• Protecting yourself from scholarship scams:
  • Two of the top free scholarship search engine sites are  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.
  • Many agricultural scholarships are available through Illinois Agricultural Education  Click on "Ag Careers" in the green bar, then "Scholarships".  Eligibility requirements and deadlines vary.

 New scholarships posted 8-18-16

  • 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  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  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  Priority deadline is December 1.  Regular deadline is February 15, 2017.