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Scholarship Opportunities 2017-2018

September 13, 2017





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Our local ISACorps (Illinois Student Assistance Commission) representative is Cody Whightsil.  He is available to help you with FAFSA questions.  

He can be reached at 815-681-1518 or Cody.Whightsil@isac.illinois.gov.



Below are links to scholarship opportunities available to Serena High School students.  Check back often because new links will be added as they become available. 

In addition, the College and Career center located in the Serena High School office has 2 comprehensive scholarship guides available for students and parents to check out. 

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Kathryn G. Hansen Scholarship 

For the 2018-2019 academic year, one scholarship in the amount of $500 will be awarded. The scholarship is to be used for tuition, fees, books, or other related educational expenses. To be eligible applicants must meet the following criteria:


  • be enrolled full time as a high school senior in the 2017-2018 academic year in Illinois, progressing normally toward graduation, and planning to enter college no later than the fall following graduation;
  • have 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 the University of Illinois;
  • involvement in co-curricular and community activities;
  • demonstrate academic achievement;
  • be a resident of Illinois;
  • be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.

 The Secretariat seeks your assistance to encourage students to pursue office professional, secretarial, or business-related fields within the State of Illinois. Those of us in The Secretariat are extremely proud of our accomplishments and campus reputation.

The application is available on-line at http://publish.illinois.edu/secretariat/secretariat-scholarship/about-the-scholarship/

___________________________________________________________________________________________________TEACH Outdoors, Inc. Scholarship

DUE JAN 26, 2018: Open to a student who is furthering his or her education by attending college, a university, or trade school.


ACT Student Champion Award

Applications are open for the ACT Student Champion Award! The ACT Student Champion Award recognizes one student in each state who is tenacious and persistent, no matter the challenge, and is prepared for life after high school with a goal in mind and plan in place. 

ACT Student Champions receive a $500 non-renewable scholarship, certificate, plaque, and state-level recognition. 

Please encourage students in the graduating class of 2018 who have taken the ACT who fit the following criteria to apply: 

  • A student who has overcome challenges and can articulate education and career actions
  • Students must have a composite ACT score of a 22 on a single test date or a 3.0 or greater on a 4.0 scale
  • Preference will be given to underrepresented and/or first-generation college students.

Applications can be found at www.act.org/readinesschampions. Applications are due December 31, 2017, and champions will be notified on or before April 2, 2018. If applicants are under the age of 18, they must complete this form in addition to the application. 

All questions may be directed to ccrc@act.org


AXA Achievement Scholarship

Due December 17, 2017 OR whenever 10,000 entries have been received (whichever comes first).  Students have the opportunity to receive a $2,500, $10,000 or $25,000 scholarship. In addition, for every student who wins a scholarship, a grant in the amount of $1,000 will be made to the winner’s school.  Students need to:


Greenhouse Scholars

Greenhouse Scholars is a unique scholarship program for low income college students.  Please apply by December 1, 2017.

To review our eligibility requirements, visit:  http://greenhousescholars.org/our-scholars/become-a-scholar/

National Security Agency Scholarship

The Stokes Educational Scholarship Program is for high school seniors who plan to major in Computer Science or Computer/Electrical Engineering.  Please visit IntelligenceCareers.gov/NSA/nsastudents.html and search under "Scholarship."  If you have any questions you call 1-866-NSA-HIRE or 1-410-854-4725.


ACT Scholarship

Class of 2018---If you have already taken the ACT here is a scholarship for you.  Check to see if you meet the qualifications and apply by December 1, 2017

  • A student who has overcome challenges and can articulate education and career actions
  • Students must have a composite ACT score of a 22 on a single test date or a 3.0 or greater on a 4.0 scale
  • Preference will be given to underrepresented and/or first-generation college students.

Applications can found at www.act.org/readinesschampions. Applications are due December 31, 2017, and champions will be notified on or before April 2, 2018. If applicants are under the age of 18, they must complete this form in addition to the application. 

All questions may be directed to ccrc@act.org


Illinois AMVETS Service Foundation Scholarships

Please check out their website at www.ilamvets.org to learn about the scholarships they offer.  You can also contact State Headquarters at 217-528-4713 for more information.


Illinois Odd Fellow-Rebekah Scholarship Award

All students  from the State of Illinois who wish to attend any post-secondary or an accredited vocational or technical training school and who have maintained at least a "C" grade average may make application for a scholarship through the Grand Lodge Office in Lincoln, Illinois.

Applications are available on their web site (www.ioof-il.org)

Applications must be completed and returned to the Grand Lodge Office NO LATER THAN MARCH 1st of each year.  Applications received after MARCH 1st will be disqualified.


Illinois Manufacturers' Association/IMA Education Foundation

Are you interested in a career in manufacturing?  Browse the Illinois Manufacturers' Association's database for information on scholarships available to any student pursuing a career in manufacturing.  For further information, please go to their website at www.mfgday.com/scholarships.


AES Scholarship  -  2018
The consulting firm of AES Engineers is committed to continuing its support of higher education by providing scholarships to deserving students.  This award is available to all students, regardless of their field of study.
To be eligible the student needs to answer one of the essay questions that they will find on our site at http://www.aesengineers.com/scholarships.htm
We are offering a scholarship that will be awarded on the basis of character, as determined by evaluating the essays that are submitted.
Amount of award:   $500.00
Deadline for entry: October 6, 2018
Further information, including previous winners, is available on our web site at:  http://www.aesengineers.com/scholarships.htm
Eastern Illinois University

Eastern Illinois University is offering a new scholarship opportunity.   It's a one-time, $2,000 scholarship for high school seniors in east-central Illinois who are leaders and role models in their community.

They'll need to get a letter of recommendation from a teacher, principal or other mentor, as well as write a one-page personal essay addressing one of the following:

How have you been a role model for students at your high school and peers in your community?

How would you continue being a role model as an EIU student? Please provide examples of involvement, leadership, community service, and recognition.

There are no requirements for GPA or test scores. Eleven students will be chosen for this award, made possible by generous donations from Wells Fargo and other local businesses. They are encouraging other local businesses to donate to this scholarship fund, so that hopefully, it will benefit both students and the local community for years to come.

Students must be admitted to EIU and turn in all scholarship application materials by March 15, 2018. To turn in application materials and find out more information about this scholarship, they can visit https://www.eiu.edu/ambassador-scholarship/

If you have any further questions, you may contact:

Justin Tierney

Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920
877-581-B EIU (2348)
217-581-7060 (fax)



                              $1,000 ISCA Student Scholarship




Application Deadline:  All applications must be submitted by Friday, February 16th.


Winners will be invited to attend one of the 2 ISCA conferences in April (Rosemont or Springfield), to receive their award and to recognize their school counselor. By submitting a completed application, participants agree to allow the Illinois School Counselor Association to use their responses on its website for recognition purposes or for other communications about Illinois School Counselors.


Application Questions:     Description of Post-Secondary Plan

Essay Questions

In 500 words or less, write responses to the following questions. Applicants must answer Essay Questions #1 and #2. They can choose to answer either Question #3 or Question #4.

1.   What are three qualities your school counselor possesses and why these are important to students?

2.   Explain a time when your school counselor helped you work through a situation and how this made an impact on you.

3.   How have you grown as a person and what important things have you learned about yourself in high school?

4.   What is an obstacle you have had to work through during high school? How have you changed as a result?


Application: All applications must be completed online through the Google Form.

Click here to complete the Illinois School Counselor Association Scholarship form



IVCC Agriculture Scholarships

As you know, college can be expensive. Illinois Valley Community College has a solution: affordable tuition and agriculture scholarships through the IVCC Foundation. There is still time for students to apply for over $15,000 available to students pursuing IVCC ag degrees.

Visit https://www.ivcc.edu/uploadedFiles/nsab/agriculture/Agriculture%20Scholarships-IVCCFoundation%2012.13.17.pdf for a list of agriculture scholarships.

Please share the following announcement from the IVCC Foundation with your students.

IVCC Foundation Scholarship Deadline Feb. 8

Current IVCC students, high school seniors and anyone planning to enroll at the college in fall 2018 have until Feb. 8 to apply for more than 150 IVCC Foundation scholarships.

Applications are available at www.ivcc.edu/foundation, the Foundation office in Room C202 or from IVCC’s Ottawa Center at 321 W. Main St. The application is also available through all district high school counselor’s offices.

Applicants must also file a 2018-19 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online by Feb. 8. For information, call Donna Swiskoski at (815) 224-0551.

 Students earn a creditable degree in agriculture at an affordable rate from IVCC. For information about IVCC’s agriculture program, visit our webpage at www.ivcc.edu/agriculture, call me at (815) 224-0413, or email me at Willard_mott@ivcc.edu.


"We the Students" Scholarship

Each year, our "We the Students" essay competition gives high-school students from across the U.S. a chance to share their perspectives on a trending topic.

This year, we’re asking students to consider what role the government should play in monitoring internet content and we are awarding $20,000+ in scholarship and prizes to the winning essayists, including:

  • 1st Place – $5,000 and a scholarship to our 2018 Constitutional Academy in Washington, D.C.
  • Runners Up – Six prizes at $1,250 each.
  • Honorable Mentions – Eight prizes at $500 each.

Please encourage your students to sign up below and submit their 500-800-word essay before February 5, 2018.


Christopher Janson
Marketing and Communications Manager
Bill of Rights Institute


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