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 2020-2021 FAFSA is available online starting October 1, 2019. www.fafsa.gov  Students who are planning to graduate early to attend college will need to complete last year’s FAFSA ( 2019-2020 FAFSA) as soon as possible if they want access to student loans or grant money for the Spring (2020) 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  

    Provider:  Saint Louis University, David Rice
    Location:  HHS Cafeteria
    Date: October 10, 2019
    Time:  6:00 pm to 7:00 pm 
    Purpose:  Provide information about Grants, Scholarships and Student Loans.

    FAFSA Workshop

    Provider: Lincoln Land Community College,  Christine Marietta 
    Location:  Mr. Sertich's computer lab (G204)
    Date:  October 17, 2019
    Time:  6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
    Purpose:  Allow students a chance to complete their FAFSA under the guidance of trained LLCC representatives.



    2019 - 2020 Scholarship Offerings


    Transcript Supplements are used to describe school's academic and demographic backgrounds.  Please use this document when applicable.    2019-20 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 2018-19 Scholarship Listing for a reference on what may be available to this year's seniors.




    Posted 10/29/19


    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 14, 2020.


    Selma J. Hartke Scholarship (Word)

    Selma J. Hartke Scholarship (PDF)

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    Posted 10/01/19

    MJM will award two $1,000 scholarships to sons and daughters of MJM members. The applicant must be a high school senior who is planning to enroll in a full-time (at least 12 hours) undergraduate course of study at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university, community college, or vocational/technical school in the United States.

    What is the Thomas H. Moore Illinois Electric Cooperatives Memorial Scholarship Program?

    The total of twelve scholarships of $2,000 each will be awarded in 2020 through the Thomas H. Moore Illinois Electric Cooperatives (IEC) Memorial Scholarship Program.

    Six scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors who are the sons or daughters of an Illinois electric cooperative member receiving service from the cooperative. A seventh scholarship, the Earl W. Struck Memorial Scholarship, will be awarded to a student who is the son or daughter of an Illinois electric cooperative employee or director. Four additional scholarships are reserved for students enrolling full-time at a two-year Illinois community college who are the sons or daughters of Illinois electric cooperative members, employees or directors.

    The twelfth annual scholarship, the “LaVern and Nola McEntire Lineworker’s Scholarship,” is a $2,000 scholarship that will help pay for costs to attend the lineworker’s school conducted by the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives in conjunction with Lincoln Land Community College, Springfield, Ill. Sons and daughters of co-op members; relatives of co-op employees or directors; and individuals who have served or are serving in the armed forces or National Guard are all eligible to apply for the lineworker’s scholarship.

    The Thomas H. Moore Illinois Electric Cooperatives Memorial Scholarship Program must be filled out online.
    Information is also available for download at the cooperative’s website.  
    Each applicant is responsible for submitting online all information required to apply for a scholarship by December 31, 2019.



    Posted 9/03/19


    EssayOnTime Scholarship Competition   If you wonder about where and how to find scholarships to sponsor your academic initiatives, here is good news. We are delighted to inform you that we are going to launch our scholarship contest to help students deal with their financial challenges. We are providing an opportunity to win $1000 intended for educational purposes and make your academic endeavors slightly easier. Moreover, by launching this contest, we want to emphasize the importance of education and provide our assistance in covering tuition, college books or equipment. How you will spend your money is up to you, the only condition is that it must be on education.

    If you are ready to apply since you believe that this scholarship for high school seniors and college or university students is a good fit for you, you are welcome.  Please use the link above for information about this $1000 scholarship.



Last Modified on October 29, 2019