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New Scholarships and Other Opportunities for 2020-2021

Regular up-dates of scholarships and other opportunities


There will be regular up-dates of scholarship and other opportunities that are available for all grade levels.  Some information will have web addresses that you can visit.  Copy and paste the web address to your web browser to access these scholarships and programs.  Some scholarships do not have a web address and these scholarships and applications can be acquired in the guidance office

  • College Covered: this site offers helpful resources, FAFSA (financial aid) information, college planning tips, college planning calendar, scholarship, and logins for both parents and students    go to:   https://www.collegecovered.com/
  • www.collegescholarships.org   Fill out one application and the Scholarship Owl will submit your application to numerous Scholarships – ie Target, McDonalds, KFC, just to name a few


September Scholarships

November Scholarships

  • SBO Essay Contest - students in music.  $1,000  and matching music products for your school's music program.  Students 9-12 eligible.  Go to:  http://sbomagazine.com/essay-contest/  due by Dec 31


January Scholarships

  • Children of Veterans Tuition Waiver - can be applied to the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign, Chicago, Springfield, or Health Sciences Center) - must be a natural or legal child of a veteran - priority deadline January 3

  • Locker Scholar Athletes - Awarding 20 - $20,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors who are athletes or participate in intramurals, martial arts programs.  Visit https://www.footlockerscholarathletes.com/about for more information and the online application.  due January 3

  • GE-Reagan  Foundation Scholarship - demonstrate exemplary leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship - go to:  www.reaganfoundation.org/education/scholarship-programs - due January 3

  • Gates Millennium Scholars - meets unmet need above what FAFSA scholarships will provide, must be an African American, American Indian/Alaskan native, Asian Pacific Islander American or Hispanic American and citizen of US, 3.3 (unweighted) GPA, first time college student in fall, demonstrated leadership abilities - go to: www.gmsp.org - due January 13

  • Young Authors Writing Competition - students submit a poem, story, or essay - opens November and closes January 15

  • National FFA Foundation site offers a variety of scholarship opportunities - go to:  https://www.ffa.org/participate/grants-and-scholarships/scholarships/   Due January 15

  • FFA Scholarships - pursue an Ag related field - go to:  https://www.ffa.org/participate/scholarships - due January 15

  • John F Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest - grades 9-12, essay about an elected official in the US who served during or after 1956, less than 1000 words, go to: www.jfklibrary.org - due January 17

  • American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship - oration of 8-10 minutes - go to: https://www.legion.org/oratorical      - due January 17

  • CBAI Foundation for Community Banking - Essay writing contest, must submit one paragraph each on three different topicsMore information is located in the guidance office.  Deadline January 21 -must be received in CBAI office by 5:00 pm

  • State Farm Good Neighbor Scholarship - senior with a GPA  between 2.5 and  3.2, attend college for 2-4 years - go to: https://www.statefarm.com/about-us/community-involvement/community-grants/state-farm-foundations - due January 31


February Scholarships

  • Vietnam Veterans of America Illinois State Council Scholarship - many scholarships available, child or grandchild of veteran, GPA, awards, extracurricular, community service and financial need - go to: https://www.cfnil.org/scholarships/vietnam-vets-scholarship/  - due date February 1

  • National Honor Society Scholarship - Demonstrate outstanding character, scholarship, service, and leadership; must be a member of the National Honor Society.  All members may apply for the national scholarship.  Must completed by February 1

  • Americanism Essay Contest - three class groups for grades 7-12, less than 500 word essay - due by February 7

  • Illinois DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) Scholarship - packets available in the guidance office.                           Deadline is February 15

  • Illinois PTA Scholarship - Senior, 3.0 non-weighted GPA, enrolled in an education or education-related degree program - go to:  https://illinoispta.org/scholarship/  due February 14

  • 1st Farm Credit Services - First Choice Agriculture Scholarship - furthering education in agriculture or rural life-related field, based on academic achievement, community and agriculture youth organization involvement and essays - received by    February 15

  • Reynolds-Barwick Scholarship - top 30% of class, senior in an Iroquois County school and also must reside in Iroquois County -    due February 15

  • Beta Sigma Psi Scholarship -  Martin Luther Scholarship.  For any accredited 4-year College or University in the United States.   For more information go to:  http://wp.betasigmapsi.org/scholarships-grants/.  Applications due by February 15

  • Beta Sigma Psi Scholarships: Martin Luther Scholarship and Christian Leadership Award (Indiana University)Leadership Award .  For more information go to:  http://wp.betasigmapsi.org/scholarships-grants/.  Applications due by February 16

  • Illinois Chemical Education Foundation High School Senior Scholarship - top senior science student, outstanding achievement in academics, extracurricular/employment activities, and community involvement - postmarked by February 17

  • Zonta Club of Kankakee - Young Woman in Public Affairs Award - young women, ages 16-19 who demonstrates commitment to the volunteer sector, evidence of volunteer leadership achievements and a dedication to the advancement of the status of women - received by February 20

  • Illinois Chemical Education Foundation is offering a $2000.00 scholarship.  Application must be postmarked by February 21 and received no later than February 26.   For more information on this and other scholarships go to: https://www.cicil.net/

  • Farm Credit Illinois Scholarships - senior pursuing agriculture careers - Go to: http://farmcreditIL.com - due February 28

  • NIAAA Student Athlete Scholarship - senior, B+ average, 24 on ACT, participated in two sports at least two years in each sport, at least one varsity letter - go to: https://members.niaaa.org/page/StudentScholarship - due February 28


March Scholarships

  • The Township Officials of Illinois.  Essay on "The Role of Township Government in Today's Society and in the Future"  $1500.00.  Applications in the guidance office.  Deadline March 1, 2019

  • The Illinois Odd Fellow-Rebekah Scholarship - students with financial need that maintain a "C" average - you may apply online - go to: www.ioof-il.org - postmarked by March 1

  • American Legion Auxiliary Scholarship - Children of Warriors National Presidents' Scholarship - child or grandchild of veteran who serviced in the Armed Forces, complete 50 hours of volunteer service in the community during high school - due March 1

  • American Legion Auxiliary Scholarship  - Ada Mucklestone Memorial Scholarship (American Legion Auxiliary) - senior; child or grandchild of veteran; based on character, essay, leadership, scholarship, and need, not pursuing nursing.  Must be received by local auxiliary prior to  March 1

  • Delta Kappa Gamma Education Recruitment Grant - female student planning to major in the field of education - received by March 1

  • KCC Foundation Scholarships - must attend Kankakee Community College, apply online at www.kcc.edu/scholarships - apply between November 1 & March 1

  • Illinois AMVETS and AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Scholarships - apply on line at:  www.ilamvets.org - due March 1

  • Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Valley of Bloomington has various scholarships to offer.  Go to:  http://www.valleyofbloomington.org/WP/scholarships-given/  Applications accepted until March 1

  • IFBW, Illinois Federation of Business Women's Club Inc.,  go to:  http://www.ifbwc.org/scholarships deadline March 1

  • Soy Capital Ag Services Ethan Allen Johnson & Caroline H Johnson Scholarship - ACT score of at least 16, or SAT score of 675, GPA, scholastic aptitude, and financial need - received by March 3

  • Illinois Elks Association Scholarship - seniors majoring in Physical and Occupational Therapy may apply.  Go to:  http://illinoiselksccc.org/index.html  -due March 6

  • Illinois Sheriffs' Association - $500.00 to and Illinois resident.  go to: https://www.ilsheriff.org/  due to local sheriff's office by  March 15

  • Iroquois Farmers State Bank Community Bankers Scholarship Program - senior, full time college student next year, preference of a 2.5 to 3.5 GPA -  applications located in the guidance office.  due by March 15

  • Compeer Financial Scholarship - senior, GPA 3.0.  Must be an agriculture major, interested in an agriculture-related field, or have an agricultural or rural background.  Go to:  https://compeer.com/Home/Investing-in-Rural-Communities/Giving-Back/Scholarships  due March 16

  • Mattress Advisor's Sleep Study Scholarship - various scholarships on this site.  Go tohttps://www.mattressadvisor.com/sleep-scholarships/ due March 20

  • Dean Ritter Trust for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Scholarship - for senior who are deaf or hard of hearing in one or both ears (severe to profound), exhibit financial need - go to: http://www.deanritter.org/ - due March 23

  • Central FFA Boosters Scholarship - for CHS seniors who are a member of the Central FFA Chapter exhibiting potential for successful completion of chosen course of study at an institution of higher learning - due March 24 to the guidance office

  • Beta Sigma Psi Scholarships: Christian Leadership Award for University of Illinois students.  For more information go to:  http://wp.betasigmapsi.org/scholarships-grants/.  Applications due by March 28

  • Central Area Jaycees Susan Rosenboom Memorial Scholarship - CHS senior who will further their education in the health or social service field- due March 31

  • Central Athletic Booster Club Scholarship - CHS senior, who participated one or more sports for at least 2 years - due March 31

  • Central Federation of Teachers Scholarship - CHS seniors pursuing a field of education - due March 31

  • Central High School Reunion Classes 1965-66-67 College Scholarship - senior at CHS furthering their education - due March 31

  • Chebanse American Legion Scholarship - sr., scholastic ability & community concern - due March 31

  • Dawn Schafer Memorial Scholarship - CHS senior pursuing a career in health, education, or agriculture at a four-year college or university - due March 31

  • Donnell B Trost and Russell & Marie Kuntz Scholarship - CHS senior - due March 31

  • Kerry Lee O'Brien Scholarship - senior at CHS, essays - due March 31

  • Lions Club Scholarships - Ashkum, Clifton, and Chebanse Lions Club Committees select scholarships for CHS students from their towns and surrounding areas - due March 31

April Scholarships

  • Community Foundation of Kankakee River Valley - community scholarship site with varied opportunities.  Apply online at:  https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=kankakeescholarships   due by April 1

  • Janie M. Wilken Memorial 4-H/FFA Scholarship - active member of a Ford-Iroquois  4-H Club for at least 5 years and/or a member of a Section 10 FFA Chapter for at least 3 years - contact janiesfarm@yahoo.com for a computer generated application - received by April 1

  • Katelyn Jeanne Graham Memorial Scholarship - CHS senior furthering their education - due April 1

  • Lions of Illinois/District 1-BK.  $750.00 yearly scholarship for students majoring in special education, or careers working with children with vision or hearing impairments.  Application must be postmarked by April 1.  Applications available in guidance office.

  • Iroquois County Republican Women's Club - female, senior, 3 year resident of Iroquois county, must be a registered voter when you are legally possible, proof US citizenship - due April 1

  • Kankakee County Farm Bureau Foundation Scholarship - reside in Kankakee County or a Kankakee County Farm Bureau member family; accepted to an agriculture-related field of study; assessed based on character, personality, academic performance and honors, and financial need - email kankfb@sbcglobal.net for an application  - due April 1

  • Lions of Illinois/District 1-DK - students entering college working toward a field of special education - due April 1

  •  Lee Bradford Scholarship - must be active in community service projects and/or volunteer opportunities, must live in Kankakee County, attend college or enroll in a vocational training program - due April 1

  • Ford-Iroquois Farm Bureau Foundation General Scholarship and the Skog Family Trust Memorial Scholarship - seniors pursuing an agriculture or an Ag-related field, member or a child of a member of the Ford-Iroquois Farm Bureau - must be received by Farm Bureau Foundation office by April 1

  • Zumper Outstanding Student Scholarship - https://www.zumper.com/scholarship $1000 awarded  April 1 

  • Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois - for seniors who have the potential of being excellent teachers, scholars agree to teach five years in an Illinois school of need, scholars must attend four residential summer institutes - www.goldenapple.org - due December 1 (priority status) or April 3 (final deadline)

  • Illinois Heartland Decorative Artists:  National Society of Decorative Painters  $1000 scholarship and an additional $250. for the winner's high school Art Department.  Applications located in guidance office.  Due April 3

  • Iroquois County Soil and Water Conservation District & Pheasants Forever Scholarship - resident of Iroquois County, demonstrate an interest in conservation - due April 3 to the guidance office

  • Kiwanis Club of Kankakee Scholarship - demonstrate a commitment to school and community service and are focusing on a career with children or benefiting children-  Submitted by April 3

  • Marie Kimmel Memorial Scholarship - active member of a Lutheran church in Iroquois County, will seek a degree on a full-time basis - due April 3

  • Kankakee Area CAP Scholarship - 3.0 GPA, pursuing a career in science, math, health care, or technology - due April 5

  • American Legion - Past Presidents Parley Program, students enrolled/accepted to a nursing program.  Applications located in the guidance office.  Application must be submitted to local auxiliary no later than April 10

  • Kankakee County 4-H:  Youth Foundation Scholarship. Applicant must: demonstrate good academic performance, have participated in 4-H youth programs in Kankakee County, and be pursing a stated degree or certificate program at an accredited college or university.  For an online application go to: https://web.extension.illinois.edu/gkw/
    Applications must be received in the Illinois Extension office no later than April 12 

  • The Iroquois Country Chamber of Commerce is offering a scholarship to any senior employed by a business actively involved in the Chamber.  go to:  http://www.iroquoiscountychamber.com/ for more information    due April 15th

  • The Bill of Rights Institute.  We the Students Essay Contest - go to:  https://billofrightsinstitute.org/engage/students-programs-events/scholarship/ deadline April 15

  • Photoshop Actions – go to https://www.photoshopactions.com/pages/pretty-photoshop-actions-scholarship-program for application due April 15

  • Arlyn W. Rabideau Scholarship - senior at CHS who will further their education at a college, university, or technical/vocational school - due April 15

  • Central 5K Memorial Running to Remember... - All CHS senior(s) - due to the guidance office by April 15

  • Dave Ader Scholarship - CHS senior student - due April 15

  • Evelyn Dandurand Memorial Scholarship - member of the Central Band for at least 3 years, majoring or minoring in music or playing an instrument at the college level - due to band leader by April 15

  • Superintendent Scholarship - CHS senior, essay required - due April 15

  • Tom Norton Scholarship - CHS senior, must attend 4 year college or university - due April 15

  • IL SAR Joseph S Rumbaugh Historical Oration Contest - grades 9-12, oration dealing with an event, personality or document pertaining to the Revolutionary War and show a relationship to America today - go to: https://sar.org/education/youth-contests-awards/joseph-s-rumbaugh-historical-oration-contest  - due April 15

  • American Legion Scholarships - American Legion Legacy Scholarship - children of fallen and disabled veteran post 9/11 are eligible - go to:  www.legion.org/scholarships/legacy - due April 15

  • Sangamon Valley Conference Scholarships - based on GPA, class rank, participation in activities, and awards & honors - 5 categories:  academic, vocational, fine arts, male athlete, and female athlete - applications must be submitted to the principal - due April 17  https://sites.google.com/site/sangamonvalleyconference/awards-scholarship-pages/svc-scholarships

  • Kankakee County Hispanic Partnership, Inc. Education Awards - reside in Kankakee county, Hispanic or Latino heritage, minimum of 2.0 GPA out of 4.0, proof of enrollment.  Applications available in the guidance office - due April 19

  • Ayn Rand - The Fountainhead Essay Contest - grades 11-12, write an essay on the Ayn Rand book, The Fountainhead - due April 26

  • Ayn Rand - Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest - grade 12, write an essay on the Ayn Rand book, Atlas Shrugged - due April 28

  • Kankakee County Corn Growers Gene Novack Memorial Scholarship - for students furthering their education in an agriculture or agriculture-related field of study.  Essay information available in the guidance office.  due April 30

  • LaVern and Nola McEntire Lineworker's Scholarship (IEC) - seniors, parents are members of Illinois Electric Cooperative and receiving service, enrolled in the electric distribution lineworker programs at Lincoln Land Community College - received by    April 30

  • America Library of Poetry Free Student Poetry Contest - grades 3-12, submit one poem - go to:  https://www.libraryofpoetry.com/  - due April 30


May Scholarships

  • IKGSL Scholarship - available to junior or senior softball players belonging to the IKGSL league.  Scholarhip applications are available in the guidance office.  Applications must be returned by May 1st 

  • Edna A. Willms Scholarship - based on achievement and financial need, character and involvement in school activities, volunteer activities, and community service - due May 1

  • American Legion Auxiliary Scholarship

             - Past Presidents Parley Nurses Scholarship (American Legion Auxiliary) - based on commitment to a nursing career, character, financial need, scholastic rating - due May 1

  • Cody J. Lehmkuhl Memorial Scholarship - senior who attended two years at Career Center, planning on attending a tech/trade school community college or university immediately following graduation - due May 1

  • Ford-Iroquois 4-H Foundation Scholarship - senior, 4-H member for the past five years, current 4-H club member in Ford or Iroquois club, must have exhibited in a current year 4-H show - due May 1

  • Iroquois County Law Enforcement Association - students pursuing a degree in the field of Law Enforcement.  Must be a resident of Iroquois County.  Applications located in the guidance office - must be post marked by May 10

  • Kankakee County Corn Growers Gene Novack Memorial Scholarship - accepted in an agriculture or agriculture-related field of study and parent or grandparent must be a member of the Kankakee County Corn Growers - due May 15

  • The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis/ Insuring Rural Communities -  based on financial need, GPA 2.0 or higher,  for those pursuing information technology, healthcare, or risk management.  go to:  https://stlouisgraduates.academicworks.com/opportunities/3432 applications must be submitted by May 15

  • Kids’ Chance Inc. of Illinois was founded with the goal of awarding academic scholarships to deserving children of workers seriously injured or killed on the job.  go to:  http://www.kidschanceofillinois.com/ applications must be turned in no later than May 31

  • Sigma Phi Epsilon Scholarship at U of I CU - male who excels in scholarship, leadership, athletics, community service, and ideals of a sound mind and sound body - go to https://illinois.sigep.org/bms/ - due May 31

June Scholarships

  • Miner Charitable Foundation Scholarship - available January - senior with financial need for college, preference given to students pursuing an Ag degree - due June 1

  • American Heart Association Scholarship - for current seniors with leadership qualities and community service/involvement.  Apply online at https://www2.heart.org/site/SPageServer/?pagename=khc_resources_scholarships by June 30 

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