Local Scholarships

Information for local scholarships and select national scholarships is available in the College and Career Office and through the scholarship listing below. This list will continue to grow throughout the school year.

42. IMUA 2020 Scholarship Program

High School Seniors whose parents or legal guardians are residential customers of an Illinois Municipal Utilities Association (IMUA) member utility may submit written essays to win a $1,000 scholarship. Students should submit a complete application, transcript, and a 500 word essay by March 12, 2021.

41. Kane County Farm Bureau Foundation Scholarship

The Kane County Farm Bureau is now accepting applications for 2021-22 college scholarships. The objective of the KCFB Foundation's scholarship program is to assist students in pursuing higher education and agriculture-related jobs and careers. Scholarships are available to high school seniors and college students. Applications are available by calling KCFB at 630-584-8660 or emailing info@kanecfb.com. Students can apply for nine different scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $2,500 with one application. The application deadline is February 15, 2021.

40. CRCA Foundation Scholarship

The Chicago Roofing Contractors Association will award two $5,000 renewable scholarships to high school seniors entering college in the fall of 2021 in the following programs: liberal arts and sciences, engineering, architecture or business. The scholarship recipients will be selected on the basis of academic performance, faculty recommendation, extracurricular activities, employment experience and demonstrated interest in a productive career. Download an application here. Application deadline is March 5, 2021.

39. Township Officials of Illinois Scholarship Program

Since 1989 the Township Officials of Illinois Scholarship Fund has awarded funds to graduating seniors to continue their education at Illinois colleges and universities. A total of $331,500 has been awarded to 200 students. This year the Township Officials of Illinois will award seven $2,000 scholarships. A central component of the application is an essay. Applicants must complete a 500-word essay conveying their understanding of township government among the local government landscape in Illinois. Specifically, “The Role of Township Government in today’s Society and in the Future” and a summary of an interview with a township official. Download an application here or pick up a paper copy in the CCR Office. Application deadline is March 1, 2021.

38. Doris J.Hunt Memorial Scholarship

The Doris J. Hunt Memorial Scholarship is a $3,000 scholarship awarded to a high school senior woman from St. Charles School District 303 that is in good standing and interested in pursuing a college education in the Fall of 2020. Please submit completed applications by April 1, 2021.

37. Elgin Community College Foundation Scholarships

Seniors planning to enroll at ECC for the Fall 2021-2022 semester can apply for an ECC Foundation Scholarship available in three primary categories: career areas of study, academic and leadership excellence, and financial need. Applicants are required to have a minimum 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Over 200 scholarships are awarded each year with the average award amounting to $900. Approximately 80% of the students that applied by June 1st received at least one scholarship award last year. Complete the application online. Applications are accepted year-round. The first round of awards for the coming academic year begins in April. You may receive more than one scholarship from the ECC Foundation.

36. The Anna Daley "Fighting Saints" Memorial Scholarship

The Anna Daley "Fighting Saints" Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to one or more St. Charles East High School graduating senior(s) who is/are entering a college or university in the fall as a full-time student. Selection criteria will be based on, among other considerations, the extent to which the applicant's life reflects the values by which Anna Daley lived her life, including the applicant's integrity, ability to transcend life's challenges and make a positive difference in the lives of others, leadership, academic achievement, community service, spirituality, and participation in athletics or other extracurricular activities. The $1,000 scholarship will be made payable directly to the college or university of the selected applicant's choice. The application and all support materials must be postmarked no later than March 12, 2021.

35. Jan Bateman Willenborg P.E.O. Memorial Scholarship

To honor her memory, the family of Jan Bateman Willenborg have created a PEO Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $2,000 to be awarded every spring to a deserving young woman who is a senior high school student attending either St. Charles North, St. Charles East, Geneva or Batavia High School. Applicants should have a strong academic record, community/school involvement and a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Application deadline is April 1, 2021. Please return all application materials to caccrt91@gmail.com.

34. Tyler Brett Caruso Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established in memory of Tyler Brett Caruso, a student of St. Charles East High School who died unexpectedly in 2002. Tyler was a student leader, athlete, musician, and community activist. The criteria for the $1,000 scholarship is evidence of exemplary achievements in many of the following areas: academics, athletics, student leadership and school service, music, along with community leadership and service. Students must complete an application and provide a copy of their high school transcript with two letters of recommendation and a completed essay. Please visit the website for more information. Applications are due by April 15, 2021.

33. Thomas J. McBride Memorial Scholarship

This is a $1,000 fine arts scholarship opportunity. Interested students can pick up applications in the CCR Office. Please note that applicants must write an essay of no more than 200 words explaining why the applicant should receive this prestigious award. Return completed application materials to the CCR Office by Monday, April 12, 2021.

32. Illinois Odd Fellow-Rebekah Scholarship Program

The Independent Order of Odd Fellow and Rebekahs of Illinois, being aware of the financial need for many deserving students wishing to continue their education in any post-secondary school or accredited vocational/technical school, is pleased to announce the continuance of their 2021/2022 scholarship program. Applicants must have at least a “C” grade average, be a resident of Illinois, be a citizen of the United States and be able to demonstrate financial need. Applications must be completed and returned to the Grand Lodge Office no later than March 1, 2021.

31. The Cameron Pepera Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by Kevin, Judy, and Paige Pepera of Saint Charles, IL, in loving memory of their beloved son and brother, Cameron (August 2002-September 2015). The Pepera Family’s vision is to keep the memory of Cameron alive in the community and to help students in the area who may need additional support to have a fulfilling future after high school. Eligibility is restricted to students who are high school seniors graduating from St. Charles North and St. Charles East High Schools. Students must demonstrate a need for financial assistance. It is preferred that the students have participated in extracurricular activities during their high school years, i.e. sports, clubs, and/or volunteering. The application for a 2021-2022 scholarship has been linked from the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley website. The application will be available from November 23, 2020 through January 11, 2021. The deadline date and time for the 2021 Scholarship Program application submission is January 11, 2021 at 4:00 PM CST.

30. Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship

The Amazon Future Engineer scholarship program assists high school seniors who have completed an advanced placement computer science course, or who have taken an advanced placement computer science test and plan to continue their education at an accredited four-year college or university majoring in computer science, software engineering, computer engineering or other computer related field of study. Winners of the award receive $10,000 per year at an accredited four-year college or university as well as a paid summer internship at Amazon after their freshman year of college. Application deadline is February 18, 2021.

29. Hansen-Furnas Foundation Scholarship & William Carlyle Furnas Scholarship

The Hansen-Furnas Foundation has made their scholarship application available in the CCR Office or by email request to hansenfurnas@sbcglobal.net . Criteria for the general scholarship award is based primarily on financial need and academic scholarship. All applicants must live within a 12 mile radius of Batavia City Center (please see map in application packet) and be a United States citizen. Scholarship awards up to $3,000 maximum. Application deadline is March 1, 2021.

Applicants for the William Carlyle Furnas Scholarship must meet all of the requirements listed for the general scholarship above and be planning to enroll as a full-time student at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. The Application deadline is also March 1, 2021. Please direct any questions to Sandy Bahe at 630-761-1390 or hansenfurnas@sbcglobal.net .

28. Beta Sigma Psi Scholarship Program

The Beta Sigma Psi Educational Foundation has announced a $3,000 scholarship given out to a Christian male freshman attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Fall 2021. The application is due by March 20, 2021 at 11:59PM. Runner-ups may be eligible for $500. There is no obligation to join Beta Sigma Psi or be related to a member of the fraternity to receive this award. If you have any questions email UIUCscholarship@betasigmapsi.org

27. The St. Charles Education Foundation Merit Scholarships

The St. Charles Education Foundation annually awards scholarships to one or more graduating seniors at each of the two high schools, St. Charles East and St. Charles North. The monetary value of each scholarship will be a minimum of $1,000. In order to qualify, seniors are expected to further their education at a 2-year or 4-year college or university, vocational school or post high school institution of higher learning. The scholarships are a one-time non-renewable award which will be granted on the basis of overall merit. The scholarship applications are available in the CCR Office and www.stced.org . Winners of the scholarships will be announced at the Senior Awards Night in May. Application deadline is March 10, 2021.

26. DAR Scholarship

The Elias Kent Kane Chapter of the National Society of the American Revolution has announced a $1,000 scholarship opportunity to a senior planning on attending a 2 year or 4 year college or technical school on a full time basis in the fall. Interested students will hand write a 500-600 word essay answering the question "Why I should be the recipient of the DAR scholarship?" You should submit the cover sheet and the handwritten essay by the application deadline of March 1, 2021. Please direct any questions to Rosemary Caldwell at 630-584-3546.

25. IACAC Scholarships

The Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling has recently announced that they will award ten $1,000 scholarships to students who plan on pursuing a college or university education. These scholarships are awarded to deserving students who exhibit a commitment to learning and have demonstrated involvement in their schools, the community and/or service to others, with a motivation to achieve personal goals. The application process is entirely online with a deadline of Friday, February 5, 2021. If you have any questions, please reach out to the Scholarship Committee Chairs at scholarship@iacac.org .

24. Kayla’s Hope Scholarship Fund

Kayla's Hope Scholarship Fund was created by Hans, Ruthie and Hannah Lehmann of Saint Charles, IL to honor the life of their beautiful daughter and sister, Kayla Brooke Lehmann (April 5, 2003- April 7, 2018). Scholarships in the amount of $1,000 are awarded to 2 graduates of St. Charles East High School and 2 graduates St. Charles North High School who will continue their education studying music, literature, psychiatry or psychology. The application for a 2021-2022 scholarship has been linked from the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley website. The application will be available from November 23, 2020 through January 11, 2021. The deadline date and time for the 2021 Scholarship Program application submission is January 11, 2021 at 4:00 PM CST.

23. Paramount Tall Club of Chicago

The Paramount Tall Club of Chicago awards one $750 scholarship to a graduating high school senior who lives in the Chicagoland area, meets the height requirements of the club (5’10” for females and 6’2” for males), and plans to attend either a 2 or 4 year college next fall. The recipient of the PTC local scholarship will be nominated for the Tall Clubs International scholarship for its $1,000 Kae Sumner Einfeldt & Virginia Linquist Winker scholarships. The 2021 PTC application is available online at: http://www.tallclubchicago.org/scholarship. The application deadline is February 12, 2021.

22. PB&J Scholarship

The PB&J Scholarship is a $500-$1,000 award for students who have experienced personal challenges that may not have allowed them to perform well academically, but who still have the drive to succeed. Examples of personal challenges include, but are not limited to: medical issues; peer issues: bullying, change of school, minority status, etc.; family issues: divorce, death, lack of income, homelessness, foster care, abuse, etc. Applications are open to high school seniors seeking to attend a 2-year or 4-year accredited college in the U.S. Direct any questions to Traven Watase at 808-450-9988 or traven@pbjscholarship.org. Application deadline is 12/31/20.

21. Richard A.Maass Memorial Scholarship

The American Society for Quality-Fox Valley Section 1208 has announced the availability of the Richard A. Maass Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship will fund one year of undergraduate tuition and fees up to a maximum of $2,000 to the university or college attended by the successful applicant. The successful applicant will be selected on the basis of academic achievement, community service, outstanding essay on the importance of quality products and/or services to the future of our country, and financial need. Complete instructions are available in the CCR Office or at the link provided above. The application deadline is Saturday, March 6, 2021.

20. The Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship

Through its Mentoring and Leadership Development Program, the Jackie Robinson Foundation provides scholarships of up to $30,000 over four years to minority high school students showing leadership potential and demonstrating financial need to attend an accredited 4-year college or university of their choice. The deadline for applications is February 1, 2021.

19. Gold Star Mission Scholarship Fund

The Gold Star Mission awards $1,000 scholarships to individuals who exemplify selfless service and honor our Fallen Heroes. Scholarships can be used to subsidize the costs of tuition, school books, fees, on-campus room and board, approved educational tutoring, and other educational expenses deemed appropriate by the student’s school and approved by the GSM scholarship committee. The application deadline is January 15, 2021.

18. Community Foundation 2021 Scholarship Program

Since 1948, the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley has awarded over $17 million in scholarships. The Community Foundation offers over 200 plus scholarship opportunities to students who will attend an accredited institution of higher education within the United States of America during the 2020-2021 academic year. The application window will open on November 23, 2020 and close on January 11, 2021 at 4:00 PM CST. If you need assistance, please contact the CFFRV Scholarship Team at scholarship@cffrv.org or 331-208-9421.

17.Delta Kappa Gamma--Beta Theta Chapter Recruitment Grant

Delta Kappa Gamma is an international society whose mission is to promote the professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education. The local Beta Theta Chapter has recently announced a grant opportunity in the amount of $1,000 for a senior female student from the Fox Valley area who plans to enter the field of education. The $1,000 grant will be encumbered at the college or university of her choice for use toward tuition, textbooks, or lab fees. Click the link above or visit the CCR Office for application materials. Application deadline is January 9, 2021. If you have questions, you may contact Beta Theta member, Peggy Bauer at jpbauer4@comcast.net or call 630-263-6318.

16. KT Memorial Scholarship

The KT Memorial Scholarship is a $500 award given to a STCE Senior student who is in need of financial assistance and has been accepted to a technical program, two-year junior college or four-year college for the 2020-2021 school year. Interested applicants should have a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 5.0 scale. All required application materials should be returned to Mrs. Hofer in the College & Career Office by the March 1, 2021 deadline.

15. Evans Scholarship

The Evans Scholarship is a full tuition and housing college scholarship for high-achieving caddies with limited financial means. To qualify, caddies must meet the requirements of having a strong caddie record, excellent academics, demonstrated financial need and outstanding character.

Scholarship applications are accepted at the beginning of an applicant’s senior year of high school, as well as from college freshmen.

The entire application – including supporting documents like evaluations, recommendation letters, transcripts, test scores, a CSS profile and FAFSA information – are expected to be completed by October 30. The Scholarship Committee will begin its review when the application is complete. The Committee will interview finalists, and the final selection rests with the Committee. All decisions will be finalized by April 1.

14. Ron Brown Scholar Program

The mission of the Ron Brown Scholar Program is to advance higher education and improve the lives of public service-minded and intellectually gifted African Americans and to accelerate their progress into impactful leadership roles and opportunities. Awards are renewable $10,000 scholarships. Application deadline is 1/9/21.

13. Elks National Foundation Scholarship Program

The Elks National Foundation will award 500 four-year scholarships to the highest-rated applicants in the 2020 competition. Most Valuable Student scholarships are for students pursuing a four-year degree, on a full-time basis (minimum of 12 semester hours), in a U.S. college or university. All scholarships are in the form of certificates of award conditional upon the full-time enrollment of the winner in an accredited U.S. college or university. Male and female students compete separately. Awards range from $1,000 per year to $12,500 per year. The Chicago office of the Elks National Foundation will announce the 2020 500 national winners in late April 2020. (Many local Lodges, districts and state Elks associations award their own scholarships through this program. These scholarships are not to be confused with the 500 Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Scholarships.) Application deadline is 11/15/20.

12. Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship Foundation

The Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program is the largest undergraduate scholarship program available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend the nation’s best four-year colleges and universities. In addition to the monetary award, Cooke Scholars receive comprehensive educational advising, significant cohort-based programming, and graduate school funding, as well as a thriving network of nearly 2,500 fellow Cooke Scholars and alumni.

Each award is intended to cover a significant share of the student’s educational expenses – including tuition, living expenses, books and required fees. Awards (up to $40,000) vary by individual, based on the cost of tuition as well as other grants or scholarships he or she may receive. Key requirements include: Unweighted GPA of 3.5 or above. SAT score of 1200 or above, or ACT score of 26 or above. Demonstrated financial need and family income up to $95,000. Application deadline is 10/30/20.

11. Greenhouse Scholars

Applications are now open for eligible high school seniors that have demonstrated outstanding leadership, served his or her community, shown accountability and overcome obstacles to pursue a higher education. To be considered eligible students must be planning to attend a 4-year accredited institution, have an un-weighted GPA of 3.5 or higher and demonstrate financial need (annual household income no greater than $70,000). Application Part I Deadline is 11/1/20 and the Part II deadline is 11/19/20 and early submissions are highly encouraged.

10. Illinois Chemical Education Foundation

Every spring the Illinois Chemical Foundation presents multiple scholarships to Illinois high school and undergraduate science students. The $2,000 scholarships are presented to students who demonstrate academic excellence in the pursuit of a science-related career. Applicants must be an Illinois resident and planning to attend a post-secondary institution located in Illinois. Please submit your application materials postmarked no later than Friday, February 19, 2021 and received by Wednesday, February 24, 2021. Additional Information on the Scholarship Program and ICEF can be found at www.cicil.net or by contacting Lisa Frede, ICEF/CICI at 847-544-5995.

9. Dell Scholars

Dell Scholars is a scholarship and college-completion program that nurtures and empowers students on their path to a college degree. Applicants must be enrolled in an approved college-readiness program, such as AVID, demonstrate financial need, be eligible for the Pell Grant, have a 2.4/4.0 G.P.A. and plan to enroll full-time at an accredited higher education institution in the pursuit of a bachelor's degree in the fall directly following high school graduation. Interested applicants should complete the application by December 1, 2020 deadline.

8. Imagine America Scholarship

The Imagine America Scholarship program offers high-school seniors or recent graduates planning to attend a trade school or career and technical college an opportunity to earn a $1,000 scholarship. Please click the link above or stop by the College & Career Office for more information.

7. Temple Hoyne Buell Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is offered to incoming freshman males who will be attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the Fall, 2021 semester. Three $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to those applicants that best exemplify the ideals of the Chi Psi Fraternity intellectually, morally, and socially. Acceptance into the fraternity is not required. Application deadline is May 15, 2021. Visit https://azdchipsi.org/buell/ or the CCR office for a copy of the application.

6. The Heisman High School Scholarship

The 2020 application for The Heisman High School Scholarship program presented by Acceptance Insurance is currently open. All eligible High School students graduating as part of the class of 2021 are encouraged to apply. Applicants will have the chance to win scholarships from $500 up to a $5,000 college scholarship along with the possibility of attending and being highlighted during the ESPN televised Heisman Trophy Presentation Ceremony. Community-minded scholar-athletes can learn more and apply at https://heismanscholarship.com. The application deadline is October 20, 2020.

5. College Board Opportunity Scholarships

Class of 2021: The College Board has created a program that allows you to earn the opportunity for scholarship dollars based on your initiative and effort as you complete key steps along your path to college. Steps include: 1) Build Your College List: $500 2) Practice for the SAT: $1,000 3) Improve Your Score: $2,000 4) Strengthen Your College List: $500 5) Complete the FAFSA: $1,000 6) Apply to Colleges: $1,000. If you complete all six steps, you would then be eligible for the Complete Your Journey Scholarship: $40,000. The scholarship deadline is February 28, 2021. The College Board will be awarding a total of $5 million to 4,000 students in the class of 2020. Students in the Class of 2022 will be eligible in late 2020. For more information, please see the Official Rules.

4. PEO Star Scholarship

P.E.O. is a philanthropic organization that supports educational opportunities for women. THE PEO Chapter OB of St Charles is looking for resumes to select one senior woman for the Star Scholarship. Interested senior women should send a resume to Mrs. Heide Hughes: hughesterra@aol.com. The resume should include your GPA, SAT or ACT scores, school involvement, and volunteer activities inside and outside of school. Please also include your career goals and any work history. The Scholarship amount is $2500 and the application deadline is October 1, 2020.

3. Golden Apple Scholars Program

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. Follow this link to apply now. Priority deadline: December 15, 2020. Final Deadline: April 1, 2021 For questions, please contact scholars@goldenapple.org.

2. Horatio Alger Scholarship

The Horatio Alger Association seeks to assist students who have demonstrated integrity, perseverance in overcoming adversity, strength of character, financial need, a good academic record, commitment to pursue a college education, and a desire to contribute to society. Scholarship awards range from $10,000 to $25,000. Students can apply online at scholars.horatioalger.org. Application deadline is October 25, 2020.

1.Voice of Democracy

The Voice of Democracy is the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ premier scholarship program. Each year nearly 40,000 high school students compete for more than $2 million in scholarships and incentives, with a top prize of $30,000. Students compete by writing and recording an audio essay on an annual patriotic theme. The 2020-2021 audio-essay competition topic is: Is This the Country the Founders Envisioned?. The Voice of Democracy is open to students in grades 9-12. All entries should be submitted to the CCR Office or the local St. Charles VFW Post 5036 by the October 23, 2020 deadline. Rules and criteria for submitting your application are attached here.