Illinois has long been known as home to the iconic Sears Tower and delicious deep dish pizza. Yet, many students know that Illinois is also home to some fantastic colleges and universities. If you have ties to Illinois and are looking for scholarships to fund your education, consider looking below to see a list of Illinois scholarships that may interest you:
Illinois Golden Apple Scholars Program is open to high school seniors in Illinois. Students may either nominate themselves or have a teacher or school counselor nominate them for consideration of this award. Each year, approximately 250 will be chosen to receive an award worth up to $18,000. Only students who have received a score of 22 or higher on the ACT will be considered for this award. In addition, all applications must include a copy of the student’s high school transcripts, letters of reference from three non-family members, and a brief essay. Preference is given to students from diverse backgrounds. Additional information about this award can be found here: http://www.goldenapple.org/golden-apple-scholars.
Illinois Counties Association Scholarships are awarded to students who are residents of both the U.S. and IL. Only students who plan to attend school on a full-time basis are eligible for this award. In addition, students must hold at least a 3.0 grade point average. These awards are not renewable and the highest consideration is given to students who are majoring in government, public service, or a related field. In order to apply, students must submit a resume, two recommendation letters, a brief essay about their goals, and a second brief essay related to their views on a current issue in the local government. The amount of the award varies and additional information can be found at this website: http://www.illinoiscountiesassociation.org/documents/ICA_ScholarshipBrochure_2015.pdf.
Illinois CPA Society Accounting Tuition Scholarships provide an award worth $2,000 to students who are majoring in accounting. In order to be eligible for this award, students must be in their senior year of college (graduate students may also apply) at a college or university within Illinois. They must be a resident of both the U.S. and IL. All applicants are required to have at least a 2.0 grade point average and must intend to take the CPA Exam in Illinois sometime within the next three years. All applications are due by April 1st and additional information can be found here: http://www.icpas.org/hc-endowment.aspx?id=4210.
Illinois National Guard Grant Program provides grants to students who are members of the Illinois National Guard. The exact amount of the award varies, but can cover up to full tuition and fees for eligible undergraduate and graduate students. Students must attend a school within the State of Illinois. Additional information about this award can be found here: http://www.isac.org/.
In addition to the above awards, Illinois students may want to complete the FAFSA to determine whether they are eligible for any federal or state funding. Often individual schools have additional awards for students, so it may be worth asking the financial aid department at the school you attend or plan to attend whether you are eligible to apply for additional awards.
Author: Jeff Gitlen
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