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FAFSA Opens: December 31, 2023


Woodland Community Scholarship Application

Coca Cola Scholarship: Each year, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation awards 150 college scholarships worth $20,000 to high school students across the United States through the Coca-Cola Scholars Program. Students need a 3.0 GPA and to fill out an online application that requires no essays, no recommendations, and no transcripts by October 31, 2022, at 5 p.m. Eastern. The 2023-224 application is open to high school seniors until 5 p.m. Eastern on October 2, 2023. Find details at Cokeurl.com/scholarships.

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 23, 2023

AES Engineering Scholarship: Students will submit an essay on the topic that appears on the scholarship page of our website https://www.aesengineers.com/scholarships.php   Scholarships are based on character.  You are not required to be taking engineering classes to qualify. Deadline: October 8, 2023

The Illinois Manufacturers’ Association Scholarship:  (IMA), in partnership with Education Systems Center at NIU (EdSystems), is once again offering a scholarship to Illinois students who graduate high school having earned the CCPE in Manufacturing, Engineering, Technology, and Trades (METT) and are planning to continue their education or work in manufacturing, welding, or engineering. Initially designed to incentivize postsecondary enrollment, the scholarship can also now be awarded to students who have a local job offer from an Illinois manufacturing company and intend to pursue that opportunity. This $500 scholarship is direct to students and can be put towards tuition, fees, supplies, textbooks, room, board, job training equipment and uniforms, or other barrier reduction costs that arise. Scholarship application is now live through May 31, 2024. If you would like to schedule a briefing and info session with your school district staff, please reach out to Juan Jose Gonzalez at jgonzalez28@niu.edu  Deadline: May 31, 2024

Livingston County Pheasants Forever Scholarship Fund: Up to 3 $500.00 scholarships will be awarded based on the following: C+ or better GPA, involvement in hunting or interest in wildlife conservation, involvement in extra curricular activities, community service, HS senior from Livingston Ct., and completed scholarship application and essay.  Applications can be picked up in Mrs. Lee's office.   DEADLINE: February 24, 2024

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

Children of Veteran's Tuition Waiver: he application for the 2024-2025 Children of Veterans Tuition Waiver is now available online. Please refer to our website, osfa.illinois.edu.  The applicant will need to print out the application and mail it to our office with the required documents.  A copy of the application is also attached to this e-mail.
The Children of Veterans Tuition Waiver is a four-year in-state tuition waiver at the University of Illinois. The recipient may use his/her Children of Veterans Tuition Waiver at any of the University of Illinois campuses (Urbana-Champaign, Chicago, Health Sciences Center, or Springfield). 

One award is available per conflict in each county, but the maximum number of awards per county is three. The following are eligible conflicts for this award: World War II, the Korean Conflict, the Vietnam Conflict, the Siege of Beirut, the Grenada Conflict, the Southwest Asia Conflict, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Specific information regarding the required service dates and medal eligibility is provided on the application itself. The application also outlines the selection criteria that will be used to determine award winners.
The priority deadline is January 5, 2024. Candidates must submit the completed application with photocopies of both the veteran parent’s service papers (DD Form 214) and the student’s ACT or SAT scores to our office.
All candidates will be notified by mail on or around March 15, 2024 whether they have been selected to receive the Children of Veterans Tuition Waiver. We appreciate your continued assistance in providing applications and information about the Children of Veterans Tuition Waiver to students.
If you have any questions, our Student Financial Aid Administrators will be happy to assist you. They can be reached by phone at 217-333-0100 or by email at finaid@illinois.edu.

Jurczak Memorial Scholarship: Mrs. Jurczak was Woodland's Librarian for over 30 years and her family has made a memorial scholarship. Graduating senior from either Woodland HS or Fieldcrest HS.  This is a $500.00 scholarship.  Applications can be picked up in guidance office.  Deadline: March 15, 2023

Chesbro/Cushman/Kyser Scholarship: Scholarship for Livingston Ct. graduates.  Preference to students attending a 4 year college/university.  See Mrs. Lee for application.  Deadline: March 1, 2024

IVCC Foundation Scholarships: Please announce to your students the IVCC Foundation online scholarship application is now available for the 2023-24 school year. www.ivcc.edu/foundation This link also lists all scholarships available, general and program specific. The deadline is Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024. 

SOCU Scholarship: It’s that time of year for your students to apply for our member scholarship! SOCU offers $1000 educational scholarships for SOCU members. Attached is the SOCU 2024-25 Scholarship Application PDF. We would greatly appreciate you posting this on your school website. The deadline for applications to be submitted is April 1st, 2024.  Further qualifications for these scholarships can be found in the attached PDF. Completed scholarships can be submitted through our website at https://socu.org/scholarship.

Readers and Leaders Annual Scholarship: student athletes who volunteer with the 2nd and7 reding program (We at Woodland do this).  This is a $2700 scholarship.  Follow the following link to apply https://www.secondandseven.com/reading-program/readers-leaders-annual-scholarship/

Deadline: Feb 15, 2024

American Legion Auxiliary: Illinois Scholarship for Junior Members: Applicants for this award shall be Junior members of the Department of Illinois American Legion Auxiliary and held this membership for the las 3 years.  This is a $1000 scholarship.  See Mrs. Lee for application.  Deadline: March 15, 2024

American Legion Auxiliary: Past President's Parley Scholarship: This is a Nursing scholarship for an applicant who is currently accepted into an accredited nursing program or enrolled in classes required for the nursing program.   See Mrs. Lee for application.  Deadline: March 15, 2024

American Legion Auxiliary: Ada Mucklestone Memorial Scholarship: Shall be children or grandchildren of veterans who served in the Armed Forced during eligibility dates for membership in the American Legion.  This is a $1000 scholarship. Qualifications are based on character, essay, scholarship, and need based.  See Mrs. Lee for application.  Deadline: March 15, 2024

Abbott and Fenner Scholarship: $1000 award to each winner of the essay. Students will submit an essay on the topic that appears on the scholarship page of our web site:  https://abbottandfenner.com/scholarships.php

Full details are available on our site.  Deadline: June 10, 2024

Financial Plus Credit Union Scholarship: 20 scholarships will be given, 10 $150.00 Bucks for books and 10 $500.00 scholarships.  See Mrs. Lee for application  Deadline: April 5, 2024

Starved Rock Country Community Foundation Scholarships: There are 6 different scholarships within this application.  See Mrs. Lee for application.  Deadline: March 1, 2024

Rising Star: Elementary Education $5000 scholarship must be attending Illinois State University

Carol and Dick Janko Scholarship for Promising Entrepreneurs: must have entrepreneurial experience during high school  Total of $7500 will be awarded

The Internet of Things Scholarship: two $1500 scholarships. preference given to students who are interest in engineering, science, computers, and technology.

The mac-Aero Scholarship for Aeronautics and Aviation: one 10,000 scholarship must be pursuing a degree in Aviation or Aeronautics

The Tangled Roots Brewing Company Pie it Forward: $1000 for someone pursuing a degree in hospitality or culinary arts

Women Inspired Network scholarship: scholarship to help young women to pursue their dreams.

The Stephen Charles Vogler Memorial Scholarship for Electronics or communications: must be pursuing an Associates degree at IVCC in Electronics or Communications

Chapter IC of the PEO Sisterhood Scholarship: $500.00 to one graduating senior woman from Woodland HS who will be attending a 2 year, 4 year, or vocational school. The criteria is student academic achievement, leadership, and community involvement. See Mrs. Lee for application. Deadline: March 8, 2024

Illinois Pork Producers Scholarship: The Illinois Pork Producers Association proudly awards nine students with a scholarship each school year. Three Levels are awarded: (3) Gold Scholarships at $2,000 each; (3) Silver Scholarships at $1,500 each; (3) Bronze Scholarships at $1,000 each. Applicants must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate or be enrolling to begin in the Fall of 2024 to be eligible. IPPA Scholarships are open to students pursuing any undergraduate degree at any two-year or four-year college.

Previous winners may apply again.

Adam Fesser Scholarship

IPPA hosts the Adam Fesser scholarship each year, which is sponsored by the Mid-Illinois Pork Producers Association. One award of $1,000 will be given. Applicants must be an undergraduate at a university/college or community college for the fall semester 2024. Applicants must also have been a 4-H or FFA member and an Illinois resident. Students applying for the Adam Fesser Scholarship must complete an application form and a typed essay identifying the reason they want to pursue a career in agriculture, as well as provide transcripts, list of achievements & activities, and statement of financial need. Applications will be reviewed by the Adam Fesser Scholarship Committee to determine the winner.

If you have previously won this scholarship you are not eligible to apply again.

Ryan & Friends Scholarship

IPPA encourages students to apply for the Ryan & Friends Scholarship, sponsored by the Purebred Swine Council. Detailed information about the scholarship can be requested by emailing Chuck Gocken at chuck@mcagplus.com

Deadline: March 1, 2024 apply at https://ilpork.com/youth/scholarships

Horatio Alger Scholarship: . 600 scholarships are available that range from $10000-25,000.  The Focus of this scholarship is on high school juniors. Must demonstrate critical financial need (65,000 or lower adjusted gross family income).  Students may apply at horatioalger.org/scholarships Deadline: March 15, 2024

Beckie Chismarick Memorial Community Service Award: $500.00 award to a Woodland female who displays leadership potential and a dedication toward community service.  Applications can be picked up in Mrs. Lee's office  Deadline: February 15, 2024

Streator PEO Chapter CM Scholarship: $500.00  must be a female graduate of Woodland or Streator HS, will be enrolled in an accredited degree-granting institution in the fall, shall be in good academic standing, must display leadership potential and dedication towards community service, and must have 2 letters of recommendation.  See Mrs. Lee for application. Deadline: February 15, 2024

Arvetta M Lewis Scholarship: $500.00 scholarship has been set up to assist graduating seniors form Ford and Livingston Ct who plan to attend U of I and majoring in an agricultural field.  Applications can be picked up in Mrs. Lee's office. Deadline: May 15, 2024

DCFS Scholarship: To be eligible must ear a high school diploma or GED, meet the state criteria for HS graduation,  have a court ordered legal responsibility for the applicant or the applicant was formerly under the care of DCFS but has been adopted or placed in private guardianship.  Go to:https://apply.mykaleidoscope.com/scholarships/DCFS2024 for application  Deadline: March 31, 2024

Zonta Club International: Young Women in Public Affairs Scholarship: Scholarship is offered to a graduating senior woman from Woodland HS.  Applications can be picked up in Mrs. Lee's office or online at https://www.zonta.org/Web/Web/Programs/Education/Young_Women_in_Public_Affairs_Award.aspx  Deadline: March 1, 2024

Delta Kappa Gamma Society Scholarship: $300.00 grant for a senior woman who is committed to the education field.  See Mrs. Lee for application.  Deadline: March 1, 2024

The Streator Masonic Lodge Duane R. Beal Annual Scholarship: Applications can be picked up in Mrs. Lee's office   Deadline: March , 2024

Illinois Sheriff's Association Scholarship: $500.00 scholarship.  To be eligible must be: IL resident, must attend a school of higher learning inside the state of IL, and must be enrolled full time. Application can be picked up in Mrs. Lee's office or online at https://www.ilsheriff.org/youth-2/  Deadline: March 15, 2024

Coach Jerry Ross and the 1972 Elite 8 Woodland HS Basketball Team Scholarship:  $250.00Scholarship opportunity to one student athlete who exemplifies the characteristics that Coach Ross instilled in his players: character, integrity, and hard work both on the court and in the classroom.  See Mrs. Lee for application  Deadline: Feb 28, 2024

Streator Leading Ladies Scholarship: $500.00 scholarship must be a female from Woodland HS, must display leadership potential and a dedication towards community service.  Must have two letters of recommendation one academic and one personal. Applications can be picked up in Mrs. Lee's office  Deadline: March 31, 2024

Streator Community Credit Union Scholarship: $600.00 scholarship for a graduating senior that will be attending college in the fall.  See Mrs. Lee for application. Deadline: March 29, 2024

llinois Chemical Education Foundation: HS Senior Scholarship: $2000 scholarships to recognize high school seniors who have exemplified outstanding achievement in academics, extracurricular activities, and community involvement. See Mrs. Lee for application.  Deadline: March 3, 2023

Illinois Chemical Education Foundation: HS Senior Scholarship: $2000 scholarships to recognize high school seniors who have exemplified outstanding achievement in academics, extracurricular activities, and community involvement. See Mrs. Lee for application.  Deadline: March 3, 2023

Illinois Chemical Education Foundation: Lupita Turriff Hispanic Student Scholarship: $2000 opent to all Illinois Hispanic Students who are first generation students to attend college and are seeking a college degree.  Must be a future chemists, high school chemistry teachers, chemical engineers and/or environmental engineers to apply. See Mrs. Lee for application.   Deadline: March 3, 2023

Flavorful Futures Scholarship: Scholarships may be applied to trade, vocational, 2 or 4 year programs.  To Apply go to FlavorfulFutures.com  Deadline: Feb 28, 2023

IVCC Theater Scholarship: Award amounts per scholarship range from $500-1000 in addition there are two tuition waiver positions For consideration you must: Enroll at IVCC full time, participate in an IVCC theater production/theater class, receive favorable recommendation from a high school speech or theater teacher or any theater professional or any community arts organization, participate in an audition or present a portfolio for review.  Auditions, interviews, and portfolio reviews will begin on Wed March 1st.  please contact david_kuester@ivcc.edu or call 815-227-0487  More information is in Mrs. Lee's office

IAA Foundation Scholarships: The 2023 IAA Foundation Scholarship Application Period is NOW OPEN! The lineup includes 100 scholarships totaling $201,500 in tuition support. Apply Online Application link and all supporting materials including eligibility can be found at  www.iaafoundation.org.   Please read all instructions carefully and refer to the FAQ document on the website to help answer any questions. Deadline: Feb 15, 2023 As the charitable arm of the Illinois Farm Bureau, our Mission is to fund education, research, and charitable activities that benefit Illinois farm families and agriculture. We proudly offer scholarship opportunities for students pursuing degrees related to agriculture, and those with family farming backgrounds. Question can be directed to Jennifer Smith, Development Manager, IAA Foundation (309) 557-2232 or jsmith@ilfb.org

Hank O Payne Scholarship: Trade school scholarship awarded to Mclean, Woodford, Logan, and Livingston Ct. award to be used toward a vocational school.  See Mrs. Lee for application.  Deadline: July 30, 2023

IFBWC Educational Foundation Scholarship: The BPW Illinois Educational Foundation (BPWI-EF), with funding from the Illinois Federation of Business Women’s Clubs, Inc., (IFBWC), is committed to providing financial assistance to females in the state of Illinois to further education beyond high school. Both organizations view a lack of education as the primary barrier to self-sufficiency and improved quality of life. 

Established in 2018, this scholarship program proudly offers financial assistance for students entering or returning to higher education for the 2023-2024 school year. Applications must be received electronically in PDF format to applications@bpwi-ef.org by March 25, 2023, to be considered.

Winners should be notified by April 20, 2023.

The Illinois Heartland Decorative Artists Scholarship: For a graduating senior whowill attend an accredited art program following highschool.  Visit http://www.ihda.us/education.html to download and instructions.  Deadline: Mrch 18, 2023

Dean Ritter Trust Scholarship: Award amounts $1000-8000 Must have a significant hearing loss in one or both ears, be a resident of IL, be a high school senior, and exhibit financial need.  Apply online at www.deanritter.org/2022-scholarship/  Deadline: May 1, 2023

Livingston County Home and Community Education Scholarship: $1000 scholarship for a person pursuing a degree in Family and Consumer Sciences or related field.  See Mrs. Lee for application.  Deadline May 31, 2023

Rock Scholarship: Must be pursuing a Bachelor's Degree at a 4 year college/university.  $5000 scholarship to a student  from Fieldcrest, Henry-Senachwine HS, Lowpoint-Washburn, Midland, Putnam Ct. or Woodland HS.  See Mrs. Lee for application. Deadline: April 14, 2023

Greater Livingston Ct. Arts Council Scholarship:  $500Awarded to one senior who lives in or attends school located in Livingston Ct. who has excelled in the visual arts while in high school.  See Mrs. Lee for application. Deadline: April 18, 2023

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