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Government / outside scholarships:

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

Deadline: May 23, 2015

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 .

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