- Two of the top free scholarship search engine sites are www.fastweb.com andwww.scholarships.com. 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 www.meritaid.com 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 www.swic.edu. 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. Many agricultural scholarships are available through Illinois Agricultural Education atwww.agriculturaleducation.org. Click on "Ag Careers" in the green bar, then "Scholarships". Eligibility requirements and deadlines vary.
- Juniors who are GLBT persons, their children, and allies are encouraged to apply for the Acorn Equality Fund Scholarship, ranging from $1,000 to $5,000. Apply online at www.acornequalityfund.org. Deadline is September 23, 2016.
- Senior athletes with a 3.0 GPA are encouraged to apply for the Wendy's Heisman Scholarship, valued at $1,000 to $10,000. Apply online at www.wendysheisman.com. Deadline is October 3, 2016.
- Seniors planning to pursue a career in teaching who have a minimum ACT composite 22 are encouraged to apply for the Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois scholarship program. Through the program, scholars will receive up to $23,000 in tuition assistance, paid summer internships, ongoing mentoring, and job placement assistance. Learn more at www.goldenapple.org. Priority deadline is December 1. Regular deadline is February 15, 2017.
Students who have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service are encouraged to apply for the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Program. Learn more and apply online at http://spirit.prudential.com. Completed applications should be submitted to Mrs. Jokerst by November 8, 2016.
Seniors are encouraged to apply for the Elks Most Valuable Student scholarships. Five hundred awards will be given ranging from $4,000 to $50,000. Apply online at www.enf.elks.org/mvs. Deadline is November 30, 2016.
Seniors with a 3.0 minimum GPA, current hunting license, and National Wild Turkey Federation membership are encouraged to apply for the National Wild Turkey Federation Scholarship program, valued from $250-$10,000. Applications are available in the high school office. Deadline is January 1, 2017.
Seniors with a minimum ACT of 25 and 3.0 GPA planning to major in computer science or computer/electrical engineering are encouraged to consider the Stokes Educational Scholarship Program. With the Stokes program, students 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 related to your course of study. You will acquire real-world experience and receive a salary year-round. After you graduate college, a position will be waiting for you in your area of study with the NCSA. Learn more and apply online at www.intelligencecareers.gov/nsa. Deadline is October 31, 2016. Seniors with a minimum ACT of 23 and 3.5 GPA planning to enroll in a four-year college next year are encouraged to apply for the Hagan Scholarship. Up to 200 scholarships will be awarded each year, up to $5,000 per semester. Apply online at www.hsfmo.org. Deadline is November 15, 2016.
Seniors are encouraged to apply for the CBAI Foundation for Community Banking scholarship. Up to twelve $1,000 awards and $500 awards will be granted. Applications are available in the high school office. Completed applications should be returned to Mrs. Jokerst by January 5, 2016.
Seniors are encouraged to apply for the AXA Achievement Scholarship, valued between $2,500 and $25,000. A winner will be chosen from every state, and only the first 10,000 applications will be accepted. Apply online at www.axa.com/achievers. Deadline is December 15, 2016. Trinity College in Hartford, CT, has a full-ride scholarship opportunity to seniors who live in Illinois. It is competitive, but Trinity has indicated that they would like to award this scholarship to an applicant from Southern Illinois. Trinity College is a quaint school with strong academic programs. The grant covers tuition, fees, room and board, and books--totaling $65,606 and renewble for four years. Check it out and apply for the Lincoln Scholarship online at http://Illinois-scholars.org/about-the-scholarship. Deadline is February 15, 2017. Seniors are encouraged to apply for the Mediacom World Class Scholarship Program. Fifty-five scholarships of $1,000 will be granted. Apply online at www.mediacomworldclass.com. Deadline is February 17, 2017.
Nine scholarships of $2,000 each will be awarded through the Thomas H. Moore Illinois Electric Cooperatives (IEC) Memorial Scholarship. Seniors whose parents are Illinois electric cooperative members, employees, or directors are encouraged to apply online at www.mcec.org. The link on the homepage will take you to the "Downloads" page at the scholarship links in the bottom left corner. Email email@example.com for more information. Deadline is December 31, 2016. Students in grades 9-12 are invited to participate in the 2017 Profile in Courage Essay Contest. Twenty-five awards will be granted, ranging from $100 to $20,000. Learn more and apply online at www.jfklibrary.org/essaycontest. Deadline is January 4, 2017. Sons and daughters of Illinois electric cooperative members, relatives of co-op employees or directors, and individuals who have served or are serving in the armed forces or National Guard are eligible for the lineworker's scholarship through Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield, Illinois. This scholarship is valued at $2,000. Applications are available in the high school office and online at www.mcec.org. Deadline is April 30, 2017.
Seniors interested in writing an article about music or music marketing are invited to apply for the Music Skanner Scholarship, valued at $750. Learn more and apply online at www.musicskanner.com/?scholarship. Deadline is May 15, 2017.