• Protecting yourself from scholarship scams:
  • Two of the top free scholarship search engine sites are and  Scholarships listed on these sites serve the general population of students by helping them to find grants based on a wide variety of factors, such as personal interests, abilities, hobbies, activities, involvement in various organizations and military involvement.
  • Seniors applying to colleges are encouraged to visit to find merit-based scholarship opportunities.  This website is a free resource that matches students with merit-scholarship opportunities from colleges across the country.  Students with a 2.0 GPA or higher often qualify.  There are merit aid scholarships for students based on their interests, intended majors, leadership and community service.
  • Seniors in the top 10% of the class are eligible for 6 consecutive semesters of free tuition at SWIC through the Top 10% Tuition Scholarship Program.  Applications are available online and in the Guidance Office.  To download the application, visit  Select "Prospective Students" in the Resources box, then select "Financial Aid and Scholarships".  Click on the "Financial Aid Handbook" link, then "Scholarships" under "7. Types of Aid".  For more information, contact the scholarship coordinator at 618-235-2700, ext. 5577.  Deadline is the second week of the current year that the student requests the scholarship.
  • The Christian Connector provides a free Christian College information service as well as a $2,500 Christian college scholarship drawing.  Students can log onto to request information and automatically be entered in the scholarship drawing.
  • Many agricultural scholarships are available through Illinois Agricultural Education at  Click on "Ag Careers" in the green bar, then "Scholarships".  Eligibility requirements and deadlines vary.

New scholarships posted 10-8-2013 

 New scholarships posted 1-28-2014

  • Seniors are encouraged to apply for the AES Engineers Scholarship, valued at $500.  To be eligible, the student needs to answer one of the essay questions at  Deadline is October 6, 2014.

New scholarships posted 4-9-2014

  • Filmmakers, dancers, designers, musicians, photographers, actors, artists, singers and writers age 15 to 18 or grades 10-12 are encouraged to apply for the Young Arts Award.  Cash awards up to $10,000 and college scholarships are given each year.  For more information and to apply online, visit  Deadline is October 17, 2014.

New scholarships posted 5-16-2014

  • Juniors who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or children of GLBT are encouraged to apply for the Acorn Equity Fund Scholarship.  Multiple scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 will be awarded.  Apply online at  Deadline is September 26, 2014.