SCHOLARSHIP and FAFSA Information

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    The counseling office receives various scholarship offerings by mail/email each year.  I will post scholarships on this website as they are received.  The posting of these scholarships is not an endorsement but a means of providing my students with as many opportunities as possible.  There is a list of scholarship search engines below that offer free services to our students.
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    The FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and is the first step in the financial aid process. A FAFSA is used to apply for state and federal financial aid programs. In addition, some colleges use it to award institutional aid. The application is available at no fee charged to the student. The 2019-2020 FAFSA is available online starting October 1, 2018. www.fafsa.gov  Students who are planning to graduate early to attend college will need to complete last year’s FAFSA ( 2018-2019 FAFSA) as soon as possible if they want access to student loans or grant money for the Spring (2018) semester. 

    Information that is needed to complete the FAFSA:

    1. Social Security Number, for yourself and your parent(s) 

    2. Records of income, such as income earned from work and business, child support paid or received and any other untaxed income. If available, refer to the W-2 forms or Federal Tax Return IRS 1040, 1040A or 1040EZ.

    3. Information about assets, such as savings, certificates of deposit, stock options, bonds, 529 plans and other college saving programs; and investment real estate, business and farm.

    4. Driver’s License number, if you have one

    5. FSA ID #  -  An FSA ID gives you access to Federal Student Aid's online systems and can serve as your legal signature.  Use this link to create your FSA ID #.


    Note to applicant: 

    It is essential that you apply as soon as possible! Applying early will make it possible for eligible applicants to have a chance to secure available grants ($$$$). Some grants are given on a first come first serve basis. Applicants will need to UPDATE their FAFSA after new year financial information is available.


    Financial Aid Presentation  

    Location:  HHS Cafeteria 
    Date:  9/25/18
    Time:  6:00 pm to 7:00 pm 
    Purpose:  Provide information about Grants, Scholarships and Student Loans.

    FAFSA Workshop

    Location:  Mr. Sertich's computer lab (G204)
    Date:  10/15/18
    Time:  6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
    Purpose:  Allow students a chance to complete their FAFSA under the guidance of trained representatives.

    2018 - 2019 Scholarship Offerings


    Transcript Supplements are used to describe school's academic and demographic backgrounds.  Please use this document when applicable.    2018-19 Transcript Supplement


    The counseling office receives various scholarship offerings by mail/email each year.  I will post scholarships on this website as they are received.  The posting of these scholarships is not an endorsement but a means of providing my students with as many opportunities as possible.  The student will need to make the decision on what scholarships they would like to complete.  Many of these scholarships are offered nationally or statewide.  There is a list of scholarship search engines below that are free.  Students should never have to pay for these services.  This website will also provide students access to local scholarships.  Many of these scholarships are repeated annually, with similar deadline dates. You can view the 2017-18 Scholarship Listing for a reference on what may be available to this year's seniors.







    Montgomery County Farm Bureau Foundation Scholarship This scholarship is available to students who are pursuing a degree in an agricultural related field.  The applicant, parent or guardian must be a member of Montgomery County Farm Bureau at least 1 year before the date of March 4, 2019.  Please review application for more details.  Application must be submitted by noon on March 4, 2019 to Montgomery County Farm Bureau, 102 N. Main St., Hillsboro, IL  62049.


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    The Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln (CFLL)  administers a variety of college scholarships. Each scholarship was established by generous donors and is unique, with its own set of criteria for applicants. Students may apply for and be awarded multiple scholarships. There are scholarships available for graduating seniors as well as current and returning college students. Currently, the majority of awards are offered to students from Sangamon County but the number of scholarships for students throughout the CFLL service area continues to grow. CFLL serves the counties of Sangamon, Cass, Christian, Logan, Macoupin, Menard, Morgan, and Montgomery.

    To review specific information and instructions on how to apply for scholarships for the 2019-20 academic year, please revisit our website toward the end of the calendar year. 2019 scholarship applications will be available from January 1, 2019 to March 1, 2019. Applicants should submit their scholarship applications via the CFLL website during this time period. 

    For students interested in the Davey Scholarship Loan Program, please revisit our website between January and May for details on applying. 

    If you have questions regarding the scholarship opportunities offered by the Community Foundation, please email scholarships@cfll.org.



    To be eligible for a scholarship grant, applicants 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 that has resulted in demonstrated financial need. Please visit the Kids Chance website for details. 


    April 30, for students attending the Fall Semester, and December 1, for students attending the Spring Semester.


    The IAA Foundation endeavors to enhance the future of agriculture by providing college scholarships to Illinois Farm Families, Illinois Farm Bureau members, spouses, or their children who major in agriculture, agribusiness, or an ag-related course of study. The IAA Foundation is pleased to administer scholarships on behalf of agricultural partners and families who wish to support future generations and help assure a well-qualified and professional agricultural workforce in Illinois while supporting farming communities.
    This year, the IAA Foundation offers 72 awards ranging from $1,000 to $7,500. Applicants may apply for more than one but can only receive one scholarship. In addition to the above guidelines, many scholarships have specific requirements which you will need to review.

    Online application link and guidelines are found on the IAA Foundation website, along with a full listing of eligibility requirements and a FAQ section. For additional information please contact the IAA Foundation office at 309.557.2230 or email smoore@ilfb.org.
    The application period runs from December 1, 2018 to February 1, 2019. Completed applications must be electronically submitted on or before February 1, 2019.




    DAR Scholarship Opportunities  Please review information on the following links below to determine your eligibility. 
    ILLINOIS STATE SCHOLARSHIP - This is a general scholarship for students who will enroll in an Illinois college or university
    HENRY DEARBORN AMERICAN HISTORY SCHOLARSHIP - Plan to pursue a major or minor in American History
    All applicants must be sponsored by our DAR Christiana Tillson Cahmpter.  Complete scholarship applications should be mailed to Kendra Wright, 140 Pinnacle Point Drive, Hillsboro, IL  62049 by Feb. 10, 2019.
    DAR SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION - short description for application above with links to more information.

    In addition to the scholarships listed above, please follow this link for a listing of 22 National DAR Scholarships.  For additional information about any one of those listed, please visit National DAR Organization's website for requirements and relevant dates.




    Scottish Rite Scholarships(Masonic Lodge) You will find a variety of scholarships at this website, including scholarships for health care related careers, Masonic affiliation, and scholarships for anyone. Students are asked to submit applications to the correct address by March 1, 2019.


     Laura J. Janus Scholalrship in Accouting (Western IL University) The Department of Accounting and Finance is pleased to announce an exceptional scholarship is available to an incoming freshmen for the 2019-2020 academic year.  This scholarship is a progressive scholarship award, beginning with $2000 in the first year; $3000 in the second year; $4000 in the third year and $5000 in the fourth year if the student meets the maintenance requirements each year.  Funding will be disbursed (½ fall and ½ spring).


     Laura J. Janus Scholarship in Accounting (PDF)


    Samuel N Oliva Scholarship in Accounting (Western IL University)  The Department of Accounting and Finance is pleased to announce an exceptional scholarship is available to an incoming freshmen for the 2019-2020 academic year.  This scholarship is a progressive scholarship award, beginning with $2000 in the first year; $4000 in the second year; $8000 in the third year and $10,000 in the fourth year if the student meets the maintenance requirements each year.  Funding will be disbursed (½ fall and ½ spring).


    Samuel N Oliva Scholarship in Accounting (PDF)





    Eunice May Russell Democratic Scholarship   The Montgomery County Democrat Central Committee is awarding a $1000 scholarship, named the Eunice May Russell Democratic Scholarship, to a senior graduating from one of the Montgomery County High Schools (Hillsboro, Lincolnwood, Litchfield, and Nokomis), and from a Democratic family, in the Spring of 2019. Criteria is listed on the EMS informational sheet.  Applicants will be required submit a seven hundred and fifty (750) word essay on the topic “The Importance of the First Amendment in Today’s America."  Applications may be mailed to Judy Keith Dalhaus, 716 North Jefferson Street, P. O. Box 414, Litchfield, Illinois 62056.  Deadline for receipt of applications is Friday, April 19, 2019.

     Eunice May Russell Democratic Scholarship(PDF)



    Farm Credit Illinois Scholarship – Thirty $2000 scholarships will be awarded in 2018. Farm Credit Illinois will be looking to award high school seniors who plan to enroll in an agriculture-based college curriculum next fall and who have aspirations of a career in agriculture. Recipients will receive a $1000 credit on their college student account for the fall 2019 semester and an additional $1000 applied in the fall 2021 semester. In addition, the University of Illinois Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) is offering a scholarship match to 2018 Farm Credit Agriculture Scholars who enroll full-time in the UofI College of ACES. Students are responsible for mailing their own applications. Application deadline is March 1, 2019.



    LLCC Foundation Scholarship Application


    Use the link above to access the following features:

    • What I need for my application
    • Applicant FAQs
    • Personal Statement Tips

     ALSO... a note from LLCC Foundation: 

    Expand your scholarship search

    In addition to scholarships offered by the LLCC Foundation, make sure you are exploring scholarship opportunities from local, regional, and national agencies.  A great way for students to investigate outside scholarships is by using a scholarship search on the web.  You can also contact businesses, civic and fraternal organizations, parents' employers, churches, high school guidance offices, and public libraries for scholarship opportunities.  Please visit our list of sources.  The posting of these scholarships is not an endorsement but a means of providing students with as many opportunities as possible.  





    Miranda Singler Memorial Scholarship  This scholarship is in memory of Miranda Singler, a graduate of the Hillsboro High School Class of 2006.  It is given in celebration of her vibrant and adventurous spirit, kind nature, and her significant creative and artistic talents and achievements.  To celebrate Miranda’s artistic talent, preference for this scholarship will be given to a student with a strong interest in the arts.  Applications are due in the HHS counseling office by March 29, 2019.

    Miranda Singler Memorial Scholarship (PDF)

    Miranda Singler Memorial Scholarship (Word)




    CBAI Foundation for Community Banking Scholarship Program  This scholarship provides scholarship funds for top high school senior essays statewide. Students can win up to $4000 for higher education and the CBAI Foundation for Community Banking also has the ability to award up to 12 additional scholarships of $1000 each. Top essay winners will be selected from a pool of high school seniors that are able to best capture the essence and importance of community banking. Students will submit essays that best capture the following theme: "The Importance of Community Banking."   Sponsoring Bank:  First Community Bank of Hillsboro  Sponsoring Contact:  Tom Gooding, CEO   A complete scholarship packet needs to be delivered to First Community Bank in Hillsboro by January 18, 2019. 

    Use these CBAI Banking Scholarship forms to submit materials to Tom Gooding at FCB of Hillsboro



    University of Illinois Chicago

    High-achieving students are encourage to use the next two weeks to put together an application to UIC before the November 1 priority scholarship deadline.  This year, that November deadline—rather than the regular January one—could make a serious difference, as highly qualified Illinois students who submit by November 1 will be considered for the new Chancellor’s Fellowship Program merit scholarship.  It offers full coverage of tuition and fees for Illinois’ best and brightest—more than $70,000 in free education for a student completing four years at UIC’s College of Engineering.  The Chancellor’s Fellowship is open to Illinois residents (U.S. citizens or eligible noncitizens) whose families have a household income less than six times the federal poverty rate (approximately $150,000 for a family of four) and who:

    • Are attending college for the first time
    • Have a minimum unweighted high school GPA of 3.8
    • Have a minimum SAT score of 1360 or ACT score of 30 (please note that test-score requirements for this program are waived for your school’s valedictorian)

     Learn more here: prioritydate.uic.edu





    The Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois Program is now recruiting high school seniors to apply for our teacher preparation program. Scholars are provided with extensive teaching experience and advanced preparation to supplement their college curriculum, academic support throughout college, college tuition-assistance and support (up to $23,000), and mentoring during their first years of teaching. In return, Scholars commit to teach in Illinois schools-of-need for five years after college graduation from an Illinois partner university.

    Check out these links AND see Mr. Morford if you are interested in being nominated for this program.

    Scholars may be referred for the program by the high school counselor or apply directly. Detailed information on program eligibility requirements for the scholarship are below.

    Eligibility Requirements: The Scholars program is open to residents of Illinois with a GPA of 2.5 or higher and a qualifying composite score on the ACT or SAT.  U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens (DACAmented students) may apply or be referred. To view full eligibility requirements, please click here

    The Scholars application deadline is March 1, 2019.



    The Selma J. Hartke Scholarship is for anyone who is pursuing post-secondary education or training. Financial need is the primary criteria for this scholarship. The Hartke scholarship committee request that applicants complete the FAFSA as part of the application. Scholarship is due in the counseling office by February 16, 2018.


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