The Counseling Center receives various scholarship offerings by mail each year. Below are listed those received last year. Normally, these scholarships are repeated annually, with similar deadline dates. Keep in mind, however, that not all of the scholarship information is received each year. Additionally, occasionally other scholarships are received. As changes occur, this listing will be updated. You may receive information regarding these scholarships by checking the vertical file in the counseling center. In the vertical file you will find information and/or applications on the various scholarship opportunities. They are filed alphabetically. Feel free to check the file or with your counselor regularly.
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ACACIA Leadership Scholarship (March)
Accepting the Challenge of Excellence Award (April)
Acorn Equality Fund Scholarship (October)
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Scholarship Award (April)
American Chemical Society Scholars Program (March)
Sam Walton Community Scholarship Program (January)
Savvi Formalwear Scholarship (April)
Sigma Phi Epsilon Balanced Man Scholarship (April)
State Farm Holiday Classic Scholarship (March)
Stokes Educational Scholarship Program (November)
Susan Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Scholarship (November)
Swiss Benevolent Society Scholarship (April)
Ted Farrell Memorial Scholarship (April)
Towanda Lions Club Steve Liebenow Memorial Scholarship (September)
Toyota Community Scholars Program (November)
Transportation Club of Bloomington Education Grant Program (March)
Triangle Achievement Award (May)
U-High Class of 1987 Scholarship Award (May)
Upakar Scholarship (May)
USA Funds Access to Education Scholarships (March)
USA Today All-USA Academic Team (February)
Acorn Equality Fund Scholarship – this scholarship is designed to provide academic financial support for gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender students or the children of gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender parents. There are two scholarships, on based upon academic performance and need; and the other based upon academics, volunteerism, and advocacy. Scholarships are awarded based upon academic performance and an essay and range from $500 to $2,500. Additional information and applications are available from www.acornequalityfund.com. Deadline: October 3.
USA Funds Access to Education Scholarships – USA Funds awards renewable scholarships to students with financial need. Applicants can be those planning on full-time or part-time college attendance, and who have an annual adjusted gross family income of $35,000 or less. Awards range from $750 to $1500 annually. Additionally, the organization targets 50% of all scholarships to students with a physical disability or of a recognized minority group. Information and applications available after October 1 at www.usafunds.org. .
Outstanding Students of America Scholarship – this scholarship is open to any senior with a GPA of 3.00 and above who is active in community service and school activities. The application requires a one-page essay. Additional information and applications are available at www.outstandingstudentsofamerica.com. Deadline: October 10.
Horatio Alger Scholarship – the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans seeks to assist students who have demonstrated integrity, perseverance in overcoming adversity, strength of character, financial need, a good academic record, commitment to pursure a college education, and a desire to contribute to society for their scholarship. Applicants must have a minimum 2.00 GPA, involvement in co-curricular and community service activities, and an adjusted gross family income of below $50,000. Students interested in applying must submit an application online at www.horatioalger.org/scholarships.
Coca-Cola Scholars Program – Four-year scholarships ranging from $4000 to $20,000 awarded by the Coca-Cola Company based upon a number of factors, with special emphasis on character, leadership in school, civic, and other extracurricular activities, academic achievement, and motivation to serve and succeed in all endeavors. Paper applications are no longer available. All applicants MUST register online at www.coca-colascholars.org. Deadline: October 31.
Prudential Spirit of Community Award – the American Association of School Administrators offers this $1,000 scholarship to students who have demonstrated outstanding community service over the past year. Additionally, scholarship winners are awarded an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. U-High can only nominate one student, however as many as wish may complete an application and U-High will select one student for nomination.
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Susan Komen Breast Cancer College Scholarship – This scholarship, worth up to $10,000 is offered to students who have lost a parent to breast cancer and intend to attend a state supported college or university in Illinois. Award is based upon academic achievement, community service, and demonstrated leadership ability. An application, letters of recommendation, and two essays are required. Information and application is available in the Counseling Center or by visiting www.komen.org.
Ron Brown Scholar Program – This national program awards scholarships to academically talented, highly motivated African-American students. The scholarships are worth $10,000 annually for up to $40,000. Applicants must excel academically, show exceptional leadership potential, make an impact on their communities through service to others, and demonstrate financial need. An application, essay, and letters of recommendation must be submitted.
Toyota Community Scholars Program – Toyota offers renewable scholarships ranging from $10,000 to $20,000. U-High can only nominate one student. Applicants must possess an outstanding academic record, be an effective leader, and have a well-documented record of service both within and outside the school setting, and have initiated or be actively involved in a service program addressing a school or community need. Although the deadline for submission is December 1, students interested in being nominated need to obtain an application from the Counseling Center and return by the U-High deadline. U-High Deadline: November 15.
Stokes Educational Scholarship Program – The National Security Agency through this program will pay tuition and book costs at the college of your choice in return for your employment at the NSA for a length of 1½ times the length of study in college. Recipients will attend school full-time the work during the summer for the NSA in areas that are related to their course of study. Applicants must have a minimum 3.00 GPA and 25 ACT score. Applicants may also choose a full-time major at college in any of the following areas: Computer Science, Electrical or Computer Engineering, Languages, or Mathematics. Application must be performed on-line at: www.nsa.gov/careers/students.cfm. Deadline: November 30.
Golden Apple Scholars Program – A pre-service teaching program with up to $28,000 in financial aid for students who plan on teaching as a career. Recipients must finish their bachelor’s degree, obtain an Illinois teaching certificate and teach for five years in an Illinois school of need. Students must be nominated (see your counselor for information) and selection is based upon application, academic performance, personal essays, and three letters of reference. Nominations begin in March of a student’s JUNIOR year in high school. Additional information is available at www.goldenapple.org. Deadline: December 1.
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SAE Engineering Scholarship Program – The Society of Automotive Engineers offers scholarships from specific universities ranging from $400 to full tuition for students intending to earn a degree in engineering or related science; as well as undesignated scholarships ranging from $1000 to $10,000. Applicants should have earned at 3.5 GPA and meet minimum requirements on the ACT test. Information is available in the Counseling Center or by visiting www.sae.org. Please note that there is a $5.00 processing fee to apply. Deadline: December 1
Illinois Society of Professional Engineers Scholarship – The Illinois Society of Professional Engineers provides two $1000 awards for students pursuing careers in engineering. Applicants must have a GPA of 3.00 or better and minimum ACT scores of 29 in Math and 25 in English. Deadline: December 3.
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Lambda State Florence A. Cook Recruitment Grant – Presented by the Delta Kappa Gamma Society to women who desire to become teachers, rank in the top 40% of their class and submit application, data, and essay. Award based upon qualifications not need.
Elks “Most Valuable Student” Scholarship – Four-year scholarships are awarded by the Elks National Foundation for financial need, leadership, and scholarship.
Sam Walton Community Scholarship Program – Wal-Mart Corporation sponsors this program that awards two $1,000 scholarships from each Wal-Mart or Sam’s Club. Recipients also are eligible to compete for scholarships up to a total value of $25,000. Selection is based upon financial need, academic record ACT Scores, community/extracurricular involvement, and work experience. Information regarding student eligibility and application requirements can be found at www.walmartfoundation.org. The access code (SWCS) must be used to access this application process. Check in November to apply.
Gates Millennium Scholars Program – Funded by a grant from Bill and Melinda Gates, this scholarship is available to African-American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander-American, or Hispanic American students who have a minimum GPA of 3.30 and have demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular or other activities, and meet Federal Pell Grant eligibility criteria. This is a highly competitive process and students are encouraged to submit their nomination packet as early as possible. Deadline: January 12, 2009.
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Phi Delta Kappa Scholarship for Prospective Educators – This professional organization presents $500 to $5,000 scholarships to students planning on a career in education. Selection criteria is based upon academic standing, an essay, letters of recommendation, school activities, and community activities. Information and applications are available in the Counseling Center or by visiting www.pdkintl.org. Deadline: February 1, 2009.
Nevco Scoreboard Scholar-Athlete Scholarship – The Nevco Company offers scholarships ranging from $500 to $5,000 to scholar-athletes who excel in the classroom and athletic participation, and exhibit leadership and community involvement. A 3.25 minimum GPA and varsity athletic participation are required. An application, an essay, and two letters of recommendation are required.
IAA Foundation Scholarships – The IAA Foundation is awarding several scholarships for students who will major in agriculture, agribusiness, or an agriculture-related course of study in college. These scholarships are awarded on the basis of exceptional scholastic ability and/or financial need. Applicants must be either a member of the Illinois Farm Bureau, spouse or the member’s child. There are six scholarships available to U-High students and they are listed below. Students may apply for as many as they wish, but are limited to receiving one. Applications will be available in December. Additional information is available at www.iaafoundation.org. Deadline: February 4, 2009.
IAA Foundation General Scholarship – Eight $750 scholarships will be awarded. Applicant must be a major in agriculture, agribusiness, or an ag-related field.
Martha J. and Walter J. Wills Scholarship – One $300 scholarship will be awarded. Applicant’s parents must be Illinois Farm Bureau members who live on and operate a farm and must attend Southern Illinois University College of Agriculture majoring in any course except horses, floriculture, or forestry.
William J. Kuhfuss Memorial Scholarship – One $1.200 scholarship will be awarded. Applicant must attend a post-secondary institution in the state of Illinois (including junior colleges and trade schools) and working toward an occupation in an ag-related field. Preference is given to students from an agricultural background.
Greg Carney Scholarship – One or two $750 minimum scholarships will be awarded. Applicants must attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and major in agriculture, be actively involved in production agriculture in a family farm operation, and be a current or former 4-H member.
Dale E. Butz Scholarship – One $1,000 scholarship will be awarded. Applicant must have a background in production agriculture that is majoring in agriculture, agribusiness, or an ag-related field. The scholarship is awarded on the basis of scholastic ability and financial need.
Fletcher A. Gourley Scholarship – Four $1,750 scholarships will be awarded. Two to children of current patrons (defined as a producer who sells milk to Prairie Farms Dairy) of the Prairie Farms Dairy and two to children of current employees of the Prairie Farms Dairy. The scholarship is awarded on the basis of exceptional scholastic ability and/or financial need.
Key Club International Scholarships – Key Club International offers seven different scholarships ranging from $500 to $2,500. Applicants must be active Key Club members who have at least a 3.50 GPA, participated in several service projects, completed the application, supplied reference letters, and written an essay. Application and information is available in the Counseling Center or by visiting www.keyclub.org. Please note that some of the various scholarships have different deadlines, however, the general deadline is February 11.
Best Buy Scholarship Program – The Best Buy Company awards scholarship ranging from $500 to $2,500. Applicants will initially be evaluated on their level of volunteer community service over the past four years. Recipients will be selected by the level of volunteer service, as well as the student’s academic achievement, work experience, school activities, statement of goals, and an outside appraisal. Financial need is not considered. The first 15,000 applicants will be considered. Applications are available at www.bestbuy.com/scholarships. Applications will be available after January 1, 2009. Deadline: February 15
National Co-op Scholarship Program – The National Commission for Cooperative Education offer sixty-nine $5,000 for students who plan on participating in college cooperative education. Currently there are 10 schools which qualify for this program. See the website, www.co-op.edu, or application for details. Applicants must have a minimum 3.50 GPA and complete the application and an essay. Deadline: February 15.
KFC Colonel’s Scholars Program – KFC offers scholarships of up to $5,000 per year to students who will enroll in a public, in-state college, maintain at least a 2.75 GPA, are US citizens or permanent residents, need financial assistance for college, and have an entrepreneurial spirit. Apply online at www.kfcscholars.org. Deadline: February 10.
AXA Achievement Community Scholarship – this organization offers $2,000 scholarships to students who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their activities in school, the community, or the workplace. An application and essay are required.
Illinois Odd Fellow-Rebekah Scholarship Program – Scholarship awards of $500 and $1,000 are open to students maintaining at least a 2.00 GPA and demonstrating financial need. Applications may be found in the Counseling Center or at www.ioof-il.org. Deadline: arrive by Feb. 15.
Kathryn G. Hansen Scholarship Competition – The University of Illinois Secretariat offers a $500 scholarship to students intending to pursue higher education in the office professional, secretarial, or business-related fields. Students will submit an application, an essay, transcript, and two letters of recommendation.
USA Today All-USA Academic Team -- $2,500 cash award is presented to 20 top students throughout the United States. Criteria for selection include not only academic excellence, but also in leadership roles within and outside of school. The key element, to be given most weight by the judges, will be a student’s outstanding original academic, artistic, or leadership endeavor. The judges will be influenced by the student’s ability to describe that outstanding endeavor in his/her own word. .
The Links Scholarship – The Central Illinois Chapter of The Links, Inc. offer a $1,000 scholarship to an Africian-American student planning on attending college. Applicants must have a minimum 3.00 GPA and reside in the Bloomington-Normal, Champaign, Springfield or Charleston area. A typed application, high school transcript, and a typed essay must be submitting for consideration.
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National Defense Transportation Association Scholarship – The purpose of this scholarship is to promote careers in Business, Transportation Logistics, and Physical Distribution. Although all students may apply, preference will be given to students pursuing these and related courses of study. An essay is required. Deadline: March 1.
ACACIA Leadership Scholarship – This $500 or $250 scholarship is designed to identify and reward outstanding high school seniors who have demonstrated their ability to excel in the fields of academics, extra-curricular school activities, and community involvement. The scholarship is available to any male who attends either Iowa State University, the University of Iowa, or the University of Nebraska. Letters of recommendation and an essay are required with an additional personal interview with finalist. Financial need is not a consideration. Deadline: March 1
American Chemical Society Scholars Program – This program is designed to encourage African-American, Hispanic, and Native American students to pursue undergraduate college degrees in the chemical sciences ACS will award 100 scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $5,000 per academic year. Eligible students must be high academic achievers in chemistry or science, be able to demonstrate financial need, and intend to pursue a degree in chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering or a chemically-related science. Deadline: March 1
Illinois AMVETS Scholarship Program – The Illinois AMVETS provides the following scholarship opportunities, all with
Illinois AMVETS Service Foundation Scholarship – Four-year scholarship of $1,000 per year for students who have taken the ACT or SAT tests. Preference will be given to children or grandchildren of a veteran
Illinois AMVETS Sad Sacks Nursing Scholarship – One-year scholarship for $500, for students accepted in a pre-approved nursing program. Applicants should have a satisfactory academic record, character, interest and activity record, and financial need. Priority will be given to the dependent of a deceased or disabled veteran.
Illinois AMVETS Junior ROTC Scholarship – Four-year scholarship for $1,000 per year for participants in a Junior ROTC program, who have taken the ACT or SAT tests. Preference will be given to the child or grandchild of a veteran
Illinois AMVETS Trade School Scholarship – Two-year scholarship for $1,000 a year, for students accepted in a pre-approved trade school program. Preference will be given to a child or grandchild of a veteran. No ACT scores are required.
Illinois AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Memorial Scholarship – One-year scholarship for $500, for children or grandchildren of veterans who served after September 15, 1940 and was Honorably Discharged or who is currently serving in the military. Applicants must have taken either the ACT or SAT test.
Illinois AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Worchild Scholarship – One-year scholarship for $500, for children of a deceased veteran who served after September 15, 1940 who was Honorably Discharged. They need not be killed in action or deceased as a result of a service-connected disability. Applicants must have taken either the ACT or SAT test.
Illinois PTA Scholarship – The Illinois PTA offers $500-$1,000 scholarships to students entering education or an education-related field who are ranked in the upper 25% of their graduating class. Deadline: March 1
Illinois Special Education Teacher Tuition Waiver Program – The Illinois Student Assistance Commission awards tuition waiver scholarships to any of the twelve state universities for students who will major in and agree to teach for a minimum of two years in Special Education. Information and applications are available in the Counseling Center or by visiting www.collegezone.com. Deadline: March 1.
Illinois Association of County Officials Scholarship – Four scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,000 will be awarded to graduating seniors. Applicants must submit a one-page essay, their transcript, and one letter of recommendation.
Illinois Chemical Education Foundation Scholarship – The Chemical Industry Council of Illinois presents a number of $2,000 scholarships each year to top high school senior science students. Their objective is to honor students who have exemplified outstanding achievement in academics, extracurricular/employment activities, and community involvement. Application includes letters of recommendation and an essay.
Bloomington Elks Physical & Occupational Therapy Scholarship – The Elks Lodge sponsors up to $1000 scholarships for students majoring in Physical or Occupational Therapy. Applicants must have a minimum B average. Evaluation is based upon academic qualifications, financial need and personality and desire. Students must contact Gary Young at 309-663-1582 to obtain an application.
Bloomington Kiwanis ON TRACK Award – This $1,000 scholarship is awarded to a student who has faced adversity at home or at school and has overcome that obstacle to get back “on track” with their lives and remain focused on continuing education. Students must be nominated, however there is no restriction on who may nominate a student. The person making the nomination must write and explanation of how the student got back on track. The nominee must reside in Bloomington, Illinois, be in good standing, submit a recommendation, and write a short essay.
Illinois Sheriff’s Association Scholarship – The Illinois Sheriff’s Association will be awarding $500 scholarships to students throughout the state of Illinois. Scholarships must be utilized at a State of Illinois institution of higher learning and students must be enrolled as full-time students. Applications are returned to the sheriff’s office in the county of the applicants’ permanent residence. Information and applications are available in the Counseling Center or by visiting www.ilsheriff.org.
NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award – The National Federation of Independent Business offers this $1,000 scholarship to recognize students who have demonstrated entrepreneurial spirit/initiative, such as starting his/her own business, participation in organizations such as DECA, Future Business Leaders of America, Junior Achievement, among others, or through other initiatives. Applicants must locate a dues paying member of the NFIB for nomination following the completion of application materials and an essay.
Kohl’s Kids Who Care Program – The Kohl’s Kids Who Care Program is an annual opportunity to recognize and reward students (ages 6 to 18) who volunteer in their communities. Awards range from Kohl’s $50 gift cards to $5,000 scholarships toward college. Nomination forms are available beginning February 1 at any Kohl’s Department Store or from the Kohl’s website at www.kohlscorporation.com and can be returned to any Kohl’s customer service desk. Deadline: March 15.
Bloomington/Normal Girls Softball Association Scholarship – This $600 scholarship is awarded to students who have played softball with the BNGSA three out of the four years of high school. An essay is required. Information and applications are available in the Counseling Center or on the Association’s website at www.bngsa.org.
ISU Computer Science, Engineering, & Mathematics Scholarship – CSEM Scholarships are awarded to talented students who demonstrate financial need. Applicants must be pursuing degrees in applied computer science, mathematics, or industrial computer systems at Illinois State University. Twenty scholarships are available for up to $3,125 per year.
Illinois Heartland Decorative Artists Scholarship – This organization has established a $1,000 scholarship to an art student who will be attending college following graduation and be pursuing a career in the fine arts. Computer and graphic arts are not being considered at this time. The award will be based on interest, talent, desire, and need. Applicants must reside within 100 miles of Champaign, IL.
Transportation Club of Bloomington Education Grant Program – Five awards of $1,000 will be awarded to area students. Applicant’s parent/grandparent/guardian must be employed in a transportation related occupation; be involved in school and community activities; and a high school senior or college freshman. A one-page essay is also required. Special consideration will be given to those applicants who will be attending vocational/technical schools.
Illini Club of McLean County Scholarship -- The Illini Club awards five scholarships ranging from $750 to $1,000 for McLean County residents enrolling at the University of Illinois. Criteria used to select students include academic achievement, extracurricular activities, community involvement, and work experience.
Italian Culture Society Scholarship – This Bloomington based organization presents scholarships based upon good academic standing and leadership qualities. An application, reference/nomination form, cover letter and supporting information (may be an essay, artwork portfolio, musical audition tape, or research paper related to Italian culture) are required.
General Assembly Scholarship Program (Brady) – Students who will be attending state universities in Illinois may submit applications for the General Assembly Scholarship program to their local State Representative. The scholarship is for one year’s tuition and most fees. For those living in the 88th Representative District, Daniel Brady is the Representative. Applications are available in the Counseling Center or by visiting www.rep-danbrady.com.
State Farm Holiday Classic Scholarship – Classic Tournament, Inc. is offering four scholarships to student-athletes ranging from $500 to $1,000. Student-athletes who participated in the tournament may apply by completing an application, submitting an essay, their transcript, and a letter from their basketball coach verifying that they have or will earn a varsity letter in basketball. Information and applications are available in the Counseling Center or at www.theclassic.org.
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Swiss Benevolent Society Scholarship – This tuition only scholarship, ranging from $750 to $2,500, is presented to students who either a Swiss national or of Swiss descent (with documents of proof) who have a minimum ACT composite score of 26. An application, essay, and Swiss descent documentation form are required. Information and applications are available in the Counseling Center or by visiting www.sbschicago.org/education.html.
CHA/DAI Animal Science Scholarship – Cha/Dai sponsors an Animal Science Scholarship for residents of Logan, Mason, Menard, Dewitt, Macon, McLean, and Tazewell counties. Applicants must write a short essay on why they deserve the scholarship.
Conclave Scholarship Award Competition -- $8000 for students who will attend either Brown Institute of Minneapolis or the Specs Howard School of Broadcasting Arts in Southfield, MI and who will study for a career in any area of the broadcasting field (air personality, advertising, management, writing, TV, news, sports, production, etc.).
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Scholarship – This $500 scholarship is offered to African-Americans based upon their academic achievement, demonstrated leadership ability through participation in extracurricular activities and/or community service, and the pursuit of realistic goals. Additional information is available at www.dstbloomington-normal.org. Applications available winter 2009.
Illinois Masonic Scottish Rite Scholarship Fund – There are eight scholarships offered by the Valley of Bloomington, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction listed below. All of these scholarships have the same application deadline More information can be found on their website, www.assrbloomington.org.
Illinois Masonic Healthcare Scholarship – Applicants for this scholarship must plan to pursue a career in the health care field. Applicants must be residents of Illinois, and must maintain a "B" average to continue receiving this scholarship.
Leon M. Abbott Scottish Rite Scholarship – Leon M. Abbott Scholarships provide financial support for the continuing education of young men and women from Scottish Rite families and Masonic-related youth groups.
Louis L. Williams Memorial Scholarship – The applicant must reside in the State of Illinois and attend Illinois Wesleyan University. The Scholarship is for one year only.
The American Passion Play – Sponsored by the American Passion Play, this scholarship is awarded yearly based on financial need, career plans, affiliation with the American Passion Play or the Valley of Bloomington, A.A.S.R., and scholarship merit, as evidenced by academic performance.
Sherwood and Evelyn Kriskin Memorial Scholarship – Applicant may attend either an Illinois university or one in a state contiguous to Illinois at either the undergraduate or graduate level, but must reside in Illinois. The applicant must maintain a "B" average or better to continue receiving this scholarship.
Grand Lodge of A.F. & A. M. Illinois Scholarship – Applicant must have a blood relative who is a Master Mason in good standing and must reside in the State of Illinois. The applicant must have a "B" average. Applicant will receive the scholarship for one year only but may re-apply for additional years.
Robert B. Perkins Memorial Scholarship – Applicant must have a blood relative who is a Scottish Rite Mason in good standing and must reside in the State of Illinois. The scholarship is based on academic standing and the applicant must maintain a "B" average to continue receiving this scholarship.
A. Colville Wilson Scholarship For Graduate Work – Applicants must be a graduate student in the health care field relating to children's medicine and must reside in the State of Illinois
NAACP Scholarship – The Bloomington/Normal branch of the NAACP bases this scholarship upon scholastic achievement (3.00 minimum GPA), letters of recommendation, and an essay.
George Mangiaracina Memorial Scholarship – The Illinois Employment and Training Association offers a scholarship of up to $1,000. Applicants must submit an application, an essay, be in the top 50% of their class, and attend college in Illinois.
Illinois Lumber & Material Dealers Association Educational Foundation Scholarship – The ILMDA awards scholarships ranging from $500 to $2,000 to student who pursue industry-related course work at Illinois colleges and universities. The scholarships are to assist and encourage students to further their interest in the lumber and building materials field. Applicants must have a minimum 2.00 GPA in order to apply.
Sigma Phi Epsilon Balanced Man Scholarship – Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign offers three scholarships totaling $1,750 to male students who will be attending the U of I. They are offered for students who have excelled in the areas of scholarship, leadership, athletics, and community service. Applicants do not have to join the fraternity. Applications are available in the guidance office or students may apply online at www.uiuc.edu/ro/sigeps.
Prairieland Collegiate Cougar Scholarship – Prairieland Elementary School’s parent-teacher organization will be awarding two scholarships of $500 each to graduating seniors who attended Prairieland Elementary School. Consideration will be given to students who demonstrate high academic achievement, have a record of involvement in school and community activities, and complete the application’s written essay.
Normal Lions Club Scholarship – The Normal Lions Club offers a $500 scholarship to seniors who reside in the Town of Normal. Applicants must submit an application, transcript, letter of recommendation, an essay, and a listing of past, present, and future service plans.
AMVETS National Scholarship Program – AMVETS offers six four-year scholarships of $4,000 ($1,000 per year) to children and grandchildren of veterans. Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 GPA, be a child or grandchild of a veteran who is an AMVETS member, be a US citizen, and demonstrate academic promise and financial need.
McLean County Bar Association Law Day Citizenship Award – The McLean County Bar Association presents a $500 savings bond to applicants based upon their community service, academic standing, and involvement in both school and extracurricular activities including church and charitable organizations.
Excellence in Agriculture Scholarship – This is an award for a high school senior who is looking to pursue a career in agriculture at either a two-year or four-year college or university. Applicants must have a 2.50 GPA during his/her senior year, accepted to enrollment at an accredited college, university, or community college within the State of Illinois by May 15th. Applicants must have two letters of reference and have the potential to make a significant contribution to society demonstrated by extra-curricular activities.
Accepting the Challenge of Excellence Award – The National Exchange Club of Bloomington provides a $500 scholarship to students who have made a dramatic change in their attitude and performance sometime during their high school years. A.C.E. award winners have overcome a wide array of challenges, including debilitating diseases, family abandonment, and also the consequences of poor life style choices. U-High students wishing to be nominated need to see their counselor and tell their story.
Joseph and Margaret Bohrer Fine Arts Award – The McLean County Arts Center presents this $1,500 award to students with outstanding accomplishments in the Fine Arts (Music, Theatre, Dance, Visual Arts) who intend to major in one of the Fine Arts in college. A Fine Arts teacher must sponsor the application. A portfolio of the student’s work is also required. A personal interview or audition may also be requested.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Scholarship Award – The applicant for this scholarship must be an African-American and reside in the Bloomington/Normal community. An application, transcript and an essay are required.
Ted Farrell Memorial Scholarship – The Illinois Association of Mortgage Brokers awards 18 $1,000 scholarships to high school juniors or seniors who have a parent in the Mortgage Industry and work for a company that is a member of the Illinois Association of Mortgage Brokers and have a minimum of a 3.00 GPA. Awards are based upon scholastic achievement, extracurricular activities, educational and career aspirations, as well as a 250 word essay.
Grambling University National Alumni Association Scholarship Award – The applicant for this scholarship must be an African-American graduating senior with plans to attend a Historically Black College or University. The applicant must also reside in the Bloomington/Normal community. Application requires a letter of reference and an essay.
Lehman Journalism Scholarship – The Suburban Cook County Regional Office of Education administers two $1,000 scholarships for students pursuing a career in journalism. Awards are based upon academic record (minimum 3.800 GPA), demonstrated financial need, and interest in pursuing a career in Journalism. An essay and two letters of recommendation are also required.
Savvi Formalwear Scholarship – Savvi Formalwear is offering two $250 scholarships to high school seniors who have shown exceptional leadership capabilities. An essay is required in the application. Application forms are available in the guidance office or from Savvi Formalwear Colonial Plaza, Bloomington. Completed applications and essays must be returned in person to the store.
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Bromenn Healthcare Scholarships – Scholarships for designated degrees/certificates are available to Bromenn employees as well as to external applicants. The number and types of scholarships offered any given year are determined as a result of planning and forecasting their position needs. Scholarships generally range from $1,000 to $4,000. Applicants who meet the following criteria are considered: 3.20 GPA, letter of interest, two letters of reference, panel interview, and completion of on-line application. The following types of scholarships are typically available:
Ph.D. Nursing Practice BS Nursing
Associate Degree in Nursing Nursing Diploma
Practical Nursing Certificate Medical Laboratory Technician
Medical Transcriptionist Certificate Certified Nursing Assistant
For additional information and how to apply, please contact Bromenn Human Relations via telephone by calling 309-268-2300, via email at HRMailbox@bromenn.org, or by visiting their website at www.bromenn.org/jobs/scholarships. Deadline: May 1.
Hilda M. Padgett Scholarship – Criteria for the scholarship are financial need, academic eligibility, and high moral character, in that order. With satisfactory progress toward a degree, this scholarship may be renewable for up to fours years. An application form and a short essay are required. Deadline: May 1.
General Assembly Scholarship Program (Sommer) – Students who will be attending state universities in Illinois may submit applications for the General Assembly Scholarship program to their local State Representative. The scholarship is for one year’s tuition and most fees. For those living in the 106th Representative District, Keith Sommer is the Representative. Applications are available in the Counseling Center or by contacting Representative Sommer.
Upakar Scholarship – The Indo-American Community Foundation provides this scholarship, ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 to student of Indian descent based upon financial need and academic performance. Information is available in the Counseling Center and applications are available after February 1 by visiting www.upakar.org. Deadline: May 2.
Crossroads Scholarship – The Crossroads Scholarship was established by Dr. John H. Williams, a U-High Alumnus, as an expression of his gratitude to the faculty, students, and especially the Class of 1954 of University High School. The criteria for the scholarship is a GPA in the upper half to upper quarter (preference will be given to students demonstrating academic improvement between their freshman and senior years), demonstrates school spirit, participates in co-curricular activities, and demonstrates financial need. Applicants should write a one-page essay addressing the criteria.
Lovelass Scholarship – This $500 scholarship is given in honor of Dr. and Mrs. Harry D. Lovelass. Dr. Lovelass served as Principal of University High School from 1949 through 1970. The criteria includes senior student who has been accepted and enrolled to attend ISU, 3.2 GPA or above, and have demonstrated evidence of leadership and service while a student at University High School. Deadline: May 3.
U-High Class of 1987 Scholarship Award – This award is based upon academic achievement (3.25 GPA and above), school spirit, leadership, and involvement in extra-curricular activities. The winner will be selected by a committee of 1987 class sponsors, present senior class sponsors, Principal, and Junior Class President.
EV Scholarship for Integrity – This U-High scholarship, funded anonymously, requires staff nomination. The criteria include trust, honesty, integrity, and responsibility.
Lucie-Nietzke Critical Thinking Award – This U-High scholarship is not about co-curricular involvement, personality, or interpersonal relationships. It is about critical thinking. The student must demonstrate a questioning spirit and desire for knowledge. They must not yield to peer pressure during class discussions, but demonstrate an unyielding commitment to sharing and receiving knowledge in the best liberal arts tradition. The student should demonstrate divergent thinking and excel at problem solving. The student should question the relevance of ideas and materials. This award is by teacher nomination only.
Peter Parmantic Education Scholarship – The Parmantic Education Scholarship honors Pete Parmantic, a former U-High English teacher. The criteria states that the student is seeking a degree in Education, is an independent thinker, and demonstrates clear communication skills and a desire to learn. Interested seniors need to write a one-page essay about his/her interests and qualifications and return the essay to the Counseling Center.
Baker & Borth-Delta Delta Delta Scholarship – This $250 scholarship in memory of Brian Baker and Derek Borth and presented by the Tri-Delta Sorority is presented to students who will attend Illinois State University, who have been involved in athletics, and have a minimum of at 3.30 GPA. An application and essay are required.
Educational Communications Scholarship – The ECS Foundation offers 61 scholarships ranging in value from $1,000 to $6,000. Primary consideration is based upon GPA and Aptitude Tests Scores (ACT/SAT) with secondary consideration given to involvement in school or community athletics or work experience. There is a $4.00 processing fee required to apply. Applications are available in the Counseling Center.
Epilepsy Foundation Scholarship – The Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago awards three $1,000 scholarships to students with epilepsy. An application, essay, two letter of recommendation, doctor’s statement verifying the diagnosis of epilepsy or a seizure disorder, personal statement and resume are required for submission.
Illinois Business Education Association Scholarships – This $500 scholarship is awarded by the IBEA to students who plan to enroll in a teacher education program with an emphasis in business education in an Illinois school that leads to certification in business, marketing, and/or computer education. An application, letters of recommendation, and an essay are required.
Triangle Achievement Award – The Gamma Chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon International Fraternity awards the $500 and $1,000 Triangle Achievement Award to males who will attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Applicants are judged by their academic success in high school, as well as leadership in extracurricular activities. Applicants do not have to make any commitment to join the fraternity.
Coca-Cola Scholarship Program (Two-Year Colleges) – The Coca-Cola Company awards $1,000 scholarships to students who attend or will attend a two-year college. Applicants MUST be nominated by the college, therefore students who meet the criteria listed need to contact the financial aid office of the college to declare their interest in being nominated. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.50 and have completed at least 100 hours of community service within the previous 12-month period. More information is available at www.coca-colascholars.org after March 1st, or by contacting the financial aid office of the two-year college you will attend.
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John N. Stevens Memorial Scholarship – The John N. Stevens Memorial Scholarship is awarded by the Bloomington/Normal Sunrise Rotary Club. The scholarship pays for 12 credit hours at Heartland Community College for two consecutive semesters. See the counseling center for guidelines or visit http://bnsunrise.rotary6490.org.
ERCA Community Contribution Scholarship – The Educational Research Center of America offers $1,000 scholarships to students who have made a difference in their community and complete the application form. Applications are available on their website, www.studentresearch.org/public or in the Counseling Center. Please note that there is a $3.50 processing fee to apply for this scholarship.
National Image Latino Scholarship Fund – The Central Illinois chapter of National Image, Inc. provides three $750 scholarships to Central Illinois Latino students. Applicants must be at least half Latino, reside in Central Illinois, and have a minimum 2.00 GPA. An application form, letters of recommendations, and an essay are required.
Towanda Lions Club Steve Liebenow Memorial Scholarship – The Towanda Lions Club is offering this $500 scholarship to students who live in the Towanda area. Applicants must also have a minimum 2.00 GPA, supply a letter of application, letters of recommendation, and an essay.