CUSD#5 Guidance Counselor

Upcoming Events:
FAFSA Opens: October 1st

Woodland Community  Scholarship Application Due: March 1, 2021

IVCC Foundation Scholarships Due: Feb 11, 2021

Woodland Community Scholarship Application (please download before editing)

Acorn Equality Fund Scholarship: Scholarships range from $1000 to $4000.  The Acorn Equality Fund is a grassroots organization that provides scholarships for Gay, Lesbian,Bisexual, and Transgender (GBLT), persons, their children, and allies in Illinois' downstate counties.  Applications are available at acornequalityfund.org  Deadline: September 18, 2020
Golden Apple Award: Up to $23,000 in financial assistance for college, inclusive of paid Scholar InstitutesExtensive classroom teaching experience, Academic and social-emotional support, job placement assistance, Mentoring from our award-winning teaching faculty.  To Be Eligible:Students attending Illinois schools who are high school seniors, freshmen/sophomores in college and community college students, Illinois resident, U.S. citizens, eligible non-citizens, or Illinois Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students, Please note: Standardized test scores are optional and not required for acceptance to the program this year. If Interested please see Mrs. Lee so she can recommend you. 
Chesbro/Cushman/Kyser Scholarship: evaluation of qualified applicants are based upon but not limited to ACT/SAT scores, GPA, References, School and Community Activities, the Essay, Honors, and Academic Aspirations.  Preference will be given to applicants who plan to physically attend a 4 year academic program on a full time basis.  Application can be picked up in Mrs. Lee's office.  DEADLINE: March 1, 2021
TEACH Scholarship: TEACH Outdoors, Inc. NFP is awarding an educational scholarship for the 2021-2022 school year in the amount of $1000.00. The scholarship will be awarded directly to a student who is furthering his or her
education by attending college, a university or trade school. All applications received will be considered
for this award. TEACH Outdoors Executive Board Members and the immediate families of board
members are not eligible for the scholarship. Eligibility Applicants must meet the following criteria:
1. Applicant must complete, sign and date the 2 page Scholarship Application.
2. Applicant must submit an essay (being 1-2 pages typed). Essay topic: Explain how your
experience during the COVID pandemic has positively impacted your relationship with the Great
3. Applicant must reside in Illinois in one of the listed counties; Bureau, Ford, Grundy, Henderson,
Henry, Iroquois, Kankakee, Kendall, Knox, La Salle, Livingston, Marshall, Mercer, Peoria, Putnam,
Rock Island, Stark, Warren, Will or Woodford County.
4. Applicant must be enrolled in or applying for enrollment as a full-time student in an accredited
college, university or trade school. In the Fall of 2021, applicant must be a Freshman or
Sophomore in college or trade school.
5. Applicant must have a minimum of 3.0/4.0 or 3.75/5.0 GPA and provide proof of GPA.
Documentation provided must have the applicants name on it.
6. Scholarship winner must attend the TEACH Outdoors Annual Scholarship Dinner to be awarded
with the scholarship. The dinner will be March 20, 2021 at TEACH Outdoors Headquarters in
Morris, IL.
DEADLINE: January 15, 2021  See Mrs. Lee for application or go to www.teachoutdoors.com!
Illinois Chemical Education Foundation Scholarships: There are two different scholarships offered to seniors who wish to pursue a degree in chemistry, chemical engineering, environmental engineering, or HS chemistry teaching. Both scholarships are for $2000.00  Application can be picked up in Mrs. Lee's office.   DEADLINE: Feb  24, 2021
Pheasants Forever Scholarship: $500.00 scholarship which is open to all students graduating form HS in Livingston County.  Criteria include: GPA of c+ or better, involvement in hunting or interest in wildlife conservation, involvement in extracurricular activities, and community service. Applications can be picked up in Mrs. Lee's office  DEADLINE: Feb 20, 2021
PEO Sisterhood Scholarship: PEO is a Philanthropic Organization which helps "Women Celebrate the Advancement of Women in Education" the Streator chapter is awarding a $300.00 scholarship to a graduating senior woman from either Streator or Woodland HS.   Selection will be based on Academic Achievement, Leadership, and Community Involvement.  Applications can be picked up in Mrs. Lee's office   DEADLINE: March 13, 2020
SOCU Scholarship: SOCU will be awarding 5 $500 scholarships as well as 3 $250 scholarships.  To be eligible must be a member in good standing of SOCU by April 1, 2021, must enroll in an accredited college, university, or trade school, have a 2.0 GPA, and attend school in year listed.  You may pick up an application in Mrs. Lee's office   DEADLINE: April 1, 2021
American Farmers Grow Ag Leaders Scholarship: $1500 scholarship to students pursuing an ag-related field of study.  From agribusiness, to drone piloting, to welding, the possibilities for careers in ag are endless.  To apply visit www.AmericsFarmers.com   DEADLINE: January 14, 2021
Illinois State Historical Society: Verna Ross Orndorff Scholarship: $1000 for the best 1500 word essay written by an IL high school senior on the subject of Abraham Lincoln or the Civil War era in Illinois.  For more information please go to www.historyillinois.org  DEADLINE: January 15, 2021
2021 Conservation Achievement Scholarship: Encourages the next generation of leaders to preserve and enhance a sustainable outdoor environment. Up to four one time scholarships of $2000 are given to outstanding high school seniors in IL who have demonstrated effective, voluntary, and long term dedication to preservation, protection, enhancement and/or promotion of Il natural resources.  DEADLINE March 1, 2021 Application can be found at https://ilconservation.org/What-We-Do/Scholarship
Streator Masonic Lodge: Duane R. Beal Annual Scholarship:  Open to all Woodland HS students.  Application can be picked up in Mrs. Lee's office.   DEADLINE: April 1, 2021
Zonta : Young Women in Public Affairs Award: Open to Woodland Female students who have active commitment to volunteerism, experience in local government, scho0l government, or  workplace leadership, volunteer leadership achievements, or knowledge and support of the Zonta programs.  Applications can be picked up in Mrs. Lee's office  DEADLINE: February 12, 2021
Independent Order of Odd Fellows Scholarship: You do not need to be associated with the organization to apply but must be in IL resident and a US citizen.  Applications can be picked up in Mrs. Lee's office or  at www.ioof-il.org  DEADLINE: March 1, 2021
Arvetta M. Lewis Scholarship: This scholarship has been set up to assist graduating high school seniors that reside in Ford or Livingston Counties and plan to attend the University of  Illinois majoring in an agricultural field.  Applications can be picked up in Mrs. Lee's office.  DEADLINE: May 3, 2021
Illinois Agriculture  Association Foundation Scholarship: Offering 78 scholarships totaling $124,000.  You can apply online at www.iaafoundation.org   DEADLINE: Feb 15, 2021


The United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) Washington Week will be held online the week of March 15, 2021.  The exact timeframe of the program is to be decided. Two students from each state will be selected to attend the online program and each will receive a $10,000 undergraduate college scholarship. Students may qualify to apply through leadership positions they currently hold per the USSYP official criteria for the current 2020-2021 academic year. If students are unable to hold leadership positions this year due to the pandemic, they can submit the position they held during the 2019-2020 academic year. All student leadership qualifying positions are subject to the judgement of the state selection administrator and will be verified and confirmed.

Upon successful completion of Washington Week, finalists are provided a $10,000 scholarship. The Hearst Foundation requires that to obtain scholarship funds, a student must participate in the Washington Week program and use the funds within four years of enrollment at an accredited U.S. college or university. Students are encouraged to include history, political science, or related subjects in their undergraduate program.

Please click here for the USSYP ApplicationPDF Document. For a description of the program and associated rules, view the brochurePDF Document
The following eligibility requirements are set forth by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation.

For additional questions, contact Ms. Liz Hiler, Principal Consultant, Illinois State Board of Education, 100 North First Street, North First Street, N-253 Springfield, IL 62777-0001.​​​


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