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All scholarships that are available through the Counseling Office will be posted here. 
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National Space Club Scholarship - deadline: December 1, 2017
$10,000 scholarship to a senior in high school or college student who has the intention of pursuing a career in the STEM fields and plan to attend a college/university. Preference is given to students with space related interests. 


Wendy's Heisman Scholarship
 - deadline: October 2
Students who have a B average, are a student athlete, and stand out as a leader in their community and role model for the school are eligible to apply.

Coca-Cola Scholars Program-
-- deadline: October 31
Must be current high school senior who is US citizen, has 3.0 GPA and plans to attend four year accredited U.S. post-secondary institution. This scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship recognizing students for their capacity to lead and serve, and their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities.

Open to High School Seniors planning to major in computer science or computer/electrical engineering.  With this you would attend college full-time, then work during the summer at NSA's main headquarters in Fort Meade, MD for a minimum of 12 weeks in areas related to course of study.  Qualifications:  US Citizen, HS Senior, minimum ACT of 25 or SAT of 1200, majoring in computer science or electrical engineering, 3.0 GPA or higher (is preferred). Selected recipients will earn up to $30,000 for college fees and tuition along with an annual salary of $26,000.  

Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. Scholarship - deadline: October 9
HS seniors or college freshmen are eligible to apply. Create a video on the following topic: "What law or law would you create to make the roads safer?"

 
Prudential Spirit of Community Award/Scholarship -
deadline: November 7
 If you've made a difference through volunteering over the past year, you could win $1,000 and a fabulous trip to Washington, D.C.  Anyone grade 5-12 is eligible to apply.  You must have engaged in a volunteer activity within the last year.  Must complete application and submit it to Mrs.Burkholder.

Horatio Alger Scholarships
 - deadline: October 25, 2017

Thousands of Dollars in scholarships awarded!  As one of the nation's largest need-based college scholarship programs in the country, the Horatio Alger Scholarship Programs specifically assist high school students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives. Requirements: high school senior, desire to complete bachelor's degree, financial need, involved, GPA of 2.0 or higher. National, State, Career & Technical, and Targeted Scholarships are all available through this association.


Acorn Equality Fund Scholarship - deadline: September 22, 2017
Acorn Equality Fund is a grassroots organization that provides academic scholarships for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) persons and their children in Illinois. Scholarships range from $1,000 - $5,000. Questions? Email  acorn1999@gmail.com


FHN Scholarships
 - deadline September 8, 2017
* Healthcare Career Scholarship - $1,000 for students currently enrolled in an accredited program of study
*Volunteer Resources Scholarship - $500 for students who are an active member of the FHN Student Volunteer Program with a minimum of 40 career hours.


Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund 
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Applicants must be one of the following: dependant son/daughter of US Soldier, Sailor, Airman, Guardsman, or Marine who has become permenantely disabled as a result of an opperational mission or taining accident; dependant son/daughter of a Soldier (etc.) who has een killed in action; or the dependant son/daughther of a Soldier (etc.) who has been classified as a POW or MIA.  Applicants must also be a senior in high school or currently enrolled as a full time undergraduate student. 

 
Fastweb.com - A FREE national scholarship search engine.  Get personalized awards based on your individual profile.  What are you waiting for?  Sign up today!
 
Christian Connector:
FREE Christian college information service as well as a $2,500 Christian college scholarship drawing.  Students simply log onto the website and request information to be entered in the $2,500 scholarship drawing!
 
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High school seniors, Burger King employees, their dependent children, spouses, or domestic partners are eligible to receive up to $50,000 in scholarship awards for the 2014-2015 school year. Apply today!
   UW-Platteville Community Scholarship - deadline: March 1, 2014
All Eastland Students headed to UW-Platteville are eligible! The goal of this award is to aid and assist worthy and deserving new freshmen students from specific high schools located in Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois & Minnesota. These are well-rounded individuals with a strong desire in becoming a UWP Pioneer. They are also involved in community, family and school activities.If you know you are UW- Platteville bound, make sure and apply
 
 
IL Quad City Chapter of Credit Union - deadline: February 15, 2014
You are eligible to apply if you are a primary member of an IQCC Credit Union with your own account. If you are not a member, you may join to become eligible to apply. See application for details.
     
 Students are asked to write an original and creative essay of 1,000 words or less that demonstrates an understanding of  political courage as described by John F. Kennedy in Profiles in Courage The essay may concern an issue at the local, state, national, or international level. $500-$10,000 awarded annually.

AXA Achievement Community Scholarship   - deadline: February 1, 2015
Are you active in your community? Have you led a project that benefits others? Have you overcome personal challenges? If so, apply today! Up to 375 winners nationwide. Scholarships up to $2,000. 

Josh Heeren Memorial Scholarship - deadline: March 2, 2015
Eligibility requirements: graduating high school senior or current college student, majoring in an Ag-related field, accepted for enrollment at an accredited college/university/tech school, exhibit potential for successful completion of course of study, must be graduate of Carroll County.

$500 scholarship to a Carroll County youth who is or has graduated from a Carroll County school to further his/her education beyond high school in an agricultural field. This includes fields such as Agribusiness, Forestry, Agronomy, Ag-Economics, Natural Resources, Aquaculture, Wildlife Management, Agri-Science, etc. 
$500 scholarship to a Carroll County youth who is or has graduated from a Carroll County school to further his/her education beyond high school in an agricultural field. This includes fields such as Agribusiness, Forestry, Agronomy, Ag-Economics, Natural Resources, Aquaculture, Wildlife Management, Agri-Science, etc. 
$500 scholarship to a Carroll County youth who is or has graduated from a Carroll County school to further his/her education beyond high school in an agricultural field. This includes fields such as Agribusiness, Forestry, Agronomy, Ag-Economics, Natural Resources, Aquaculture, Wildlife Management, Agri-Science, etc. 
$500 scholarship to a Carroll County youth who is or has graduated from a Carroll County school to further his/her education beyond high school in an agricultural field. This includes fields such as Agribusiness, Forestry, Agronomy, Ag-Economics, Natural Resources, Aquaculture, Wildlife Management, Agri-Science, etc. 
Scholarship for students going into education. Click here  for the application and eligibility infromation.
Scholarship for students going into education. Click here  for the application and eligibility infromation.
Scholarship for students going into education. Click here  for the application and eligibility infromation.

  - deadline: March 15, 2015
$1,000 scholarship to a graduating senior, male or female, who resides in IL and will be enrolling in the fall in a college, community college, or university. Student must be a descendant of a male who served honorable in the Army, Navy, Judicial, Executive, or Civil Service of the Confederate States of America. Must submit 500 word essay. See attached documents  for further details.

Adkins Energy LLC - deadline: April 1, 2015
$1,500 scholarship for anyone actively pursuing higher education.  Scholarship will be awarded based on academic achievement, financial impact, and an essay concerning Ethanol.  See application for more specific essay requirements.

 IL Pork Producers Scholarship - deadline April 1st, 2015
These scholarships will be awarded to a total of nine students through the IPPA Scholarship program, $1,000 or more for each scholarship.  Funding for these scholarships is made possible through the Keppy Foundation. Applicants must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate or be enrolling to begin in the Fall of 2013 to be eligible. IPPA Scholarships are open to students pursuing any undergraduate degree at any two-year or four-year college.  Previous winners may apply for any scholarship level. Applicants must submit a completed application form, transcripts; and a list of activities. In addition applicants must submit a typed essay identifying how they plan to contribute to the pork industry.

Ryan & Friends Scholarship - deadline: April 1, 2015
The Illinois Purebred Swine Council is sponsoring the Ryan & Friends Scholarship. This scholarship will award a total of four - $500 scholarships. Applicants must be attending a university, college, or community college for the 2014 Fall semester. Applicants must also have been a 4-H or FFA member nd be pursuing Agriculture or related career.

Freedom Township Scholarship  - deadline: April 1, 2015
Write an essay on the Importance of Township Government and live in Freedom Township.  See flyer for mailing instructions.

NINA Northern IL HS Journalism Scholarship - deadline: March 20, 2015
Eligibility: high school senior who demonstrates standards of honesty, integrity, hard work, and commitment to quality community journalism.  Students may be editors, writers, photographers, or graphic designers at high school newspapers (yearbook?) or professional news publications with plans to major in journalism or communications.  See application for further details.

Illinois Hospital Research and Educational Foundation scholarship - April 15, 2015
Students currently enrolled or accepted into a certification or degree conferring hospital related health care sequence are eligible (such as medical school, dental school, nursing programs, pharmacy schools, radiology technology programs, occupational/physical/speech therapy, etc.).  Students ingeneral course programs (i.e. pre-med or gen ed courses) are NOT eligible.  Must be IL resident and have GPA of 3.5.

Farnham Scholarship - deadline: April 15, 2015
This scholarship is for an individual who was very active in the Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce.  This person should be planning to study Business or Industrial Relations or a related field.  
Carroll County Democrat Scholarship - deadline: May 18, 2015
$500 scholarship for Carroll County residents whom are admitted as full time students to any IL College or University for the fall semester of 2015.  May also include out of state schools within commuting distance of Carroll County.  The scholarship is for students majoring in Political Science, Law, History, Journalism, or a related field. See flyer for more details. 



Southland Electrical Supply - deadline: May 30, 2015
Are you interested in furthering your career and life by going to college? Is your dream to become the next Alfred Nobel? Are you looking for ways to cut tuition costs? Students who studying or planning to study in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) major or a related field or trade are invited to take part in our essay competition. $1,000 scholarship.

Please write an essay about "How innovation affects the science, technology and trade industry" Take this concept and apply it to a field or trade of your choice, explaining how innovation has changed and will continue to change your chosen discipline.
Reed Tech Scholarship - deadline: May 30, 2015
$1,000 essay scholarship.  750 word limit on a significant innovation, what benefits it has provided and how you would improve upon it. Current college students and students attending college in fall are eligible. Only 1 essay per applicant.

College Sports Recruiting Scholarship  -deadline: July 1, 2015
Awarding $1,000 scholarships to 1-5 eligible high school senior. Any current or former student athlete can apply. You do not need to be a college athlete to apply.
More details for the contest and eligibility rules are available on the webpage for the contest.

Aspiring Animation Professional Scholarship: deadline: June 1, 2015
This is the 4th year they are awarding this scholarship for AnimationCareerReview.com. They are offering high school seniors the opportunity to win a $1,000 scholarship.  This will be awarded to students that are interested in pursuing an animation career path at an accredited post-secondary school or college. We ask that you have interested students visit our website, http://www.animationcareerreview.com/ 
 to find eligibility information along with the online application. The scholarship will be on the right side of the page and click on it. 

Aspiring Fashion Professional:
  deadline: June 1, 2015
This is a $1,000 scholarship that will be awarded to students that are interested in pursuing a fashion degree at an accredited post-secondary school or college.  Interested students can visit this link http://www.fashion-schools.org/ and find the scholarship located at the bottom of the page and click on it.  

Herb & Susan Getz Scholarship - deadline: ?
$5,000 scholarship to IL Wesleyan University for a student who graduates from Carroll County.  This is in addition to any need based financial aid.  Contact IWU's admissions office for more details (309) 556-3031.


www.jumpstart-scholarship.net  The College JumpStart Scholarship is an annual, merit-based competition --financial need is not considered -- that is open to 10th-12th graders, college students and non-traditional students.  The main requirement is that you are committed to going to school and can express your goals for getting a higher education.  The first place prize is a $1,000 scholarship to help cover educational expenses.  This award can be used at any college or university in the United States.  Deadline: October 17, 2015.

LaVern and Nola McEntire Scholarship  - deadline:
$1,500 scholarship available to an individual who is related to a rural electric cooperative employee or director in the State of Illinois; or is the son/daughter of an electric cooperative member in Illinois; or is enrolled in the Lincoln Land lineworker's school; or has served or is serving in the U.S. armed forces or National Guard. Applicant must have high school diploma or GED at the time the scholarship is awarded. See  application  for more details.

$1,500 scholarship available to an individual who is related to a rural electric cooperative employee or director in the State of Illinois; or is the son/daughter of an electric cooperative member in Illinois; or is enrolled in the Lincoln Land lineworker's school; or has served or is serving in the U.S. armed forces or National Guard. Applicant must have high school diploma or GED at the time the scholarship is awarded. See  application  for more details.
Many-$1,500 Scholarships available!  Applicants are eligible to apply through only one electric cooperative.  The applicant must be a high school senior.   The electric cooperative through which a scholarship applicant applies must be a member of the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives.   Scholarship winners must begin undergraduate studies within a year of being notified that they have won.  Scholarship winners will be expected to be “full time” students (at least 12 hours).  Scholarships are for one year and are not renewable.  Scholarships will be awarded based on grade point average, college entrance test scores, work and volunteer experience, participation in school and community activities, biographical statement and knowledge of electric cooperatives as demonstrated by a short essay.  Please see application for more details.

Scholarship opportunities for residents of the following Illinois counties: Bureau, Carroll, Henderson, Henry, Jo Davies, Know, Mercer, Rock Island, Warren, and Whiteside.  To be eligible, applicant should have worked or have a parent/guardian working in a new car dealership within the last calendar year and be a HS senior. Visit  www.cfgrb.org  
 to apply.

Greenhouse Scholars   - deadline: January 4, 2016
They are looking for high-performing, under-resourced students who have already demonstrated true leadership and positive community contributions. Requirements include: graduating high school senior planning to attend 4 year accredited institution, US citizen and legal resident of Colorado or Illinois, unweighted GPA of 3.5 or above, annual household income no greater than $70,000, demonstrate strong interest and commitment to the community and an ability to persevere through difficult circumstances, possess excellent leadership skills. 
Imagine American Scholarship 
 - deadline: December 31, 2015
$1,000 Scholarships.  Only recent high school graduates who meet the following recommended guidelines should apply: Likelihood of successful completion of postsecondary education,  high school grade point average of 2.5 or greater,  financial need,  demonstrated voluntary community service during senior year. Scholarship is only available for certain colleges - visit website to see if you should apply!

State Farm Good Neighbors Scholarship - deadline: March 2, 2016
Applicants must meet the following criteria:  be a 2016 graduating high school senior, have a GPA between 2.5-3.2 (on 4.0 scale), plan to enroll full-time for the 2015-2016 year at accredited 2-4 year college or technical school, and be a U.S. citizen. 50-$2,500 scholarships available!

Township Officials of IL - deadline: March 1, 2016

Requirements: graduating IL high school senior with GPA of 3.0, US citizen and resident of IL planning to attend a university/college in IL, should have history of extracurricular activities that demonstrates a willingness to accept leadership responsibilities.  

 Buick Achievers Scholarship - deadline: February 29, 2016
The Buick Achievers Scholarship Program wants to reward students who have succeeded both inside and outside of the classroom—and who may not be able to attend college without financial assistance. It's a reward for what you've made of yourself and the difference you are making for others. Good grades, volunteer work, leadership, and community involvement are looked at. Applicants who are planning to major in engineering, technology, design, business, or automotive industry are encouraged to apply.  Up to $25,000 per year for 100 1st time freshmen and an additional 100 students will receive one-time $2,000 scholarship awards. Visit website for details.

Mediacom World Class Scholarship : deadline: February 15, 2016
60 - $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to graduating high school students attending accredited post-secondary institutions in the fall of 2016. While it is not required that a student be a Mediacom customer, applicants must live in areas serviced by Mediacom. A complete listings of all towns they service is in the application (Shannon and Lanark are included). 

Rock River Valley Tooling and Machining Association Scholarship - deadline: March 1, 2016
5-$1,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors.  Criteria include:  primary residence in Winnebago, Boone, Ogle, Stephenson, or Whiteside County in IL, intended course of study in manufacturing technology or manufacturing engineering, plan to attend community college, technical school, or 4-year college.   
Jo-Carroll Energy Scholarship -  deadline: January 31, 2016
6-$1000 scholarships will be awarded to outstanding scholastic students who are the sons or daughters of Jo-Carroll Energy members.  Applicants must be a high school senior and the son or daughter of a Jo-Carroll Energy member who is receiving services from the cooperative at the time the scholarship is submitted.  


Cornerstone Credit Union  - deadline: February 29, 2016
Must be member of Credit Union by January 28th!  2 - $5,000 scholarships open to anyone who is a member. See attached flyer for more details or visit their website: www.cornerstonecu.org

Illinois PTA Scholarship - deadline: February 15, 2016
Achievement-based scholarships of $2,000 awarded to graduating seniors who are planning to study education or an education related field (i.e. school nurse, social work, librarian, etc.).  Must have 3.0 GPA

Martin Luther Scholarship - deadline: February 13, 2016
*For Christians who are Lutheran, not Martin Luther King Jr.*
$2,000 award for young men who will be attending their first year at any accredited 4-year college or university. Applicant should be confirmed member of a Lutheran congregation and starting school in the Fall 2016.  There is no obligation to join fraternity or be related to a member.  
Ronald McDonald House Charities Scholarships 
 
deadline: January 20, 2016
RMHC Scholarships for Eastern Iowa and Western IL have awarded more than $90,000 to over 40 students since 2008.  Eligibility requirements include:  Senior, 2.7 GPA or higher, must reside in geographical boundaries (Carroll & Whiteside Counties are included), and must be US citizen.  Preference will be give to applicants who have either A) had a serious childhood illness or injury.  B) Had a sibling with a serious childhood illness or injury. or C) Volunteered for any Ronald McDonald House Charities Chapter. 
Mercy Rockford Health Systems - deadline: March 18, 2016
Two scholarships available!  Sister Mary Michael Berry Scholarship is for 2 $2,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors attending a high school in the WI and IL Mercy service areas.  And a Minority Veteran Scholarship is for $1,000 for a person of minority or veteran status living in the WI or IL Mercy service areas. See the application for more details.

Karen Hill Memorial Scholarship  - deadline: March 31, 2016
2-$1,000 scholarships for students in history, art, design, historic preservation, or a related field. Eligibility: students from IL who are graduating high school seniors and are enrolling in 2-4 year institute of higher learning or students currently enrolled in postsecondary institution either at the graduate or undergraduate level.  

Mediacom World Class Scholarship : deadline: February 16, 201560 - $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to graduating high school students attending accredited post-secondary institutions in the fall of 2015. While it is not required that a student be a Mediacom customer, applicants must live in areas serviced by Mediacom. A complete listings of all towns they service is in the application (Shannon and Lanark are included).  More information about the scholarship can be obtained by sending an email 
Dorothy Guentner Memorial Scholarship - deadline: March 15, 2015The scholarship is for $500.00 to be awarded to a student who will be attending Highland Community College.  One scholarship per year will be awarded.  Eastland, Pearl City, and West Carroll are the schools being offered the scholarship (Dorothy taught in all these districts.)  Money will be paid directly to Highland after 1st semester and enrollment in 2nd semester is proven.  Students are responsible for sending this information to the scholarship committee.  Scholarship will be recognized at Seniors Awards Night.

CGH Auxiliary award - deadline: April 1, 2016
$1,000 scholarships for tuition to men/women enrolled in health-related educational programs, are residents of IL residing in area served by CGH Medical Center and meet criteria. Scholarships are renewable for four years.  Health-related areas do not include pre-requisites necessary before acceptance into a specific program and/or degree specialties including pre-med, pre-pharmacy, etc. Click here for application.

Dorothy Guentner Memorial Scholarship - deadline: March 15, 2015The scholarship is for $500.00 to be awarded to a student who will be attending Highland Community College.  One scholarship per year will be awarded.  Eastland, Pearl City, and West Carroll are the schools being offered the scholarship (Dorothy taught in all these districts.)  Money will be paid directly to Highland after 1st semester and enrollment in 2nd semester is proven.  Students are responsible for sending this information to the scholarship committee.  Scholarship will be recognized at Seniors Awards Night.
Eastland Education Association Scholarship  - deadline: March 6, 2015Everyone is eligible to apply! See attachment  for more details. This is an anonymous $400 scholarship/essay competition, judged by Eastland teachers.
VFW Scholarship - deadline: April 1, 2016
Student must attend (or plan to attend) Highland Community College, be a senior in the HCC district, and have a GPA of C or better (2.0).  Student must maintain a C or better GPA at the end of each semester to qualify for full scholarship payment.  See application for details.

Everyone is eligible to apply! Fill out Eastland Community Scholarship Application and write an essay, 1 page or less, expressing how you have used the Lanark Public Library & your future plans (see flyer for details).  Turn essay and application into Mrs. Pilgrim

IL AHEC Health Profession Student Training Award - deadline: March 31, 2016
Applicants must have participated in an AHEC presentation/activity (they were given in Mrs. Stoner's class), pursuing health career program, attending college in Fall 2016, and have atleast 2.5 GPA.  If you aren't sure if you participated in the presentation, see Mrs. Pilgrim.  Application is attached.  

Highland Community College Scholarships - dead

Pointe Pest Control Scholarship - deadline: March 31, 2016

A $750 scholarship judged primarily on need basis, but does not exclude achievement standards.  Any high school senior or college freshmen who are a resident of the state of IL and have a minimum GPA of 3.0 are eligible to apply.

Carroll County Crime Stoppers - deadline: May 10, 2016

All Carroll County graduating seniors who are pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice or a related field are eligible to apply for this $100 scholarship. Application process is easy - just follow the directions on the attached flyer. 
$2,500 in scholarship prizes for this Architecture competition.  Time consuming project but program will offer interaction with local professionals in architecture and is an excellent precursor to college level design. Competition introduction letter ishere and detailed competition instructions can be found here.  Good luck!

Pointe Pest Control Scholarship - deadline: April 29, 2016
$750 scholarship for students who are either a high school senior or college freshmen, have 3,0, and demonstrate financial need.  

Tobacco Free Life  - deadline: September 30, 2016
Students can apply by submitting a 1,000-1,500 word essay on some questions regarding smoking and why it is a problem (see website for details).

Barbara Lotze Scholarship deadline: December 1, 2016
High school seniors who are planning to pursue a career in teaching physics are eligible to apply.  

Hagan Scholarship Foundation - deadline: November 15, 2016
$5,000 scholarship per semester available! Scholarship for students in the midwest from rural communities, have at least 3.5 GPA, have 23 or higher on ACT, and have financial need. Must have applied for FAFSA to be considered and have a EFC less than $7,500. Application found on website. If you qualify, don't miss out!

Freeport Garden Club Scholarship - November 1, 2016
Open to students who are enrolling at Highland and who are enrolling in environment fields such as agronomy/agriculture, botany, conservation, environmental concerns, forestry, horticulture, or landscape design/architecture. 3-$500 scholarships will be awarded
Everyone is eligible to apply! Fill out Eastland Community Scholarship Application and write an essay, 1 page or less, expressing how you have used the Lanark Public Library & your future plans (see flyer for details).  Turn essay and application into Mrs. Pilgrim

Mercy Rockford Health Systems - deadline: March 18, 2016
Two scholarships available!  Sister Mary Michael Berry Scholarship is for 2 $2,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors attending a high school in the WI and IL Mercy service areas.  And a Minority Veteran Scholarship is for $1,000 for a person of minority or veteran status living in the WI or IL Mercy service areas. See the application for more details.
WQAD S.O.A.R. Scholarship - deadline: April 24, 2016
5-$1,000 scholarships for seniors who best exemplify S.O.A.R. characteristics: S-Strength of character, O-Creating Opportunities to give back to the community, A-Achievement in academics and volunteerism, R-Resolve shown when faced with an adversarial situation. Application found at WQAD website along with a complete list of rules. 
Coca-Cola Scholars Program--- deadline: October 31, 2015

Must be current high school senior who is US citizen, has 3.0 GPA and plans to attend four year accredited U.S. post-secondary institution. This scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship recognizing students for their capacity to lead and serve, and their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. 

Coca-Cola Scholars Program--- deadline: October 31, 2015

Must be current high school senior who is US citizen, has 3.0 GPA and plans to attend four year accredited U.S. post-secondary institution. This scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship recognizing students for their capacity to lead and serve, and their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. 

Jay Polhill Memorial Scholarship - Deadline April 4th, 2016

$750 Scholarship for a college-bound senior with a passion for fine arts.  Scholarship is available for a graduating high school seniors from Aquin, Dakota, Orangeville, Eastland, Lena-Winslow, Pearl City, Scales Mound, Stockton, or Warren.  Applicant must have ACT score of 20, earned at least a C average in high school, good attendance at high school,  and plan to major in certain field (see application for details).
Stokes Educational Scholarship Program - deadline: October 31, 2015
Open to High School Seniors planning to major in computer science or computer/electrical engineering.  With this you would attend college full-time, then work during the summer at NSA's main headquarters in Fort Meade, MD for a minimum of 12 weeks in areas related to course of study.  Qualifications:  US Citizen, HS Senior, minimum ACT of 25, majoring in computer science or electrical engineering, 3.0 GPA or higher (is preferred).  
Pheasants Forever (Carroll County Chapter)  - deadline: February 10th
2 - $600 scholarships to a graduating senior from a Carroll County high school. Children of long-standing members and Long Spur shooters residing outside of the county are also eligible to apply. Applicant must support the preservation of and actively participate in the hunting sports. See application for more information
Horatio Alger Scholarships  - deadline: October 25, 2016
Thousands of Dollars in scholarships awarded!  As one of the nation's largest need-based college scholarship programs in the country, the Horatio Alger Scholarship Programs specifically assist high school students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives. While many programs are directed primarily to recognizing academic achievement or leadership potential, the Horatio Alger Association seeks students who have exhibited determination, integrity, and perseverance in overcoming adversity, as well as have critical financial need. National, State, Career & Technical, and Targeted Scholarships are all available through this association.


The Quad City Engineering and Science Council is offering a scholarships between $1,000-$3,000 to students pursuing a STEM (Science/Technology/Engineering/Mathematics) related degree at a 4 year university. Criteria include: high school senior, resident or Mercer/Rock Island/Henry/Whiteside/Carroll/Knox/Lee/Clinton/Scott/Muscatine/Louisa County, plan to study STEM related degree at an accredited four year college or university.  Click here for the application and more information.

GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship - deadline: January 5, 2017
National Scholarship that awards $10,000 renewable scholarships to students. Candidates must have a 3.0 GPA and embody the characteristics of President Ronald Reagan at school, in the community, in the workplace, and at home.

Science Ambassador Scholarship - deadline: December 11, 2016
Eligibility:  Women who are a US citizen or permanent resident and a full-time college student in 2017-2018 seeking a degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics field. Student should be someone who is excited to talk about science and can do it clearly and accurately. Scholarship competition is a video upload, no longer than 3 minutes. See website for more details.

Ronald McDonald House Scholarship 
- deadline: January 18, 2017
High School seniors with a minimum 2.7 GPA are eligible to apply. If you are a student who has financial need and has demonstrated academic achievement, leadership and community involvement then you should apply!

AXA Achievement Scholarship - deadline: December 15, 2016
Scholarships of $10,000& $25,000 available...a winner in every state! Our scholarships winners are known as AXA Achievers. They are ethnically and economically diverse, but they share these qualities:
  • Ambition and drive
  • Determination to set and reach goals
  • Respect for self, family and community
  • Ability to succeed in college
Most Valuable Student Competition (Elks) - deadline: November 20, 2016
  • Any high school senior who is a citizen of the United States is eligible to apply. Applicants need not be related to a member of the Elks (however, applications must be turned into the nearest Elk lodge).
  • College students are not eligible to apply.  Applicants must be citizens of the United States on the date their applications are signed; permanent legal resident status does not qualify.  Male and female students compete separately.  Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need.

  • NFIB Young Entrepreneur Awards - deadline: December 18, 2016
    $1,000-$15,000 scholarships awarded to recognize young people who have demonstrated entrepreneurial spirit and initiative.  Open to all graduating seniors who own/operates his/her own small business.  Must be planning to attend accredited two- or four-year university/community college/technical school, etc. in the fall.
    Pheasants Forever (Carroll County Chapter)  - deadline: February 10th
    2 - $600 scholarships to a graduating senior from a Carroll County high school. Children of long-standing members and Long Spur shooters residing outside of the county are also eligible to apply. Applicant must support the preservation of and actively participate in the hunting sports. See application for more information

    Bi-County Foundation Scholarship - deadline: February 15, 2017

    Open to students who attend schools serviced by Bi-County Coop (Eastland qualifies). Scholarship is for students pursuing a career in Special Ed or a related field (i.e. psychology, music therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, social work, etc.). 


    Eastland Community Scholarship Application - deadline: February 26, 2016
    Seniors - attached is a PDF copy of the application for our local scholarships. Submit to Mrs. Pilgrim. Paper copies are also available. APPLY TODAY! Everyone going to any type of schooling after high school is eligible to apply!
    Eastland Community Scholarship Application - deadline: February 26, 2016
    Seniors - attached is a PDF copy of the application for our local scholarships. Submit to Mrs. Pilgrim. Paper copies are also available. APPLY TODAY! Everyone going to any type of schooling after high school is eligible to apply!


    First Choice Agriculture Scholarship
      - deadline: February 15, 2017

    Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors who have been accepted into an agriculture or agriculture-related curriculum at a university, college, or community college.  Agriculture-related fields include those that would contribute to the quality of life for people living in rural areas.  Must reside or attend high school within 1st Farm Credit Services' territory. 

    IL Chemical Education Foundation Scholarship
     - deadline: February 17, 2016
    $2,000 scholarship to top high school senior science students. Must a be high school senior who is a resident of IL and plans to go to college.  All seniors are encouraged to apply!  See flyer for details on how to apply.
    Community Foundation of the Great River Bend  - deadline: February 15, 2017
    Visit this website and review all the scholarship opportunities available. There are many available, some for thousands of dollars and many that are renewable!  For entire listing, click here. Don't miss out!

    National FFA Scholarship 
    - deadline February 1, 2017
    Scholarship funded by Monsanto for America's Farmers Grow Ag Leaders. $528,000 will be awarded in scholarships.

    National Honor Society Scholarship  - deadline February 1, 2017
    Must be a National Honor Society member to apply.

    Rock River Chapter of the IL Society of Professional Engineers- deadline: January 20, 2017
    $1,000 scholarship for future engineers, if you meet requirements, apply! (Usually low turn out of applicants). Eligibility requirements: high school senior, citizen of US, live in Ogle/Bureau/Whiteside/Carroll County, have a 3.0 GPA, attain a minimum test score of: ACT Math = 29, ACT English = 25. 

    5 - $1,000 scholarships awarded to individuals who demonstrate academic excellence, citizenship, community and school involvement AND are Credit Union members. An individual may join RIA for the sole purpose of eligibility. Eligibility requirements: high school senior or current college student enrolling in an accredited 2-4 year college/university/technical school who is RIA credit union memeber. 

    Eastland Community Scholarship Application - deadline: February 24, 2017
    Seniors - attached is a PDF copy of the application for our local scholarships. Submit to Mrs. Pilgrim. Paper copies are also available. APPLY TODAY! Everyone going to any type of schooling after high school is eligible to apply!

    Carroll County Help Center Scholarship - deadline: March 1, 2017
    Multiple $500 scholarships to 2017 graduating seniors from Carroll County. This scholarships is aimed at students pursuing training at a Community College or Vocational/Technical School. They welcome applicants in vocational fields that include (but are not limited to): LPN, Ag Business, Auto Mechanics, Data Processing, Laboratory Tech, Secretarial, etc. Click here for more information andhere  for the application.

    Applicants must be current residents or students in the Sauk Valley Area.  Scholarships will be awarded based on agricultural background, educational and career goals, extracurricular activities and civic involvement as well as the overall quality of the application.

    Jo-Carroll Energy Scholarship - deadline: March 1, 2017
    Many scholarships over $1,000!  There are six Jo-Carroll Energy scholarships, two Lineworkers Scholarships, four Technical School Scholarships and 10 Director's scholarships available. Most require Jo-Carroll Energy as your electric/gas/sand prairie wireless provider.  See website for details.

    Many scholarship possibilities!  Preference will be give to all applicants who are a child or grandchild of a Veteran. 
    • IL AMVETS Service Foundation - $1,000.  Eligibility: an IL High School Senior, grandchild or child of veteran (or active duty) and have taken the ACT or SAT.
    • IL AMVETS Sad Sacks Nursing Scholarship - amount TBD.  Eligibility: an IL High School Senior, who has been accepted into pre-approved nursing program (must provide copy of acceptance letter in application), or may be already a student in an approved School of Nursing in Illinois, prove satisfactory in academics, character, interest, and activity record. Financial need considered.  Priority will be given to dependent of a deceased or disabled Veteran. 
    • IL AMVETS Junior ROTC Scholarship - $1,000.  Eligibility: Senior, have taken ACT or SAT, be in Junior ROTC program.
    • IL AMVETS Trade School Scholarships - $1,000.  Eligibility: IL High School Senior who has been accepted in a pre-approved trade school. Copy of acceptance letter must accompany application
    • IL AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Memorial Scholarship. Eligibility: IL High School Senior, child or grandchild of Veteran who served after Sept. 15, 1940 and was Honorably Discharged or who is presently serving in the military, have take ACT or SAT.
    • IL AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Worchid Scholarship. Eligibility: IL High School Senior, child of deceased father or mother who was Veteran of USA who served after Sept. 15, 1940 and was Honorably Discharged (need not to be killed in action or die as result of service), have take ACT or SAT. 
    • IL AMVETS Service Foundation Veterans Scholarship - Veteran with permanent IL address who was honorable discharged and is enrolled as full-time college student.

    Scholarship available to students wishing to continue their education in any post secondary school or accredited vocational/technical school, be a US citizen and maintain at least a "C" average. Applicants need not be affiliated with organization, but must be a resident of Illinois and a citizen of the United States. Visit www.ioof-il.org  for application.

    Dorothy Guentner Memorial Scholarship - deadline: March 31, 2017

    The scholarship is for $500.00 to be awarded to a student who will be attending Highland Community College.  One scholarship per year will be awarded. Eastland, Pearl City, and West Carroll are the schools being offered the scholarship (Dorothy taught in all these districts). Money will be paid directly to Highland after 1st semester and enrollment in 2nd semester is proven. Students are responsible for sending this information to the scholarship committee. Scholarship will be recognized at Seniors Awards Night.

    Northern IL Antique Dealers Association
     - deadline: April 1, 2017
    Two $1,000 scholarships for students who are HS seniors enrolling in 2-4 year institution of higher learning or students who are currently enrolled in college. Scholarships are for students who are studying History, Visual and Performing Arts, Historic Preservation, or a related field. 

    Everyone is eligible to apply! Fill out Eastland Community Scholarship Application and write an essay, 1 page or less, expressing how you have used the Lanark Public Library & your future plans.  Turn essay and application into Mrs. Pilgrim

    Lanark Masonic Lodge Scholarship  - deadline: March 17, 2017
    Anyone is eligible to apply! Write a small paragraph describing what you think it means to be a Mason. Turn into Mrs. Pilgrim. 

    Delta Kappa Gamma Pi Chapter - deadline: March 24th, 2017
    $300 scholarship to outstanding senior girl who is planning to pursue degree in education.  Turn application into Mrs. Pilgrim by March 24th  as school can only recommend 1 student for this scholarship. Recommendation will be awarded to student with best application.

    Eastland PTO Scholarship - Deadline: March 6, 2017
    Scholarships available to Eastland Seniors! Provide resume and write a 500 word essay. See flyer for details. Any Eastland senior is eligible to apply!

    $1,000 one year non-renewable merit based award.  Eligibility Requirements: applicant must be pursuing studies in chemistry, biochemistry, or chemical engineering, demonstrate a high level of academic achievement in science or related area, resident of Bureau, Carroll, Henderson, Henry, Jo Davies, Mercer, Rock Island, Warren, or Whiteside counties, and entering their freshmen year of college in the fall of 2017.

    Kathryn G Hansen Scholarship - deadline: March 6, 2017
    Eligibility: high school senior planning to enter college in the fall, strong commitment to pursue higher education in an office professional, secretarial, or business-related field within state of IL (preference given to U of I students), be involved in co-curriculuar activities and be a resident of IL. Read these two pages for more information: page-onepage-two.

    Agriculture First Scholarship from the Pearl City Elevatordeadline: March 3rd
    $500 scholarship awarded to high school seniors based on scholastic achievement, leadership in agriculture, and a perceived ability to contribute to the agricultural community in the future. Students must be a high school senior graduating in 2017 and will be pursuing a 2-4 year degree in livestock production, crop production, or closely related field. Application available above or go to www.pce-coops.com.
    Pearl City Elevator will award a $500 scholarships to students pursuing higher education. Scholarship is based on scholastic achievement, leadership, need, and community involvement. Click here for an application or go to www.pce-coops.com.

    Eastland Education Association Scholarship  - deadline: March 2, 2017
    Every senior is eligible to apply! See attachment for more details. This is an anonymous $400 scholarship/essay competition, judged by Eastland teachers at the Elementary school.

    CGH Auxillary Healthcare Scholarships
     - deadline: April 1
    Multiple scholarships for one application!  Applicant must reside in CGH Medical Center service area (Whiteside, Lee, Carroll, Ogle, and Bureau counties) and have proof of acceptance in accredited nursing program OR proof of acceptance in accredited healthcare program (such as physical therapy, pharmacy, radiology technology, etc.).  This DOES NOT include pre-med, pre-physical therapy or other type designations.  Demonstration of financial need and 3.0 GPA also required.

    Schardt Orthodontics Scholarship - deadline: March 15, 2017
    Any graduating senior who completed a full course of orthodontic treatment (braces on all teeth) or who are currently undergoing orthodontic treatment by Dr. Gregory Schardt and are pursuing further education in a vocational or technical school or college/university. $300 scholarships will be given to all qualifying patients with a 24 ACT composite (or higher) and who complete a 1000 word essay on the subject of : "The Importance of a Smile". Click here for application.

    IL Sheriff's Association Scholarship  - deadline: March 15, 2017
    $500 scholarship paid directly to the school on behalf of scholarship recipient. Applicants must be IL residents and be attending college in the State of Illinois as a full-time student beginning in the fall of 2017. See application for more information - read directions carefully!


    Andresen Farms Ag Scholarship - deadline: March 11, 217
    $1,000 scholarships to seniors graduating in Carroll County. Eligibility requirements: graduating senior in Carroll County high school, enrolled or accepted fro enrollment at an accredited college, university, community college, or technical school, and must be majoring in Agriculture, Agribusiness, or Ag-related course of study. Scholarship based on scholastic ability, financial need, moral character, leadership qualities, and motivation. Application attached above.

    Andresen Memorial Scholarship - deadline: March 11, 2017
    $1,000 scholarships available in memory of Harold & Kay Andresen's sons Randy and Rodney. Must be a graduating senior of Carroll County and enrolled or accepted for enrollment at an accredited college, university, community college, or technical school. Scholarship to be based on need of student who has: scholastic ability, moral character, leadership qualities, motivation, and community involvement. Application attached above.

    Dean Ritter Trust for the Dead and Hard of Hearing Scholarship - deadline: March 17
    At least 10 scholarships between the amounts of $1,000-$5,000. Eligibility requirements include resident of state of IL, current HS senior in good standing, have significant hearing loss in one or both ears, exhibit financial need. 

    Carroll County Farm Bureau Scholarships  - deadline: March 6, 2017

    4 - $1,000 scholarships for the CC Farm Bureau Foundation Scholarship and 1 - $1,000 scholarship for the Harold Schmidt Memorial Forestry Scholarship. CC Farm Bureau Foundation Scholarship: must be a Carroll County Farm Bureau member, major in agriculture, agribusiness, or Ag-related field, high school senior or current college student.

    Harold Schmidt Memorial Scholarship: major must be in a certain areas (see application for details)
    *Make sure you complete ALL areas of application. They had qualified applicants last year who did not receive scholarships because portions of the application were not completed!

    Dorothy Footitt Scholarship 
      - deadline: March 3, 2017
    All Eastland students are eligible to apply! Make sure you read through the entire application and include all parts requested (in order!). Be legible and thorough. This scholarship requires 2 letters of recommendation. Must be turned into the HS before 3:00 p.m. on March 3rd.

    Carroll County Soil & Water Conversation District
      - March 31, 2017 

    $500 scholarship to a Carroll County youth who is or has graduated from a Carroll County school to further his/her education beyond high school in an agricultural field. This includes fields such as Agribusiness, Forestry, Agronomy, Ag-Economics, Natural Resources, Aquaculture, Wildlife Management, Agri-Science, etc. Click here for application and here for more information.


    Carroll County Livestock Feeders Association  - deadline: March 31, 2017

    $500 scholarship.  Applicants should have an agriculture background, applicant or parent/guardian must belong to the Carroll County Livestock Feeders Association either as an active or associate member, financial need will be a consideration.

    Masonic and Scottish Rite Scholarships: deadline - April 1, 2017
    Multiple scholarships offered to youth who have relation to Master Masons or are relatives to Scottish Rite Masons. 9 scholarships in all - visit website for details!

    IL Masonic Scholarship - Healthcare Scholarship: April 1, 2017
    You do not have to be related to Mason to apply! Application is the same form as other masonic scholarships but is intended for youth who are pursuing health care career fields.  

    Jay Polhill Memorial Scholarship - Deadline April 3, 2017
    $750 Scholarship for a college-bound senior with a passion for fine arts.  Scholarship is available for a graduating high school seniors from Aquin, Dakota, Orangeville, Eastland, Lena-Winslow, Pearl City, Scales Mound, Stockton, or Warren.  Applicant must have ACT score of 20, earned at least a C average in high school, good attendance at high school,  and plan to major in certain field (see application for details).

    Rolling Hills Progress Center - April 15, 2017

    The Rolling Hills Foundation is offering scholarship opportunities for students who will be entering college this fall and plan to pursue a field of study which would lead to an occupation that would  touch the lives of individuals with a disability. 

    Esther Hutmacher Parriott Scholarship - deadline: May 1, 2017
    To be considered for the Esther Hutmacher Parriott Scholarship: You must reside in Stephenson County, but live outside the city of Freeport, and you must be a high school senior or have graduated from school within the last six years.  Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of the following: rank in class, economic and financial need, standardized test scores (ACT scores), and academic potential.  

    CJ Pony Parts Scholarship Video Contest - April 15th or November 1st
    Create a short video (under 3 minutes) about your love of a Mustang. $500 Scholarships available. More information available on their website. Check it out!

    3- $300 scholarships available! Qualifications for applicants: any member of the Boyle-Hoy American Legion Post (who are in good standing) and their family members (children or grandchildren), OR any college student who has not received the scholarship before and is a relative of a Legion member OR any graduating senior from Eastland High school who has a Shannon address. Please see application for specific details. 


    APWA NW Branch Scholarship
     -deadline:May 1, 2017
    $2,000 scholarship for student pursuing Civil or Environmental engineering or Public Works related field. Students must reside or be employed in Boone, Winnebago, Stephenson, Lee, Jo Davies, Whiteside Carroll, or Ogle counties in NW Illinois.  


    Tri-County Opportunities Council Scholarship
     - deadline: April 7, 2017

    12 - $1,250 scholarships available for income eligible students.  Certain household income requirements apply - see application for details.


    Sigma Nu Faternity for Univ. of Illinois - deadline: June 1st
    High school senior male's planning to attend University of Illinois-Champaign/Urbana with above a 3.0 GPA are eligible to apply. See flyer for more details.

    WQAD S.O.A.R. Scholarship - deadline: April 18, 2017
    5-$1,000 scholarships for seniors who best exemplify S.O.A.R. characteristics: S-Strength of character, O-Creating Opportunities to give back to the community, A-Achievement in academics and volunteerism, R-Resolve shown when faced with an adversarial situation. Application found atWQAD website along with a complete list of rules. 
    $500 Scholarship. Eligibility: any graduating senior from Carroll County who is enrolled in a 2 or 4 year accredited college/university or any Carroll County youth who is currently attending college. Must be in top 10% of class or in honor society. Selection based upon service, leadership, financial need, future goals, and academic achievement. 

    Carroll Service Company  - deadline: April 17, 2017

    3 - $350 scholarships to students who plan to advance their secondary education in the field of Agriculture. Interested students should submit an essay expressing why they are interested in the field of Agriculture, their future schooling plans, and their current involvement in farm related activities, etc.  See attached flyer for more details

    Scholarship for students age 16-25. Applicant must have parent who was killed or seriously inured as a result of work related accident that meets the criteria of the IL Workers' Compensation Act and has resulted in demonstrated financial need. 

    Aspiring Nursing Scholarship - June 30, 2017

    $1,000 scholarship to high school seniors who are planning to pursue a degree in nursing or related field. Must write 500 word essay on why you're passionate about joining the nursing profession and how you will use education to improve healthcare of others. 

    Andrew Flushe Scholarship - deadline November 30th & June 30th
    Scholarship for seniors and current college students. Must create a PSA about the dangers of texting. Winners selected both semesters. See website for details.

    Charlie Burkart Iowa PGA Scholarship - deadline: June 16, 2017
    Scholarship winners are selected on the basis of their interest and activity in golf, the potential for future contributions to the game, and leadership skills/community involvement, then on their academic/professional ability and financial need. Students residing in IL north of Quincy and West of Freeport are eligible to apply. Application is attached. Visit website for details.



    PWA NW Branch Scholarship -deadline:May 1, 2016

    3-$1,000 scholarships for students pursuing Civil or Environmental engineering or Public Works related field. Studenys must reside or be mployed in Boone, Winnebago, Stevenson, Lee, Jo Davies, Whiteside Carroll, or Ogle counties in NW Illinois.  


    APWA NW Branch Scholarship -deadline:May 1, 2016

    3-$1,000 scholarships for students pursuing Civil or Environmental engineering or Public Works related field. Studenys must reside or be mployed in Boone, Winnebago, Stevenson, Lee, Jo Davies, Whiteside Carroll, or Ogle counties in NW Illinois.  


    Jo-Carroll Energy Scholarship - deadline: March 1, 2017
    Many scholarships over $1,000!  There are six Jo-Carroll Energy scholarships, two Lineworkers Scholarships, four Technical School Scholarships and 10 Director's scholarships available. Most require Jo-Carroll Energy as your electric/gas/sand prairie wireless provider.  See website for details.
    IL Sheriff's Association Scholarship  - deadline: March 15, 2017
    $500 scholarship paid directly to the school on behalf of scholarship recipient. Applicants must be IL residents and be attending college in the State of Illinois as a full-time student beginning in the fall of 2017. See application for more information - read directions carefully!


    Andresen Farms Ag Scholarship - deadline: March 11, 217
    $1,000 scholarships to seniors graduating in Carroll County. Eligibility requirements: graduating senior in Carroll County high school, enrolled or accepted fro enrollment at an accredited college, university, community college, or technical school, and must be majoring in Agriculture, Agribusiness, or Ag-related course of study. Scholarship based on scholastic ability, financial need, moral character, leadership qualities, and motivation. Application attached above.

    Andresen Memorial Scholarship 
    - deadline: March 11, 2017

    $1,000 scholarships available in memory of Harold & Kay Andresen's sons Randy and Rodney. Must be a graduating senior of Carroll County and enrolled or accepted for enrollment at an accredited college, university, community college, or technical school. Scholarship to be based on need of student who has: scholastic ability, moral character, leadership qualities, motivation, and community involvement. Application attached above.

    Dean Ritter Trust for the Dead and Hard of Hearing Scholarship
     - deadline: March 17

    At least 10 scholarships between the amounts of $1,000-$5,000. Eligibility requirements include resident of state of IL, current HS senior in good standing, have significant hearing loss in one or both ears, exhibit financial need. 

    Acorn Equality Fund Scholarship - deadline: September 22, 2017
    Acorn Equality Fund is a grassroots organization that provides academic scholarships for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) persons and their children in Illinois. Scholarships range from $1,000 - $5,000. Questions? Email  acorn1999@gmail.com
    Acorn Equality Fund Scholarship - deadline: September 22, 2017
    Acorn Equality Fund is a grassroots organization that provides academic scholarships for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) persons and their children in Illinois. Scholarships range from $1,000 - $5,000. Questions? Email  acorn1999@gmail.com