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Understand the Timeline and Process

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

Search for Scholarships

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.

Available Opportunities

2024-2025 Olamide Adeyooye Scholarship

The deadline is at 11:59pm on February 29, 2024.  This scholarship will be awarded for the 2024-2025 academic year.

2024-2025 CEFCU Member Appreciation Scholarship

The deadline is at 11:59pm on February 29, 2024.  This scholarship will be awarded for the 2024-2025 academic year.  

2024-2025 Class of 1985 & 1986  

The deadline is at 11:59pm on February 29, 2024.  This scholarship will be awarded for the 2024-2025 academic year.

2024-2025 Talkington Family Endowed Scholarship

The deadline is at 11:59pm on February 29, 2024.  This scholarship will be awarded for the 2024-2025 academic year.

More to Explore

  • Federal Student Aid Tips

    Get an explanation of how scholarships work from Federal Student Aid.

  • Aim High Scholarship

    See if you qualify for scholarship money by staying in-state to attend college.

  • Assistance for Special Populations

    The Lopez and Navarro Scholarship is intended to provide financial assistance to support undocumented and DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) students in their dream of receiving a college degree. At this time all available scholarships have been awarded. When additional funds are available, the application will reopen.   

    The Senior Citizen Courses Act permits senior citizens over 65 to enroll in regularly scheduled credit courses at public higher education institutions without payment of tuition. Learn more about the Act.

  • Scholarship Renewal

    • Current Presidential Scholars must maintain continuous, full-time enrollment with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA to retain their scholarship.
    • Current University Scholars must maintain continuous, full-time enrollment with a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA to retain their scholarship.
    • Current Redbird Academic Scholars must maintain continuous, full-time enrollment with a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA to retain their scholarship.
    Please note: the Presidential and University Scholarships will no longer be awarded beginning with the Fall 2024 term.
  • Scholarship Resources

    Learn more about scholarships and how we can help.