March Deadlines

  • 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.  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. To learn more about this scholarship, visit this site. Deadline: March 1
  • Illinois AMVETS Scholarship Program – The Illinois AMVETS provides the following scholarship opportunities, all with deadlines of March 1.
  • 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. 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. 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. 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 on their website. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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 Applicants must register on-line at their website. 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. 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. 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. Deadline: March 31.

April Deadlines

  • 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. 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. Deadline:  April 1.
  • Sherwood and Evelyn Kriskin Memorial ScholarshipApplicant 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. Deadline: April 1
  • Colville Wilson Scholarship For Graduate WorkApplicants must be a graduate student in the health care field relating to children's medicine and must reside in the State of Illinois.
  • NAACP Scholarship – The NAACP bases this scholarship upon scholastic achievement (3.00 minimum GPA), letters of recommendation, and an essay.   Deadline: April 1.
  • Illinois Lumber & Material Dealers Association Educational Foundation Scholarship – The ILMDA awards scholarships ranging from $500 to $2,000 to student who pursue industry-related course work at Illinois colleges and universities.  The scholarships are to assist and encourage students to further their interest in the lumber and building materials field.  Applicants must have a minimum 2.00 GPA in order to apply.   Deadline: April 2.
  • 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. Deadline: April 15.

May Deadlines

  • The CBC Spouses Education Scholarship FundThis 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. 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 ScholarshipThe CBC Spouses Visual Arts Scholarship was established in 2006 for students who are pursing a career in the visual arts. 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. 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
    • For additional information and how to apply, please contact Bromenn Human Relations via telephone by calling  309-268-2300, via email at Deadline: May 1.
  • 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.  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. 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. 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. 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. Deadline: May 31.

June/Summer Deadlines

  • 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.  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. Note that there is a $3.50 processing fee to apply for this scholarship.  Deadline: June 17.

September Deadlines

  • 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. Deadline: September.

October Deadlines

  • 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 their website. 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 their website. 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 by visiting this site.. Deadline: October 31.

November Deadlines

  • 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. 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. 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. 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. Deadline: November 30.

December Deadlines

  • 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.
    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 their website..  Applicants must first be nominated, and after nominations have been reviewed, an application form will be sent to eligible nominees. Deadline: December 7.

Other Scholarships Available

  • William E. McElroy Scholarship for Male Medical Students
    Male students graduating from high school and planning to major in a medical field or a male student already in college majoring in a medical field of study.
  • Hispanic Association Scholarship for Latino Students
    Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities and Laureate International Universities scholarships encourage study abroad. Today, Latino students account for only 5.4 percent of U.S. students studying abroad, but a new scholarship program aims to change that. By providing more than $8 million in tuition scholarships to U.S. Latino students for study in Europe and Latin America, the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities and Laureate International Universities hope to boost the international experience of U.S. Latino students.
  • Sangamon County Department of Community Resources
    Scholarship for Low-Income College Entries (SLICE)
  • Springfield Urban League G.B. Winston Scholarship
  • Call Me MISTER Scholarship Program
    For black males in their senior year in high school who want to go to college out of state to become future teachers. Attend universities/college for 4 years free with the Call Me MISTER program. It combines the special strengths and resources of Clemson University with the individualized instructional programs offered by four historically black colleges in South Carolina: Benedict College, Claflin University, Morris College and South Carolina State University. To provide greater opportunity and access, students have the option of first attending a two-year partner colleges before transferring to one of the four-year institutions to complete the baccalaureate degree. In addition, the project has limited enrollment in the middle school Master of Art in Teaching program.