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Chamber of Commerce Guide to College Scholarships

2019-20 College Scholarship list

American Legion Scholarships
Related to a veteran
Call the Legion Post

Spoon River Electric Cooperative
Child of a Cooperative member
See Counselor

Coca Cola Scholarship
"B" student, Leadership/Community Service

SAE International
Engineering and related Sciences

Elks National Foundation, Inc.
Most Valuable Student Scholarship Contest

Ronald McDonald House Charities
U.S. Scholarship Program

University of IL- Alpha Alumni Scholarship
Church and Community involvement

National Wild Turkey Federation
Contact Spoon River Gobblers Association

"At the heart of a growing America" Ag Scholarship
Com./ag involvement - ag-related major

Axa Achievement Community Scholarship
Outstanding student, enrolled FT

U.S. Bank Internet Scholarship Program
Based on a random drawing

Western Illinois University Scholarships
Accepted to WIU

IL. Odd Fellow-Rebekah Scholarship
"C" Average, IL. resident, U.S. citizen

KFC- Colonel's Scholars
GPA of 2.5, Pursuing a Bachelor's degree

MCTC-Mid Century Telephone
Parents must be members of the company
See Counselor

IL. Div.-Sons of Confederate Veterans
Descendent of a Veteran
See Counselor

IL. Elks Children's Care Corporation
Physical/Occ. Thrpy Maj, "B" average, need
See Counselor

Amvets Service Foundation Scholarship
See Counselor

IL. Retired Teachers' Assoc. Foundation
Education major and an IL. resident

IL Chemical Education Foundation Scholarship
Academic Achievement, Extracurricular Activity, Community Service

Spoon River College Foundation
Must graduate from high school
Counselor or

SRC Foundation- Performing Grants
Must live in SR College district
Counselor or

TJ Coulter Scholarship
Must be an Ag student
See Counselor

Warner Churchill Ag Memorial
Must be an Ag student
See Counselor

Illinois PTA Scholarship
Upper 25% of class, Education-related field
See Counselor

Kohl's Kids Who Care Scholarship
Major Volunteer efforts, and need

IL Lumber & Material Dealers Asso. Foun.
IL. resident, lumber career, building
See Counselor

Ed Lane Scholarship
Must be an Ag student
See Counselor

Diane Decker Scholarship
PE major, upper 1/3 of HS class, 2.5 GPA
Counselor or WIU Scholarship Office

Richard T. Humphreys Scholarship
Must graduate from Cuba
Masons or Counselor

Altrusa Club Scholarship
"C" Average, Need
See Counselor

John P. Wayne Scholarship
Education or related field and need

PEO Scholarship
Family member in the PEO
Contact a PEO member

Clara F. Donaldson Memorial Scholarship
Top 10% of class and financial need
See Counselor

Millard Library Scholarship
4.0 GPA, citizenship or library service
See Counselor

Shauna E. Helle Memorial Scholarship
Health Related Field
See Counselor

Tompkins-Wolf Scholarship
Faith based/Ag related
See Counselor

General Assembly Scholarship
94th district resident, need, & com. service
Counselor or 94th District Rep.

Linnea Hall Memorial Scholarship
Health Occupations major
See Hall Family Member/Counselor

Mellinger Foundation Scholarship
Reside in Fulton County

Dovetails Unlimited
Must be a member

U of I Balanced Man Scholarship
Leadership, Athletics, & Com. Serv.

Cuba High School Alumni Scholarship
Maintain "C" average, Cuba Senior
Any Cuba Alumni member

Live Your Life Memorial Scholarship
See Counselor/Wilson Family


DAR Scholarships--DUE: February
There are two types: national and state. To be considered, deadlines and requirements for each type of scholarship must be met. The following is a brief outline of the choices available.
NATIONAL: There are approximately 22 national scholarships administered at the national level. Requirements are explained in detail and forms are made available on the national website under "DAR Scholarship Committee". Please read the information carefully because incomplete or inaccurate applications will be discarded. All applications with supporting documents should be sent to the addresses indicated on the national website and must be postmarked on or before February 12, 2020
STATE: Seven $1000 Illinois State Scholarships, one per district, are offered. These scholarships are limited to students who are US citizens, are graduating seniors from high school, and who will be attending junior colleges, four year colleges, or universities located in Illinois. A letter of endorsement, written by a sponsoring chapter is required. These scholarships are primarily based on financial need. Applications are available from the Illinois Organization website. Applications must be received by chapters no later than February 1, 2020

NDTA Scholastic Award Program
NATIONAL DEFENSE TRANSPORTATION ASSOCIATION -- Scott/St. Louis Chapter 2020 Scholastic Awards
For high school graduates planning to attend college -- DEADLINE: must be postmarked NO LATER THAN March 1, 2020.
SCHOLARSHIP PURPOSE: Academic Scholarship Program is to assist high school graduates achieve their academic goals in the fields of Business, Transportation Logistics, and Physical Distribution. Although all students may apply, preference will be given to students pursuing these and related courses of study.
The Scott/St. Louis Chapter of the NDTA intends to award a minimum of two (2) scholarships of $4,000 each and two (2) scholarships of $2,500 each for recipients enrolled in an accredited bachelors or graduate degree program in 2017. An additional award of $1,500 is set-aside for students enrolled in a two-year associate degree or trade certification program.

CBAI Foundation for Community Banking
The CBAI Foundation for Community Banking provides monetary awards for top high-school seniors statewide.
Essay Deadline: Entries must be received by the CBAI Foundation via the sponsoring bank by 5 p.m. on Monday, February 3, 2020.

Illinois Odd Fellow-Rebekah Scholarship Award-DUE: Feb. 28
The Illinois Odd Fellow-Rebekah Scholarship Award. Applications must be fully completed and post marked by February 28th.
Applicants need not be affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, but must be a resident of Illinois and a citizen of the United States.
The application may be found at Highlight Programs, click on State Projects, then Scholarship Program, then Scholarship Application.
Applications must be fully completed and post marked by February 28. Please allow ample time for mail delivery.

Spoon River College Foundation Scholarship
The 2019-2020 Spoon River College Foundation Scholarship Application is now available.
Completed applications (most recent transcript attached and FAFSA filed) are due to the SRC Financial Aid Office by March 15th.

Illinois Sheriff's Scholarship
The ISA has always taken special interest in the youth of the State of Illinois. One of the ISA goals is for Illinois children to become well educated adults, able to cope with the pressures of today’s society. Thanks to our members support, the ISA is able to offer scholarship programs to students throughout Illinois.
DEADLINE: March 15, 2020

1st Farm Credit Services
Applications must be typed. This scholarship will assist deserving high school seniors to further their education in an agriculture or rural life-related field of study.
Provides 24, individual $1,500 scholarships to students within the 42-county services territory of 1st Farm Credit Services. The scholarship is for graduating high school seniors who have been accepted into an agriculture or agriculture-related curriculum at a university, college or community college and either reside or attend high school within 1st Farm Credit Services' service territory.
SELECTION CRITERIA: Selection will be based on a combination of academic achievement, community and agricultural youth organization involvement and essays. Applicants will be judged by a panel of independent agribusiness, education, youth and farm organization leaders.
APPLICATION INFORMATION: Qualifying students may fill out an application online, or obtain an application online (Word format) or a local 1st Farm Credit Services office. Online applications are at

Illinois Agriculture Association Foundation Scholarships
Offer a number of scholarships through one application. The IAA Foundation endeavors to enhance the future of agriculture by providing college scholarships.

Illinois Agriculture Education -- FCAE District III Sections 11-15
As we begin the new year we also begin scholarship season it seems. Click this link to scholarships that are available in agriculture. Many scholarships with varying deadlines!!!

University of Illinois Secretariat--Kathryn G. Hansen Scholarship
DEADLINE: The postmark and email deadline for receipt of application materials is Friday, March 6, 2020.
For the 2019-2020 academic year, one scholarship in the amount of $500 will be awarded. The scholarship is to be used for tuition, fees, books, or other related educational expenses. To be eligible applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • be enrolled full time as a high school senior in the 2019-2020 academic year in Illinois, progressing normally toward graduation, and planning to enter college no later than the fall following graduation;

  • have a strong commitment to pursue a higher education in an office professional, secretarial, or business-related field within the State of Illinois with preference given to attendance at the University of Illinois;

  • involvement in co-curricular and community activities;

  • demonstrate academic achievement;

  • be a resident of Illinois;

  • be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.

The application is available on-line at
The application materials can be sent by e-mail to (preferred method) or U.S. mail. The postmark and email deadline for receipt of application materials is Friday, March 6, 2020.
The recipient will be asked to attend a presentation at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign campus to receive a certificate. A recipient unable to attend the presentation must contact the committee. If a recipient makes no direct contact with the committee once they have been notified, the scholarship is forfeited.

Two River Valley Cattleman's Association Scholarship
DUE: April 1st, 2020

Edward Arthur Mellinger Educational Foundation
At present, the Foundation considers only applicants who reside in six western Illinois counties, although they may attend any accredited institution within the United States.
Applications are accepted by the Foundation during the period of February 1 to May 1 only. Applications postmarked after May 1 will not be considered.

Illinois AMVETS Scholarships
SEVERAL to look at! Deadline: March 1st on many!
Scholarship criteria and applications can be found on Additional scholarship offerings from our subsidiaries, Illinois AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary and Illinois AMVETS Sad Sacks can also be found on website.

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Illinois State University Scholarships--Financial Aid
Admissions ScholarshipsIllinois State awards highly competitive.

Ladies Auxiliary VFW Illinois

SIU Scholarships
SIU - Carbondale

University of Illinois-Springfield

Western Illinois University
Western Illinois University Scholarship Office

Northern Illinois University
Merit Scholarships for New Incoming Students

College Matching, School Reviews, & Scholarships!!!!
College Matching! School Reviews! Scholarships!

College Greenlight
Helps you in your search for colleges and scholarships!

MRW/Midwest Technical Institute
The mikeroweWORKS Foundation and MTI are pleased to announce the 2019-2020 MRW/MTI Scholarship Program for graduating high school seniors. Established in 2013, the fourth annual program will award 23 scholarships for various amounts for one of the school's workforce training courses and programs at each of MTI's six campus locations. In total, about 138 students across MTI's campus network will receive approximately $804,000 in scholarship funds.

Eastern Illinois University
Two scholarships that are offered for an incoming freshman at Eastern.
The first scholarship is the Carolyn A. Forbes Centennial Scholarship. It was established in 2001 by alumni and friends of the School of Technology. This award will be given to an incoming freshman declaring a major in the School of Technology. These majors include Career and Technical Education (Business Education, Family and Consumer Sciences Education, or Technology Education) and Applied Engineering and Technology.
The second scholarship is the Lillian R. Greathouse Scholarship. This scholarship was established in 2002 by Lillian R. Greathouse. This award is made to an incoming freshman, majoring in Career and Technical Education, in the top 20% of his/her high school graduating class. At Eastern, Career and Technical Education is made up of students selecting the emphasis areas of: Business Education, Family and Consumer Sciences Education, and Technology Education.
Students planning to attend Eastern with one of these majors in mind, please apply for these scholarships. Information regarding the majors found in the School of Technology is found at

Student Scholarships
Leading source for finding scholarships

Illinois Student Assistance Commission. A scholarship is a type of “gift aid” that rewards a student for grades, athletics, a unique skill, a special talent, financial needs or even a specific career interest.

University Of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
There is a state law that provides for the University of Illinois to award one tuition waiver per identified military conflict selected by the General Assembly per each of the 102 counties for the children of veterans.

A candidate must be a permanent resident of the Illinois County from which he/she applies. The tuition waiver covers four consecutive years of in-state tuition (for undergraduate, graduate, or professional studies) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Chicago, Health Sciences Center, or Springfield Campus.

A parent who served during World War II, the Korean Conflict, the Vietnam Conflict, the Southwest Asia Conflict, Operation Enduring Freedom, and/or Operation Iraqi Freedom must meet the guidelines listed on application.

A new complete application must be submitted each year if one applied in the past and was not selected. Supporting documents (copies of ACT scores, military paperwork) from past applications are not reviewed

The conflicts eligible were approved by the General Assembly. I recognize there are current conflicts which deserve recognition, but this is how they have written the law. If you believe these should be changed, I suggest you contact your State Legislator.

For details please go to:

Augustana College Art Scholarship
Interested in studying art in college? Submit your original work for a portfolio review by Augustana College art faculty. You could be awarded an art scholarship up to $4,000.

The Mary F. Egan Scholarship Fund
DUE: All applications must be postmarked no later than June 1st. Recipient will be announced by the first Monday in August.
PURPOSE: The purpose of the Mary F. Egan Scholarship Fund is to provide financial assistance to an individual attending a college or university on a full-time basis with the intent of earning an undergraduate degree.
QUALIFICATIONS: Must be a citizen of the US and a resident of one of the following Illinois counties: Fulton, Henderson, Knox, Warren. Must be able to show proof of acceptance into a college or university or show a transcript of college work and must have at least a 2.5 GPA.
SELECTION CRITERIA: The following areas will be given primary consideration in awarding the scholarship, and they bear no ranking in the order that they are listed. KCCDD also reserves the right to award the scholarship to an individual who best exemplifies the purpose of the scholarship.
An applicant who is recommended by a KCCDD employee, an applicant with a disability, an applicant pursuing a degree in speech/language, health care, and health or social services.
FUNDS AVAILABLE: Minimum of $1,000.00 per school year available.
APPLICATION DETAILS: A complete set of forms may be obtained from the KCCDD Administrative Office located at 2015 Windish Drive, Galesburg, IL 61401 or online at
Questions or Comments, please contact Christina Smith at or 309.344.2600
In addition to filling out the form, please submit: an essay of no more than 500 words outlining one's career goals and future plans; and a copy of applicant's most recent transcript.

Center for Rural Health-Illinois Dept. of Public Health
Scholarships for tuition, mandatory fees and living expenses are available to a limited number of eligible medical students. Scholarship recipients repay the awards by completing graduate training in one of the primary care specialties and by practicing in areas of Illinois determined by the Illinois Department of Public Health to be physician shortage areas.

Illinois Nursing Scholarships
Illinois Nursing Scholarships and Grants


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Midwest Student Exchange Program
The Midwest Student Exchange Program is a tuition reduction program that helps students attend participating out-of-state colleges and universities.

Wendy's Heisman for Student Athletes
There's still time for top seniors to apply for the Wendy's High School Heisman!

Scholarship Office-NIU
Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, Illinois

Scholarships-Admissions-University of Illinois
Simply apply to Illinois and you are considered for merit-based scholarships awarded by individual colleges and departments.

Illinois Real Estate Education Foundation
The Illinois Real Estate Educational Foundation (REEF) awards scholarships to students of real estate and related fields of study at colleges and universities both within and outside Illinois, to candidates of the Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI) of Illinois program, and to those furthering their knowledge in the field of association management and leadership. The Foundation is supported through the voluntary contributions of those who recognize the importance of furthering academic experience and training in the real estate industry in Illinois.

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Sigma Phi Epsilon
Sigma Phi Epsilon is America's largest college fraternity and is committed to its mission of Building Balanced Leaders for America's Communities. In an effort to recognize the outstanding achievements of the incoming class at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and to help offset the high price of a college education, Sigma Phi Epsilon is offering three Balanced Man Scholarships totaling $1,750. These scholarships are being offered to incoming male students who have excelled in the areas of scholarship, leasdership, athletics, and community service during their high school careers.
To qualify you must be a full-time student at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign during the Fall 2020 semester and fill out the online application found at by May 1st
Should you have any questions concerning the Balanced Man Scholarship, please call Brendan Weibel at 708.203.8038 or

Got a Spine Scholarship, $500, Deadline: June 2, 2020

Lift Parts Express Scholarship, $500, Deadline: June 30, 2020

Global Lift Equipment Scholarship, $500, Deadline: June 15, 2020

Spoon River Electric Cooperative--May 31
DEADLINE for receipt of completed applications and submissions is May 31

  • High school students who are seniors during the 2019-2020 school year and meet the requirements are eligible to apply for one of seven annual scholarships, each worth $1500. Form due May 31, to participate. Please see the official rules and descriptions of scholarships listed.

  • Four scholarships will be awarded to students who are the sons or daughters of an electric cooperative member who resides in Illinois and is receiving service from the cooperative at the time the scholarship application is submitted.

  • A fifth scholarship -- the Earl W. Struck Memorial Scholarship -- will be awarded to a student who is the son or daughter of an electric cooperative employee or director who resides in Illinois.

  • A scholarship applicant is eligible for consideration in only one of the above two categories, and is eligible to apply through only one electric cooperative.

  • The applicant must be a high school senior who is planning to enroll in a full-time (at least 12 hours) undergraduate course of study at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university, or vocations/technical school in the US.

  • The sixth and seventh scholarships will be awarded to a high school senior who will be enrolling full-time at a two-year Illinois community college. Sons and daughters of electric cooperative members, employees and directors who reside in Illinois are eligible to apply.

Sons of Confederate Veterans
$1000 Scholarship -- Illinois Division of Sons of Confederate Veterans

  • Student must be a descendant of a male who served honorably in the army, navy, judicial, executive, or civil service of the Confederate States of America.

  • Lineal or collateral family lines must have genealogical documentation with a descendancy chart.

  • Student must submit a 500 word essay, the topic of the essay shall deal with an event, person, philosophy, or ideal associated with such cause during the War Between the States.

  • Student must submit transcript of grades and biography as background information only.

DUE: postmarked prior to March 15th

Peace Keepers Scholarship Applications

  • The Peacekeepers have partnered with the Illinois Sheriff's Association to expand the Peacekeepers mission and the dedication of the funds. This would include expanding the Peacekeepers concept statewide, dedicating half the funds towards college scholarships for law enforcement or military dependents and half towards the Illinois Military Family Relief Fund (IMFRF).

  • This scholarship process will be similar to the ISA scholarship. The only difference is the applicant qualifications and the final determination as to the winner. Because the funds are limited in the Peace Keepers scholarship fund there will only be seven (7) awards statewide. After your selection process the Peace Keepers board will make the final award selection. Therefore you will be selecting an applicant for the ISA scholarship and an applicant for the Peace Keepers scholarship.

  • 1) Applications need to be submitted to you by May 15th
    2) Submit winner and alternate to Teri at the ISA by June 1st
    3) The ISA will announce the winners on July 1st

Spoon River Electric Cooperative--May 31
DUE: May 2020 Awarding two $1,000 and one $500 Scholarships to High School Seniors
High school students who are seniors during the 2019-2020 school year, and are the son or daughter of a Spoon River Electric member are eligible to apply for a $1,000 Scholastic Scholarship, a $1,00 Honorary Scholarship, and the $500 Scott Parrish Memorial Scholarship, which will be awarded at this year's Annual Meeting on June 16, 2020

Greenhouse Scholars
Greenhouse Scholars isn't your typical scholarship program. We nurture our students with the financial, personal, and professional support they need so that they can reach their full potential. Greenhouse Scholars supports high-performing, under-resourced college students through one-on-one mentorshipS, professional guidance, leadership training, peer support, and a renewable need-based college scholarship of up to $5,000 per year.

Midwest-SouthEastern Agricultural Equipment Foundation--DUE April 1st
The purpose if this scholarship program is to encourage and assist young men and women in the development of technical skills that will be required for job entry in a retail agricultural equipment dealership that is dedicated to provide Illinois' and Wisconsin's agricultural industry with modern, automated agricultural equipment and trained service technicians.
The scholarship applies to select one and two-year diploma and associate degree programs offered in training programs related to the sales and servicing of agricultural equipment offered at any of the community/technical colleges within the Wisconsin Technical College System and Illinois Community College System.
$1000 scholarships to a community/technical college of the recipient's choice will be awarded.
Due: April 1st, 2020