- Two of the top free scholarship search engine sites are www.fastweb.com and www.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 at www.agriculturaleducation.org. Click on "Ag Careers" in the green bar, then "Scholarships". Eligibility requirements and deadlines vary.
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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 http://www.aesengineers.com/scholarships.htm. 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 www.youngarts.org/applynow. 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 www.acornequalityfund.org. Deadline is September 26, 2014.
New scholarships posted 9-2-2014
Seniors who are (or the children of) gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender persons are encouraged to apply for the Acorn Equality Fund Scholarship program. Scholarships range from $1,000 to $5,000 with $40,000 being granted. Apply online at www.acornequalityfund.org. Deadline is September 26, 2014. Seniors planning to go to college to become a teacher are encouraged to apply for the Golden Apple Scholars program. Up to $23,000 for college is offered, along with 4 paid residential summer internships. Apply online at www.goldenapple.ort/apply. Deadline is December 1, 2014.
New scholarships posted 9-9-2014
Students who have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service are encouraged to apply for the Prudential Spirit of Community Award. Apply online at http://spirit.prudential.com. Deadline is Nov. 4, 2014. The Christian Connector provides a free Christian college information service as well as a $2,500 Christian college scholarship drawing. Log onto www.christianconnector.com to request information and enter the scholarship drawing. Deadline is May 31, 2015.
New scholarships posted 9-15-2014
Girls with an outstanding aptitude and interest in Information Technology & Computing are encouraged to apply for the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing, sponsored by the National Center for Women & Information Technology. Each qualified National winner will receive $500 in cash, a laptop computer, and more. Learn more and apply online at www.aspirations.org. Deadline is Nov. 2, 2014. Tuition Funding Sources provides free access to over 7 million scholarship opportunities. Create your personal profile at www.tuitionfundingsources.com to search this scholarship database, financial aid information, and career assessment tools. Students are encouraged to check out the Scholly app to search for scholarships. Enter specific information and Scholly will identify scholarships for which you are eligible. For $0.99, this app is available for both the iPhone and Android. For more information, visit www.myscholly.com.
New scholarships posted 9-16-2014
Seniors who are the sons or daughters of an electric cooperative member planning to enroll full-time in a college or vocational school are encouraged to apply for the Thomas H. Moore Illinois Electric Cooperative Scholarship, valued at $1,500. Applications are available in the high school office. Deadline is Dec. 31, 2014.
Seniors with a 3.0 GPA with a current hunting license and National Wild Turkey Federation membership are encouraged to apply for the National Wild Turkey Federation Scholarship, ranging in value from $250 to $10,000. Applications are available in the high school office. Deadline is Jan. 1, 2015.
Seniors who are the sons or daughters of an electric cooperative member and planning to attend the lineworker program at Lincoln Land Community College are encouraged to apply for the McEntire Lineworkers Scholarship, valued at $1,500. Applications are available in the high school office. Deadline is April 30, 2015.
New scholarships posted 9-22-2014
Seniors with a minimum GPA of 2.0 pursuing a 4-year degree with financial need are encouraged to apply for the Horatio Alger Scholarship, valued at $7,000-$22,000. For more information and to apply online, visit www.horatioalger.org/scholarships. Deadline is Oct. 25, 2014.
Seniors are encouraged to apply for the Community Bankers Association of Illinois Scholarship, valued from $500 to $1,000. Applications are available in the high school office and should be returned to the office by January 12, 2015.
New scholarships posted 9-25-2014
Students in grades 9-12 are encouraged to enter the 2015 Profile in Courage Essay Contest. Cash awards range from $500 to $5,000. Essays must range from 700 to 1,000 words, so it is manageable! For complete guidelines, visit the Profile in Courage Essay Contest at www.jfklibrary.org. Deadline is January 5, 2015.
New scholarships posted 10-2-2014
Seniors who operate their own small business are eligible to apply for the 2015 NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award, valued between $1,000 and $10,000. Apply online at www.nfib.com/yea for more information. Deadline is Dec. 18, 2014.
New scholarships posted 10-10-2014
Illinois Wesleyan School of Music is holding audition dates Nov. 8, Jan. 17, Feb. 7 and Feb. 21, 2015. Scholarships are available for both music and non-music majors. For information and registration, contact Laura Dolan at 309-556-3063 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Seniors with a 3.0 GPA and 25 ACT, looking to pursue a career in computer science or computer or electrical engineering are encouraged to apply for the Stokes Educational Scholarship Program. Potential benefits include tuition, fees, housing, health and life insurance, as well as year-round salary while attending college. Learn more at www.nsa.gov/careers. Deadline is Nov. 15, 2014. Seniors are encouraged to apply for the Mediacom Communications World Class Scholarship, valued at $1,000. Download the application at www.mediacomworldclass.com. Deadline is Feb. 16, 2015. Senior vocalists are invited to compete in the Musical Excellence Scholarship Competition on Feb. 21, 2015, at Aurora University in Aurora, Illinois. For more information and application materials, visit www.aurora.edu/musicscholarship. Deadline is Feb. 7, 2015. Scholarhip matches, college resources, financial aid tips, and internship opportunities are available at www.fastweb.com.
New scholarships posted 10-17-2014
Seniors are encouraged to apply for the Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship, ranging from $1,000 to $12,500 per year. Five hundred awards will be granted nationwide. For complete details and application, visit www.elks.org/enf/scholars. Deadline is Dec. 5, 2014. Seniors are encourged to apply for the Greenhouse Scholars program, which offers mentorships and scholarships up to $5,000 per year. Apply online at www.greenhousescholars.fluidreview.com. Deadline is Dec. 8, 2014. Seniors who are the children or grandchildren of dues-paying Eks are encouraged to apply for the Elks Legacy Award. Two hundred fifty scholarships of $4,000 each will be granted. For more information and application, visit www.elks.org/enf/scholars. Deadline is Jan. 30, 2015 at 11:59 a.m. CT.
New scholarships posted 10-23-2014
Seniors are encouraged to apply for the AXA Achievement Scholarship, valued from $10,000 to $25,000. One winner will be selected from every state, and only the first 10,000 applications will be accepted. Apply online at www.axa-achievement.com. Deadline is December 15, 2014. Seniors are encouraged to apply for the AXA Community Scholarship, valued at $2,500. Up to 375 winners will be selected nationwide, and only the first 10,000 applications will be accepted. Apply online at www.axa-achievement.com. Deadline is February 1, 2015.