Almost every College or University, public or private, will have some merit based scholarships in addition to the need based financial aid that is available. With the number of Colleges and Universities available nationwide, there is not a feasible way to list every school's scholarships. To provide a sample of the number and range of scholarships available, scholarships at all of the Illinois State Schools and at Harper College have been listed below. In addition to strictly merit based (GPA and/or test scores) scholarships, some schools also have scholarships available within certain departments or that are available to students based on non-academic criteria such as legacy scholarships (parents attended the school), being the first in your family to attend college, or some other criteria unique to that school.
Often, school based scholarships are some of the EASIEST scholarships to apply for. Sometimes just applying to the school itself ensures your eligibility for the scholarship! So School Based Scholarships should be one of the first areas you research. Depending on the size of the school, these scholarships are often also far less competitive than scholarships available statewide or nationally.
Keep in mind that each school is different, and may have different procedures in terms of their scholarship applications. Some schools will consider you for any scholarship once you'e applied while others will require you to apply for each specific scholarship, of there may be a mix and match. You'll be considered for some scholarships automatically while others will require specific applications. The key is to research the scholarships at the schools you're applying to and follow the individual instructions. Not sure where to start looking on a schools website? Usually the Scholarship "link" will be part of the Admissions page or the Financial Aid page. So start there.
Chicago State University - Chicago Regional College Program (CRCP)
Up to $8,000
A unique partnership between Chicago State University and UPS (United Parcel Service)
Chicago State University - Education Assistance Fund
the Educational Assistance Fund (E.A.F.) to assist students requiring additional financial resources to meet their educational goals. Complete information, as well as the application form, is included in the PDF link
Chicago State University Presidential Scholars Program
For academically talented students who have demonstrated leadership ability, maintained a 3.35 cumulative grade point average and an ACT score of 20 or higher.
Eastern Illinois University - Commitment to Excellence, Tier 1
$3,500 / year
ACT of 27+, GPA of 3.35+
Eastern Illinois University - Commitment to Excellence, Tier 2 $2,500 / year
ACT 21+, GPA of 3.25+
Eastern Illinois University - Commitment to Excellence, Tier 3
ACT 21+, GPA of 2.9+
Eastern Illinois University - Honors Award
ACT of 28+, top 10% of class, 3.5+ GPA.
Eastern Illinois University - Panther Promise
The Panther Promise is available to students from households with an annual income ranging from $33,000 to $67,000. Numerous scholarships and grants remain available for students from households in other income ranges.
Eastern Illinois University - Presidential Scholars
Composite ACT of 30+, top 10% of class, and 3.5+ GPA or ACT of 28+, top 5%, and 3.75+ GPA.
Harper College Distinguished Trustee Scholarship
Two years (60 hours) in-district tuition
$500 book stipend per semester
Minimum 27 ACT Composite score* with minimum individual test scores of 22 in math, 20 in reading and 19 in English OR have a minimum 3.5/4.0 or 4.5/5.0 high school GPA with minimum
individual ACT test scores of 22 in math, 20 in reading and 19 in English. *Note: An 1820 SAT score will be accepted if the SAT score is available or taken in place of the ACT test. Awardees will be selected based on academic ability, achievement, persistence, a desire to help others, and leadership.
Harper One Million Degrees (OMD) Scholarship program Full tuition & other benefits OMD is a unique scholarship program that is designed to help low income community college students succeed both academically and professionally. Students must be Eligible for Pell Grant, Enroll full time in pursuit of an Associate's Degree, and earn 2.0+ GPA in last semester of study
Northeastern Illinois University - College of Arts & Sciences Tuition Scholarship
Tuition for 3 to 16 Credit Hours
Freshman requirements: upper 15% of graduating class, minimum ACT of 24 or SAT of 1110. Transfer or current NEIU student requirements: minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25.
Northeastern Illinois University - College of Business & Management Tuition Scholarship
Freshman requirements: upper 15% of graduating class, minimum ACT of 26 or an SAT score of 1110, submit a one page essay and two letters of recommendation from teachers and/or employers.
Northeastern Illinois University - College of Education
Freshmen requirements: upper 15% of graduating class or minimum ACT of 24 or an SAT score of 1110, and a one-page essay.
Northeastern Illinois University - Presidential Scholarship
Full tuition, fees, and a book allowance for four academic years, automatic admission to University Honors Program. Minimum ACT composite score of 27, and a cumulative grade point average of 3.35. For further information contact Michelle Morrow, the director of scholarships at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Northeastern Illinois University - Provost and Deans Merit Scholarships for Freshman
$2,000 or $1,000
New incoming freshman students who apply for early admission to NEIU and who meet the ACT and GPA requirements. The Provost Merit Scholarship award amount is $2,000 and the Deans Merit Scholarship award amount is $1,000.
Northeastern Illinois University - Scholarships in Mathematics and Physical Sciences up to $10,000 National Science Foundation Scholarships for incoming students majoring in: Science, Physics, Chemistry, or Mathematics. Merit-based scholarships of up to $10,000/year available. The scholarship program also provides students with faculty mentors and research opportunities. 15-Mar http://www.neiu.edu/ Northeastern Illinois University - Talent Tuitition Scholarship Full Tuition These scholarships (over 6) are for Art, Music, Dance, Honors, Leadership, Speech and Performing Arts, and Publications. Limited availability. Approval of NEIU Talent Committee required. Maximum four years of tuition payment (covers tuition only). Student must reapply annually varies http://www.neiu.edu/ Northeastern Illinois University - University Honors Program Tuition Merit Scholarship ? Must be admitted to NEIU's Honors Program, in good academic standing, have a 3.5 GPA, and enroll in at least one Honors course each semester the award is granted. Submit a two-page essay and transcripts. Approval of UHP Scholarship Committee required. Student must reapply annually. ? http://www.neiu.edu/ Northern Illinois University - 4 + 3 Pre-Law Scholarship $4,000 / yr - 4 years Pre-law majors with 28 ACT and 3.5 GPA 1-Dec www.scholarships.niu.edu/ Northern Illinois University - Centennial Scholarship $3,000 / yr - 2 years 22-24 ACT and either top 10% or 3.0 GPA 1-Dec www.scholarships.niu.edu/ Northern Illinois University - Huskie Legacy Award $1,000 Incoming child of NIU alumnus 1-Dec www.scholarships.niu.edu/ Northern Illinois University - NIU Scholars $7,000 / yr - 4 years 27 ACT and either top 5% or 3.75 GPA 1-Dec www.scholarships.niu.edu/ Northern Illinois University - Northern Academic Scholarship $4,000 / yr - 2 years 25-26 ACT and either top 10% or 3.0 GPA; or 27 ACT and above; 6-10% of class or 3.0-3.74 GPA 1-Dec www.scholarships.niu.edu/ Northern Illinois University - Red and Black Award $3,000 19-21 ACT and either top 10% or 3.0 GPA; or 22 ACT and above; 11-25% of class 1-Dec www.scholarships.niu.edu/ Northern Illinois University - University Scholars $23,500 / yr- 4 years 33 ACT and either top 5% HS class or 3.75 GPA. Includes full tuition, fees, on-campus room and board 1-Dec www.scholarships.niu.edu/ Southern Illinois Universit,- Edwardsville - Cougar Pride Scholarship up to $12,000 ACT - 23 3-Dec http://www.siue.edu Southern Illinois University, Carbondale - Academic Scholarship for Freshman $16,000 Academically talented 1-Feb http://scholarships.siu.edu/ Southern Illinois University, Carbondale - Chancellor's Scholarship Full tuition, fees, room, and board Academically talented and demonstrated leadership skills 15-Dec http://scholarships.siu.edu/ Southern Illinois University, Carbondale - General Scholarships varies Searchable scholarship database of scholarships specific to SIU-C. varies http://scholarships.siu.edu/ Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville varies Over 20 more scholarships at SIUe are listed varies http://www.siue.edu Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville - Meridian Scholarship Full tuition, fees, room, and board ACT - 27 3-Dec http://www.siue.edu University of Illinois varies links from U of I to various scholarships 1-Jan http://www.osfa.uiuc.edu/ University of Illinois, Chicago varies List of 32 different scholarships specific to University of Illinois, Chicago varies http://www.uic.edu University of Illinois, Chicago - President's Awards Program $5,000 / year High achieving freshmen from underrepresented groups are eligible. All applications made through the regular admissions review process; once admitted, eligible students receive individual review for the PAP. 15-Jan http://www.uic.edu University of Illinois, Springfield varies Nearly 120 scholarships worth more than $125,000 are available for UIS students for this academic year. 1-Dec/ 15-Feb www.uis.edu/financialaid/scholarships University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign - Balanced Man Scholarship Male student, planning to attend U of I Urbana-Champaign, excels in academics, leadership, athletics and community service. 1-May http://www.illinoissigeps.com The Thomas Arkle Clark Memorial Scholarship Male student planning to attend University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the fall 26-Jun Apply Online University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign varies List of 15 different scholarships specific to University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign 1-Nov/ 2-Jan/ varies admissions.illinois.edu University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign varies General scholarship information at UIUC 1-Nov/ 2-Jan/ varies admissions.illinois.edu/ Western Illinois University varies links to over 100 separate scholarships available to WIU students 18-Dec 15-Feb 1-Apr www.wiu.edu/student_services/scholarship