Your grades, achievements, and activities during high school typically determine the scholarships for which you are eligible. Often, the organization or individual donor providing the scholarship wishes to reward or encourage certain characteristics or behaviors such as strong academic credentials, leadership or community service activities, or plans to enter a certain profession.
Scholarships come from a variety of sources. Some are available through Illinois State University. Our ScholarshipFinder can also help you find awards within the University. Professional organizations, social clubs, employers, community organizations, and individual donors provide many more. Each scholarship provider determines when and how they will select the recipient, whether or not the award is renewable year after year, when the money will be awarded, and how it should be used. The more often you are searching and applying for scholarships, the less likely it is you will miss something for which you could have qualified.
Most scholarships are awarded on an annual basis. Usually that means applications are accepted in the fall or spring, winners are notified a few weeks to a few months later, and the actual awards are made the next fall. Unfortunately, because of this timing, if you are trying to cover an outstanding bill you have right now, scholarships are unlikely to help. Find out how the process works when you receive a scholarship.
The IAA Foundation was established by the Illinois Farm Bureau in order to help assure Illinois agriculture an educated workforce, better prepared leaders, and research to assure a prosperous industry. The IAA Foundation plans to award 75 scholarships to students majoring in agriculture, agri-business, or a related field, as well as many scholarships open to any major.
Please see each scholarship for specific requirements, limitations, and guidelines.
Deadline for this scholarship: must be electronically submitted on or before February 1, 2017
DCFS awards a minimum of 53 scholarships annually and the scholarship package includes a full tuition and mandatory fee waiver to a state-supported public school in Illinois, a monthly grant payment, and a medical card. A personal essay and three letters of recommendation must be submitted with the application. Please carefully read the eligibility requirements for this scholarship.
Deadline for this scholarship: March 31st, 2017
RehabMart.com is owned and operated by Occupational and Physical Therapists who also happen to be parents of disabled children. Their scholarship fund was created to promote awareness to the cause of making higher education accessible for students living with disabilities. The scholarship was established for students with disabilities, and for students pursuing a college degree in health sciences/healthcare-related field, along with students pursuing special education degrees.
The RehabMart Scholarship Review Board will award scholarship amounts in the range of $250-$2500. Please see the scholarship website for specific requirements.
Deadline for this scholarship: Annual deadline of May 31st
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Federal Student Aid also provides a good explanation of how scholarships work.
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