Acorn Equality Fund Scholarship – this scholarship is designed to provide academic financial support for gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender students or the children of gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender parents. There are two scholarships, on based upon academic performance and need; and the other based upon academics, volunteerism, and advocacy. Scholarships are awarded based upon academic performance and an essay and range from $500 to $2,500. Additional information and applications are available from www.acornequalityfund.com. Deadline: September Click here for application.
Outstanding Students of America Scholarship – this scholarship is open to any senior with a GPA of 3.00 and above who is active in community service and school activities. The application requires a one-page essay. Additional information and applications are available at www.outstandingstudentsofamerica.com. Deadline: October 15.
Horatio Alger Scholarship – the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans seeks to assist students who have demonstrated integrity, perseverance in overcoming adversity, strength of character, financial need, a good academic record, commitment to pursure a college education, and a desire to contribute to society for their scholarship. Applicants must have a minimum 2.00 GPA, involvement in co-curricular and community service activities, and an adjusted gross family income of below $50,000. Students interested in applying must submit an application online at www.horatioalger.org/scholarships. Deadline: October 30.
Coca-Cola Scholars Program – Four-year scholarships ranging from $4000 to $20,000 awarded by the Coca-Cola Company based upon a number of factors, with special emphasis on character, leadership in school, civic, and other extracurricular activities, academic achievement, and motivation to serve and succeed in all endeavors. Paper applications are no longer available. All applicants MUST register online at www.coca-colascholars.org. Deadline: October 31.
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Susan Komen Breast Cancer College Scholarship – This scholarship, worth up to $10,000 is offered to students who have lost a parent to breast cancer and intend to attend a state supported college or university in Illinois. Award is based upon academic achievement, community service, and demonstrated leadership ability. An application, letters of recommendation, and two essays are required. Information and application is available by visiting www.komen.org. Deadline: November 1.
Target All-Around Scholarships – The Target Corporation awards several scholarships to students ranging in amount up to $25,000 based on number of community service volunteer hours, volunteer leadership awards and honors, appraisal from supervisor, an essay on volunteer service, and having a minimum 2.00 GPA. Information and applications are available by visiting http://www.college-financial-aid-advice.com/target-scholarship.html. Deadline: November 1.
High School Christian Student Athlete All-American – $1,000 scholarships given to outstanding Christian Student-Athletes. There are 10 criteria that student-athletes must meet in order to be nominated by the school. See http://www.allamericanaward.org/atp.html for details regarding the criteria. Applications are also available on-line. Deadline: November 4.
Stokes Educational Scholarship Program – The National Security Agency through this program will pay tuition and book costs at the college of your choice in return for your employment at the NSA for a length of 1½ times the length of study in college. Recipients will attend school full-time the work during the summer for the NSA in areas that are related to their course of study. Applicants must have a minimum 3.00 GPA and 25 ACT score. Applicants may also choose a full-time major at college in any of the following areas: Computer Science, Electrical or Computer Engineering, Languages, or Mathematics. Application must be performed on-line at: http://www.nsa.gov/careers/career_dev/fellowships.shtml. Deadline: November 30.
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SAE International Scholarships Program - Through generous contributions from various individuals, corporations and universities, SAE International is proud to award scholarship money to both undergraduate and graduate students. SAE scholarships assist in developing the future engineering workforce by helping students achieve their dreams of becoming an engineer. Funded through the SAE Foundation, these scholarships encourage academic excellence and help students around the world to pursue their passion for engineering. http://students.sae.org/awdscholar/scholarships/.
SAE offers scholarship for the following students:
AIA/AAF Minority/Disadvantaged Scholarship – The American Architectural Foundation offers this scholarship to provide assistance to students from a minority and/or financially disadvantaged background who intend to pursue a professional degree in architecture. A list of programs can be found at www.naab.org. Applicants must first be nominated, and after nominations have been reviewed, an application form will be sent to eligible nominees. http://www.aia.org/education/aiab081881 Deadline: December 7.
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Burger King Scholars Foundation Award – BURGER KING co-founder James W. McLamore, the BURGER KING Scholars program has awarded more than 17,000 scholarships—$17.6 million—to high school students, BURGER KING® employees and their children across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. Last spring, thanks to the support of the BK® family and the McLamore Family Foundation, the Foundation awarded more than 2000 scholarships, totaling more than $2.2 million, nearly doubling the number of scholarships granted in 2011. http://www.bkmclamorefoundation.org/WhatWeDo/ScholarsProgram. Deadline: January 10.
Gates Millennium Scholars Program – Funded by a grant from Bill and Melinda Gates, this scholarship is available to African-American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander-American, or Hispanic American students who have a minimum GPA of 3.30 and have demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular or other activities, and meet Federal Pell Grant eligibility criteria. This is a highly competitive process and students are encouraged to submit their nomination packet as early as possible. http://www.apiasf.org/scholarship_gms.html Deadline: January 15.
McKelvey Foundation Entrepreneurial Scholarship – The McKelvey Foundation offers this scholarship to seniors who have demonstrated entrepreneurial spirit by owning and operating their own business while in high school. Applicants must own and operate a genuine business (non-profits are eligible) and have at least one employee, even if only part-time and complete the on-line application by the deadline. The scholarship is worth up to $10,000 per academic year for 4 years and an additional $2,500 for a summer abroad program. Apply on-line at: www.mckelveyfoundation.org. Deadline: January 31.
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IAA Foundation Scholarships – The IAA Foundation is awarding several scholarships for students who will major in agriculture, agribusiness, or an agriculture-related course of study in college. These scholarships are awarded on the basis of exceptional scholastic ability and/or financial need. Applicants must be either a member of the Illinois Farm Bureau, spouse or the member’s child. There are six scholarships available to U-High students and they are listed below. Students may apply for as many as they wish, but are limited to receiving one. Applications will be available in December. Additional information is available at http://www.iaafoundation.org/iaaf/Scholarships/overview_scholarships.htm. Deadline: February 1.IAA Foundation General Scholarship – Eight $750 scholarships will be awarded. Applicant must be a major in agriculture, agribusiness, or an ag-related field. http://www.iaafoundation.org/iaaf/Scholarships/IAAFoundationScholarship.html. Deadline: February 1.
William J. Kuhfuss Memorial Scholarship – One $1.200 scholarship will be awarded. Applicant must attend a post-secondary institution in the state of Illinois (including junior colleges and trade schools) and working toward an occupation in an ag-related field. Preference is given to students from an agricultural background. http://ifbyea.yolasite.com/scholarships.php. Deadline: February 1.
Dale E. Butz Scholarship – One $1,000 scholarship will be awarded. Applicant must have a background in production agriculture that is majoring in agriculture, agribusiness, or an ag-related field. The scholarship is awarded on the basis of scholastic ability and financial need. http://ifbyea.yolasite.com/scholarships.php. Deadline: February 1.
Fletcher A. Gourley Scholarship – Four $1,750 scholarships will be awarded. Two to children of current patrons (defined as a producer who sells milk to Prairie Farms Dairy) of the Prairie Farms Dairy and two to children of current employees of the Prairie Farms Dairy. The scholarship is awarded on the basis of exceptional scholastic ability and/or financial need. http://ifbyea.yolasite.com/scholarships.php. Deadline: February 1.
Key Club International Scholarships – Key Club International offers seven different scholarships ranging from $500 to $2,500. Applicants must be active Key Club members who have at least a 3.50 GPA, participated in several service projects, completed the application, supplied reference letters, and written an essay. Application and information is available in the Counseling Center or by visiting www.keyclub.org. Please note that some of the various scholarships have different deadlines, however, the general deadline is February 11.
Key Club International Scholarships – The Best Buy Company awards scholarship ranging from $500 to $2,500. Applicants will initially be evaluated on their level of volunteer community service over the past four years. Recipients will be selected by the level of volunteer service, as well as the student’s academic achievement, work experience, school activities, statement of goals, and an outside appraisal. Financial need is not considered. The first 15,000 applicants will be considered. Applications are available at http://www.keyclub.org/results.aspx?IndexCatalogue=Key+Club&SearchQuery=scholarship. Deadline: February 15
KFC Colonel’s Scholars Program – KFC offers scholarships of up to $5,000 per year to students who will enroll in a public, in-state college, maintain at least a 2.75 GPA, are US citizens or permanent residents, need financial assistance for college, and have an entrepreneurial spirit. Apply online at www.kfcscholars.org. Deadline: February 16.
Illinois Chemical Education Foundation Scholarship – The Chemical Industry Council of Illinois presents a number of $2,000 scholarships each year to top high school senior science students. Their objective is to honor students who have exemplified outstanding achievement in academics, extracurricular/employment activities, and community involvement. Application includes letters of recommendation and an essay. http://www.cicil.net/undergraduatescholarshipapplication.aspx Deadline: February 20.
The Links Scholarship – The Central Illinois Chapter of The Links, Inc. offer a $1,000 scholarship to an Africian-American student planning on attending college. Applicants must have a minimum 3.00 GPA and reside in the Bloomington-Normal, Champaign, Springfield or Charleston area. A typed application, high school transcript, and a typed essay must be submitting for consideration. http://www.centralillinoislinksinc.org/scholarship.php Deadline: February 21.
The CBC Spouses Cheerios Brand
Health Initiative Scholarship
This scholarship program focusing on health was established in 1998 as the CBC Spouses partnered with the naming sponsor, General Mills, to increase the number of minority students pursuing degrees in the fields of medicine, engineering, technology, nutrition and other health-related professions. Since the inception of the program, General Mills has invested more than $1,000,000 to underwrite this initiative. The CBC Spouses Cheerios Brand Health Initiative Scholarship has served hundreds of students over the years, and has helped to create leaders in the medical and health related fields. http://www.cbcfinc.org/cbcs-cheerios Deadline: Feb. 28
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ESA Foundation Scholarships – ESA Foundation offers several different scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,500. General criteria for consideration include any of the following: top 25% of class, or a minimum GPA of 3.00, or a minimum score on the ACT of 20. See the guidance office or visit www.esaintl.com/easf for a list of available scholarships and application. Please note that there is a $5.00 processing fee in order to apply for these scholarships. Deadline: March 1.
American Chemical Society Scholars Program – This program is designed to encourage African-American, Hispanic, and Native American students to pursue undergraduate college degrees in the chemical sciences ACS will award 100 scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $5,000 per academic year. Eligible students must be high academic achievers in chemistry or science, be able to demonstrate financial need, and intend to pursue a degree in chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering or a chemically-related science. http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/funding-and-awards/scholarships/acsscholars.html Deadline: March 1
Illinois AMVETS Scholarship Program – The Illinois AMVETS provides the following scholarship opportunities, all with deadlines of March 1:
Illinois AMVETS Service Foundation Scholarship – Four-year scholarship of $1,000 per year for students who have taken the ACT or SAT tests. Preference will be given to children or grandchildren of a veteran
Illinois AMVETS Sad Sacks Nursing Scholarship – One-year scholarship for $500, for students accepted in a pre-approved nursing program. Applicants should have a satisfactory academic record, character, interest and activity record, and financial need. Priority will be given to the dependent of a deceased or disabled veteran.
Illinois AMVETS Junior ROTC Scholarship – Four-year scholarship for $1,000 per year for participants in a Junior ROTC program, who have taken the ACT or SAT tests. Preference will be given to the child or grandchild of a veteran
Illinois AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Memorial Scholarship – One-year scholarship for $500, for children or grandchildren of veterans who served after September 15, 1940 and was Honorably Discharged or who is currently serving in the military. Applicants must have taken either the ACT or SAT test. http://www.schoolsoup.com/scholarship-directory/state/Illinois-AMVETS-Ladies-Auxiliary-Worchild-Scholarship-3695/
Illinois Odd Fellow-Rebekah Scholarship Program – Scholarship awards of $500 and $1,000 are open to students maintaining at least a 2.00 GPA and demonstrating financial need. Applications may be found in the Counseling Center or at www.ioof-il.org. Deadline: arrive by March 1.
Illinois Special Education Teacher Tuition Waiver Program – The Illinois Student Assistance Commission awards tuition waiver scholarships to any of the twelve state universities for students who will major in and agree to teach for a minimum of two years in Special Education. Information and applications are available in the Counseling Center or by visiting www.collegezone.com. Deadline: March 1.
Illinois Women in Leadership Chrysalis Award - Scholarship award provided by Illinois Women in Leadership to assist Sangamon County women who have been out of high school for 5 years or more and are enrolling in a college, university or trade school; or women who are continuing or returning to college who do not yet have an undergraduate degree. https://www.scholarselect.com/scholarships/13832-2014-illinois-women-in-leadership—chrysalis-award. Deadline March 1
USA Funds Access to Education Scholarships – USA Funds awards renewable scholarships to students with financial need. Applicants can be those planning on full-time or part-time college attendance, and who have an annual adjusted gross family income of $35,000 or less. Awards range from $750 to $1500 annually. Additionally, the organization targets 50% of all scholarships to students with a physical disability or of a recognized minority group. Applications are available in the Counseling Center or by downloading a form at www.usafunds.org. Deadline: March 1.
Illinois Women in Leadership High School Scholarship – Scholarship provided by Illinois Women in Leadership to assist Sangamon County women students in post secondary education by encouraging them to set and pursue career goals. http://www.iwil.biz/scholarships.htm Deadline March 2.
Bloomington Elks Physical & Occupational Therapy Scholarship – The Elks Lodge sponsors up to $1000 scholarships for students majoring in Physical or Occupational Therapy. Applicants must have a minimum B average. Evaluation is based upon academic qualifications, financial need and personality and desire. Deadline: March 11.
Mercedes-Benz USA Scholarship Program – Students who have a minimum 3.00 GPA and will be the first in their family to attend college may apply for this $2,500 renewable scholarship. Application and information are available at http://www.mbusi.com/about-us/info-aboutus/corporate/scholarships. Deadline: March 13.
Illinois Sheriff’s Association Scholarship – The Illinois Sheriff’s Association will be awarding $500 scholarships to students throughout the state of Illinois. Scholarships must be utilized at a State of Illinois institution of higher learning and students must be enrolled as full-time students. Applications are returned to the sheriff’s office in the county of the applicants’ permanent residence. Information and applications are available in the Counseling Center or by visiting www.ilsheriff.org. Deadline: March 15.
Kohl’s Kids Who Care Program – The Kohl’s Kids Who Care Program is an annual opportunity to recognize and reward students (ages 6 to 18) who volunteer in their communities. Awards range from Kohl’s $50 gift cards to $5,000 scholarships toward college. Nomination forms are available beginning February 1 at any Kohl’s Department Store or from the Kohl’s website at www.kohlscorporation.com and can be returned to any Kohl’s customer service desk. Deadline: March 15.
Scholar Athlete Milk Mustache of the Year – The milk processors sponsor this $7,500 award program. Applicants are judged on academic performance, athletic excellence, leadership, community service, and milk experience. Applicants must register on-line at www.whymilk.com before March 16.
Illinois Heartland Decorative Artists Scholarship – This organization has established a $1,000 scholarship to an art student who will be attending college following graduation and be pursuing a career in the fine arts. Computer and graphic arts are not being considered at this time. The award will be based on interest, talent, desire, and need. Applicants must reside within 100 miles of Champaign, IL. http://www.ihda.us/education.html Deadline: March 30.
General Assembly Scholarship Program (Brady) – Students who will be attending state universities in Illinois may submit applications for the General Assembly Scholarship program to their local State Representative. The scholarship is for one year’s tuition and most fees. For those living in the 88th Representative District, Daniel Brady is the Representative. Applications are available in the Counseling Center or by visiting www.rep-danbrady.com. Deadline: March 31.
State Farm Holiday Classic Scholarship – Classic Tournament, Inc. is offering four scholarships to student-athletes ranging from $500 to $1,000. Student-athletes who participated in the tournament may apply by completing an application, submitting an essay, their transcript, and a letter from their basketball coach verifying that they have or will earn a varsity letter in basketball. Information and applications are available in the Counseling Center or at www.theclassic.org. Deadline: March 31.
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Phi Delta Kappa Scholarship for Prospective Educators – This professional organization presents $500 to $5,000 scholarships to students planning on a career in education. Selection criteria is based upon academic standing, an essay, letters of recommendation, school activities, and community activities. Information and applications are available by visiting: http://pdkintl.org/programs-resources/scholarships-awards/prospective-educator-scholarships/. Deadline: April 1.
Illinois Society of Professional Engineers Scholarship – The Illinois Society of Professional Engineers provides two $1000 awards for students pursuing careers in engineering. Applicants must have a GPA of 3.00 or better and minimum ACT scores of 29 in Math and 25 in English. http://www.illinoisengineer.com/scholarships.shtml Deadline: April 1.
Illinois Masonic Scottish Rite Scholarship Fund – There are eight scholarships offered by the Valley of Bloomington, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction listed below. All of these scholarships have the same application deadline More information can be found on their website, www.assrbloomington.org. Deadline: April 1.
Leon M. Abbott Scottish Rite Scholarship – Leon M. Abbott Scholarships provide financial support for the continuing education of young men and women from Scottish Rite families and Masonic-related youth groups. http://www.aasr-indy.org/documents/AbbottScholarshipForm.pdf
Sherwood and Evelyn Kriskin Memorial Scholarship – Applicant may attend either an Illinois university or one in a state contiguous to Illinois at either the undergraduate or graduate level, but must reside in Illinois. The applicant must maintain a “B” average or better to continue receiving this scholarship. http://www.mastermason.com/AASR-Springfield-IL/Scholarships/Scholarship-Kresin.pdf Deadline: April 1
Grand Lodge of A.F. & A. M. Illinois Scholarship – Applicant must have a blood relative who is a Master Mason in good standing and must reside in the State of Illinois. The applicant must have a “B” average. Applicant will receive the scholarship for one year only but may re-apply for additional years. http://valleyofpeoria.org/media/Scholarship%20apps/2010GLScholarshipApp.pdf
Robert B. Perkins Memorial Scholarship – Applicant must have a blood relative who is a Scottish Rite Mason in good standing and must reside in the State of Illinois. The scholarship is based on academic standing and the applicant must maintain a “B” average to continue receiving this scholarship. http://freeportmasonictemple.org/perkins.pdf
NAACP Scholarship – The NAACP bases this scholarship upon scholastic achievement (3.00 minimum GPA), letters of recommendation, and an essay. http://www.naacp.org/pages/naacp-scholarships Deadline: April 1.
AMVETS National Scholarship Program – AMVETS offers six four-year scholarships of $4,000 ($1,000 per year) to children and grandchildren of veterans. Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 GPA, be a child or grandchild of a veteran who is an AMVETS member, be a US citizen, and demonstrate academic promise and financial need. http://www.amvets.org/programs/scholarships/ Deadline: April 15.
Excellence in Agriculture Scholarship – This is an award for a high school senior who is looking to pursue a career in agriculture at either a two-year or four-year college or university. Applicants must have a 2.50 GPA during his/her senior year, accepted to enrollment at an accredited college, university, or community college within the State of Illinois by May 15th. Applicants must have two letters of reference and have the potential to make a significant contribution to society demonstrated by extra-curricular activities. http://agnr.umd.edu/students/scholarships/national-corn-growers-association-academic-excellence-agriculture-scholarship Deadline: April 15.
The CBC Spouses Education Scholarship Fund
This scholarship fund was established in response to federal cuts in spending for education programs and scholarships. This is the foundation’s first educational program. The CBC Spouses Educational Scholarship is a national program that awards scholarships to academically talented and highly motivated students who intend to pursue full-time undergraduate, graduate or doctoral degrees. The Educational Scholarship Fund was established in 1988 and has experienced substantial growth. The fund is operated through the district offices of the members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC). CBC Members work through local scholarship committees to award money to academically talented and highly motivated students. http://www.cbcfinc.org/cbcf-scholarships.html Deadline: May 1
The CBC Spouses Performing Arts Scholarship Program - Established in the year 2000, the CBC Spouses Performing Arts Scholarship program was developed in honor of the late Curtis Mayfield to ensure that students pursuing a career in the performing arts receive the financial assistance to achieve their goals.
The CBC Spouses Visual Arts Scholarship
The CBC Spouses Visual Arts Scholarship was established in 2006 for students who are pursing a career in the visual arts. http://www.cbcfinc.org/CBC%20Spouses/Scholarships/index.html
Deadline: May 1
Bromenn Healthcare Scholarships – Scholarships for designated degrees/certificates are available to Bromenn employees as well as to external applicants. The number and types of scholarships offered any given year are determined as a result of planning and forecasting their position needs. Scholarships generally range from $1,000 to $4,000. Applicants who meet the following criteria are considered: 3.20 GPA, letter of interest, two letters of reference, panel interview, and completion of on-line application. http://freescholarshipguide.jobamatic.com/a/jobs/find-jobs/q-Advocate+BroMenn+Medical+Group The following types of scholarships are typically available:
Ph.D. Nursing Practice BS Nursing
Associate Degree in Nursing Nursing Diploma
Practical Nursing Certificate Medical Laboratory Tech
Medical Transcriptionist Certificate Certified Nursing Assistant
Clinical Lab Scientist & Technician Respiratory Therapy Associates
Pharmacy Nuclear Medicine Certificate
Physical Therapy Master’s & PTA Master’s – Nursing Associates
Surgical Technologist Certificate Radiological Technology Certificate
Speech Pathology Master’s Degree Occupational Therapy Master’s & COTA
Upakar Scholarship – The Indo-American Community Foundation provides this scholarship, ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 to student of Indian descent based upon financial need and academic performance. Information is available in the Counseling Center and applications are available after February 1 by visiting http://www.upakarfoundation.org/scholarships. Deadline: May 2.
Educational Communications Scholarship – The ECS Foundation offers 61 scholarships ranging in value from $1,000 to $6,000. Primary consideration is based upon GPA and Aptitude Tests Scores (ACT/SAT) with secondary consideration given to involvement in school or community athletics or work experience. There is a $4.00 processing fee required to apply. Applications are available in the Counseling Center. htp://www.incarnatewordhs.org/counseling/Scholarships/Educ_Communications.pdf Deadline: May 15.
Epilepsy Foundation Scholarship – The Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago awards three $1,000 scholarships to students with epilepsy. An application, essay, two letter of recommendation, doctor’s statement verifying the diagnosis of epilepsy or a seizure disorder, personal statement and resume are required for submission. http://www.epilepsyfoundation.org/livingwithepilepsy/youth/youngadults/Scholarships.cfm Deadline: May 15.
Illinois Business Education Association Scholarships – This $500 scholarship is awarded by the IBEA to students who plan to enroll in a teacher education program with an emphasis in business education in an Illinois school that leads to certification in business, marketing, and/or computer education. An application, letters of recommendation, and an essay are required. http://www.ibea.org/forms-and-documents/conference-forms/dora-j-beattie-conference-scholarship-application Deadline: May 17.
Triangle Achievement Award – The Gamma Chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon International Fraternity awards the $500 and $1,000 Triangle Achievement Award to males who will attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Applicants are judged by their academic success in high school, as well as leadership in extracurricular activities. Applicants do not have to make any commitment to join the fraternity. http://gatortke.com/scholarship/ Deadline: May 31.
John N. Stevens Memorial Scholarship – The John N. Stevens Memorial Scholarship is awarded by the Bloomington/Normal Sunrise Rotary Club. The scholarship pays for 12 credit hours at Heartland Community College for two consecutive semesters. See the counseling center for guidelines or visit https://www.cappex.com/page/meritAid/programDetail.jsp?id=384342&program=387989. Deadline: June 4.
ERCA Community Contribution Scholarship – The Educational Research Center of America offers $1,000 scholarships to students who have made a difference in their community and complete the application form. Applications are available on their website, http://www.studentresearch.org/application. Note that there is a $3.50 processing fee to apply for this scholarship. Deadline: June 17.
National Image Latino Scholarship Fund – The Central Illinois chapter of National Image, Inc. provides three $750 scholarships to Central Illinois Latino students. Applicants must be at least half Latino, reside in Central Illinois, and have a minimum 2.00 GPA. An application form, letters of recommendations, and an essay are required. http://collegefair.info/scholarshipfund.php Deadline: June 25.
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