State Scholarships

  • Scholarships available only to students who are residents of the State of Illinois. A great source that will be a little more focused for you than the national sites.


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    Illinois Association for Gifted Children (IAGC)

    Distinguished Student Scholarship

     $1,000 The award will support a student in grade 9, 10, 11 or 12 to pursue an academic endeavor of his/her choice. The selected student will have demonstrated excellence in one or more of the following areas: visual or performing arts, academic achievement or service and leadership. In addition, financial need will be a consideration.  November 15 Information and Online Application
     College Prowler  $1,000 Open to all Chicago high school, college, and graduate students and students who previously attended a high school in the Chicago area. The winner will be determined based on the quality of their responses to the short answer prompt. December 15
    CRC Scholarship  $1,000 For students that moved into a Chicagoland area school district during high school and have a 3.0+ GPA January 1 Information & Application
    Beta Sigma Psi Alpha Alumni Scholarship $1,000 Given to a confirmed Lutheran freshman male beginning at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in fall. Award based upon academic achievement and school, community and church activities. Pastoral recommendation and essay required. January 15 Apply Online
    Illinois PTA Up to $3,000 Senior in upper 33% of class preparing to enter an Education program February 15
    I.A.C.A.C. Scholarship $1,000 (multiple awards) 3.0+ GPA, involvement in high school, the community, or service to others with motivation to achieve personal goals February 19 Online Application
    The Secretariat $500 High school senior with a strong commitment to pursue a higher education in an office professional, secretarial or business related field within the state of Illinois with preference given to attendance at University of Illinois February 23




    Illinois AMVETS Scholarship Program (Six Different Scholarship Programs)  $1,000 Must be an Illinois HS Senior. Other requirements vary with scholarship program March 1
    Illinois Odd Fellow- Rebekah Scholarship Program Three $1,500 awards; ten to fifteen $1,000 awards Must be a resident of Illinois and a US Citizen. Must demonstrate financial need. Personal statement and three recommendations required. March 1
    CRCA Scholarship $3,000 (renewable) 29 ACT score and interested in liberal arts and sciences, engineering, architecture, or business. March 4 Information & Application
    BP Fueling the Minds of the Future $2,000 Current high school senior from Chicagoland area with demonstratable financial need planning to enroll as a full-time student (12 semester hours or more) in an accredited . Possess at least a 2.5 GPA, two or four-year college or university, trade or vocational school. March 14
    Illinois AMVETS Service Foundation Scholarship $1000 Be an IL high school senior and have taken the ACT/SAT. March 15
    Illinois AMVETS Sad Sacks Nursing Scholarship Amount varies yearly Be an Illinois high school senior who has been accepted into a pre-approved nursing program (submit copy of acceptance letter) or may already be a student in an approved School of Nursing in the state of IL. Prove satisfactory in academic record, character, interest and activity record, and financial need. March 15
    Illinois AMVETS Junoir ROTC Scholarship $1,000 Be an IL high school senior who has taken the ACT/SAT. Participate in a Junior ROTC Program. March 15
    Illinois AMVETS Trade School Scholarship $1,000 Be an IL high school senior who has been accepted in a pre-approved trade school program. Include a copy of acceptance letter. March 15
    Illinois AMVETS Ladies Auxillary Memorial Scholarships $500 Be an IL high school senior who has taken the ACT/SAT. Be a child or grandchild of a veteran of the USA who served after Sept 15, 1940 and was Honorably Discharged or who is presently serving in the military. March 15
    Illinois AMVETS Ladies Auxillary Worchild Scholarships $500 IL high school senior who has taken the ACT/SAT. Be a child of a deceased mother or father who was a veteran of the USA who served after Sept 15, 1940, and was Honorably Discharged. They don’t need to have been killed in action or as a result of service in the military. March 15
    Minority Teachers of Illinois (MTI) Scholarship Program $5,000 For African American/Black, Hispanic American, Asian American or Native American origin students planning on becoming a preschool, elementary or secondary school teacher. March 15
    Illinois Sheriffs’ Association 105 awards of $500 each Applicant is permanent Illinois resident planning on attending a college or university in the state of Illinois for fall.  March 15
    Illinois Division of Sons of Confederate Veterans $1,000 Student is a descendant of a male who served honorably in the Army, Navy, Judicial, Executive, or Civil Service of the Confederate States of America. Lineal or collateral family lines must be documented. 500 word essay. March 15  
    Illinois Lumber and Material Dealers Association Scholarship $500 to $1,000 For students pursuing industry related course work at colleges and universities March 16  
    Palumbo Family Foundation Scholarship Up to $10,000 Senior student that meets the following criteria: U. S. Citizen, 3.0 GPA, and a 2015 adjusted gross income of $48,500 or less March 31  
    Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans Women’s Division Scholarship $2,000 Female student of Italian ancestry, at least one parent must be Italian, 3.0+ GPA, planning to attend 2 or 4 year school. April 1  
    United Way George Gattas Scholarship $5,000 History of community service, participation in inter-scholastic athletics and co-curricular activities, Demonstrates continual improvement throughout the high school years, is a resident of communities served by United Way North-Northwest, and demonstrates need. April 3  
    IHREF - Illinois Hospital Research and Educational Foundation Scholarship $1,000 Illinois resident accepted into an accredited medical program. 3.5 GPA April 15 Information
    John Fischetti Scholarship from Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans $2,000 Male students of 50% or more Italian ancestry; residents of the Chicago metropolitan area, who  has been accepted into college with the intent of establishing a major in journalism or media communications.  April 19
    Illinois Dream Fund Scholarship Program $2,000 or $6,000 Awards scholarships to eligible undocumented students.  Applicants who are in their senior year of high school must have a GPA of 2.5+  For 2 or 4 year school. April 22
    Friends of Moraine Hills State Park Environmental Studies Scholarship Two $1,000 Illinois resident planning to attend an accredited college or university and enter a field of study / career directly related to the environment. GPA 2.5+ April 30 Information
    Kid's Chance Scholarship   Must have a parent who has been killed or seriously injured as a result of a work related accident that meets the criteria of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act and resulted in demonstrated financial need. Applicant must be enrolled, accepted or applying for acceptance as a full-time or part-time student at an accredited university, college or technical school. April 30
    Joseph Cardinal Bernadrin Scholarship $2,000 From the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans.  Male student, 50% or more Italian ancestry, 3.75+ GPA.  May 18
    Aspiring Animation Professional Scholarship $1,000 High school senioors who intend to pursue an animation related career after high school, has record of academic success, and passion for animation/design. June 1 Application
    Aspiring Fashion Professional Scholarship $1,000 For seniors who intend to pursue a fashion related field at an accredited post-secondary school or college with a demonstrable record of academic success and have a passion and drive for a fashion related career. June 1 Application