Scholarship Application Process
Complete an application from the scholarship website.
Visit Parchment to create an account and request your transcripts to be sent electronically.
- Submit all required documents to your counselor to be uploaded to your Parchment account at least 10 days prior to the scholarship deadline.
AAU High School Sullivan Award & Scholarship Program
Open to high school seniors in any sport who are or have been AAU participants. Please visit website for more information.
Abby Foundation Academic Scholarships
Women who need assistance to attend college. $1,000 to students attending a four-year college/university, and $500 to those planning to attend a two-year community college. Minimum GPA requirement is 3.0/4.0. Please visit the website for an application. For additional information, please contact Wanda Manning at 708-802-6205 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA) applicants must be high school seniors, have a minimum of a "B" cumulative grade point average, and be either of Greek heritage or have a parent that is an active member of the AHEPA family.
American Legion Premier - Illinois Boys State
Illinois Boys State is proud to offer nine scholarships totaling over $15,000 each year to Boys State participants. All scholarships are based upon merit achieved during the Boys state program, with the exception of the Samsung Scholarship as well as the essay and oration contests, which may be prepared ahead of time. While a citizen may receive more than one scholarship, no single citizen may receive cumulative awards of more than $5000 at the state level.
Young adults 18 to 24 years old serve a full-time, 10-month residential service program, and in exchange for their service members receive $5,645 to help pay for college or pay back existing student loans.
Art Scholarship (Augustana College)
Prospective art students are invited to submit original work to Augustana Department of Art for a portfolio review. Augustana offers art scholarships up to $4,000 annually for students who declare a major or minor in art, graphic design or art education.
Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund
Provides college scholarships to Asian & Pacific Islanders with financial need.
AXA Achievement Community Scholarship
Your local AXA advisor branch distributes up to 12 $2,000 college scholarships in your community. Please visit the website to apply.
Beta Sigma Psi National Lutheran Fraternity
Three $1,500 scholarships for Lutheran men attending University of Illinois, Indiana University, or Purdue University.
Bruce Fishkin Scholarship Fund
Offers "full ride" scholarships, including tuition, room & board and books, to any accredited college or university. Must be a high school junior or senior with a 3.0 or greater.
Buick Achievers Scholarship Program
High school seniors and current undergraduates who plan to enroll full-time at a four-year college or university and plan to major in a field of study that focuses on engineering, technology, design, or business, with an interest in the automotive industry.
Burger King Scholars
High school seniors, Burger King employees and children of Burger King employees are eligible to apply. Please visit website for eligibility requirements and how to apply.
CEDA Scholarship Programs
Community and Economic Development Association (CEDA) of Cook County offers scholarships to income-eligible residents of suburban Cook County.
Chicago Roofing Contractors Association
The CRCA will award at least one $3,000 renewable scholarship to a high school senior who will enter college in the fall each year in the following programs -- Liberal Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Architecture or Business. Minimum ACT score is 28.
CISCO - Construction Industry Service Corporation
CISCO now offers (2), four-year scholarships ($2,000/year) to high school seniors; (2), two-year awards ($1,000/year) for seniors planning to attend community college; and (2), two-year continuing education awards ($1,000/year) to union members or contractor employees.
DAR Good Citizens Scholarship
The NSDR awards multiple scholarships to students showing dedication to pursuit of degrees in diverse disciplines including history, law, nursing, and education.
Debbie Gayden-Lavizzo Scholarship
Please visit website for additional info.
Delta Sigma Theta JASSAC Scholarship
Student of color with a 2.75 GPA enrolled in the "604--" or "608--" zip code area. Completed application packet must be received on or before March 15.
Awards scholarships in 5 categories. High school students must have a minimum 2.5/4.0 GPA.
First Scholars is a program designed to help first-generation college students succeed in school and ultimately graduate from college. The program is open to incoming first-time, full-time freshmen whose parents did not attend college.
GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program
Honoring the legacy and character of our 40th president, the GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship rewards college-bound students who demonstrate exemplary leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship with financial assistance to pursue higher education.
George McKibbon Scholarship
Must be a full-time college junior or senior student in an agricultural program at an Illinois State University, and have a 3.2/4.0 or a 4.0/5.0 GPA.
George M. Pullman
The George M. Pullman Educational Foundation maintains different types of scholarship programs, each designed to meet the needs of specific groups of college-bound students in Cook County. Each year, the foundation provided financial assistance to students who are: first year candidates (high school seniors entering college) and renewing students (Pullman Scholars continuing in college).
Golden Apple Foundation
The Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois program recruits and prepares a diverse group of bright and talented high school graduates and college sophomores who have the promise for successful careers as excellent teachers in high-need schools throughout Illinois.
Four-year need-based college scholarship of up to $5,000 per year to high-performing, under-resourced students who have demonstrated the values of leadership, community, accountability, and relentlessness. 3.5 unweighted GPA or higher and a household income no greater than $70,000.
Quantitative criteria: GPA, class rank, test scores, honors, activities on campus and hours/types of community service.
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Each program has its own eligibility criteria, open/close dates, and required documents.
Hispanic and Latino Scholarships
Best Colleges offers a comprehensive listing of 40+ scholarship and grant opportunities.
Horatio Alger Association
Critical financial need ($50,000 or less adjusted gross family income preferred, if higher an explanation must be provided) and involvement in co-curricular or community activities required. Please visit website for additional details.
Illinois AMVETS Scholarship
Every year Amvets awards multiple scholarships to current Illinois high school seniors. Scholarships include nursing students, trade schools, and children of war veterans.
Illinois Lumber and Material Dealers Association
Any student who is enrolled full-time in a certificate or degree program in an accredited trade school, 2-year junior college or 4-year college or university, and who is a resident of Illinois.
Illinois PTA Lillian E. Glover Scholarship Program
Graduating seniors with a 3.0 non-weighted GPA entering an Education or Education-related degree program requiring certification from a state board of education.
Illinois Sheriff's Association
ISA will be awarding four $500 scholarships for Cook County students wishing to pursue higher education.
Independent Order of Odd Fellows - Illinois
Deserving students wishing to continue their education in any post-secondary school or accredited vocational/technical school should apply. 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.
Infinite Scholars Program
Infinite Scholars Program hosts an annual college and scholarship fair to help low-income and first generation college students attend accredited institutions of higher learning.
Italian Catholic Federation
The ICF offers $400 scholarships to Roman Catholic graduating seniors of Italian descent who have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2.
Jack and Jill of America Scholarship
African-American seniors applying to a 4-year accredited college or university. Jack and Jill is a national non-profit organization that provides cultural, social, civic, community, and recreational activities to children. It is the oldest African-American family organization in the United States.
Jackie Robinson Foundation
Must be a graduating minority senior attending a 4-year accredited and approved institution in the US, show leadership potential, community service, present evidence of financial need, and have an ACT score of 22 or higher.
Kohl's Cares Scholarship Program
Nominees must be between 6-18 years old and must be nominated by someone 21 years or older. Parents may nominate their own children.
- graduating high school senior
- enrolled or accepted by a two or four year college or university
- at least a "b" (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) grade average on their latest transcript
- participated as a freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior in school athletic program
- participated in at least one Lansing old timers sponsored program.
Magnus Charitable Trust
Must be a resident of Cook, DuPage, Lake, or Will counties in Illinois, have an overall 2.5/4.0 GPA, and maximum annual income of $30,000/year for single parent and $45,000 for dual parent household. Please visit website for additional information.
High school seniors with disabilities planning to attend a two-year or four-year college or university.
Martin G. Alberico Scholarship
Five $1,000 scholarships: Applicants must rank in top 20% of his/her class, minimum 3.0/4.0 GPA, and must show evidence of participation in extracurricular involvement, community service, or other leadership activities within his/her school.
A variety of scholarships from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
National Security Agency
The Stokes Educational Scholarship Program is open to high school seniors, particularly minority students, planning to major in computer science or computer/electrical engineering.
Nordstrom Scholarship Program
Awards $10,000 to 80 outstanding high school JUNIORS with a minimum 2.7 GPA and participate in community service and extra-curricular activities.
Palumbo Family Foundation Scholarship
High school senior with an adjusted gross income of $48,500 or less with a 3.0+ GPA residing in Cook, Dupage, Kane, Lake, or Will counties. Visit webpage for more information and application.
Paramount Tall Club of Chicago (PTC)
To apply for the local PTC scholarship, a student must meet the 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 in the fall.
PeopleSmart Scholarship Contest
Current high school students can submit a 500-750 word essay to win a $2500 scholarship or produce a video, pictures, etc. for a $500 scholarship. The topic is related to social media and privacy.
QuestBridge College Prep Scholarship
If you are a high school junior who has a strong academic record and an annual household income of less than $60,000, you are encouraged to apply. The scholarship awards high-achieving low-income students to compete for admission to leading colleges such as Brandeis, Emory, Harvard, Stanford, Notre Dame, Penn and Yale.
Richard L. Storey Memorial Scholarship Theta Mu Lambda Charitable Foundation
Promising senior African-American males with a 3.0 GPA.
Ron Edmonds Scholarship Award
Students of Color or Students of Poverty who are seeking a post-secondary education. High school students must show proof of acceptance into a college or University.
Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC)
The RMHC scholarship program seeks to invest in students who are exemplary role models in their communities and have the initiative to fulfill their educational goals.
Silk N Classy Barber College
Offering (1) tuition free scholarship and (2) partial scholarships to three graduating seniors (male or female) that have a desire to become a licensed professional barber. Visit website for details and application.
Sisters Investing In Souls
Please visit website for application and eligibility.
South Suburban College
Board of Trustees Scholarship includes two years of tuition for all TFS students with a 3.5 or higher GPA. Please visit website for applications and additional scholarship opportunities.
South Suburban Cultural Enrichment Organization (SSCEO)
High school seniors that live in the south suburbs of Illinois with a 2.75/4.0 cumulative GPA. Visit website for application and additional information.
South Suburban Youth Service Alliance
Must be a resident of the south suburbs with a minimum 2.5 GPA.
Student-View Scholarship Program
No minimum ACT/SAT or GPA, No essay required, no lengthy application forms and No Application fees. The scholarship will be awarded via a random drawing of all completed applications.
Theta Mu Lambda Charitable Foundation
Please visit website for application and requirements.
Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund
TMCF are highly competitive merit-based and need-based scholarships awarded to students attending TMCF member-schools, which are public Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Tom Joyner Foundation "Full-Ride" Scholarship
Must attend an HBCU and have 3.5 GPA and 30 ACT.
Triple-Impact Competitor Scholarship
Any student-athlete who is currently a junior with a grade point average of 2.5 or above in the following geographic regions: Counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will.
Twenty Pearls Foundation
TPF offers multiple scholarships to African-American high school seniors. Please visit the website or call 708-829-8936 for more information.
UNCF Program Service Scholarships
UNCF administers various scholarship programs. Each program has its own criteria, open/close dates, and required documents.
University of Chicago
Families with incomes below $90,000 a year will have their federal student loan obligation reduced or eliminated with grants from UChicago.
US Bank Scholarship Program
Forty lucky high school seniors/college undergraduates will win a $1,000 US Bank scholarship. Must attend a US Bank student loan eligible four-year college or university. Winners are selected randomly. Further details, including college or university eligibility, can be found at the website.
VFW Post 311 Commander's Scholarship
Benjamin O. Davis VFW Post 311 offers a scholarship to descendants of an honorably discharged veteran with a minimum 2.5 GPA. Please visit website for application and additional information.
WACE Advancing Cooperative & Work-Integrated Education
To qualify for this scholarship, students must have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale and be accepted to a WACE Partner Institution.
William J. Cook Scholarship
Must be male high school seniors attending a high school in Cook County, Illinois, who plan to enroll in a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited four-year college or university. Please keep in mind that recipients are selected on basis of both merit and financial need. Applicants must demonstrate a minimum of $1,000 financial need to receive an award.
Will-South Cook Conservation Education Scholarships
The Will-South Cook Soil and Water Conservation District will be awarding two $1,000 scholarships to Will and South Cook County students who expect to major in an Agriculture or Natural Resource field.
Please visit website for application and eligibility.