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Illinois Scholarships

Illinois is known as the Prairie State and is the 5th most populous state in the US. It is home to such academic powerhouses as the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois, Northwest University and Illinois State. In addition to these well-known institutions, there are also nearly 200 other colleges and universities offering degrees, certificates and diplomas in a host of fields.

While the capital of Illinois is Springfield, many people think of Chicago as the heart of the state. In fact, Chicago is even thought of as the heart of the nation. The Windy City is thought to mirror, and even anticipate, the vibe of the rest of the nation with regards to culture and political issues.

Like most other states, Illinois offers a wide range of public and private scholarships. These include merit-based, need-based and achievement-based funding opportunities. Also available are scholarships for students interested in remaining in the state after graduation and serving in high-need occupational sectors.

Click on the links below to continue exploring the exciting world of college scholarships in Illinois.

AOTF Illinois Scholarship

Two scholarships of $500 each for residents of Illinois enrolled in an accredited occupational therapy educational program in Illinois - one at the professional level and one at the associate degree.

The Russ Ewing Excellence in Journalism Awards and Scholarship

Scholarships are open to outstanding college and university students pursuing careers in journalism. This annual fundraiser includes a media awards competition and scholarship presentation. CABJ presents awards for outstanding coverage of African Americans and issues of special concern to the African American community.

Field Museum Graduate Student Fellowships

A limited number of Field Museum fellowships are available for graduate students engaged in dissertation research associated with the Museum. These fellowships provide stipend support. Candidates will be expected to have formal involvement with the Museum; a Field Museum curator must serve as member or chair on the student's academic committee, and the research should rely heavily upon the collections and facilities of the Museum. Students must be in residence in the Chicago area and are expected to spend a significant portion of their research time at the Museum for the duration of the fellowship. Eligible graduate students must have completed the preliminary examination. The period of appointment is one year and starts on September 1st. Applicants must contact the sponsoring curator well in advance of the application deadline. Applicants who have been awarded a Field Museum fellowship by the scholarship committee previously are not eligible to apply for a second fellowship. Applications require descriptions of The proposed research (1-2 pages, double-spaced), including its purpose and significance and the relevance of Field Museum’s collections to the project Collaboration(s) with Field Museum curators, if any Procedures and methods used in the project

MGMA Midwest Section Scholarship

Individuals residing in MGMA Midwest section states (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin) who are enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program relevant to medical practice management. Scholarship Eligibility: Students must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program relevant to medical practice management, including public health, business administration, healthcare administration and other related areas.

Manson A. Stewart Scholarship

Teachers of undergraduate students should remember to nominate their most outstanding young Classicists for the CAMWS Manson Stewart Scholarships. Every year CAMWS awards $1,000.00 scholarships to a limited number of undergraduate students majoring in Classics at the sophomore or junior level at a CAMWS college or university. Nominees are expected to take a minimum of two courses in Latin or Greek (normally at least one per quarter or semester) during the junior or senior year in which the scholarship is held. Students are to be nominated by a department or program; no institution may nominate more than two students per year. The individual who fills out the nomination form on behalf of the department must be an individual member of CAMWS. Each nominee must fill out an application form, write a brief essay, and submit a college or university transcript and two letters of recommendation. Those who write the two letters of recommendations do not need to be CAMWS members.

Chicago Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Scholarship Program

You are eligible to apply for the CSBG Scholarship if you meet the following requirements: Resident of the City of Chicago Enrolled full-time in an Illinois college/university/trade school. Income eligible and provide proof of income for 3 months (13 weeks) (see table in the website) Scholarship Awards are based on the following criteria: Application Completeness: all data requests (blanks on 4-page application) and documents provided Grade Point Average One Personal Essay Scholarship Awards may be used for ONLY the Fall semester/quarter: Tuition costs for the Fall semester or quarter Purchase of uniforms, payment of fees, books or other costs related to education/training

Illinois Hospital Research & Educational Foundation Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY for SCHOLARSHIP 1. Any student currently ENROLLED or ACCEPTED into a certificate or degree conferring hospital related health care sequence is eligible (such as medical schools, dental schools, nursing programs, pharmacy schools, radiology technology programs, therapy programs such as occupational/physical/speech, etc. Students in general course of studies programs (i.e. pre-med, general education courses, liberal arts, etc.) are not eligible. 2. Applicants enrolled in an associate degree or hospital-based program will be considered their first year (such as radiology techs, nuclear medicine techs, RNs, cardiac rehab techs, etc.) 3. Applicants must be Illinois residents. 4. The school to be attended need not be an Illinois institution; however, it must be accredited or recognized as an approved program by the appropriate agencies. 5. Students having less than one academic year remaining until graduation are not eligible for consideration. 6. In order to be competitive, a 3.5 GPA out of 4 points or a 4.5 GPA out of 5 points is necessary.

Illinois Minority Real Estate Scholarship Program

What is required? Each REEF Scholarship has its own criteria for eligibility. Most of the scholarships require the applicant to be a United States citizen and a resident of the State of Illinois attending school full-time while pursuing a degree with an emphasis in real estate. Illinois Minority Real Estate Scholarship Program – The Foundation is under contract with the State of Illinois to administer the Illinois Minority Real Estate Scholarship Program. This program is open to qualified racial minority residents of Illinois pursuing courses of study that will prepare them for careers relating to real estate or enhance the skills and knowledge that they currently use as real estate professionals.

Academic Scholarships

These scholarships are intended to help qualified students pursue an education, which will lead them into productive careers in the real estate industry. It is the Foundation’s hope that each recipient will, during his or her career, contribute to the Foundation in support of the scholarship they received. The resulting growth of the fund will ensure other qualified individuals a similar opportunity to pursue a vocation in the real estate industry. What is required? Each REEF Scholarship has its own criteria for eligibility. Most of the scholarships require the applicant to be a United States citizen and a resident of the State of Illinois attending school full-time while pursuing a degree with an emphasis in real estate. Academic Scholarships - These scholarships (for any accredited college or university in Illinois) will assist and encourage qualified students to further their interest in selecting real estate as a career. Proof of acceptance to Any accredited 2 or 4 year junior college, college, or university in Illinois Completed college credit hours: 30

KASF Scholarship - Midwestern Regional Chapter

Qualifications Undergraduate, graduate, and high school students enrolled full time during the scholarship application year. Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Students with a Korean heritage studying in the United States regardless of citizenship status (including Korean Nationals). If extra funds are available, other students (non-Korean) may qualify for some scholarships. Qualifications for Scholarship Eligibility: Will be a full time student at a school in one of the designated Midwestern region states (Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin) Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Can demonstrate need for financial assistance. Your category depends on what your status will be during the school year, as follows: High School Sophomores & Juniors - Scholarships awarded based on achievement (not based on financial need). High School Seniors with plans to attend college in next school year - The chosen college must be within the Midwestern region. You must include a copy of your acceptance letter. College Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors - The school you are attending must be within the Midwestern region. College Seniors - You must be planning to attend a graduate or professional school in the Midwestern region. You must submit a letter of acceptance from the graduate or professional school. Graduate Students - You must be continuing your studies in the next school year at a school within the Midwestern region.

Morgan L. Fitch Scholarship

Each REEF Scholarship has its own criteria for eligibility. Most of the scholarships require the applicant to be a United States citizen and a resident of the State of Illinois attending school full-time while pursuing a degree with an emphasis in real estate. The family of Morgan L. Fitch, through a contribution to the Foundation in 1981, established a scholarship fund in perpetuity for students attending the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in the College of Commerce and Business Administration or the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, as a tribute to the memory of one of the nation’s most prominent real estate industry leaders. Minimum scholarship amount: 2,000 Grade point required : 3.5 on a 5.0 Completed college credit hours: 60

The Raskin Scholars

The Raskin Scholars program is intended to help defray the cost of college tuition for Chicago-area students interested in the creative arts. This need-based, bias-free program requires a student’s nomination by a school professional (teacher or counselor) and an online application to be submitted by the student. Finalists will be brought to downtown Chicago for an in-person interview. The winners will receive an annual tuition stipend, renewable for the duration of the undergraduate’s education. Interested guidance counselors, teachers, parents and students should go to the College Scholarships page for further information on the program and both nomination and application forms. College Scholarships are awarded each year to students of academic achievement who otherwise might not have the financial means to attend the college of their choice. Raskin Scholars must demonstrate a commitment to their education, a high degree of performance in that pursuit and an interest in the creative arts, be it professional or amateur, performance or personal, in any way artistic. The creative spirit is central to the diversity and fabric of our country. And the Raskin Foundation seeks to celebrate that spirit in the lives of college-bound youth.

The DuPage Medical Society Scholarships

The Foundation strives to meet this mission by providing scholarship grants to health care students from DuPage County. To be eligible for a scholarship grant from the Foundation, students must be enrolled in or accepted for admission to a professional education or training program before applying, and they must exhibit a strong academic background in addition to financial need. Students in prerequisite and undergraduate curriculum (i.e. pre-med) are not eligible for these scholarships. The number of scholarships granted varies each year. The average amount of each scholarship is $1000.

Junior Graduate Scholarship

To cover the second year's fees for a Muslim student already accepted by the Faculty of Oriental Studies to read for a M Phil in Islamic Art and Archaeology at the University of Oxford.

Tractor Supply Company Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY: Pursing a four-year degree in any area of agriculture. Applicant must complete financial analysis section of application and exhibit financial need. Resident of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia or Wisconsin required. Recipients shall allow Tractor Supply Company to use photographs of themselves and their families in company advertising.AWARD: Approximately one scholarship at $3,000. Not guaranteed.

Raymond Davis Scholarship

An applicant must be a graduate or undergraduate student who has completed or will complete two academic years of college before the term of the scholarship. The individual must be a full time student pursuing work at an accredited institution, toward the fulfillment of requirements for an degree. Basis of Selection: This scholarship is granted by the society to a student or students of photographic or imaging science or engineering for use in continuing their studies as graduate or undergraduate students. This grant is made for academic study or research in the theory or practice of image formation by radient energy..

Anderson Foundation Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a four-year degree in any area of agriculture. Must be a resident of and plan to attend school in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan or Ohio. Applicant must have participated in community service.AWARD: Two scholarships at $1,250 each, non-renewable.

Arysta LifeScience North America Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a four-year degree in agronomy, crop or plant science, horticulture, business/landscape/nursery or turfgrass management, agricultural communications, public relations, sales or marketing, entomology or plant pathology. Minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale required. Must reside in Arizona, California, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota or Washington (state).AWARD: Five scholarships at $1,275 each, non-renewable.

Beck’s Hybrids Scholarship

EIGIBILITY: Pursuing a four-year degree in any area of agriculture. Must be resident of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio. One scholarship awarded per state. Applicant’s family must be a Beck’s Hybrids Seed customer.AWARD: Five scholarships at $2,000 each, non-renewable.

Blain’s Farm & Fleet Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a four-year degree in agricultural business management, economics, finance or international agriculture. Consideration will be given first to Blain’s Farm & Fleet employees. Financial need will be given secondary consideration. Must be a resident of one of the following cities: Belvidere, Bloomington, Bourbonnais, Decatur, Freeport, Geneseo,Loves Park, Moline, Montgomery, Morton, Ottawa, Rockford, Sterling, Sycamore, Urbana or Woodstock in Illinois; or Cedar Falls, Clinton, Davenport or Muscatine in Iowa.AWARD: Two scholarships at $2,000 each, non-renewable.

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