Seniors: Sherri McLaughlin 
Juniors:  Saumil Thakkar
Sophomores: Megan Waterstraat
Freshmen A-G : Saumil Thakkar
Freshmen H-P: Sherri McLaughlin
Freshmen Q-Z: Megan Waterstraat

Helpful websites:

Scholarship Deadline Information


1stIllinois AMVETS Scholarship Programs:   Information regarding numerous scholarships.  

1st - Lincoln Land Community College ScholarshipOne application for all foundation scholarships.

1st - The Illinois Odd Fellow and/or Rebekah Scholarship: 
​Need based scholarships.  Students must have a C average. Attend any post-secondary school including technical and vocational schools, community colleges, colleges, and universities.  

1st - Jacksonville Promise Scholarship:  "Last dollar" tuition assistance to all eligible students.  The amount of the award depends on the fundraising efforts.  Students must: lived in the District 117 area during 3 - 12 grades (additional K-3 years adds more dollars), attended Jacksonville, Routt, Westfair, 2.0 GPA, complete the FAFSA, be admitted to IC, LLCC, or MacMurray, complete the Jacksonville Promise Application available in Student Services.  

​1st - National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA) Scholarship Awards: ​To be eligible:  reside in Illinois or Missouri, high school graduating senior, full-time college student with priority given to those students majoring in business, transportation logistics, or physical distribution.  Mail application, transcript, SAT/ACT, two letters of recommendation, essay abut your chosen field of study and future career to:
     NDTA, Scott/St. Louis Chapter
     Attention:  Scholarship Committee
     P.O. Box 25486
     Scott Air Force Base, IL  62225-0486 

1st - 2018 Country Financial Community Scholarship: Current and former graduates of high schools in Sangamon, Menard, Macoupin, Montgomery, Cass, Morgan, and Greene counties who have demonstrated excellence in community service, have a GPA of 3.0 or higher on an non-weighted 4.0 scale, scheduled to attend college full-time, must be a 1st -4th year student in the fall.  

5th - Kathryn G. Hansen Scholarship: High School Seniors planning to pursue a degree in the office professional, secretarial, or business related fields at the University of Illinois, a resident of Illinois, U.S. citizen, and involvement in extracurricular and community activities.  

9th - Elks Association Physical and Occupational  Majors and Therapy Assistant Program:  Application available online beginning December 2017.  Submit the application to the local Elks Lodge.  

15thMcLain Family Scholarship:
JHS high school graduate planning to attend a college or trade school.  Financial need, grades, attitude and service are important factors in determining this award. 

15thHerman Dieckamp University of Illinois Scholarship: Accepted to U of I, complete FAFSA, complete scholarship application, scholarship based on merit, financial need, and the personal statement.  Emphasis will be given on personal statement.  Applications are available in Student Services. 

15th - Microsoft disAbility Scholarship: High school seniors with a disability planning to attend a 2 or 4 year college,   university or tech school that will major in engineering, computer science computer information systems, law, business, or a related field with at GPA of 3.0 or higher requiring financial assistance. 

15th -  EIU Scholarships 

19th - Future Leaders of Springfield Scholarship:  Robert Morris University incoming freshman leadership scholarship.

23rd - Jacksonville Rotary Scholarship: ​Service activities, leadership activities, two letters of recommendation, 300 word essay that describes intended major and plans after college. 

30th – Ladies Education Society Scholarship: 
Female graduating senior pursing a degree in education who demonstrates a financial need.  Write a letter requesting an application including: personal and family information,     academic record and work experience, future plans, estimated cost per year, and plans for meeting that cost.

30th - SDWCC Scholarship:  Catholic female high school senior.

31st - Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF):  High School seniors with Hispanic heritage.  Award amounts from $500 to $5000.

TBA – Cass-Morgan Farm Bureau Foundation: Member or dependent of Cass-Morgan Farm Bureau, enrolled in post-secondary school to study ag, exhibit potential for success, resident of Illinois.

TBA – IL. Division of Sons of Confederate Veterans, IL Society, Military Order of Stars & Bars: IL graduating senior, enrolling in jr. college, college or university, descendant of a male who honorably served, lineal family lines.



1st - The Valley of Springfield Scottish Rite Scholarships:  Several scholarships are available for high school seniors.

2nd – Helen C. and Orville N. Foreman Scholarship:
narrative of post-secondary plan,  list of school and community activities (hours served, offices, etc.)  Return form to Student Services.

7thNAACP Eric Woods Scholarship: U.S. citizen, accepted to a post-secondary school, one letter of recommendation from a teacher, two page essay, meet income requirements based on federal NAACP guidelines.  Contact Ruth Linear at with questions.

TBA – ILAVESNP (Illinois Association of Vocational Education Special Needs Personnel Scholarship: Identified as a special needs student pursuing post-secondary education for a career in vocational/technical area, enrolled in at least 12 credit hours.

16thRusty Vernor Award for Humanitarian and Academic Excellence in Mathematics and Computer Science: JHS graduating senior who has financial need and plans to further his or her education in math or computer science.

 16th -  Brandon Lee Bork Memorial College Scholarship: JHS graduating senior, 3.35 GPA minimum, participate in at least one JHS athletic team.

16th - Alfano/McKinnon Big Brother/Big Sister Memorial Scholarship: Member of JHS Bigs Program, volunteer at BBBS throughout school year, participate in Bowl for Kids Sake.

16th – Newton Bateman Scholarship: graduating senior, financial need, pursuing a degree in science, math, or technology at an accredited college or university.

20th – Leo Alfano Memorial Scholarship: JHS graduating senior, showing a passion for life, family, and friends, possessing leadership qualities, and showing a respect for administrators, teachers, and peers. 

30thBrenda J. Turner Memorial Scholarship: Mr. John’s School of Cosmetology full tuition scholarship. 

30th - Kid's Chance Inc:  College scholarships to children of workers seriously injured or killed on the job.


1st – Fran Center Robert Cleveland/Kenneth Dodge Memorial Scholarship:  
Awarded to a graduating high school senior with a determined specific learning disability that plans to attend a two or four year college or trade school, resident of IL, financial need, application, essay, IEP, letter of recommendation.

19th - Best Mattress Sleep Scholarship: Non-renewable $1,000 scholarship for tuition.  High School seniors or current college students, US citizens, high school diploma or GED, planning or enrolled in an accredited US post-secondary institution, 3.0 or higher GPA. is looking for creative video applications no longer than four minutes answering the questions: How important is sleep as a public health issue? and Describe your current relationship with sleep and the quality of that relationship.  Upload the video to with the title Best Mattress Reviews.  Create a single page google word doc answering a number of questions.   

25th – JEA (Jacksonville Education Association) Teacher Scholarship: a child of a JEA member who is a college junior, personal recommendations, essay of interest in entering into the field of education, school and community activities.

​25th - Bryan Cameron Education Foundation: ​Class of 2019: merit based, 4 year full-tuition.  3.7 GPA or higher, leadership, community service, and participation in extracurriculars with a desire to make a positive impact on the world around them. 

TBA – MCS Community Services Block Grant Scholarship:  ​Scholarships based on financial need, academics, community service, school and community activities.

TBA – Morgan County Garden Club Scholarship: High school graduate or college student with a 3.0 GPA majoring in a field of horticulture.  Email: or mail to the Morgan County Garden Club 
c/o Amanda Fox, P.O. Box 99, Woodson, IL  62695

TBA – Independent Order of Odd Fellows Scholarship: school, extracurricular, community service, work experience, hobbies/interests. 


30th - Allied Health Care Professional Scholarship Program: ​ Illinois Department of Public Health for  student studying to be nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and certified nurse midwives.  Financial need is a factor.  Illinois Department of Public Health Center for Rural Health at 217-782-1624 ask for Bronwyn Jones-Leach.




​31st - Aspiring Nurse Scholarship: Eligibility:  academic excellence in science and mathematics, a passion for nursing and the overall healthcare field.  Must be pursuing a degree in nursing and be a high school senior.  Go to  Click the banner on the right-hand side of the website homepage.





1st - Kid's Chance Inc:  College scholarships to children of workers seriously injured or killed on the job.



15th – National Co-Op Scholarship Program:  GPA 3.5 or higher, Apply at one of the WACE Partner Institutions, 200 word essay describing why you have chosen to pursue a college cooperative education program.  

General questions contact:  Marty Ford at

15th – DAR Good Citizen Scholarship Program Other State and National Scholarships offered through the DAR local chapter or national website.

15th– Illinois PTA Scholarship for Education: 
GPA 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, graduating 
Senior preparing to enter into education, completed application.

15th- Minority Teachers of Illinois Scholarship Illinois minority students pursuing a degree in teaching.  

16th - World Class Scholarship Program by Mediacom Communications​pplicant must live in an area that Mediacom services, include an essay, transcript, and two letters of recommendation.  

17th – St. Norbert College Music Scholarship:  Schedule an audition date between January 27th and February 17th

​17th - Beta Sigma Psi Educational Foundation Scholarship: ​ Apply for the Christian Leadership Award and/or the Martin Luther Scholarship. Applicants must be Lutheran men who will be starting college in the fall of 2018, confirmed members of the Lutheran church. 

​23rd - Delta Sigma Theta Sorority African American High School Seniors Scholarship: ​Graduating African American seniors with a GPA of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale and attending a four year college or university.   

28th - Farm Credit Scholarship:
  High school seniors considering a career in agriculture, food systems or natural resources - $2000 scholarship. 

28th – Bobby Hoffman Memorial Scholarship: attended JHS for 4 years, played JHS boys basketball for 3 years (one must be senior year), attending a junior college or 4-year college/university, trade school or military, examples of community service, embody Bobby’s super Crimson spirit.


  General Information

ISAC – Illinois Student Assistance Commission offers a free text messaging service where you can get your questions answered and receive important information about college planning events, financial aid, and deadlines.  Simply text your first and last name to 217-207-3265.  Visit

Memorial Health System is hosting a number of hands-on sessions open to high school and college students, community members, and Memorial employees interested in learning more about healthcare careers.  Sessions are designed to engage participants with current healthcare professionals in interactive settings with various stations.  The sessions are free and open to the first 40 registered individuals.  The first session launches on September 28th.  Learn more at under Students tab.


Lincoln Land Community College is offering credit courses at NO cost this fall semester: Landscape Lake Ecology, Agricultural Watershed Management, Landscape Lake Sampling, and Conservation Practices System.  For program information go to

Southeast Missouri State University is offering Show Me Days on: Oct. 7th, Nov. 11th, Nov. 13th, Feb. 17th, Feb. 19th and April 7th.  Schedule a tour at


C2C (Culture to Culture) is a study abroad or host a student exchange program.  Visit for more information about studying aboard or to learn more about hosting an exchange student.  C2C is a part of the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.  Scholarships are available for the study abroad program. 


Congress-Budestag Youth Exchange offers the experience of Germany by living with a host family and attending a local high school in Germany.  Students must be U.S. citizens, between the ages of 15 and 18.5, current high school student with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.  Applicants are accepted in the fall of each school year.  Scholarships are available.  Visit for more information.


The Child of a Veteran Grant is offered to any accepted child of a veteran on any of the University of Illinois campuses.  Check with the U of I financial aid office for an application.  It is a full tuition paid grant for four years as long as the student meets the GPA requirements.  

Columbia College is hosting two Nursing Pulse program's where you can learn which nursing program is right for you on Oct. 26th and March 13th.  Students will receive a $50 gas card upon arrival to the program.  Go to Columbia College website to rsvp. 

Samford University will host a one week Pharmacy Camp for interested high school students interested in pursuing a career in Pharmacy.  For more information visit 

Illinois State Police 100th Anniversary Logo Contest.  Deadline is March 1, 2018.  Logo must: be professional, state the 100th anniversary theme, all colors acceptable, be original work, and be nostalgic.  Send designs to  Cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

The Jacksonville Promise Scholarship Program is available to graduating seniors that have attended Jacksonville high schools for four years, demonstrate they have applied for other scholarships, completed the FAFSA, and maintained at least a 2.0 GPA.  The amount of each award varies.  Deadline TBA.  

Visit MacMurray on Feb 19th or March 24th.  For a reservation contact  Scholarship deadline is December 15th.  Apply by completing an application and the FAFSA, and submitting your transcript and SAT/ACT test scores.

The University of Illinois - Springfield offer the Capital Scholars Honors Program.  For more information talk to Cortney Trencevski at or call 217-206-7240.  

Are you planning to start at a community college and transfer to a four year college or university?  Go to to get valuable information and questions answered.

Discovery Days at Quincy University Nov. 18th and March 24th.  Go to to make a reservation. 

 Southern Illinois University in Carbondale is offering the following majors:  Dental Hygiene, Health Care Management, Mortuary Science and Funeral Science, Physical Therapist Assistant, Radiological Science.

Western Illinois University is hosting the Ralph Dirksen Tech Expo on Friday, April 6th and 13th from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.   Learn about degrees in: graphic communications, construction management, engineering technology, instructional design, and technology.  Demonstrations include: 3D printing, product design, graphics communications, robotics and manufacturing, computer aided drawing, and construction metalworking.  To register to to or call 309-298-1091.

The College Board launched the SAT Practice Recognition Award for students that increase their SAT score by 150 points or more and spend 10 or more hours on the official SAT Khan Academy Practice site.  Winners will be notified and can use the award on college applications and their resume to showcase their hard work.  Students learn by focusing on the knowledge and skills most essential to college while developing personalized study plans to pinpoint specific areas for improvement.  Email for more information.  

Mid-Central Illinois Regional Council of Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee will be taking applications for apprenticeships at 904 Brenkman Drive, Pekin, IL.  Monday through Friday at 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Requirements:  17 years of age or older, high school graduate or GED, physically able to do the work, live in Mid-Central Illinois, valid drivers license, and pass drug testing.

Imagine American is a scholarship site for students interested in trade/vocational schools.  Go to

MacMurray College announces the Central Prairie Award for high school students living and attending high school in a number of Illinois counties including Morgan County.  This $1,000 per year award is renewable to qualifying students.  Visit or go through the Common Application.  Questions can be direct to Tressman Goode at 217-479-7056 or 

Culver Stockton College will be hosting Preview Days on Feb. 3rd and Feb. 19th from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.  Students can sign up at  

SIUE Engineering Summer Camps will run two sessions from June 3-8, 2018 and June 10-15, 2018.  The program is open to current freshmen, sophomores, and junior high school students.  The fee for the program is $450 and includes accommodations, food, transportation, and all necessary materials/supplies.  The sponsor is Philips 66 Wood River Refinery.  For more information, go to  The deadline to apply is April 30, 2018.

Imagine America Scholarship Program is a non-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing career education in American.  Students interested in technical and vocational programs to go to the Imagine America website and complete an application at  

EIU will host Department Visit Days.  Students will get some one-on-one time with the department faculty of their choice and also meet with admissions, financial aid, housing and dining.  

Wed. March 28th:  Business and Applied Science
Mon. March 19th:  College of Arts and Humanities
Mon. March  5th:  College of Education & Professional Studies
Wed. April    4th:  College of Sciences

Contact EIU Admissions for an appointment.  

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