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.

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2023-24 Scholarships

** Scholarships in black text are active. Scholarships in orange text are NOT active.**

1. The 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 2023-2024 audio-essay competition topic is: What are the greatest attributes of our Democracy?  The Voice of Democracy is open to students in grades 9-12. Please contact Richard Zawislak (richard.zawislak@yahoo.com) for details on how to submit your entry. All entries should be submitted to the local St. Charles VFW Post 5036 by October 27, 2023 in order to meet the national deadline. Rules and criteria for submitting your application are attached here. 

2. Heisman High School Scholarship Program

The Heisman High School Scholarship program honors hundreds of the nation’s most accomplished, community-minded high school senior athletes each year. This year, the college scholarship amounts have been doubled, increasing support for each student-athlete’s education. The program will recognize a winner from each high school that has student participation. The top male and female applicants from each state will be awarded $1,000. State winners will move on for the chance to become a national finalist and win at least $2,000. Of the national finalists, a male and a female will be selected as the winner of the $10,000 National Heisman High School Scholarship. Community-minded scholar-athletes can learn more and apply at https://heismanscholarship.com.  the application deadline is October 17, 2023.

3. Big Future Scholarships 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. Earn entries in monthly drawings for $500 and $40,000 scholarships by completing steps to plan for college. The sooner you start and the more steps you complete, the more chances you’ll have to win. Every month, Big Future selects two $40,000 winners and hundreds of $500 winners who complete one or more steps. Class of 2024 drawings begin February 1, 2023 and end in February, 2024.

4. PEO Star Scholarship-MW Chapter

P.E.O. is a philanthropic organization that supports educational opportunities for women. THE PEO local chapter MW of St Charles is looking for qualified applicants to select one senior woman for the Star Scholarship. Interested senior women should complete the linked application and send a copy of your transcripts to Ms. Sharon Anderson at andersonschmal@gmail.com.  The Scholarship amount is $2500 and the application deadline is September 12, 2022. 

5. 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. Demonstrated financial need and family income up to $95,000. Application deadline is November 16, 2023.

6. Northwestern Medicine Medical Staff Scholarship

The Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital Medical Staffs are pleased to offer six (6) well-

deserving students, who reside in the hospitals’ communities, a scholarship in the amount of

$2,500. The scholarship may be renewed for three additional years for up to a total of $10,000*.

Scholarship applicants must be able to demonstrate the following:

Please return this application along with the following items by March 15, 2024 to be considered

for the scholarship.

med major, your plans for the future and the impact you hope to have in the medical field

The application and supporting documentation must be returned via email to: MSO-West@nm.org

Please call 630-933-6007 with any questions.

7. PEO Star Scholarship-OB Chapter

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 and any letters of recommendation 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, work history, prospective school(s) you would like to attend, and your intended major.  The Scholarship amount is $2500 and the application deadline is September 30, 2022. 

8. 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 1, 2023.  Final deadline: April 1, 2024 For questions, please contact scholars@goldenapple.org.

9. Greenhouse Scholars

Applications are now open for eligible high school seniors that have demonstrated outstanding leadership, served their 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). Round 1 application deadline is November 21, 2023.

10. Elks National Foundation Scholarship Program

The Elks National Foundation will award 500 four-year scholarships to the highest-rated applicants in the 2024 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 500 national winners in late April 2024. (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.) The application deadline is November 13, 2023.

11. Community Foundation Scholarship Program 

Since 1948, the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley has awarded over $20 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 2024-2025 academic year.  The application window will open on October 30, 2023 and will close on January 31, 2024. If you need assistance, please contact Beth Christoffel at 630-896-7800. 

12. 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. The application window opens on October 1, 2023.  Interested applicants should complete the application by December 1, 2023 deadline. 

13. 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 15. 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. Please direct all questions to applications@wgaesf.org

14. 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.

15. 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 2024-2025 scholarship has been linked from the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley website. The application will be available from October 30, 2023 through January 31, 2024.

16. The Cameron Pepera Memorial Scholarship Fund 

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 2024-2025 scholarship has been linked from the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley website. The application will be available from October 30, 2023 through January 31, 2024. 

17. The Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship

The Coca-Cola Scholars Program scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to students in their final year of high school. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. With the 35th class in 2023, the Foundation has provided over 6,600 Coca-Cola Scholars with more than $78 million in educational support. 150 Coca-Cola Scholars are selected each year to receive this $20,000 scholarship. Apply here through October 2, 2023. 

18. 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 2, 2024. 

19. 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. Applicant 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, March 8, 2024 and received by Wednesday, March 13, 2024. 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. 

20. 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. The program awards approximately 50 renewable $10,000 scholarships each year. Click here for more details. The application deadline is December 1, 2023.

21. Gold Star Mission Scholarship Fund-opens 11/1

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 February 1, 2024.

22. 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 31, 2024. If you have questions, you may contact Beta Theta member, Peggy Bauer at jpbauer4@comcast.net or call 630-263-6318. 

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

To honor her memory, the family of Jan Bateman Willenborg has created a PEO Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $3,000 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. The application deadline is March 15, 2024. Please return all application materials to jbwillenborgscholar@gmail.com. 

24. Stig P. Orum Memorial Scholarship

The Stig P. Orum Foundation's mission is to promote the betterment of young people and the safe-keeping of human lives; to encourage education, leadership, and respect of humanity and the environment, in the spirit of Stig P. Orum. If you are applying for an educational scholarship, students must be full or part time and provide proof of financial need; a letter of recommendation, an official high school transcript and ACT/SAT scores are also required. The application must be postmarked no later than by February 28th to be considered.  Applications may be sent to: Stig P. Orum Foundation; P.O. Box 506; St. Charles, IL 60174 

25. University of the Aftermarket Foundation Scholarships

Over 400 scholarships are available for the 2024-25 academic year to students training to become automotive, heavy duty or collision repair technicians, as well as those studying engineering, accounting, business or other courses of study. Graduating high school seniors, full-time post-secondary students, and former recipients are welcome to apply. Each completed application is considered for all scholarships where the student meets the qualifications. The application deadline is March 31, 2024

26. The Geneva Lions Club Scholarship is awarded to graduating high school seniors residing within the Geneva Lions Club service area of Geneva and St. Charles. As an organization dedicated to service, the scholarship is designed to reward and promote a commitment to service. Therefore, the community service component is heavily weighted. Additional criteria include:1) Graduating senior residing within Geneva or St. Charles. 2) Attend a four-year college or university, starting no later than the fall semester following high school graduation 3) GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or 4.0 on a 5.0 scale (a B average)

The application deadline is March 1, 2024. Download the Scholarship Application Form here. It is preferred that you scan and email your completed application to: scholarship@genevalionsclub.org If unable to scan, please mail the completed application, along with a transcript, to: Geneva Lions Club Scholarship Committee; PO Box 382; Geneva IL 60134-0382. 

27. The Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship-opens in September

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 January 10, 2024.

28. Save Abandoned Babies Foundation Scholarships

The Save Abandoned Babies Foundation is offering five $1000 scholarships to Illinois seniors who will attend a college or trade school in the fall of 2023. With this scholarship opportunity, we hope to increase their awareness of the Illinois Newborn Infant Protection Act, often referred to as the Baby Safe Haven Law and at the same time have an opportunity to win a scholarship to further their education. This year we are asking students to create a TikTok video of 30-60 seconds in length that demonstrates a creative, factual, educational message about the Illinois Baby Safe Haven Law. Applications and videos are due by March 1, 2023

29. The Doris J. Hunt Memorial Scholarship

The Doris J. Hunt Memorial Scholarship Committee is offering two scholarships this year--a $2,500 award to ECC or a trade school and a $5,000 award to a 4 year college or university. Scholarships will be awarded to a high school senior woman from St. Charles East High School that is in good standing, in need of financial assistance, and interested in pursuing a four-year college, community college or a trade school in the Fall of 2024. Please submit the completed application and essay by March 18, 2024.

30. Rosemary Caldwell College Scholarship/DAR Scholarship

The Elias Kent Kane Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution has announced the Rosemary Caldwell $1,000 college scholarship opportunity to a senior planning on attending college on a full time basis in the fall. Interested students will write a 400-500 word essay answering the essay prompt, "The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is a service organization with a focus on historical preservation. In your own words, during the course of your educational career, what was the most important thing you learned in any of the history courses you have taken?" The application deadline of February 15, 2024. Please direct any questions to EliasKentKaneScholarship@gmail.com .

31. SCEA Future Educator Scholarship

The St. Charles Education Association is sponsoring up to four $1,000 scholarships to be applied to tuition or related expenses for seniors that intend to major in education at the college of their choice next fall. Completed applications must be returned by March 15, 2024 to the: SCEA Scholarship Committee c/o Jennifer Adam, 2560 Foxfield Road, St. Charles, IL 60174. 

32. SCEA Apple From the Tree Scholarship

The St. Charles Education Association is sponsoring up to four $1,000 scholarships to be applied to tuition or related expenses for seniors that intend to pursue a collegiate education next fall. Completed applications must be returned by March 15, 2024 to the: SCEA Scholarship Committee c/o Jennifer Adam, 2560 Foxfield Road, St. Charles, IL 60174. 

33. Horatio Alger Scholarships (Juniors & Seniors) 

In keeping with the mission of the Horatio Alger Association, the scholarship programs provide financial assistance to students throughout the nation who have significant financial needs and have exhibited integrity and perseverance in overcoming personal adversity. The scholarships are given to deserving students each year and range in award values from $10,000 to $25,000.

This year the focus of the National & State Scholarship Programs has shifted to high school juniors. High school seniors are encouraged to apply for the "Targeted Scholarships" on the Horatio Alger Scholarship website. Students should apply online between December 1--March 15 at scholars.horatioalger.org

34. Kombrink Team Scholarship

The Kombrink Team is pleased to announce that we are offering up to three scholarships, each valued at $1,000, to support graduating seniors in pursuing their goals within the real estate industry or as aspiring business owners. The scholarship award can be applied towards tuition, fees, or books, further assisting recipients in their educational endeavors. They should also exhibit the necessary leadership and teamwork skills through their involvement in extracurricular activities. The application deadline is April 30, 2024. 

35. 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. (Please advise students to send the FAFSA information to our office as soon as they receive it, and this ONE time only they may email the FAFSA to us at hansenfurnas@gmail.com)  The application deadline is still March 1, 2024.

36. Kane County Farm Bureau Foundation Scholarship 

The Kane County Farm Bureau is now accepting applications for 2024-24 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. Direct questions to KCFB at 630-584-8660 or by 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, 2024. 

37. Rotary District 6440 CTE/Vocational Scholarship

Scholarship grants in the amount $1,500 each will be awarded to support students who are preparing themselves for a chosen vocation. Students entering career and technical programs (CTE) at community colleges, technical training institutions, or vocational training programs may apply. More information is available on the Rotary website. Complete applications must be supported by sponsoring District 6440 Rotary Clubs and sent to the Rotary District 6440 CTE/Vocational Scholarship Committee by March 23, 2024. Submit application and supporting papers to: vocscholarship@rotary6440.org.

38. Dr. Dennis Murphy Memorial Scholarship

This $2,000 scholarship was established in memory of Dr. Dennis Murphy who practiced as a pediatrician in the St. Charles area for over 40 years.  He devoted many years to treating all his patients with compassion and dedication.  He also served as a school board member, earned his MBA and real estate license, and continued his passion for caring for others as a pediatric hospice doctor.  His spirit of perpetual learning and growth was infectious, and he encouraged all around him to keep learning and strive to reach their full potential, and never give up. Interested applicants must be a graduating St. Charles East senior planning to attend a 2 or 4-year college or university in the fall of 2024. Additional selection criteria include strong academic achievement, community service, extracurricular activities and/or outside work experience, and financial need. Please return the completed application to dennismurphyscholarship@yahoo.com by March 31, 2024.  Recipient(s) will be notified of the award by approximately April 30, 2024. 

39. Spc. Ethan J Martin Scholarship 

A Salute To Our Heroes Inc. Foundation Scholarship Fund of Elgin is offering a scholarship opportunity to children of veterans or individuals who have an immediate family member (mother, father, grandparent, or sibling) who is a veteran or on active military duty for the United States.  Applicants must reside in Kane County and be a high school senior, college student or adult entering studies for a degree or trade.  Scholarships that are awarded will be granted directly to the named accredited college/university or trade school. The application submission deadline is April 15, 2024, and scholarship(s) will be awarded on May 3, 2024. If you have any questions, please contact our office at 224-600-3318 or email us at: asalutetoourheroes@gmail.com. For more information, view the scholarship website: asalutetoourheroes.com

40. IMUA Scholarship Program

The IMUA Scholarship Program was established to recognize outstanding young men and women in our member communities and increase awareness of the value municipally-owned utility systems bring to their communities. Each spring, graduating high school seniors whose families reside in (or take utility service) from an IMUA municipality are eligible to participate in an essay contest. Each winner receives a $1000 award from IMUA to be used for college tuition. Essay topics are established in the spring and contestants must submit their essays by Friday, March 8, 2024. Essays are judged by a panel. Employees and children of IMEA, IMUA or IPEA are not eligible. For more information on this years essay topics and deadlines, please contact DeeDee Bunch at 217-789-4632.

41. 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 $375,500 has been awarded to 222 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. The application deadline is March 1, 2024. 

42.  Abbott & Fenner Scholarship

Abbott & Fenner are committed to continuing our efforts at helping those who have the desire and ambition to succeed. The A&F Scholarships are available to all high school juniors and seniors as well as all students currently registered in any accredited post-secondary institution. To apply for this $1,000 scholarship you will need to write an essay on the topic below. The essay should be between 500 and 1000 words. Your submissions must be sent by email to: scholarships at abbottandfenner.com

Essay Topic: Describe your educational career and life goals. Explain your plan for achieving these goals. Include your degree/major, why you selected it, and how this degree/major will help you achieve your goals.

The winner(s) of this annual scholarship will receive their award within 2 weeks of the listed deadline. All applicants should include their full name and mailing address with their submissions as well as the school they are currently attending. The application deadline is June 7, 2024.

43. St. Charles Women's Club Sherry Costello Memorial Scholarship

The scholarship is open to a female senior enrolled in a high school within the D303 boundaries OR an adult female living or working within the D303 boundaries and enrolled in a degree program who would like some financial assistance. Every year the club gives out two scholarships of varying amounts to qualified candidates. Please fill out the application and email it to SCWCApps@gmail.com by April 15, 2024 for review. 

44. 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, January 26, 2024. If you have any questions, please reach out to the Scholarship Committee Chairs at scholarship@iacac.org . 

45. 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 Wednesday, April 3, 2024. 

46. 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, 2024. 

47. 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 will pursue further education at a college or university, first responder education and training, and/or accredited skilled trade, vocational and technical schooling. 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 8, 2024. 

48. The HardyStrong Memorial Scholarship

The HardyStrong Memorial Scholarship will award a $1,000 (renewable up to 4 years) to one or more graduating seniors who will be competing in collegiate athletics. Justin Hardy was an involved and admired member of the STCE community. He continued his basketball career at DIII Washington University in St. Louis, valuing both his sport and his academics. Justin harnessed impressive strength and determination while pursuing his goals and impacting the world after being diagnosed with Stage IV Stomach Cancer. Scholarship recipients will share Justin’s grit and commitment. The scholarship application includes academic information, extracurricular involvement, and a 300-500 word essay reflecting on Justin’s legacy. Scholarship recipients will be announced on Senior Honors Night. Completed applications must be submitted electronically to both jacquelinehardy.m@gmail.com and nahardy@iu.edu by April 5, 2024

49. The Stephanie Joseph Memorial Fund

The SJMF scholarship committee awards two or more $2,500 scholarships each year in loving memory of Stephanie Joseph. The recipients of this scholarship will be awarded funds to pursue academic ambitions with the courage, passion, valor and strength that Stephanie showed while faced with overwhelming adversity. The hardship may be on a personal level or within their immediate family. Interested candidates should have a 3.0/4.0 GPA, a strong work ethic, dedication to school work and sports, put others before self and have proven plans to attend a four-year college. Please see the website for more information. The application deadline is February 29, 2024

50. The St. Charles Education Foundation Merit Scholarships

The St. Charles Education Foundation annually awards scholarships to two 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 that will be granted on the basis of overall merit. The scholarship applications are available in the CCR Office and www.stc foundation.org. Winners of the scholarships will be announced at the Senior Awards Night in May. The application deadline is March 22, 2024. 

51.  Illinois AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Scholarships

The Illinois AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary is offering one year scholarships in the amount of $500. The Memorial Scholarship requires applicants to 1) be an Illinois High School Senior, 2) be a child or grandchild of a Veteran of the US Military who served, or is presently serving, on or after 9/15/1940, and 3) have taken the ACT or SAT. The Worchid Scholarship requires that applicants 1) be an Illinois High School Senior, 2) be a child of a deceased father or mother who was a Veteran of the US Military who served after 9/15/1940 and was honorably discharged, and 3) have taken the ACT or SAT. Be sure to check the appropriate box when submitting your application. All application materials are due by March 1, 2024. 

52. The Friends of Moraine Hills State Park Scholarship

The Friends of Moraine Hills State Park is offering two $2,000 scholarships to seniors who will be pursuing environmental or natural science at an accredited university or college. Click here for the application to print, fill out, and mail in by April 30, 2024. 

53. The Palumbo Family Foundation Scholarship 

The Palumbo Family Foundation strives to make a difference in two sectors of our communities in the Chicagoland area. One is providing scholarships to well-deserving students of lower-income families. Without scholarships, many of these students would not realize their dream of furthering their education. Scholarships are open to all high school seniors, students with GED diplomas, undergraduate (2 yr or 4 yr) college students, and students at vocational or trade schools who meet the program requirements. The application deadline is March 31, 2024 for the current year’s scholarships. 

54. SEMA Scholarship & Loan Forgiveness

Every year SEMA helps students pay for their college tuition and SEMA Members pay off their student loans. Students from all academic and technical disciplines that lead to careers in the automotive industry are welcome to apply! Earn up to $5,000 for school. Applications are due March 1, 2024. 

55. Kathryn G. Hansen Scholarship

Illinois Administrative Professionals has announced its annual scholarship competition in honor of Kathryn G. Hansen to students planning to pursue higher education in the office professional, secretarial, or business-related fields within the State of Illinois. For the 2024-2025 academic year, one scholarship in the amount of $500 will be awarded. The scholarship is to be used for tuition, fees, books, or other related educational expenses. The deadline for all application materials is March 11, 2024. The application materials can be sent by e-mail to pames@illinois.edu 

56. Robert Cleveland and Kenneth Dodge Memorial Scholarship

The Fran Center of Darien, Illinois has two scholarships of $750 each available to high school seniors with a diagnosed learning disability who are planning to enroll in a two or four year college, university or trade school in the Fall. The application deadline is April 1, 2024.

57.  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 2023 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. The application deadline is March 27, 2024. 

58. CRCA/CRC Scholarship

The CRC, in conjunction with the CRCA Foundation, will provide a maximum $2,000 scholarship to a 2023 high school graduate who is a dependent of a Local 11 Contractor, dependent of a Local 11 Contractor’s staff, either in the office or field, or a member of Local #11. Funds can be used towards the cost of an accredited 4-year college/university, community college, or vocational training center. Download the application here. The application deadline is March 27, 2024

59. Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans-Women's Division

The Women’s Division of the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans is offering several scholarships for $2,000 to young ladies, of Italian heritage, who are graduating at the end of the 2023-2024 school year. Applicants should have at least one parent of Italian descent, a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, will be enrolling full-time in a 2-or 4-year accredited college/university or an accredited vocational/technical school for the 2024-2025 school year. The Scholarship will be presented on April 26, 2024 at the Scholarship Benefit Show and Dinner to be held at Drury Lane, Oak Brook Terrace, Illinois. All application materials must be submitted by April 10, 2024

60.  Julie Elizabeth Berls Memorial Scholarship

The Julie Elizabeth Berls Memorial Scholarship is a $3,000 scholarship awarded to one St. Charles East High School senior who will be attending college as an education major. Julie attended Munhall Elementary School, Wredling Middle School, and St. Charles East High School, where she was active in band and choir. Julie graduated high school in 2007. Julie attended Eastern Illinois University and graduated with her degree in Elementary Education. She was excited about starting her new life as a teacher. She performed a semester of student teaching at Neubert Elementary School in Algonquin, IL. On December 31, 2011, Julie’s life was cut tragically short in an automobile accident. She was never able to have her own class to teach. The award recipient will be selected by a committee consisting of Julie’s family. Applications should be submitted to juliesmemorial@yahoo.com by April 15, 2023.

61. Tri-State Desk & Derrick Club

The Tri-State Desk & Derrick Club is offering a scholarship up to $3,000 for a high school graduate or GED recipient that has a career goal in the natural gas and oil industry. Applicants must be an Illinois, Indiana or Kentucky resident or a student planning to attend an accredited technical or trade school in one of these states. More information is available on the website: www.addc.org. The application deadline is April 1, 2023

62. STCE Athletic Booster Scholarship

The St. Charles East High School Athletic Boosters will award four $1,500 scholarships to graduating seniors from the Class of 2022. Applicants for these scholarships must have participated in a sport or support activity (Marching Band or Sports Medicine) for at least two years. Applicants must rank in the upper one-half of the Senior class at the end of the seventh semester. Applicants must have applied to at least one college, vocational school, or other post high school institution.  Applicants will be judged on leadership, character, school and community service, academic achievement, and activities. Applications and support materials must be postmarked by Tuesday, April 2, 2024 or hand-delivered to the Main Office by 2:00 pm on Wednesday, April 3, 2024.

63. The Zonta Club Scholarships

The Zonta Club of St. Charles, Geneva and Batavia actively promotes empowering women and girls through service and advocacy and encouraging educational achievement among female students in the local community. 

CINDY PERKINSON SCHOLARSHIP – To support young women pursuing education in the fields of business, languages, and/or music. 

ROBERTA J. GERBRECHT SCHOLARSHIP – To support young women pursuing education in the fields of social work, nursing, or teaching.

ZONTA WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT SCHOLARSHIP – To support young women pursuing educational opportunities at a community college, vocational or trade school or working toward a license or certification.    

Students can go to our website and download a fillable PDF, which they can then mail to us. The application deadline for each scholarship is March 15, 2024.

64. Cathy Nordlund Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is provided by the St. Charles Educational Support Professionals (SCESP) to honor the life and work of Cathy Nordlund. Cathy was a Teaching Assistant at Haines and Thompson Middle Schools in St. Charles, IL. She was a fierce advocate for the students she worked with and a voice for the members of St. Charles Support Staff. This award continues her legacy of assistance and support. The SCESP will award two $1,000 scholarships to High School Seniors of an SCESP Member.  Applicants must intend to enroll as a full-time student in a certificate or degree program at an accredited trade school, 2-year junior college, technical institute or a 4-year college or university. All application materials are due no later than 3:00 p.m. on April 11, 2024. 

65. 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 or two-year community college for the 2024-2025 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 April 29, 2024 deadline. 

66. The PTO Senior Award

The STCE PTO will provide four $1,000 scholarships to STCE graduating seniors who have demonstrated excellence in service to their school and community and whose parents have been active in the PTO at some point during their K-12th grade years. Parent/Guardian must be a current/paid STCE PTO member as of January 31, 2024. Applicants must be graduating seniors from STCE who will continue their education at a university, junior college or vocational school. Students are required to write a 300-500 word essay. GPA and financial need are not determining factors in the selection process. Applications are available in the College & Career Office or online: https://forms.gle/aSfAv4TyvWVvxGcH9.  The application deadline is Monday, April 1, 2024. Contact Heather Trask (htrask@comcast.net) with any questions. 

67. Pottawatomie Garden Club Scholarship

Pottawatomie Garden Club of St. Charles will award a $3,500 scholarship to a full-time student majoring in Agriculture, Botany, Conservation, Ecology, Environmental Concerns, Forestry, Horticulture, Land Management, and/or related studies. An applicant must be a graduating senior or a high school graduate and reside within St. Charles Community Unit School District 303.  Applicants should submit this form, along with their essay, postmarked on or before March 31, 2024 and send to: Pottawatomie Garden Club Scholarship,  84 Dunham Place, St. Charles, IL 60174. A copy of the application should also be given to Mrs. Patty Hofer in the CCR Office. 

68. 2024 Beta Sigma Psi Christian Leadership Award

This is a scholarship application for a $3,000 scholarship given out to a Christian male freshman attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Fall 2024. Please complete all required fields.  Runner-ups may have the opportunity to be eligible for $1,000. There is no obligation to join Beta Sigma Psi to receive this award. If you have any questions email UIUCscholarship@betasigmapsi.org. The application is due by March 29, 2024. The Beta Sigma Psi Educational Foundation also offers additional scholarships and grant opportunities for members of the Lutheran community. These opportunities can be found here https://www.betasigmapsi.org/scholarships-for-high-school-students/ 

69. The Hull-Miller Memorial Scholarship

The Hull-Miller Memorial Scholarship will award a $1,000 scholarship to one graduating senior boy and one graduating senior girl who played soccer for the Saints in the 2023-2024 season. The player did not have to play Varsity. No minimum grade point average is required. If you played soccer for the Saints and are graduating, please apply. Applicants must have applied to at least one college, vocational school, or other post-high school institution. Each applicant must write one 300–500-word essay (can be handwritten or typed) that explains what being a Saints soccer player means to you and how the relationships you formed as a result of being a part of the program will help you throughout the rest of your life. Scholarship winners will be announced at the Senior Awards Night. The scholarship may be used by the winner for any college-related expenses. The scholarship application must be submitted by Friday, April 5, 2024. All parts of the application must be emailed to Clint Hull at hullclint@att.net or mailed to 3725 Deville Lane, St. Charles, IL 60175. If mailed, applications must be postmarked by Friday, April 5, 2024.

70.  Peter Schwartz Memorial Manufacturing Scholarship

The St. Charles Area Chamber’s Industrial Committee will be sponsoring a Manufacturing Scholarship in honor of its past Chair, Peter Schwartz. Peter passed away after a battle with cancer. He was president and CEO of Streng Advertising Agency, and a valued member of the chamber and of his community. This scholarship awards one student from Compass Academy, East HS, and North HS a $1,000 scholarship to pursue postsecondary education or training in programs related to CTE. The application and supporting documents must be submitted no later than February 2, 2024 of the scholarship year via email to: benjamin.carter@ajrgroup.com with “Peter Schwartz Scholarship” in the subject line.

71.  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, 2024 semester. Three $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to those applicants who best exemplify the ideals of the Chi Psi Fraternity intellectually, morally, and socially. Acceptance into the fraternity is not required. The application deadline is May 31, 2024. Completed application materials should be e-mailed to BuellScholarship@gmail.com 

72. Saint Charles American Legion Scholarship

The Saint Charles American Legion has announced it will award a $500 scholarship to a graduating senior from a Saint Charles High School. The selection criteria include academics, character, service to school and/or community, and college acceptance or intent. Applications should be returned to the College & Career Office by 3:00 p.m. on or before March 25, 2024

73. Elgin Community College Foundation Scholarships

Seniors planning to enroll at ECC for the Fall 2024-2025 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.

74. The Hagan Scholarship

The Hagan Scholarship is a nationwide need-based merit scholarship, providing recipients with the opportunity to graduate college debt-free. The scholarship provides up to $7,500 each semester for up to eight (8) consecutive semesters. Applicants must have a 3.50 cumulative GPA, enroll in an eligible four-year college or university following graduation and have an Adjusted Gross Household Income reported for 2022 Federal Income Tax Purposes not exceeding $85,000.  The application deadline is December 1, 2023. 

75. Kendall's Kindness Scholarship Fund

The Kendall’s Kindness Scholarship Fund was created by the Maffia Family in loving memory of their daughter, sister, niece, and granddaughter Kendall Marie Maffia (6/12/2000-10/11/2021). This scholarship has been established to provide funding for two graduating seniors from either St. Charles North High School or St. Charles East High School. The Kendall’s Kindness Scholarship is intended for students who are planning to continue their education at a 4-year college and will major in an Arts-related degree. The application for a 2024-2025 scholarship has been linked from the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley website. The application will be available from October 30, 2023 through January 31, 2024.

76. CBAI Foundation Annual Scholarship Program

The CBAI Foundation for Community Banking offers 24 scholarships to top Illinois high-school seniors statewide each year. The scholarship awards available this year by the Foundation total $21,500. These scholarship awards help deserving students highlight the importance of community banking to the local economy. You could win up to $4,000 for higher education, and your school is eligible to win $500! Recipients are determined by an essay writing contest and an impartial panel of judges. Eligible students are Illinois high school seniors graduating in the spring and entering an institution of higher education in the fall. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and Illinois residents. Students must be sponsored by a participating CBAI member bank. Students, for more information, please contact Cortni Bartolomucci via email or at 800/736-2224. Essays are due on Friday, March 1, 2024.

77. The Dick Masters Ryder Cup Golf Scholarship

The purpose of this scholarship is to support one senior boy golfer graduating from St. Charles East High School who will pursue further education in the fall at a college or university and/or accredited skilled trade, vocational and technical school. The scholarship award is $1500 and will be presented at the Senior Honors Night Ceremony in May. The Application with all supporting documentation must be submitted to Mrs. Patty Hofer in the College & Career Office no later than 3 p.m. on Friday, March 1, 2024.

78. FVSRF Therapeutic Recreation Scholarship

The Fox Valley Special Recreation Foundation is sponsoring scholarships of varying amounts to eligible students pursuing studies in recreational therapy. It is open at various academic levels, including undergraduates, graduates, and those embarking on doctoral studies. To apply for this scholarship, students are required to submit an application that includes a personal statement, details about their educational background, and their experiences and achievements. The application form and additional information can be found at www.fvsra.org/TRscholarship. You can apply online or drop off/mail the completed application form and required documents to FVSRF, 2121 West Indian Trail Road, Aurora, IL 60506. Mailed applications must be postmarked by February 1, 2024.

79. Illinois & National Daughters of the American Revolution Scholarship Opportunities

Illinois DAR awards eight $1000 scholarships each year. 

Scholarship forms are available here:

Only applications completed correctly and submitted in one package will be considered. Incorrect applications are discarded and no records are returned. All scholarships are awarded regardless of race, religion, sex, or national origin.

The  Elias Kent Kane Chapter is part of Illinois DAR District IV and may only sponsor one applicant per year. 

Applicants must present their complete set of requirements, as listed on the application form, to the DAR chapter (eliaskentkanescholarship@gmail.com) for consideration of sponsorship no later than January 31, 2024. The chapter must have received the completed package by that date. Applications received after that date will not be considered.

National DAR Scholarship Opportunities

In addition to these Illinois-based opportunities, the National DAR organization also offers 26 scholarships annually. These do not require endorsement from a local DAR chapter. More information about these can be found here: https://ildar.org/assets/forms/2024%20SCH-WP-1004.pdf

80. Chicago Area Business Aviation Association Scholarships

Each year, CABAA provides more than $90,000 in funding and support to encourage the pursuit of aviation studies. CABAA offers financial scholarships for graduating high school students attending an aviation college and undergraduate college students. The application deadline is May 31, 2024.

81. Pursuit of Excellence Scholarship

Every year the Sigma NuFraternity offers the POE Scholarship to a deserving high school senior male who will be attending the University of Illinois, and who exemplifies outstanding qualities in academics, athletics, altruism, and the arts. The scholarship is fully funded by the alumni association! The amount of the Sigma Nu Pursuit of Excellence Scholarship consists of a one-time direct payment to one University of Illinois freshman male student of $4,000. Applying for the Pursuit of Excellence Scholarship in no way obligates the applicant to join the Sigma Nu Fraternity. The application deadline is July 8, 2024.