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     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.
     
     
    XELLO This program has been designed with one goal in mind: to help your students plan their future. With exceptional assessment tools, detailed occupation profiles and comprehensive post-secondary education information, students move seamlessly through the career exploration and planning process. This website provides students with an exceptional scholarship search engine that is used nationwide.  All students in the Hillsboro School District have access to this valuable tool.
     
     
     
     
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    FEDERAL STUDENT AID:  Find the information you need ONLINE.  This document list common financial aid topics and where to find information about them on Federal Student Aid websites.  Federal Student Aid WWWs
     

    FAFSA

    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.
    REVIEW LAST YEAR'S SLIDES OF THE PRESENTATION FOR INFORMATION.
     

    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.
     

    COST CHART FOR SURROUNDING COLLEGES

     

    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.

     

     

    STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO MAIL, ELECTRONICALLY SUBMIT OR PHYSICALLY DELIVER THEIR APPLICATIONS.  PLEASE PAY ATTENTION TO INSTRUCTIONS AND DESCRIPTIONS FOR EACH SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION.
     
     

     

    LIST OF ALL HILLSBORO EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS

    (This list is for your reference... applications for each will be posted below in future days .)  

     

    Please complete and send ALL Hillsboro Educational Foundation Scholarship (except for one) applications to :

    Pam Dawson
    Hillsboro Ed Foundation Scholarships
    514 S. Main St.
    Hillsboro, IL 62049

    DEADLINE FOR ALL SCHOLARSHIPS IS MAY 1ST

    The exceptions - JESSE GOLDSMITH MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
    Please mail this application to me by April 10, 2020

    All other applications (eg. E. Russell Democratic Scholarship) must be delivered by you follow their directives.

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Thank you Stay Safe
    TOPPER STRONG!!!

    Tim Morford

    276 Duffs Ln, Hillsboro, IL  62049

     

    Posted 4/29/20

     

    Agribusiness Committee Food and Agribusiness Scholarship

    The Agribusiness Committee established the Food and Agribusiness Career Scholarship to assist youth in Montgomery County pursuing a degree and career in agricultural industries.

    The Agribusiness Committee will award at least two (2) $1,000 scholarships to qualified applicants during the spring semester of the students’ high school senior year or college student who is enrolled in an agricultural industries program and haven’t previously received this scholarship.

    Eligibility Requirements:

    • Senior attending a high school in Montgomery County or graduate from Montgomery county who has not previously received Agribusiness Scholarship
    • Resides in Montgomery County
    • Active member of an FFA organization or a past or current 4-H Club member
    • Leadership and involvement in FFA and/or 4-H activities
    • Intent to pursue career in the food and agribusiness sector
    • Proof of application or enrollment in post-secondary educational institution with an accredited food or agribusiness program
    • Letter of endorsement from your FFA advisor, 4-H Club leader or academic advisor.

    Short essay describing yourself, activities involved in, your future plans related to food and agribusiness and why this scholarship would be beneficial to you

     

    Agribusiness Scholarship Criteria 2020 

    Agribusiness Scholarship Application 2020

     

     

    Posted 4/28/20

     

    Faith in Life Essay Contest  Each year the Greater Hillsboro Ministerial Fellowship offers a grant to someone(s) who submits a "Faith in Life" essay. The topic of this paper is to be the positive impact ones faith has had upon their life. This   be in essay form, a poem, a song, or any other format you choose.  In the past, typical entries have been one to two pages in length. Your entry must be submitted by no later than Sunday, May 10 th
    by emailing a copy to Rem Dyas at remdyas@gmail.com or to Matt Ferguson at pastorferguson@hotmail.com

     

    Faith in Life

     

    Posted 4/26/20

    DEADLINE EXTENDED

    FOR

    EUNICE MAY RUSSELL DEMOCRAT SCHOLARSHIP

     

    The Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee has announced that, due to the Stay at Home order issued by Governor J. B. Pritzker in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the original April 17, 2020, deadline for the Eunice May Russell Democrat Scholarship has been extended to June 1, 2020.  The $1000 scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior in one of the county high schools by July 1, 2020.

    The scholarship is available to any 2020 graduating senior from a Montgomery County High School, who is a resident of Montgomery County, Illinois and from a DEMOCRAT family, and who will be pursuing a degree at any post secondary educational institution.

    Interested applicants should forward the following to Judy Keith Dalhaus, MCDCC Scholarship Chair, P. O. Box 414, Litchfield, Illinois 62056:  NOTE:  FAILURE TO INCLUDE ALL OF THE FOLLOWING ITEMS WILL RESULT IN FAILURE OF THE APPLICANT TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THE SCHOLARSHIP

    1. Letter of acceptance from the institution of higher education the applicant will be attending.
    2. Letter of recommendation from one of the applicant’s present teachers outlining why the applicant is deserving of this scholarship.
    3. Letter of recommendation from a member of the community (who is not a teacher) outlining why the applicant is deserving of this scholarship.
    4. A seven hundred and fifty (750) word essay on the topic “The Electoral College – Is It Still Relevant Today?”
    5. Copy of high school transcript.
    6. Statement of family income

    The scholarship, named in honor of the longest serving Montgomery County Clerk, Eunice May Russell, will be awarded at the annual awards ceremony at the successful applicant’s school. This will be the sixth annual awarding of the Eunice May Russell Democrat Scholarship.

     

    Eunice Russell Democratic Scholarship   The Montgomery County Democrat Central Committee will award one (1) $1000 scholarship to a senior graduating from one of the Montgomery County High Schools (Hillsboro, Lincolnwood, Litchfield, and Nokomis), who is also a resident of Montgomery County and from a DEMOCRAT family, in the spring of 2020.  The attached document “Eunice May Russell Democrat Scholarship” lists criteria necessary to be considered for this scholarship.  Applications must be mailed by the student to Judy Keith Dalhaus, P. O. Box 414, Litchfield, Illinois  62056.  Deadline for receipt of applications is Friday, April 17. 2020.

     

    Eunice May Russell Democrat Scholarship (PDF)

    Posted 3/07/20

    John and Judy Woodruff scholarship for current High School Seniors and College Freshmen.   The $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a new recipient annually.  It is directed toward those planning to major in the Fine and Performing Arts and is available beginning in the 2020-21 school year.

    Eligibility Criteria

    ·         Be a graduating senior  from a Sangamon County or adjacent County High School or a College student from that area who has successfully completed their freshman year.

    ·         Attending an accredited college or university in the coming fall as a full-time student.

    ·         During the last two years, involved in amateur theater, either on-stage, in a staff position, or in a backstage position including, but not limited to lighting, sound, set design and construction, costuming or makeup.

    Selection Criteria

                    ·         Preference shall be given to students planning to major in a Fine or Performing Arts program and their level of participation in local Community Theater including Lincoln’s New Salem Theater in                         the Park, The Springfield Muni Opera, Springfield Theatre Center, Hoogland Center For The Arts or other productions in Sangamon county or an adjacent county.

     

    The deadline for completed applications is June 30, 2020.

    The application form and additional information can be obtained by emailing:

    JJWScholarship2021@yahoo.com

     
    The Application form and Instructions are attached for your reference.  It is our intent to award the scholarship to the student who best meets the criteria of the Scholarship whether or not they have performed in Sangamon County venues.
     
    Please note that this is a new process and, although we have tested the forms and instructions, there may be issues with the submission process.  Therefore, we are providing you with personal contact information below so that you may assist students experiencing difficulties with their submission.  Completed Student Applications can be mailed to the address below.
     
    JJWScholarship
    c/o John Woodruff
    12800 Walnut Woods Dr.
    Pleasant Plains, Il - 62677
    (217) 899-5225

     

     

     

    Rotary Club of Hillsboro Scholarship  The Rotary Club of Hillsboro is accepting scholarship applications from graduating seniors.  The applicant must be enrolled or accepted as a full-time student at an accredited school pursuing a degree or a vocational certification.  Please review application for other criteria.  Application must be submitted to:

    Steve Cullison
    Cullison and Vandever Law Office
    PO Box 188
    Hillsboro IL. 62049

    by May 1st, 2020.  Address will be provided asap.

     

    Rotary Club of Hillsboro Scholarship (Word)

    Rotary Club of Hillsboro Scholarship (PDF)

     

    Hutton Scholarship  The Hutton Scholarship is a scholarship that is awarded to a graduating senior from one of five (5) high schools (Litchfield, Hillsboro, Raymond, Gillispie, or Mt. Olive). The balance of the money remaining in the scholarship fund is left to the committee to award to applicants who may be current graduates or continuing students. This is a NEEDS BASED scholarship that is awarded to a student who will be attending a college, trade school, or training that will lead to a professional degree, certification, or experience towards a future career. Applications must be mailed by the student to arrive at American Legion-Hutton Scholarship P.O. Box 1, Litchfield, IL  62056 no later than April 17.

     

    Hutton Scholarship (Word)

    Hutton Scholarship (PDF)

     

     

    Posted 3/02/20

     

    Nellie Mackey Teacher Education Scholarship  This $1000.00 award is presented annually to a deserving Hillsboro High School graduate through the generosity of the family of Nellie Mackey.  Mrs. Mackey taught in Irving Grade School and then at Beckemeyer Elementary School for 21 years.  This scholarship has been established in her memory.  Application needs to be submitted to HHS counseling office by March 31, 2020.

     

     

    Nellie Mackey Teacher Education Scholarship (Word)

    Nellie Mackey Teacher Education Scholarship (PDF)

     

     

    H.E. "Woody" and Catherine Woodruff Memorial Scholarship   This scholarship has been established as a tribute to H. E. “Woody”  and Catherine Woodruff for deserving Hillsboro High School graduates who wish to enter the fields of language (English or foreign) education or agriculture (with a priority given to forestry).  Long-time residents of Hillsboro, Woody and Catherine were loving and supportive parents who recognized the value of education and its powerful impact on society.  The scholarship has been established by their children, Kay Leone Woodruff Keys and Harold Robb Woodruff.  Application needs to be submitted to HHS counseling office by March 31, 2020.

     

    HE Woody and Catherine Woodruff Family Memorial Scholarship (Word)

    HE Woody and Catherine Woodruff Family Memorial Scholarship (PDF)

     

     

    Holly Harvey Memorial Scholarship The $500.00 Holly Harvey Memorial Scholarship will be awarded annually to a deserving Hillsboro High School senior pursuing training in the medical field. Holly Harvey served the Hillsboro community as both a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) for almost twenty years. Scholarship is due in the counseling office by February 21, 2020...reposted with a March 28, 2020 deadline.

     

    Holly Harvey Memorial Scholarship

    Holly Harvey Memorial Scholarship (PDF)

     

     

    Posted 3/01/20

     

    Leanne R. Harpole Memorial Scholarship This $500.00 Teacher Education Scholarship award is presented annually to a deserving Hillsboro High School senior.  Betty and Bill Harpole have generously established this scholarship to honor their late daughter, Leanne R. Harpole, who graduated from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale with a degree in Psychology.  Application needs to be submitted to HHS counseling office by March 27, 2020.

     

    Leanne R. Harpole Memorial Scholarship (Word)

    Leanne R. Harpole Memorial Scholarship (PDF)

     

     

    Mormino Foundation Scholarship  This award is presented to a deserving Hillsboro High School graduate through the generosity of 1950 HHS graduate Dr. Lawrence (Larry) Mormino of Cary, NC.  Dr. Mormino established this scholarship to provide graduating Hillsboro High School Seniors with an opportunity to obtain higher education in the field of their choice.  While at HHS, Mr. Mormino was active in the Hiltop yearbook, student council, Spanish Club, Latin Club, football, track, basketball, and baseball.  With 1,550 career points, he remains the boys’ points leader.  Larry Mormino attended Bradley University where he earned a four year scholarship and participated in the NIT.  He graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering.  He entered the Air Force and was trained as navigator in a C-130 transport plane, transporting cargo to troops in the war zone.  Mr. Mormino earned a Ph.D. from St. Louis University in 1980 with a degree in education.  He spent the rest of his career teaching at North Carolina State University as a Professor of Aerospace Science in the ROTC Program.  He fondly recalls his years at Hillsboro High School.  This scholarship is available to any graduating Hillsboro High School student.  Scholarship is due in the counseling office by March 27, 2020.

     

    Mormino Foundation Scholarship (Word)

    Mormino Foundation Scholarship (PDF)

     

     

    Rose Mormino Teacher Education Scholarship  The Rose Mormino Scholarship is awarded annually to a graduating senior from Hillsboro High School intending to go into the field of education. Miss Mormino taught grade two at Burbank School in Hillsboro for many years. She finished her career as a second grade teacher at the new Beckemeyer School in Hillsboro. This scholarship is awarded in the amount of $10,000 payable over 4 years to a graduate intending to go into teaching. The scholarship was established by family and friends in 2002. Additional scholarship of $1000.00 are available to applicants. Application is due in HHS counselor's office by March 27, 2020.

     

    Rose Mormino Teacher Education Foundation Scholarship (Word)

    Rose Mormino Teacher Education Foundation Scholarship (PDF)

     

     

    Hillsboro Educational Foundation Scholarship Scholarships ranging from $500-$1000 are presented annually to graduates of Hillsboro High School by the Educational Foundation. Funding for these scholarships is made possible by donations from alumni that are designed toward scholarships. Students that are submitting this application are applying to the following scholarships: Mary Ann Pretnar Memorial Scholarship; Robert Zimmerman Memorial Scholarship; Dkupabai Mekala Memorial Scholarship, as well as a number of Hillsboro Educational Scholarships provided by donations from alumni. This scholarship is available to any graduating Hillsboro High School student.  Scholarship is due in the counseling office by March 27, 2020.

     

    Hillsboro Educational Foundation Scholarships (Word)

    Hillsboro Educational Foundation Scholarships (PDF)

     

    Leona & Louis Huber Memorial Scholarship  The Leona and Louis Huber Memorial Scholarship has been established by their children to honor the memory of Leona and Louis.  Louis Huber was a long time State Farm Insurance Agent in Hillsboro.  He and his wife lived on a farm southeast of Hillsboro and raised their family there.  Louis and Leona were very active members in church and community affairs.  Mr. Huber was a community leader who, along with members of the Hillsboro Jaycees, performed many community events and improvements. This scholarship is available to any graduating Hillsboro High School student.  Scholarship is due in the counseling office by March 27, 2020.

     

    Louis T. and Leona G. Huber Memorial Scholarship (Word)

    Louis T. and Leona G. Huber Memorial Scholarship (PDF)

     

     

    Mercedes V. Lessman Memorial Scholarship  The Mercedes V. Lessman Memorial Scholarship has been established by her children to honor the memory of Mercedes Lessman.   Mrs. Lessman lived in the Hillsboro area her entire life and was a housewife, seamstress at the local dress factory and a well-known artist. Her paintings have been displayed in various venues where she won many awards.  She was a member of local art clubs and once served as the Grand Marshal of the annual Old Settlers parade in Hillsboro.  Mrs. Lessman lived on a farm southwest of Hillsboro. She was very active in community activities.    This scholarship is available to any graduating senior of Hillsboro High School.  Application is due in HHS counselor's office by March 27, 2020.

     

    Mercedes V. Lessman Memorial Scholarship (Word)

    Mercedes V. Lessman Memorial Scholarship (PDF)

     

     

    Posted 2/24/20

     

    Ellen McGurty Nursing Scholarship This annual scholarship for $500.00 is awarded to an individual planning to embark upon a nursing or medical profession. This award honors Mrs. Ellen McGurty, long-time nurse at Hillsboro Hospital. The goal of this scholarship is to enable a graduate to enter into a shortage occupation career. Application needs to be submitted to HHS counseling office by March 20, 2020.

     

    Ellen McGurty Memorial Scholarship (Word)

    Ellen McGurty Memorial Scholarship (PDF)

     

     

    Edward A. Goyak Scholarship This $1000.00 scholarship is given by Mrs. Elizabeth Goyak in honor of her late husband Edward. Mr. Goyak grew up in Taylor Springs. He graduated from Hillsboro High School. Mr. Goyak had an intense interest in government. This scholarship is designed to be awarded to an individual who wishes to study civics, government, or public affairs. Mrs. Goyak enjoys hearing from the recipient of the scholarship and is very interested in higher education for young people. Scholarship is due in the counseling by March 20, 2020.

     

    Edward A. Goyak Scholarship (Word)

    Edward A. Goyak Scholarship (PDF)

     

     

    Mel & Jacqueline Heselov Scholarship  A $1000.00 scholarship is given each year to honor Mel and Jacqueline Heselov of Hillsboro, Illinois. The scholarship was set up by a generous donation by the children of Mel and Jacqueline Heselov. Mr. Heselov owned and operated Heselov’s Style Shop for many years on the Main Street in Hillsboro.  This scholarship is for HHS graduating seniors who are pursuing a 4-year degree at an Illinois university or college.  Preference will be given to University of Illinois candidates. Scholarship is due in the counseling by March 20, 2020.

     

    Jacqueline and Mel Heselov Scholarship (Word)

    Jacqueline and Mel Heselov Scholarship (PDF)

     

     

    Posted 2/19/20

     

     

     

     

    Posted 2/16/20

     

    Miranda Singler Fine Arts Memorial Scholarship  This $1000 scholarship is awarded annually in memory of Miranda Singler, a 2006 graduate of Hillsboro High School.  It is given in celebration of her vibrant and adventurous spirit, kind nature, and her significant creative and artistic talents and achievements.  It may be used for tuition, fees, textbooks, and supplies for classes.  Preference will be given to a student with an interest in the arts.  Scholarship is due in the counseling office by March 31, 2020.

     

    Miranda Singler Fine Arts Memorial Scholarship (Word)

    Miranda Singler Fine Arts Memorial Scholarship (PDF)

     

    Donna Springer Memorial Scholarship  Mrs. Springer was a 1970 graduate of Hillsboro High School.  After receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and Music, she returned to Hillsboro and taught for 31 years in the Hillsboro District.  This $1000 scholarship has been established by Mrs. Springer’s husband, Dennis Springer, in her memory.  The scholarship may be used for tuition, fees, and books and is awarded annually to a deserving HHS graduate.  Because of her passion for music and the arts, priority will be given to students entering the fields of music, art, or elementary education.  Scholarship is due in the counseling office by March 31, 2020.

     

    Donna Springer Memorial Scholarship (Word) 

    Donna Springer Memorial Scholarship(PDF)

     

     

    Bledsaw Family Scholarship  Longtime resident, Betty Bledsaw, is a 1956 graduate of Hillsboro High School.  Ms. Bledsaw earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Education in 1960 and went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Education in 1978.  She taught for 33 years in Glen Carbon School.  She continues to serve students by volunteering to tutor students and by volunteering for the TEAL and GED programs at Lincoln Land Community College.  This $1000 Bledsaw Family Scholarship has been established by Ms. Bledsaw.  It may be used for tuition, fees, and books at an accredited college, university, or trade school.  Scholarship is due in the counseling office by March 31, 2020.

     

     Bledsaw Family Scholarship (Word)

     Bledsaw Family Scholarship (PDF)

     

     

     

    Posted 2/04/20

     

    AES Engineers Scholarship for Any and ALL

    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 5, 2020

    Further information, including previous winners, is available on our web site at:  http://www.aesengineers.com/scholarships.htm

     

    Posted 2/02/20

     

     

     

     

    Illinois Special Education Teacher Tuition Waiver (SETTW) Program

    If you are a teacher or an academically talented student pursuing a career in special education, you may be eligible for the Illinois Special Education Teacher Tuition Waiver Program if you teach at one of the following Illinois schools that has been approved by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE):

    • a nonprofit public, private or parochial preschool, or
    • a nonprofit public, private or parochial elementary school, or
    • a nonprofit public, private or parochial secondary school.

    This program will exempt you from paying tuition and mandatory fees at an eligible institution for up to four calendar years, provided you have not yet obtained an initial licensure in any area of special education. Mandatory fees are those assessed by a college to every full-time student for each term. Examples include fees for activities, facility operations, grants, health, registration, technology, transportation and others. The college determines fees that are considered mandatory.

    By receiving the tuition waiver, you must teach in Illinois in the field of special education. If this teaching commitment is not fulfilled, the amount of benefits received converts to a loan, and you must repay the entire amount plus interest. It is recommended that you monitor your college billing statements to keep track of the amount waived, in the unlikely event the tuition waiver converts to a loan. You can estimate the loan payments by accessing the Monthly Payment Estimates Calculator on this website. 

    SETTW recipients, including those who are pursuing or have secured a position as a Speech-Language Pathologist, should take note that in order to fulfill the teaching requirements, their position must be that of a “teacher”, as certified by their employing school official.  A “teacher” is defined as a person who provides direct classroom-type teaching or classroom-type teaching in a non-classroom setting.

    Accordingly, only if a Speech-Language Pathologist’s teaching position meets the above definition, and is certified as such by the school official, would the position be considered as fulfilling the SETTW teaching requirements.

     

     

     

    Posted 12/19/19

     

     Illinois Society of Professional Engineers Scholarship -The St. Clair Chapter of Illinois of the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers is offering college scholarships to graduating seniors who plan to study engineering.  In addition, to be eligible, the applicant must attend an engineering program at an Illinos or Missouri university or college that is ABET-accredited.  Several $1500 scholarship will be award to qualified students.  Applicant is responsible for delivering their application by April 17, 2020.

     

     
     
     
Last Modified on April 29, 2020