison or St. Clair Counties. The college to be attended need not be an Illinois institution; however, it must be accredited.
To be eligible for consideration, students must be enrolled at least half time in a health occupation program at an accredited college or university.
Applications are available in the Office of Student Financial Aid. Submit completed application to Anderson Hospital Medical Staff Office.

Illinois Hospital Research & Educational Foundation

IHREF scholarships are given on an academic year (4 quarters or 2 semesters), based on the student’s scholastic achievement, financial need and the availability of funds. The scholarship award is a value of $1,000 to be applied toward tuition, fees, or books.
Any student currently enrolled or accepted into a certificate or degree conferring hospital related health care sequence is eligible (such as medical schools, dental schools, nursing programs, pharmacy schools, radiology technology programs, occupation/physical/speech therapy, etc.) Students in general course of studies programs (i.e. pre-med, general education courses, liberal arts, etc.) are not eligible. Applicants enrolled in an associate degree or hospital-based program will be considered their first year (such as radiology techs, nuclear medicine techs, RNs, cardiac rehab techs, etc.) In order to be competitive, a 3.5 GPA out of 4 points or a 4.5 GPA out of 5 points is necessary. Applicants must be Illinois residents.
Applications are available in the Office of Student Financial Aid. Submit completed application to The Illinois Hospital Research and Educational Foundation.

St. Elizabeth Health Foundation Scholarship Program

St. Elizabeth Health Foundation is dedicated to addressing health care needs in St. Clair and Madison County, Illinois by sponsoring health care occupations scholarships to qualified students of that area. This scholarship program has been established to assist only students enrolled in a recognized health care occupation program at an accredited institution. Awards up to $15,000 will be granted.
Residents of St. Clair or Madison County in Illinois who are current undergraduate of graduate students, or were previously enrolled undergraduate or graduate students and are returning to school are considered.
Visit http://sms.scholarshipamerica.org/saintelizabeth for an application form. Contact Scholarship Management Service with any questions at (507) 931-1682 and ask for the St. Elizabeth Health Foundation Scholarship Program.
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Right Stuff Scholarship

In 1935, when credit unions were helping Americans through the Great Depression, the treasurer of a Midwestern credit union said credit unions were “not for profit, not for charity, but for service” and that philosophy holds true today.
Credit unions continue to look out for their members’ interests and provide a level of service that is not generally available at other financial institutions. Whether it’s providing a loan to help a member cover unexpected medical bills, giving financial counseling to a member whose company closed its doors, or simply offering a better deal on a used car loan, credit unions make a difference for their members and the communities they serve.
In connection with these ideals, 1st Financial Federal Credit Union has designed the Right Stuff Scholarship to encourage financial literacy and promote higher education. The Right Stuff Scholarship was created to provide undergraduate and graduate students with a chance to learn about the credit union difference, become inspired and win $1000 in financial assistance for tuition expenses. One (1) $1000 scholarship will be awarded to an attending college student of any nationality, between the ages of 19 and 24, who is a member of 1st Financial Federal Credit Union. The winning applicant will receive a check made payable to the student’s choice of higher education (college, university, technical college, etc.) in April at the 1st Financial Annual Meeting.

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