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 Cherrise Wilson Memorial Scholarship was established in 2015 by David D. Douglas, B.S. 2012 to honor his dear friend, Cherisse Wilson. Cherisse was a student at Illinois State University who passed away unexpectedly in January of 2010. The Cherisse Wilson Memorial Scholarship provides an annual award to a student currently enrolled in good standing at Illinois State University. Applicant must have an ISU GPA of at least a 2.75 and must be a current ISU sophomore, junior or senior. Preference will be given to students from underrepresented groups.
To be considered for this scholarship, students must complete the online application and must upload one 500-word essay that answers the following: “Describe a book that made a lasting impression on you and your life and why?”
2016-2017 Application deadline will be Friday, April 7, 2017 at 4:30 p.m.
In May 1987 John & Helen (Graff) Ryman established a scholarship fund at Illinois State University. This fund will provide scholarship support for ISU students who have graduated from Lincoln (Illinois) Community High School (District 404). Please read the online application for a complete list of scholarship criteria.
2017-2018 Application deadline is 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 21, 2017
The Friends of Donna Mauk Memorial Scholarship was established by Ed Warshaw and friends in May 2009. This scholarship is intended to help students who have lost a parent to cancer or are battling or survived cancer themselves. Donna Mauk lost her life to cancer in 2008. Although never a student at Illinois State University (ISU), she shared her life with an ISU grad (Steve Mauk, ‘79), and many of Donna’s friends were ISU alumni. Donna was a frequent visitor to the Bloomington/Normal community, and she would be pleased to be able to help ISU students who have had to deal with the loss of a parent due to cancer or have or are battling cancer themselves.
Application deadline is 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 12, 2017
Citizens Equity First Credit Union (CEFCU) has a long history of assisting its membership in securing adequate financial support for higher education. CEFCU recognizes the benefits to the entire community when opportunities for a college education are within the reach of deserving and talented students. In recognition of CEFCU's commitment to higher education and Illinois State University's ongoing educational excellence, the CECFU Member Appreciation Scholarship has been established.
Three $1,250 scholarships may be awarded each year to students meeting the criteria specified. Please review the online application for details. The CEFCU Member Appreciation Scholarship is a nonrenewable award.
Application deadline is at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 12, 2017. Scholarship selection will be made after July 1, 2017.
The Class of 1985 Scholarship and the Class of 1986 Scholarship were established by their respective graduating classes to acknowledge students' commitments to the Illinois State University campus and surrounding community through involvement in campus activities and demonstrated leadership.
You can apply for one or both of these scholarships. As part of the application process you must upload the required essay and 1 letter of recommendation. Application deadline is 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 26, 2017.
The essay should outline (in 250 words or less) your specific involvement in campus and community activities and explains your leadership roles, your leadership skills, and the impact of your contributions to ISU and the surrounding community.
Please note: you must upload only ONE essay and ONE letter of recommendation to apply for one or both scholarships.
Class of 1985 criteria:
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Class of 1986 criteria:
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This fund was established in 2006 to honor Olamide Adeyooye, a senior whose life was tragically ended three months prior to her graduation. Candidates must have demonstrated academic achievement, financial need, and a commitment to campus and/or community service; and have completed at least 30 hours of credit at Illinois State University.
To be considered for this scholarship, you must complete the application and you must upload one essay that outlines (in 250 words or less) your specific involvement in campus/community activities and community service in Bloomington/Normal and that explains the impact of your contributions to ISU and the surrounding communities. Demonstrated unmet need is determined by filing the 2017-2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2017-2018 academic year.
Application deadline is 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 26, 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 31, 2017
Illinois Heartland Chapter of the American Business Women's Association (ABWA) is offering a $2,000 scholarship through the Stephen Bufton Memorial Educational Fund. Eligible women may request access to the application by reviewing the instruction sheet.
Deadline for this scholarship: March 31, 2017
Mayor Al Larson is pleased to announce the availability of the 24th Annual Community Scholarship in cooperation with Business and Career Services, Inc. A President’s Committee will select the scholarship winner(s). As a result of a joint scholarship development campaign in the business community, the municipality has been provided funding to award a scholarship(s) to qualified resident(s) to pursue educational training, upgrading or retraining. The scholarship(s) can be applied towards tuition, books and any other commensurate educational expenses.
Deadline for this scholarship: April 7, 2017 by 3pm.
The Central Illinois Area Health Education Center (AHEC) will sponsor up to 10 $500 Health Professions Student Training Awards in 2017. The Central Illinois AHEC goal is to improve health care for rural and underserved populations by increasing access to health professions’ education, promoting health careers to students, and enhancing collaborative, community-based health initiatives.
Deadline for this scholarship: April 19th, 2017 by 4:30pm
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 31, 2017
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