Warrior Scholarship Bulletin - February 2024

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Warrior Scholarship Bulletin - February 2024
Chris Mitchell

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.    

Reminders:

· 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!
· A FAFSA Completion Workshop will be offered on February 1, 2024.  Before you attend the FAFSA workshop you must complete your FAFSA student and parent ID’s.  We will be holding a FAFSA ID night the week before, on January 25, 2024. These workshops will be held at the High School in the Media Center at 6pm!

Scholarship Websites:
1. http://www.fastweb.com/ 
2. www.finaid.org 
3. www.mometrix.com
4. studentaid.gov   
5. www.grants.gov
6. https://www.isac.org/e-library/applying-for-financial-aid/scholarship-searches.html
7. http://act.org
8. www.ed.gov/finaid  
9. www.goingmerry.com
10. www.scholarships.com
11.  www.illinois.gov
12. www.studentscholarships.org
13. www.scholarshipguidance.com

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." 

FEBRUARY

January 31st, 2024 – Application Deadline

Alton Pride Scholarship - Alton Pride is a charitable and educational organization established to bring awareness, understanding, and advocacy to the LGBTQ+ community with an emphasis on the specific needs of the youth within the community. There are three scholarships to assist in furthering student education by attending a community college, trade school, or

university.  Alton Pride has one scholarship for $1000, one for $750, and one for $500.  Applications can be picked up in the Guidance Office!

January 31st, 2024 – Application Deadline

Busey Bank Community Scholarship - 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.

The recipient will be selected on the basis of the following:

1. Positive leadership and character exhibited in both academic and extra-curricular school activities.

2. Positive leadership and character exhibited in community and/or religious activities.

Eligible applicants must be graduating high school seniors from one of the following schools:

Edwardsville, Metro East Lutheran, Marquette, Althoff, Govenor French Academy, Fr. McGivney Catholic, Madison, Belleville East, Belleville West, O’Fallon Township, Granite City, Roxana, East Alton/Wood River, Civic Memorial, Alton, Triad, Highland, Collinsville, Bethel Christian Academy or a Home School. All schools must be within an Illinois community serviced by a full-service banking facility of Busey Bank.

Applicants must have maintained a “B” average or better for seven semesters of high school.

Applicants must plan to enroll full-time at an accredited two- or four-year college, university, or trade/ vocational school. (Proof of enrollment will be required for release of scholarship payment after the award is announced).

Various dates 2024 – Application Deadline 

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

February 2, 2024 – 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 5, 2024 – Application Deadline

2024 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

February 28th 2024 – Application Deadline

Loretta M. Somerville Scholarship - This scholarship is to acknowledge and reward those students who are serious, committed and enthusiastic about pursuing a career as a tradesman/woman.  We are looking for students who have maintained a “C” average or above and have an 80%+ attendance rate.  This scholarship will award $1000 to one male and one female student that is planning on attending a trade school upon graduation. Applications can be picked up in the Guidance Office!

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 soon. 

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!

MARCH

March 1st, 2024 – Application Deadline

SWIC College Foundation Scholarships—More than 300 scholarships are available for Southwestern Illinois College students.  Scholarships range from $100-$5,000 annually.  Scholarships are offered based on a variety of career fields, interests and life circumstances.   Eligibility requirements may be based on GPA, financial need or current major.  For additional information apply at www.swic.edu/foundation.  Applications open January 1, 2024

 March 1st, 2024 – Application Deadline

Township Officials of Illinois Scholarship Fund – Each year, since 1989, TOI awards scholarships to graduating high school seniors to continue their education at an Illinois college/university.  So far a total of $345,500 has been awarded to 207 students. The TOI scholarship aims to support Illinois high school seniors attending an Illinois college or university by awarding seven $2,000 scholarships. This scholarship is aimed at civic-oriented seniors with a history of extracurricular activities toward leadership, community service, and civic responsibility. A short essay, 500 words or less, is required about what you think “The role in Township Government in todays society and in the future”.

March 1st, 2024 – Application Deadline

The National Defense Transportation Association Scholarship—The purpose of the NDTA Scott/St. Louis Chapter scholarship program is to promote careers in Business, Transportation Logistics, and Physical Distribution. All students may apply, although preference will be given to students pursuing these fields of study. Applications are available at https://www.ndtahq.com/foundation/

March 1st 2024 – Application Deadline

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.  

March 1st 2024 – Application Deadline

Illinois AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Memorial Scholarship-  Illinois AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Memorial Scholarship provides financial assistance for college to high school seniors in Illinois who are children or grandchildren of veterans or current military personnel.  This program is open to high school seniors in Illinois who have taken the SAT or ACT. Applicants must be children or grandchildren of honorably discharged veterans who served after September 15, 1940, or current active military personnel.  Applications can be filled out online at https://www.ilamvets.org/scholarships or you can pick one up in the guidance office.

Coming Soon! – Application Deadline

Dawn Bruder Educational Scholarship - This scholarship is being given to two GCHS seniors who will be going into education. Dawn Bruder was a teacher in the granite city school system. Dawn was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016. Throughout her journey she remained faithful to her faith and to her students, often taking treatments in the early mornings, just to be in her classroom ready to teach. She loved teaching! Dawns’ journey ended in December of 2019. Her family is using the sale of a song called (this journey) written by her brother-in-law to fund this scholarship. The family will be offering two $500.00 scholarships. This is the second year for this scholarship and we are looking for two students who we feel they have a real “Dawn Bruder” heart for teaching! Applications will be available in the Guidance Office by February 1st, 2024!

March 8th, 2024 – Application deadline

Illinois Society of Professional Engineers Scholarship - We are pleased to announce that the St. Clair Chapter of the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers is offering college scholarships to graduating high school seniors who plan to study engineering. This year several scholarships of $2,000 will be awarded. The scholarships areavailable to students in our 11-county area (see list at bottom of the page) who meet the academic eligibility requirements. In addition, to be eligible, the applicant must attend an engineering program at an Illinois or Missouri university or college that is ABET-accredited.  Applications can be filled out at  https://ilengineeringinitiative.org/scholarships/.

March 11th, 2024 – Application Deadline

Southwestern Electric Cooperative Scholarship - Southwestern Electric Cooperative is pleased to announce that 12 - $1,200 scholarships will be awarded in 2024 to students in our electric cooperative family as well as 1-$1,200 Alan Libbra Memorial Scholarship using the same application and selection criteria as our own.  Members can find more detailed information in our December magazine set to be mailed at the end of this month.  I have attached the High School Application as well as the Post High School Application in case you are still in touch with previous graduates looking for scholarship opportunities.  Please make the applications available to your high school seniors served by Southwestern Electric Cooperative.  Applicants must be planning to enroll at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university, technical or trade school as a full time (12 hour minimum) student in fall 2024.  The deadline to return the completed application to our office is Monday, March 11, 2024.  If you or your seniors have any questions, please feel free to share my contact information below.  For ease of reference, more information can also be found on our website using this link: https://sweci.com/scholarships

 March 11th, 2024 – Application Deadline

Southwestern Electric Power for Progress Scholarship- Southwestern Electric is offering academic assistance to students from member families. The co-op will award 11 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.  

 Coming Soon! – Application Deadline

Illinois Sheriffs’ Association Scholarship- Sheriff Jeff C. Connor, Madison County, will be awarding one scholarship in the amount of $500. Applicants must be an Illinois resident, utilize their scholarship at institutions of higher learning within the State of Illinois, and must be enrolled as a full-time student during the 23-24 school year. Applications can be found online at www.ilsheriff.org

March 15th, 2024 – Application Deadline

Horatio Alger Association ScholarshipsThese 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.

March 22nd, 2024 – Application Deadline

Heneghan Associates Scholarships - Heneghan and Associates, P.C. offers four $500 scholarships to high school seniors who wish to pursue higher education in civil engineering or surveying.  Our deadline is March 22, 2024, and the winner will be notified on April 9th, 2024. Please feel free to direct any questions or guidance to Paige Ringhausen 618-498-6418.  Applications can be found at www.haengr.com/scholarship/

 March 29th, 2024 – 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

March 29th, 2024 – Application Deadline

1st MidAmerica Credit Union-  is offering five $1000 scholarships to any graduating high school senior who will be attending a post-secondary institution and is a current 1st MidAmerica member. All completed applications must be received at a 1st MidAmerica Credit Union office by noon on  March 29, 2024 with an official copy of the applying student’s transcripts.  Apply online at https://www.1stmidamerica.org/services/member-benefits/scholarship-program

March 31st, 2024 – Application Deadline

Alton Memorial Health Equity Scholarship - The scholarship could be renewable for up to 3 years beyond the initial term (up to 4 years total) and could include employment while in school.

CANDIDATE ELIGIBILITY

  Alton Memorial Health Equity Scholarship will be awarded to:

• Permanent residents of Madison County

• High school seniors or graduates within the last 2 years (also includes those obtaining a GED)

• Students of historically marginalized populations (BIPOC and/or LGBTQ+)

• Earned a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average while in high school or earned a GED

• Plans to attend an accredited college, university, technical or certification program to pursue a 

  career in healthcare beginning in the fall of 2024

• Recipients asked to consider employment at Alton Memorial Hospital during and upon

  completion of degree or certification

Doug Winfield Scholarship—The Doug Winfield Scholarship Fund was established in honor of Douglas C. Winfield by his family. This fund will be used to assist students who have played golf at Granite City High School and are planning to attend college. Students must have a minimum 3.2 GPA and have played a minimum of two years of high school golf. Applications can be picked up from Mr. John Moad (Athletic Director) in the spring Semester

APRIL

April 12th, 2024 – Application Deadline

Steelers Alumni Scholarship-In order to be eligible for this award, graduating seniors must be a descendent of someone that attended Granite City North High School.  Applications are available in the guidance office. 

April 1st, 2024 – Application deadline

Danny Kreher Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship fund was set up in memory of our father Danny Kreher,  Our dad always served others.  He served the Long Lake Department for over 50 years with 30 of those years as Fire Chief.  With the loss of this great man, we have decided to keep his memory alive by creating the Danny Kreher Memorial Scholarship Program.  This program is designed to award scholarships to students interested in an education as a First Responder (Firefighter, law enforcement, EMS) however, we also wish to award scholarships to anyone seeking higher education. The scholarship will be awarded to graduating seniors enrolling in classes within 12 months of graduation. The check will be made payable to the student and their chosen college. The scholarship recipients will be announced at their Senior Recognition Ceremony in May.   All awards will be given to graduating students from Granite City High School.  Applications can be picked up in the Guidance Office.  Please return completed application and essay to Mr. Fandrey in the Guidance Office! 

April 15th, 2024 – Application Deadline

The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis- The Scholarship Foundation provides access to area students through interest-free, fee-free loans and grants. In 2017, The Scholarship Foundation provided nearly $3.0 million in interest-free loans and $1,033,952 in grants to 454 students. In 1920, The Scholarship Foundation made its first interest-free loan for $15; since then, 11,200 students have received more than $83.6 million in interest-free loans and grants. We are now accepting applications for 2023-2024 and interested students may apply at https://sfstl.org/ 

April 26th, 2024 – Application Deadline

Carson Niepert Memorial Scholarship- This scholarship was set up in memory of Carson Alexander Niepert in 2008 to give back to the community. This scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior from GCHS and the recipient will be an individual that has an appreciation for their community and will use the award as a tool to pursue their college education. Applications are available in the guidance office!

 

Babe Gantt Memorial Scholarship-This scholarship is awarded to one male golfer and one female golfer in the amount of $1000. It will be payable in the fall with proof of attendance & paid tuition at a two-year, four-year, or trade school. Students must have a minimum 3.6/5.0 GPA, show good attendance and complete a short essay as to why this scholarship is important to them. Applications can be picked up from Mr. John Moad (Athletic Director) in the spring Semester

MAY

SWIC Top 20% Scholarship- High school students must be ranked in the top 20% of their graduating class. Proof must be provided by submitting an official transcript. A Top 20% application must be submitted by the second week of the first semester of attendance following high school completion.

May 1st, 2024 – Application Deadline

Granite City Scholarship Foundation-The Granite City Scholarship Foundation will be awarding several $2000 scholarships based on financial need and signs of ability to succeed in a chosen field. Applications are accepted through May 1, 2023 and are available at www.mygcscu.com/member-center/education/gcs-scholarship.html

Coming Soon! – Application Deadline

Jill Berni Memorial Scholarship -   Jill Berni was the School Food Service Director for the Maplewood-Richmond Height School District and most recently Dunklin R-V School District. In addition, Jill was an instructor for the network for St. Louis Community Colleges. Jill was passionate about school food service and thought every child deserved a healthy meal. It is with great honor the St. Louis Food & Nutrition Directors Association establishes this scholarship in Jill’s memory so her passion for food will continue to grow and flourish in the coming generations.  This scholarship is for any senior high student who will undertake undergraduate study at a vocational/technical institution, community college, college or university. The student must pursue an education in culinary arts, dietetics, food service management or hospitality.  The scholarship award could be up to $2500!  Applications can be picked up in the Guidance Office.

May 21st, 2024 – Application Deadline

B. Davis Scholarship- This scholarship is available to all high school juniors and seniors with an award value of $1,000 and requires applicants to write an essay of less than 1000 words. More information can be found athttp://www.studentawardsearch.com/scholarships.htm

May 31st, 2024 – Application Deadline

The Colwell Law Group-is pleased to announce the offering of The Single Parent Scholarship.  We have put together this wonderful scholarship for the 2023 school year and would like to share this with the students at your school. The Colwell Law Group understands the difficulty of obtaining a college degree as a single parent or a child of a single parent and we want to help fund that person’s education.

Here is some brief information about their scholarship opportunity:

- One time award of $1,000

- Must submit application no later than 05/31/2023

- Must be a single parent or child of a single parent to apply

- Must have a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale

To view the scholarship application and other pertinent scholarship information please go to the following page:  https://www.colwell-law.org/albany-divorce-lawyer/#scholarship-application

JUNE

June 30th, 2024 – Application Deadline

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.  The deadline for submission of new and renewal applications is June 30th for the fall semester and December 31st for the spring semester. Contact Anna Fessler at 618-498-6466 ext. 224 for additional information.

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