Financial Aid & Scholarships
Introduction to the Scholarship Search
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2015-16 Scholarship Guide
Scholarships for Students with Diverse Learning Needs (IEP)
Scholarships for Undocumented Students
Scholarships for Students Under 13
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100 Black Men are offering a free scholarship fair to Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors. Please complete the registration by clicking here to obtain your spot for the fair. This event will take place on Saturday, October 7 at the UIC pavilion from 9-2p.m.
Alberico Scholarship Foundation Must rank in the top 25% of his/her class, have a minimum of 3.0 GPA on 4.0 scale. Must show evidence of participation in extracurricular involvement, community service, or other leadership activities within his/her school. Students must also have 2 letters of recommendation from teachers. The application deadline is April 15, 2018.
AXA Achievement This scholarship offers college scholarships of $2,500, $10,000 and $25,000 to high school senior s who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their activities in school, the community of the workplace. Plus, a $1,000 grant will be made to every scholarship winner’s school. Applications will be accepted until December 15, 2017 or until 10,000 applications are received.
Balanced Man Scholarship The Sigma Phi Epsilon chapter at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana are offering three young men scholarships totaling $1,750. These scholarships are being offered to incoming male students who have excelled in areas of scholarship, leadership, athletics, and community service during their high school careers. To qualify, you must be a full-time student at U of I during the Fall of 2017 and have the application completed by May 1st, 2018.
Beta Sigma Psi Educational Foundation Applicants should be male members of a Lutheran congregation who are interested in living up to the ideals of being a Christian Gentleman. There is no obligation to join Beta Sigma Psi or be related to one of its members in order to be considered. Scholarships range from $1500 - $2000. Student may apply for multiple awards. Scholarship Applications due February 17.
Bezos Scholars Program Applicants must be of junior status during the 2017 – 18 academic year. Be a legal U.S. citizen, permanent resident or have received DACA status. Be enrolled in, or have taken, one or more AP courses, IB classes or college level course. To obtain more details please visit the website. The application deadline is February 8, 2019.
Bruce Fishkin Eligible students must be a high school senior, have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4-point scale, have a minimum ACT composite score of 22 or SAT composite score of 1,10 (base on the “new” SAT scoring system.) Applicants must also type an essay contain between 400 - 500 words.
Chicago Roofing Contractors Association Two 4,000 renewable scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors entering college in the fall of 2017 in the following programs: Liberal arts and sciences, engineering, architecture or business. Recipients will be selected on the basis of academic performance, faculty recommendation, extracurricular activities, employment experience, and demonstrated interest in a productive career. Minimum ACT score of 29 is required. Scholarship deadline is March 1, 2019. Applications can be found by clicking the link.
Coca-Cola Two Year College Scholarships You must be a current high school senior. The application requires you to list your grades, school community activities and employment. No essay or additional materials are required. Application deadline is Tuesday, November 15
Colgate-Palmolive Scholarship Fund Students must exhibit academic excellence, dedication to community service and demonstration of leadership in one’s community. Application deadline is October 15, 2016.
College Board Scholarship Search Find scholarships, other financial aid and internships from more than 2,200 programs, totaling nearly $6 billion. Select the link to find the right scholarship for you.
Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship program will be awarding 1,000 or more students with a scholarship to the college of their choice. The application is awarded to high school seniors only and students must have nominations submitted on their behalf. Nominations can be submitted by visiting http://aim.applyists.net/Comcast/Highschools. Nominees must demonstrate strong commitment to community service; must display leadership abilities in school activities or through work experience; must have a grade point average of 2.8 or higher at the time of application. For more information contact send emails to email@example.com or at (855) 670-4787.
CSBG Scholarship Program provides scholarships ranging from $500 to $3,000 for payments of tuition, books, uniforms and fees related to course study paid directly to the designated institution on behalf of the applicant. Recipients must have primary residence in suburban Cook County and meet established income guidelines. Students enrolled full-time in an Illinois college or university by September 15 may qualify for a scholarship.
Dean Ritter Trust Criteria for the scholarship are 1) Must have significant hearing loss in one or both ears; 2) Must be a resident of the state of Illinois (citizenship not a requirement); 3) Currently a high school senior in good standing; 4) Financial need will be considered; 5) You will need 2 letters of recommendation to complete your application. Application deadline is February 28.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. In order for a student to be eligible, he or she must attend high school and reside in a “604” or “608” South Suburban zip code. The student must also be a graduating senior, a person of color (minority) and have a minimum of a 2.75 grade point average on a 4.0 scale (3.75 grade point average on a 5.0 scale). No email applications will be accepted. Completed application packets must be received on or before March 14, 2018.
FAFSA On The Web (Your Key Aid Form & Info) Don’t forget to apply for financial aid. This is the most valuable resource for a student entering college, a university and even trade school. Students can complete the application for the 2017/18 school year as early as October 1, 2016.
FinAid: The Smart Students Guide to Financial Aid Scholarships This online resource provides you with access to an assortment of different scholarships. The site contains unusual scholarships, prestigious scholarships and fellowships, full tuition academic scholarships and athletic scholarships.
Founders Scholarship at Trinity A renewable, full tuition scholarship that is awarded annually to two incoming freshmen who exhibit exceptional leadership and academic aptitude. The application deadline is November 1, 2017.
GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program Applicants must meet the following criteria. (This is not a full list of the requirements. Please preview the link to obtain a more detailed list.)
- Demonstrate outstanding leadership, character, communication skills, academic achievement, and commitment to Ventura County.
- Secure two recommendations by authority figures who have observed them in a leadership role, including a teacher.
- Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or the equivalent.
- Plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study toward a bachelor’s degree at an accredited four-year college or university in the United States for the entire upcoming academic year.
George W. Pulliam Scholarship Be a graduating high school senior. Be a Cook County, Illinois resident. Be enrolling as a full-time student, for the first time, to receive a bachelor’s degree. Be attending an accredited bachelor’s degree-granting institution that is eligible to receiver Title IV federal aid and is located within the U.S. Have a cumulative 3.0 unweighted GPA or higher. Please visit the link to obtain a detailed list of eligibility requirements. Application deadline is the beginning of February.
Great Scholarship Program Annual scholarship given in memory of Alice Madden Barton, offers financial assistance or cosmetology tools across the system totaling over $100,000 each year. It supports students interested and pursuing careers in cosmetology by providing tuition assistance or tools to build the cosmetologist’s kit. Great Clips salon owners who evaluate and select winners will determine award values based on the number of applicants, available funds, and other factors. Deadline to apply is January 31, 2019.
Greenhouse Scholarship Is eligible for applicants that are graduating high school seniors who plan to attend a four-year accredited academic institution. A U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S> and a legal resident in Illinois (Colorado, Georgia, or North Carolina). Have a cumulative unweighted G.P.A. of 3.5 or above. Demonstrate a financial need (annual income no greater than 70,000). Visit the website to apply and learn more information. Application deadline is December 1, 2017.
Guaranteed Scholarships By guaranteed scholarships, they mean those which are unlimited in number, and require no interview, essay, portfolio, audition, competition or other "secondary" requirement. Just meet the criteria listed, adhere to the application deadlines set by the individual colleges and universities, gain admission, enroll, and receive your scholarship or scholarships.
Hispanic Scholarship Fund Student of Hispanic decent with a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale are eligible to apply for this scholarship. Please see the website for more detail on eligibility requirements. Application deadline is March 30.
Horatio Alger Scholarship Program To be eligible applicant must fulfill the following criteria: Have completed high school by Spring 2018, Be enrolled in a career or technical degree/certificate granting program in Fall 2017 that will lead to employment, demonstrate financial need; applicants must be Pell Grant eligible, be under the age of 30, and be a United States citizen. Maximum award amount is $2500. Priority deadline is June 15, 2018.
Illinois AMVETS Service Foundation There are 20 scholarships available up to $1,000. Must be a 2018 high school graduate. Junior ROTC and Trade School scholarships available.
Illinois Chemical Education Foundation The committee is offering a 2,000 scholarship to the top high school senior science students. Please visit the website for details regarding the application process and the application qualifications. Information must be submitted no later than Friday, February 22, 2019 and received no later than Wednesday, February 27, 2019.
Illinois Legislative Black Caucus Foundation Scholarship eligibility is as follows: student must be seeking an undergraduate degree. Must have been accepted into an accredited institution of higher learning such as a community college, private institution or certified vocational training program. ILBC Members, ILBC employees, ILBC Foundation board members, and their immediate relatives are ineligible for the scholarship program. Applications must be postmarked by May 8, 2018. Please click the link to send an email to request an application or visit guidance to obtain a form. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Illinois Lumber and Material Dealers Any student that is enrolled in a 2-year junior college or 4-year college or university. Must be a resident of Illinois. Scholarship recipients will not be based solely on financial need; it will be taken into consideration. Each scholarship will not bet less than $500 and not more than $1,000. More information can be found in guidance. Applications must be postmarked by March 15.
Illinois PTA A complete list of eligibility requirements is available by clicking the link. First place scholarship recipients will receive a 3,000 scholarship to assist with education related expenses. Second place recipients receive 2,000 scholarships towards education relate expenses. Student must be pursuing a degree in either education or and education related program of study.
Illinois Sons of Italy Foundation Graduating seniors who are wholly or partially of Italian ancestry from any recognized high school, public or private, within the Chicagoland area are eligible. Scholarship are in the amount of 1,000 and winners will be notified on or before August 31. Applications along with supporting documents must be emailed to the committee no later than July 1st.
Imagine America Foundation Any student looking to apply for scholarships to career and technical colleges take a few minutes to view the website to find some awesome scholarship opportunities.
Independent Order of Odd Fellow and Rebekahs Applicants must be a resident of Illinois and a US citizen or provide proof of Naturalization. Provide proof of financial need by submitting a current copy of IRS 140 or proof of electronic filing. Maintain at least a “C” grade average. Application must be received no later than March 1, 2016.
International Students Scholarships & Aid Help This online resource offers you an assortment of different scholarship based on what are you studying, where you are studying, and where are you from? The application deadline is rolling.
Italian Catholic Federation This organization offer $400.00 scholarships to roman catholic, graduating seniors of Italian descent. Students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2. If either Roman Catholic parent or grandparent is a member of the Italian Catholic Federation,” applicant must be Roman Catholic but need not be of Italian Descent, or live where Branches are established, to qualify. Application Deadline is March 15.
Jack & Jill of America Scholarship Candidates must be African American students who demonstrate financial need, residing in the South Suburban Chicago area. They must be a current senior with a cumulative unweighted GPA of 2.7 or higher and be accepted to a four-year college or university for the 2018-2019 school year. Follow the link for more information regarding the scholarship. Applications must be post marked by March 17, 2018.
James Mix & Sean Cater Memorial Scholarship In order to qualify students must be a senior in a Chicago or suburban area high school, or pursing the equivalent a high school diploma; be in the upper quarter of their graduating class; be actively seeking enrollment in a four-year college/university. $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to eligible youth; Scholarships will be distributing in two installments of $500.00 each. Scholarship recipients must have a 3.0 GPA after their first semester in order to receive the second installment. Applications must be received no later than April 15, 2017.
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Scholarship eligibility requirements are as follows: Graduating H.S. African American Male Student. Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Completion of ACT and/or SAT standard exam. Documented verification of participation in extracurricular activities. Documented Hours of community service. Letter of acceptance to an accredited four (4) year college or university with proof of enrollment in the Fall 2017 term. 2 personal letters of recommendation. For question in regarding this scholarship please select the link to email Dr. Eddie Sanders. Applications can be obtained in the guidance office. Applications along with supporting documents must be mailed prior to April 15, 2017.
Kathy Brunke Memorial Scholarship - Scholarship in the amount of 1,000 will be awarded annually. Recipients must be enrolled in an institution of higher learning for the school year 2018-2019. Qualifications are as follows: must major in the field of education, must have maintained a “B” average through his/her junior year of high school. Applicants must submit a letter of recommendation. Deadline date is May 10, 2018. Applications can be retrieved from the guidance office by asking Ms. Petty.
Leopold Education Project Scholarship Students must be high school seniors or graduates (diplomas or GED certificates), must be enrolled or be planning to enroll in a full time course of study at an accredited four year college or university (in a natural resource field), have a 3.0 grade point average or better (on a 4.0 scale) , and permanently reside in Boone, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, Will or Winnebago counties. Scholarship amounts awarded are up to 1,000. The deadline is February 15; a completed application must be in, in order to be considered.
The Links Incorporated - Students must possess at least a 3.0 average, be an African American student in pursuit of an undergraduate degree (bachelors or associates). A personal essay is required along with verification of acceptance from an accredited university or college. Scholarship in the amount of 2,000 are awarded and are renewable up to three additional years. Scholarship applications can be picked up in guidance. Deadline is April 4, 2017.
Marianjoy Scholarship Program Eligibility requirements are as follows: Applicants must be functionally impaired or physically disabled. A permanent resident in one of the following counties: Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, or Will. High school senior or graduates or college undergraduate. Former Marianjoy patients are eligible regardless of residence. More information on how to apply is available by clinking the link. Scholarship are due by Friday, March 29.
Microsoft Scholarship Program Be a high-school senior of African descent. Plan to attend a four-year college or university in the fall of the year following high-school senior of African descent. Plan to attend a four-year college or university in the fall of the year following high-school graduation. Plan to pursue a bachelor’s degree in engineering, computer science, computer information systems, or select business programs (such as finance, business administration, or marketing). Demonstrate a passion for technology, leadership at school or in the community. Have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher. Require financial assistance to attend college. Application deadline is March 1.
My Two Sons: John/Sean Cater Memorial Scholarship This scholarship provides the recipient with $1,000, care packages, two mentors who will follow them through college and more. Applications must be typed online then printed. Handwritten application will not be accepted. Also when submitting your recommendation, it must be on the form provided. Applications must be post marked by April 1, 2018.
NAAIA Qualifying students must be African American high school seniors. All majors are considered; however, prospective Insurance, Risk Management, Business, Computer Science, Actuarial Science and Finance majors are preferred. Applicants will be judged on GPA, ACT, Community Involvement, and Essay. Candidates must submit have their applications postmarked on or before March 15, 2018. Please visit the link for more information and/or contact email@example.com.
Palumbo Family Foundation Scholarships are open to high school seniors, currently enrolled college or professional degreed students or incoming college or professional degreed students. Must be a permanent resident of Illinois Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake or Will counties for at least 6 months prior to January 1, 2017. Must have a GPA or 3.0 or higher. Have an annual adjusted income of $48,500 or less, tax documents needed for proof. A complete list of requirements and are available by visiting the link above. Application deadline is March 31, 2017.
Paramount Foundation To apply for the local PTC scholarship, a student must meet our minimum height requirements of 5’ 10” for females and 6’ 2” for males, be a graduating high school senior, and plan to attend either a 2-year or 4-year college this fall.
Quest Bridge Scholarship Offers high-achieving, low income student a full four-year scholarship to the nation’s best colleges, including Stanford, Yale, and Duke. Student must come from households earning less than $65,000 (family of four) with limited assets, and may be eligible for their school’s free or reduced lunch application. The application is free and can be found by clicking the link. Deadline to apply is September 27, 2017.
Rhodes Scholarships at Oxford A citizen of the United States, or a lawful permanent resident of the United States prior to and including at least 5 years of the application deadline. At least 18 but not yet 24 years of age. Sufficiently advanced academically to assure completion of a bachelor’s degree before October 1 in the year following election. Application deadline is October 5.
Ron Edmonds Scholarship Award Scholarship qualifications are as follows: Must be a student of color or students of poverty, Acceptance to a Vocational, or Two/Four Year Institution of Higher Leaning, Reside in Chicago and/or Suburbs. More information is available by clicking the link above. Application and all supporting documents must be postmarked by Friday, February 22, 2019.
Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Graduating high school seniors who are exemplary role models in their communities and have the initiative to fulfill their educational goals. Application deadline: January 18, 2017.
Scholarship America Applicant qualifications are as follows: must be a male senior, attending a high school in cook county and planning to enroll in a full time undergraduate course of study at an accredited four-year college or university. Scholarships are renewable for $1,000 through $5,000. Student must also demonstrate a financial need. Application deadline is April 15, 2017.
ScienceNet Scholarship Listing This online resource offers a list of commonly utilized scholarship. The application deadline varies based on the application selected.
Sheriff’s Commitment to Service Award The award will be provided to students who reside in Cook County and have completed at least 100 hours of volunteer (unpaid) service while in grades 9 – 12 between September 1, 2016 and August 31, 2017 Applications can be pick up in guidance and must be post marked no later than Wednesday, November 8, 2017.
Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity #1 Application scholarship winners receive $2,500 over the course of four enrolled years of college. Criteria to meet in order to apply for the scholarship are as follows: African American Male. You must be a 2017 graduating High School Senior of a South Suburban College Chicago, Illinois or Northwest Indiana H.S. entering an accredited four-year college. Proof of college enrollment will be required before any monetary amount is paid to the recipient. You must have at least a 3.25 GPA in H.S. and maintain a minimum of a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale while in college. Application Deadline is March 27, 2017. Applications can be obtained by stopping in the guidance office.
Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity #2 Application scholarship recipients receive $1,000. Eligibility requirements are as follows: African American male. You must be a 2017 graduating high school senior of a South Suburban Chicago, IL or Northwest, Indiana school entering an accredited four-year college. Application deadline is March 31, 2017. Applications can be obtained by stopping in the guidance office.
South Suburban Cultural Enrichment Organization (SSCEO) Eligibility requirements are as follows: Must be a high school senior, minority, and planning to attend a two or four-year college. Must have a current minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale. Must not be a debutante or beau or the child of a SSCEO board member. Must resided in the South Suburbs of Chicago. Applications and a complete list of required documents can be found by clicking the link. Applications must be postmarked by March 31, 2018.
Sports Scholarships and Internships The NCAA is a valuable resource for student athletes. They offer more than $2.7 billion in athletic scholarships each year; along with access to medical care, academic support services and first-class training opportunities.
Stokes Program Students interested in majoring in computer science or computer/electrical engineering should apply for the scholarship program. The Program allows its participants to attend college full-time, then work during the summer at NSA’s main headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland, for a minimum of 12 weeks in areas that are related to your course of study. After graduation you have a guaranteed job and you also receive a salary year-round while in the program. For information about qualification, application deadlines and how to apply visit the link.
Student National Medical Association Applicants must be a graduation high school senior in 2017. Must be interested in pursuing a career in the Health Care Field. One lucky winner will receive a $500 scholarship. Applications can be pick up in the guidance office. Deadline is Wednesday, March 1 ,2017.
Student Scholarships - Please visit the link, there is an assortment of different scholarship opportunities available for high school seniors with rolling deadlines.
Student View Looking for a quick an easy scholarship with no essays, no application fees and no minimum SAT/ACT. Well look no further, student view has one $4,000 scholarship, two $1,000 scholarships and ten $500 scholarships. The scholarships will be awarded via a random drawing of all completed applications. The winner will be announced in May 2018. The deadline is April 22, 2018. Click the link to get started.
Theta Mu Lambda Charitable Foundation Scholarship applicant must be in their senior year of high school. Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 cumulative on a 4.0 scale. Be active4ly seeking enrollment in a college or university. Submit at least two letters of recommendation, from their high school teacher/counselor/ or principal. Submit a copy of their Student Aid Report (SAR) from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Applications and supporting documents must be postmarked by March 30, 2018. Check link for more information.
Trinity Arts Experience – is hosting a Fine Arts Experiences for juniors and seniors interested in fine art, art education, graphic design, digital design, music, music production, or theatre. The event is free and seniors who attend the Trinity Arts Experience are also eligible for scholarships in art, music, or theatre ranging from $500 to $5,000. Students in art or technical theatre wishing to apply for this scholarship must submit 7-10 digital images. Students in music or performative theatre will audition live during their visit. Register by clicking the link, the event takes place on the evening of November 9 until the afternoon of November 10.
Twenty Pearls Foundation, INC Eligibility for this scholarship varies by award type. Criteria include African American females and males. Must meet the following: high academic qualifications, exhibit a financial need, plan to attend an HBCU, be a junior or senior at a four-year college/university in the 2017-2018 school year and is a member of a National Pan-Hellenic Organization, and permanently resides in an/or attends/graduated from a high school/ junior college in the South Suburban area. Information must be postmarked by Friday, March 10, 2017. Please select the link for more information and an application.
UNCF UNCF is the nation’s largest private scholarship provider to minority group members. Each year, we award more than $100 million in scholarships to more than 10,000 students at more than 1,100 schools across the country, including our prestigious network of 37 HBCUs.
WACE WACE along with the National Co-op Scholarship Program will be awarding 160 merit scholarships, totaling $4.22 Million. Student have to be admitted to one of the nine institutions listed in the scholarship link in order to apply. Please visit http://www.waceinc.org/scholarship/index.html in order to apply. Deadlines for the scholarship can be found by visiting the website provided.
Wendy’s High School Heisman Student must be a senior during the 2017/18 academic year, graduating with the class of 2018. Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better, participate in at least one of the 47 sports recognized by the International Olympic Committee in the Summer and Winter Olympic Games or the National Federation of State High School Association and sponsored by your school. Be a leader in school and in the community and serve as a role model for underclassman. Phase 1 deadline is October 2, 2018. Please select the link for more information.
Young Entrepreneur Foundation Are you a young entrepreneur? Do you know a young entrepreneur? Graduating high school seniors who operate their own small business are eligible to receive a 2017 NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award from the NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation. Apply online between October 1 and December 18, 2016.