“If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.” – Nora Roberts This bulletin covers the first steps in applying to college and scholarships.
Steps in Applying to College:
1. Completely fill out the college application. (Most are online applications.)
2. Request that ACT or SAT send official scores to your school of choice.
3. Sign up at www.parchment.com to have official transcripts sent to your school of choice.
· In order to work on scholarships with your college or university, you may need to have applied and been accepted to the college or university
· Scholarship and Application deadlines for schools may be as early as November 1!
10 Tips on Scholarships
1. SEARCH! Persistence is the key to getting a scholarship.
2. Be organized and prioritize.
3. Never assume: Don't believe that because you don't have straight A's and can't shoot a 3 pointer, there's nothing available to you.
4. Identify the goal of the scholarship and double check the eligibility requirements.
5. Be able to write about a variety of topics that may or may not be exciting to you.
6. Understand yourself well enough to create a compelling portrait of who you are. You must understand your audience well enough to be able to position your skills and strengths as deserving of their support. Demonstrate that you are a scholar or would like to be a scholar.
7. Use concrete examples in essays.
8. Watch deadlines like a hawk.
9. Apply early and for many scholarships.
10. Proofread your application one more time.
MOST IMPORTANTLY, DON’T GET SCAMMED!! "If you must pay money to get money, it might be a scam."
These are Six Examples of Possible Scholarship Scams:
1. "This scholarship is guaranteed or your money back."
2. "You can't get this information anywhere else."
3. "May I have your credit card or bank account number to hold this scholarship?"
4. "We'll do all the work."
5. "The scholarship will cost some money."
6. "You've been selected by a 'national foundation' to receive a scholarship.", or "You're a finalist in a contest." (that you never entered)
McKendree University -
Honor’s Scholarships—This scholarship, valued at $17,000 per year, are awarded to first-year students at the time of admission that have both a 3.75 or higher GPA on a 4.0 scale and an ACT composite score of 27 or higher. Visit www.mckendree.edu for more information. You may apply as early as August 1 2022.
Presidential Scholarship—This scholarship, valued at $14,000 per year, are awarded to first-year students at the time of admission that have both a 3.25 to 3.74 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Visit www.mckendree.edu for more information. You may apply as early as August 1 2022.
McKendree Leadership Award—Honor’s and Presidential Scholars are invited to attend Leadership Competitions in January. Attendance at the Leadership Competition will determine student’s eligibility for a leadership Award ranging in value from $2,000 to $5,000. Visit www.mckendree.edu for more information.
Dean’s Scholarship—This scholarship, valued at $10,000 per year, are awarded to first-year students at the time of admission that have a 2.74 - 3.24 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Visit www.mckendree.edu for more information. You may apply as early as August 1 2022.
November 1st, 2022 – Application Deadline to be eligible for part 2
Greenhouse Scholar—Greenhouse Scholars provides a renewable, four -year need-based college scholarship of up to $5,000 per year. They are looking for high-performing, under-resourced students who have already demonstrated true leadership and positive community contributions. Seniors with an unweighted GPA of 3.5/4.0 or higher and demonstrate financial need are encouraged to apply. Applications are available at www.greenhousescholars.org . This is a three part application process.
November 1, 2022 - Application Deadline
Ron Brown Scholar Program—This program seeks to identify African-American high school seniors who will make significant contributions to society. Each year 45-50 students will receive $10,000 annually for four years. For additional information, visit www.ronbrown.org Application postmark deadline for early application is November 1, 2021 - January 9, 2022 is the final deadline.
Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville
- Cougar Pride Scholarship—This scholarship is worth up to $16,000 over four years. This is a competitive process, but all students who meet the criteria are encouraged to apply. For additional information, visit website www.siue.edu/financial-aid/types-of-aid/scholarships/?audience=undergraduate-domestic-freshman Preferential consideration will be given to students completing the applications for admission on a first come first serve basis.
- Johnetta Haley Scholarship-This scholarship is worth up to $8,000 over four years. Applications must have a 3.0 GPA. This scholarship is for students who are underrepresented in their anticipated fields of study. For additional information, visit website: www.siue.edu/financial-aid/types-of-aid/scholarships/?audience=undergraduate-domestic-freshman Preferential consideration will be given to students completing the application for admission on a first come first serve basis.
- Meridian Scholarships-There are a number of scholarships available at SIUE, with varying eligibility criteria. To be considered for the Meridian Scholarship students need to apply for admission and complete the Meridian Supplemental Profile by November 15th, 2022. Admitted freshmen with an ACT of 27 or higher will be considered. Information is available by visiting the website www.siue.edu/financial-aid/types-of-aid/scholarships/?audience=undergraduate-domestic-freshman
- SIUE Grant- Preferential consideration will be given to students applying for admission by December 1, 2022. and completing the FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1, 2022 FASFA School code 001759. . This award targets students with an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of $0 and family income levels at or below federal poverty guidelines. Information is available by visiting the website www.siue.edu/financial-aid/types-of-aid/scholarships/?audience=undergraduate-domestic-freshman
- AIM High Grant- This renewable grand awards $2,500 per year as long as you maintain a 2.75 GPA. Students are chosen based on FASFA Filing dates. The deadline to apply is December 1, 2022. More information is available by visiting the website
November 17th, 2022 – Application Deadline
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Program - The Cooke College Scholarship Program is an undergraduate scholarship program available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend and graduate from the nation's top four-year colleges and universities. GPA – Earn a minimum, cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.5 or above. Demonstrate Unmet Financial Need – They will consider applicants with a maximum annual gross income of $95,000. Last year’s cohort of new College Scholarship recipients had a median family income of approximately $34,000. During the selection process, the Foundation will conduct a full financial review which will take into account all income and assets of the student and the student’s parents. Visit https://www.jkcf.org/ to fill out the application.
National Society Daughters of the American Revolution- offering the DAR Good Citizens award. This program is intended to encourage and reward the qualities of good citizenship. The scholarship is open to all senior class students. Students must demonstrate qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism. Applications are available in the guidance office. Applications are accepted November 1, 2022- January 31, 2023. Go to www.dar.org for more scholarship info.
Horatio Alger Association Scholarships—These scholarships range from $5,000 to $25,000. Students must have at least a 2.0 GPA, demonstrate critical financial need and be involved in extracurricular and community activities to be considered. Visit https://scholars.horatioalger.org/scholarships/ to receive more information. Application deadlines vary.
Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC), Scholarships and other monetary support are available when you join Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC), which allow you to focus on your education by relieving some of the financial pressure. You'll graduate with a respected and secure career path as an Army Officer, and with less debt for the school years your scholarship covers. You’re eligible to apply for a ROTC scholarship—which could get you up to 100% tuition coverage—if you’re a high school student enrolling in college, enrolled in college, or an active-duty enlisted Soldier. Visit goarmy.com for more information.
Lewis and Clark Community College
UMSL and L&C Community College President’s Scholarship
Lewis and Clark Community College students who plan to transfer to University of Missouri – Saint Louis may receive tuition and mandatory fees for up to 15 credits hours in each of the fall and spring semesters and up to 5 credit hours in the summer. The Scholarship may be received for up to two years, not to exceed 60 credit hours. To be considered, students must have a GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, have applied for graduation with an Associate in arts (A.A.) or Associate of Science (A.S.) degree and have received the degree before starting at UMSL, be admitted by UMSL for fall semester by April 1 or for spring semester by November 1, and be selected by L&C. L&C will select recipient and submit recipient’s name to UMSL to receive their Community College President’s Scholarship.
Calvin and Juanita Ritchey Whitlock Education Scholarship
The Whitlock Education Foundation was established by Calvin Whitlock to provide educational scholarships to students furthering their education at Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey, Illinois. The amount of money awarded will vary annually based upon available funds. Visit jerseystatebank.com for application.
Hough Family Scholarship
The Hough Family Scholarship is available to graduates of Carrollton High School. Applicants must be enrolled - or plan to enroll - full-time (12 or more credit hours per semester) at Lewis & Clark Community College. They must also show need as determined by L&C's Financial Aid Office based on L&C's Cost of Attendance, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and a brief essay describing financial need. This scholarship funds 50% of a student’s balance due for tuition, fees and books each semester for one year. The annual application deadlines are August 31 and January 31. Complete the online application.
Derrick and Kathleen Richardson Scholarship
The Derrick and Kathleen Richardson Scholarship is available to Black/African-American residents of Madison County, IL who plan to enroll in the Emergency Medical Technician Certificate of Completion program at Lewis & Clark Community College and pursue a career with the Alton Fire Department. This scholarship pays a minimum of $500 tuition and fees each semester. Complete the online application. The annual application deadlines are August 1st for the fall semester and January 2nd for the spring semester. Awards will be announced before the start of term.
December 1st, 2022 – Application Deadline
Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois – The Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois Program encourages academically talented Illinois students, especially minority students, to pursue teaching careers, especially at high-need, hard-to-staff schools by providing tuition assistance at one of the participating colleges. You may qualify for up to $2,500 as a freshman or sophomore, and up to $5,000 as a junior or senior. Must have a GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Information is available at website www.goldenapple.org/scholars.
Southeast Missouri State University 2022-2023 Enhanced Scholarship Program—
- Cooper Dome Scholarship- Freshman academic scholarships are awarded at the time of admission to students who meet the eligibility requirements (GPA 3.5) and apply to Southeast Missouri St by the scholarship deadline. The admission consideration and scholarship guarantee deadline is December 1, 2022 (fall applicants). The value is $1,000-$5,000 eligible for renewal.
- Resident Life Leadership Scholarship—This scholarship will be available to students who live in the Resident Halls on Campus with a 18 ACT (960 SAT) and 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale. Apply online at www.semo.edu/apply. Application deadline is June 1, 2023.
- President’s Scholarship—This renewable scholarship will be awarded to students with a 31 ACT (1390 SAT) and a 3.75 cumulative GPA. The value is $10,000. Apply online at www.semo.edu/apply. Application deadline is December 1, 2022.
- Red Hawks Achievement award- This scholarship is for Non-Missouri Resident (U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident) Freshman with a 21 ACT or 1060 SAT and a 3.0 cumulative high school GPA. There is no Application deadline.
UMSL Opportunity Scholars Program—This program focuses on academically gifted first-generation college students who are underrepresented in the work force from certain academic fields. Students who are selected as scholars in the program will be awarded a scholarship to cover their full tuition, fees and books for up to four years. For eligibility and additional information, visit website www.umsl.edu/opportunityscholars . Applicant must complete application for admission, have an ACT score of 26 and a GPA of 3.5 and be admitted to UMSL by December 1st 2022. Deadline for the scholarship is December 1st 2022. Two letters of recommendation are also due by January 4, 2023. Must submit FASFA (school code 002519) by February 2023.
December 5th, 2022 – Application Deadline
Stephen J. Brady STOP Hunger Scholarships—These scholarships recognize and reward students who have made a significant impact in the fight against hunger. The scholarship recipients each receive $5,000 for their education as well as a matching grant in their name for the hunger-related charity of their choice. For additional information and application visit website http://us.stop-hunger.org/home/grants.html
January 4th, 2023 – Application Deadline
UMSL Opportunity Scholars Program—This program focuses on academically gifted first-generation college students who are underrepresented in the work force from certain academic fields. Students who are selected as scholars in the program will be awarded a scholarship to cover their full tuition, fees and books for up to four years. For eligibility and additional information, visit website www.umsl.edu/opportunityscholars . Applicant must complete application for admission, have an ACT score of 26 and a GPA of 3.5 and be admitted to UMSL by December 1st 2022. Two letters of recommendation are also due by January 5, 2023. Must submit FASFA (school code 002519) by February 1, 2023.
January 5th, 2023 – Application Deadline
GE-Reagan Foundation- High school seniors who demonstrate exceptional leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship are invited to apply for the 2023 GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program. This program annually provides college bound students with $10,000 renewable scholarships. www.reaganfoundation.org/education/scholarship-programs/ge-reagan-foundation-scholarship-program/
January 9, 2023 – Application deadline
Ron Brown Scholar Program—This program seeks to identify African-American high school seniors who will make significant contributions to society. Each year 45-50 students will receive $10,000 annually for four years. For additional information, visit www.ronbrown.org Application postmark deadline for early application is November 1, 2022.
January 13, 2023 – Application Deadline
2023 Profile in Courage Essay Contest - This scholarship ranges in awards from $100-$10,000. Applicants must write an original and creative essay of 1,000 words or less that demonstrates an understanding of political courage as described by John F Kennedy in Profiles in Courage. For complete guidelines, visit the Profile in Courage Essay Contest at www.jfklibrary.org.
January 14, 2023 – Application Deadline
Eastern Illinois University Presidential Scholarship- The Presidential Scholars Award is $12,750 per year for four years, which is approximately the amount for tuition and fees for a full-time student taking 15 semester hours. The award is not limited to tuition costs however. Each freshman Honors College class will include approximately fifteen Presidential Scholars. This particular scholarship can't be combined with the Commitment to Excellence Award or Honors Award. Students may apply for this scholarship if they have a high school GPA of 3.75 (on a 4.00 scale) or ranking in the top 10% of the graduating class. Apply at eiu.academicworks.com>
2023 – Application Deadline for Coming soon!
NACME is responsible for over $5 million in scholarships awarded annually to underrepresented minority (URM) students. NACME expects to support approximately 1,000 underrepresented minority engineering and computer students annually. To be eligible to be named for any of the NACME administered scholarships students must either be a high school senior applying to an engineering or computer science program at a NACME Partner Institution, or be currently matriculating in an engineering or computer science program at a NACME Partner Institution, a US citizen or permanent resident, and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. NACME's mission is to increase representation of Black/African American, Latinx/Hispanic-American and Native/American Indian in the fields of engineering and computer science. To apply go www.nacme.org
January 31st, 2023 – Application Deadline
Future of STEM Scholars Initiative (FOSSI) – Are you interested in becoming a Future of STEM Scholar in 2023? FOSSI is intended for high school students who have interest in pursuing a career in chemical manufacturing, engineering, environmental health and sustainability or related chemical-industry fields. To be eligible you must have a minimum of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (unweighted). For more information and to complete the application visit http://futureofstemscholars.org/fossi.
January 31st, 2023 – Application Deadline
Busey Bank Scholarship Program- (Essay)-The goal of Busey Bank’s Community Scholarship Program is to assist graduating high school seniors in continuing their education beyond high school at a university, college, trade, or vocational school. The scholarship will be $2,000 per year for up to four years of full-time enrollment per student. Applications and requirements for the scholarship are located in the Guidance office.
February 1, 2023 – Application Deadline
Saint Louis University Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship- The Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship is a competitive award granted to students who are committed to social justice, academic success, service, leadership and intentional cultural awareness experiences. More information is available at https://www.slu.edu/financial-aid/types-of-aid/scholarships.php
February 3, 2023 – Application Deadline
American Legion Essay Contest - Department of Illinois, American Legion Auxiliary and Sons of The American Legion are co-sponsors of this AMERICANISM ESSAY CONTEST. Its purpose is to aid the schools of Illinois in the teaching of AMERICANISM and GOOD CITIZENSHIP. % awards will be given: 1st Place $1200.00 Scholarship 2nd Place $ 700.00 Scholarship 3rd Place $ 400.00 Scholarship 4th Place $ 375.00 Scholarship 5th Place $ 300.00 Scholarship. For more information visit www.illegion.org
February 6, 2023 – Application Deadline
2023 Elks Legacy Scholarship-- Legacy Awards $4,000 scholarships ($1,000 per year for four years) to any child or grandchild (or step-child, step-grandchild, or legal ward) of a living Elk who joined the order on or before April 1, 2020, or a charter member of a Lodge that was instituted on or after April 1, 2019. The Foundation will offer a total of up to 250 awards. Online applications are available at http://www.elks.org/enf/scholars/legacy.cfm.
CBAI Foundation for Community Banking Scholarship Program- The CBAI Foundation for Community Banking provides $21,500 in scholarship funds for top high school seniors state wide. One semifinalist may be chosen from each of the 12 CBAI groups via an essay-writing contest. For additional information contact CBAI Foundation Community Banking at 1-800-736-2224, or visit website www.cbai.com. Deadline to submit applications is coming soon!
Southwestern Electric Power for Progress Scholarship- Southwestern Electric is offering academic assistance to students from member families. The co-op will award 10 scholarships valued at $1000. Applications may be downloaded from Southwestern Electric’s website https://www.sweci.com/scholarships or by requesting an application by calling Susan File at (800) 637-8667 ext. 5924.
Granite City Federation of Teachers Local 743—Four $500 scholarships will be awarded this year to graduating seniors of Local 743. To be eligible, applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5/5.0. Applications will be available in the guidance office 2nd Semester.
Josephine Marley Beckwith Future Leader Scholarship- A renewable $1000 scholarship award will be presented to a young woman who have a 2.5/4.0, plans to be a full time student at a two or four-year institution, completes an essay and can be available to meet with the selection committee. More information can be found soon at www.altonywca.com. Deadline to submit applications is coming soon!