• Peoria High School:  Scholarship List

    Updated: 3/3/19

    Kathryn G. Hansen Scholarship

    Sponsor: The Secretariat

    Website: http://publish.illinois.edu/secretariat/files/2018/01/Kathryn-G-Hansen-Scholarship-2018-2019-Application-Form-INSTRUCTIONS.pdf

    Deadline: March 4, 2019

    Description: Seeking a student with a strong commitment to pursue higher education in an office professional, secretarial, or business related field within the state of Illinois with preference given to attendance at the University of Illinois.


    Peoria Chiefs Scholarship

    Sponsor: Peoria Chiefs Scholarship Fund

    Website: https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/56430-Community-Foundation-Of-Central-Illinois

    Amount: $2000

    Deadline – 1st Wednesday in March-March 6, 2019


    The Peoria Chiefs Scholarship Fund was created to give back to those in need of assistance to pursue higher education to advance their careers and lives. Two scholarships will be awarded to individuals in the Peoria Public Schools and Tri-County areas.


    • Applicant must be a graduating senior from Peoria Public Schools.
    • Must be a demonstrate financial need.
    • Must be pursuing education at a public 4 year college or university, private vocational/technical/career college or public 2 year community/technical college.

    Required Materials

    • Completed Application
    • Applicant must provide financial aid letter from chosen college/university
    • Essays addressing financial need and leadership.


    Peoria Chiefs Scholarship (Sports Administration)

    Sponsor: Peoria Chiefs Scholarship Fund

    Website: https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/56431-Community-Foundation-Of-Central-Illinois

    Amount: $2000

    Deadline – 1st Wednesday in March-March 6, 2019

    Description: The Peoria Chiefs Scholarship Fund was created to give back to those in need of assistance to pursue higher education to advance their careers and lives. Two scholarships will be awarded to individuals in the Peoria Public Schools and Tri-County areas.


    • Applicant must be a graduating senior from the Tri-County Area (Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford Counties)
    • Must be a student with interest in pursuing a degree in Sports Administration.
    • Must be pursuing education at a 4-year college or university.

    Required Materials

    • Completed Application
    • Applicant must provide financial aid letter from chosen college/university
    • Essays addressing financial need and leadership.


    Dean Ritter Trust for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

    Website: www.deanritter.org/2019-scholarship

    Sponsor: Dean Ritter

    Amount: Between $1000-$8000

    Deadline: March 8, 2019


    1. Must have significant hearing loss in one or both ears
    2. Must be a resident of the state of Illinois (citizenship not a requirement)
    3. Currently a high school senior in good standing
    4. Financial need will be considered
    5. You will need 2 letters of recommendation to complete your application

    Apply online by clicking HERE  If you submit your application online, you can submit letters of recommendation through the online form, email them to heather@deanritter.org, or mail them to “The Dean Ritter Trust, 2412 Algonquin Rd. #313, Algonquin, IL 60102.”


    Illinois Sheriff’s Association Scholarship

    Website: https://www.ilsheriff.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/2019-2020-ISA-College-Scholarship-Application-2.pdf

    Sponsor:  Illinois Sheriff’s Association

    Amount:  $500

    Deadline:  postmarked by March 15, 2019 (Students must mail them in themselves.  They will not accept applications delivered to the County office)

    Description:  Students must be full time residents of Illinois who will be attending an institution of higher learning in the state of Illinois for the 2019-2020 school year.  Applications are available online and in the counseling center.


    Peoria Alumni Association and Memorial Scholarships

    Sponsor: Peoria Alumni Association (PHSAA)

    Deadline: March 15, 2019

    Description: Various scholarships in honor of Peoria High School alumni.  Students with a GPA of 2.75 or higher can apply to all scholarships from one application.  Some scholarships have additional requirements. Applications are available in the Counseling office


    Community Foundation of Central Illinois Scholarships

    Website: https://communityfoundationci.org/scholarships/

    Deadline: March 15, 2019

    Scholarships are available for Peoria High Students:

    1. Jenny Meek Memorial Fund-$1000
    2. Randy Neumann Memorial Fund-$2000
    3. Dempsey Memorial Scholarship Fund-$500
    4. Tony Juska-$1000

    Description: Applications and criteria are available in the Counseling Office.


    Ralph Kress Memorial Scholarship

    Website: www.peorianorthrotary.org

    Sponsor:  Rotary Peoria North Foundation

    Amount:  $2,500

    Deadline:  March 22, 2019

    Description:  Applicants must be a resident of Peoria County and attend a high school in the county, GPA of 3.0 or above, accepted into a mechanical engineering program for fall 2019.  Applications available in the Counseling Office.


    Blumenthal Scholarship

    Sponsor:  Rotary Club of Peoria

    Amount:  Up to $5,000

    Deadline:  March 22, 2019

    Description:  Albert Blumenthal and his family are holocaust survivors who came to Peoria after World War II.  Albert attended Peoria High School graduating in 1951 and received a scholarship from The Rotary Club of Peoria.  Without financial assistance he would not have been able to enter college and go on to be a successful businessman.  Mr. Blumenthal wants to repay what he considers a longstanding debt by helping students who might not otherwise have the financial resources to further their education beyond high school.  Mr. Blumenthal and his wife are the primary benefactors of this scholarship in cooperation with The Rotary Club of Peoria.  Applications are available in the PHS Counseling Office.


    Annie’s Girls

    Sponsor: Deputy Majority Leader Jehan Gordon Booth

    Deadline: March 23, 2019

    Eligibility: Junior or Senior high school female

    Description: The Annie’s Girls award aims to recognize female high school students who show exemplary

    commitment to their communities through service. Recipients will receive mentorship placements

    with professional women throughout Peoria and financial assistance to attend their 2018 prom. Applications available in the Counseling Office.  Return completed applications to Ms. Mitchell.


    Steve Maxheimer Memorial Scholarship

    Sponsor:  The Steve Maxheimer Memorial Scholarship Foundation

    Deadline:  March 25, 2019

    Description:  Scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior of high character who has a great interest in golf.  See Ms. Mitchell in the Counseling Office for an application.


    Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.

    Sponsor: Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. Theta Xi Chapter

    Deadline: March 26, 2019

    Description: The Theta Xi Peoria Graduate Chapter is a non-profit organization; members are civic-minded businessmen from the community with a goal to help develop and support young people. Applications are available in the Counseling Office.


    SAME Scholarship

    Sponsor:  The Society of Military Engineers, Rock Island Post

    Amount:  $1,000 per year/renewable

    Deadline:  March 27, 2019

    Description:  3.2 GPA, accepted into an accredited university as an engineering or science major, be a U.S. citizen. A complete list of judging criteria and an application will be available in the
    Counseling Office.


    Undergraduate Agriculture Scholarship

    Sponsor:  Peoria County Farm Bureau Foundation Inc.

    Amount:  $1,000

    Deadline:  March 29, 2019

    Description:  For Peoria County residents who are accepted to a 4-year or 2-year college or university and who is pursuing an agriculture or related major.  Applications are available in the Counseling Office.


    College Raptor Scholarship

    Website: www.collegeraptor.com/2500scholarship

    Sponsor:  College Raptor

    Amount:  $2,500

    Deadline:  March 31, 2019

    Description:  You are entered to win this scholarship by creating a profile and using a search tool to discover schools that match your goals.




    AFT - Robert G. Porter Scholars Program


    Website: https://www.aft.org/member-benefits/scholarships/robert-g-porter-scholars-program

    Award:  $8000

    Deadline:  March 31, 2019

    Description:  The program offers four 4-year, $8,000 post-secondary scholarships to students who are dependents of AFT members. Complete application online.


    2019 Holiday Classic Scholarship

    Sponsor: State Farm Holiday Classic

    Website: http://theclassic.org/about/holiday-classic-scholarship/

    Description: The Holiday Classic Scholarship Fund was created by the State Farm Holiday Classic basketball tournament and currently awards four, $1,500 scholarships each year to student-athletes from participating schools in our tournament. Complete an online application and write a brief essay (200-500 words) entitled “How my high school sports experience helped prepare me for success in higher education.”

    Deadline: April 1, 2019


    • have been on the roster of a participating team in the 2018 State Farm Holiday Classic
    • be a graduating senior the next spring
    • maintain a grade point average of 2.75 or above on a 4.0 scale
    • be admitted to and plan to attend a 2- or 4-year college


    Richard K. Hammonds Scholarship

    Sponsor: Richard K. Hammonds

    Amount: $500

    Deadline: April 1, 2019

    Description: The Richard K. Hammonds Scholarship Program was established in 2018 to provide college bound students of Peoria High School an opportunity to make their post-secondary education goals come true.  Richard K. Hammonds is the current pastor and founder of Gospel Experience Church and a retired Peoria Public School District 150 teacher who continues to value the education of children in the district by substitute teaching when needed.


    Illinois Central College 

    Sponsor: Illinois Central College Educational Foundation

    Website: https://icc.edu/admissions/scholarships/

    Amount: Varies

    Deadline: April 1, 2019


    • Residents of ICC District #514 and be enrolled at ICC
    • A high school graduate or equivalent
    • Eligible to apply for Federal Aid (International students need to be in accordance with the eligible noncitizen requirements listed on the FAFSA form)
    • In good standing (2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale) each semester and cumulatively and complete 67% of their enrolled classes with a grade of a C or better (Some scholarships require a higher GPA)
    • A non-recipient of a tuition waiver

    Description: Several scholarships are offered through the ICC Educational Foundation.  Students must first apply to ICC and then apply online for the various scholarships offered. Student will complete one application to apply to every scholarship.


    Grow Our Own Scholarship

    Sponsor:  The Hope Renewed Youth Conference

    Amount:  $5,000

    Deadline:  April 1, 2019

    Description:  The scholarship is for graduating seniors who have a minimum GPA of 3.0, have full acceptance at a 4 year university and majoring in Education, Law, or Law Enforcement; have a total family income of under $60,000 and be willing to be employed in the Peoria Metro area for 1 year upon graduation. Applications must be typed –Application available in the Counseling Office


    Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Scholarship

    Sponsor:  Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Peoria Alumnae Chapter

    Amount:  varies

    Deadline:  Must be postmarked by Friday, April 5, 2019.  It will be a large envelope that students must mail themselves.  See specifics on application.

    Description:  This scholarship is for minority graduating seniors with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher, have demonstrated leadership through participation in community service and/or extracurricular activities, are accepted into a college/university for the 2018-2019 school year and who have financial need. Come the counseling center for an application OR GIVE MS. MITCHELL YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS AND SHE WILL FORWARD AN ELECTRONIC COPY TO YOU.


    Illinois Heartland Decorative Artists

    Website: http://ihda.us/education.html

    Application link: http://ihda.us/uploads/3/5/9/5/35954757/2019_scholarship_info.pdf

    Hard copies of the application are in the Counseling Office

    Amount: $1000 First place scholarship for Art Students and the Art Department at your school will get $250 if a student wins

    Deadline: Must be postmarked by April 7, 2019

    Description: The Illinois Heartland Decorative Artists, a local chapter affiliated with the National Society of Decorative Painters, has established a $1000 scholarship for a graduating senior who will attend an accredited art program following high school graduation. This money will be provided directly to the college they will be attending for tuition and fees in two installments, one installment each semester of their freshman year. IHDA will also award $250 of art supplies to the student's high school Art Department to further Art Education.


    Kids’ Chance of Illinois

    Website: www.kidschanceofillinois.com

    Sponsor: Kids’Chance of Illinois

    Amount:  Varies

    Deadline:  April 30 for students attending fall semester and December 1 for those attending Spring semester

    Description: Academic college scholarships to deserving children of workers seriously injured or killed on the job.


    Community Reinvestment Act Scholarship

    Sponsor: Busey Bank

    Amount: $1000

    Deadline: April 30, 2019

    Description: To support the academic endeavors of low-to-moderate income students with a desire to continue their higher education. Applications available in the Counseling Office.


    Peoria Promise Scholarship

    Sponsor:  Peoria Promise Foundation

    Amount:  Tuition reimbursement

    Deadline:  May 1, 2019

    Description:  Seniors who have applied to ICC will complete this application at school.  We will send your transcripts via Parchment.  See Mr. Lucas for details.


    River Cup Foundation

    Website: http://www.rivercup.com/index.php?scholarship

    Deadline: May 1, 2019

    Description: To be considered for a scholarship under this program, applicants must demonstrate an interest and involvement in golf. Examples of such interest might include, but are not limited to the following:

    Member of a high school golf team

    Participation in Tri-County Juniors, Peoria Junior Opens, or other tournaments

    Employment in a golf related field (ie. Golf course maintenance position, golf shop, practice facility, caddy program)

    Have currently or in the past held a CDGA or USGA handicap card.

    All applicants must be of high moral character and provide reference


    B.Davis Scholarship

    Website: http://www.studentawardsearch.com/scholarships.htm

    Sponsor:  Student Award Search Aid

    Amount:  $1,000

    Deadline:  May 24, 2019

    Description:  The first step is to go to the website and respond to this essay promptDescribe the three characteristics of leadership you value most.  Discuss why you believe that these traits are so important and how you feel that they are developed in an individual.


    Abbott & Fenner Scholarships

    Website: http://www.abbottandfenner.com/scholarships.php

    Amount: $1000

    Deadline: June 14, 2019

    Description: To apply for this 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 to by email to: scholarships@abbottandfenner.com


    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.


    Several Scholarships on CollegeXpress

    Website:  www.collegexpress.com


    Unigo Scholarships https://www.unigo.com/scholarships


    1. Easy Scholarships https://www.unigo.com/scholarships/our-scholarships
    • Superpower Scholarship $2,500 Deadline: March 31, 2019
    • All About Education Scholarship $3,000 Deadline: April 30, 2019
    • Fifth Month Scholarship $1,500 Deadline: May 31, 2019
    • Do Over Scholarship $1,500 Deadline: June 30, 2019
    • Flavor of the Month Scholarship $1,500 Deadline: July 31, 2019
    • Make Me Laugh Scholarship $1,500 Deadline: August 31, 2019
    • Shout It Out Scholarship $1,500 Deadline: September 30, 2019
    • Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship $2,000 Deadline: October 31, 2019
    1. Athletic Scholarships
    2. College-specific scholarships
    3. Merit-based scholarships
    4. Minority scholarships
    5. Scholarships by major
    6. Scholarships by State
    7. Scholarships for high school students


    BigSun Scholarship


    Sponsor:  The BigSun Organization

    Amount:  $500

    Deadline:  June 19, 2019

    Description:  The successful applicant will be a high school senior who is currently involved in some sport in high school or in the community.



    Website: www.goingmerry.com

    Description: Site that provides one application and you can apply to various national, local, and school-specific scholarships


    Simons and Fletcher, P.C. Law Marketing Scholarship

    Website:  http://www.simmonsandfletcher.com/law-marketing-scholarship/

    Sponsor:  Simons and Fletcher. P.C.

    Amount:  $500 - $1,000

    Deadline:  July 1, 2019

    Description:  Available to any graduating senior – essay contest. The essay should focus on how personal injury law is helping people recover from tragic events. Essays should propose a marketing ad or idea that presents personal injury attorneys in a positive light. 


    Simmons and Fletcher Christian Studies Scholarship


    Sponsor:  Simmons and Fletcher, P.C.

    Amount:  $500 - $1,000

    Deadline:  July 1, 2019

    Description:  Available to high school seniors who are involved in missionary and/or volunteer work and are planning to attend a Christian University. The essay should discuss, in detail, how Christian education and Christian business leaders help to enhance the moral fibers of the United States. The essay should also include a description of how a Christian education has or/and will benefit the applicant, and how a Christian education will help the applicant to be a future leader among their peers.

    OppU Achievers Scholarship

    Website: https://www.opploans.com/scholarship/

    Sponsor: OppU Achievers Scholarship

    Amount: $2,500

    Eligibility: GPA above 3.0

    Deadlines: Applications accepted year-round with cycle deadlines on September 30, December 31, March 31, June 30

    Description: Students submit a short essay through the application portal responding to a prompted question. Be enrolled full time in high school or at least part time in college, graduate, professional, or trade school.

    Possess a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0/4.0


     CIA Undergraduate Scholarship Program

    Website:  https://www.cia.gov/careers/student-opportunities/undergraduate-scholarship-program.html
    Sponsor: Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
    Amount: Up to $18,000
    Deadline: Scholarship applications will open in early 2019 for internship opportunities in summer 2020.  Check the website for more details.
    Description: Scholarship is open to high school seniors or college freshmen and sophomores who are at least 18 years of age and U.S. citizens. Applicant must have financial need. Applicants selected for the program will complete work sessions during each summer break in Washington, D.C. If selected, student will be given an annual salary, benefits package and up to $18,000 per calendar year for tuition, mandatory fees, books and supplies.

    Scholarship Links from State Schools:

    Illinois State University

    Website: https://financialaid.illinoisstate.edu/scholarships/


    Eastern Illinois University

    Website: https://www.eiu.edu/scholarships/


    Western Illinois University

    Website: http://www.wiu.edu/student_services/scholarship/


    Southern Illinois University at Carbondale

    Website: https://scholarships.siu.edu/types/




    Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville

    Website: https://www.siue.edu/financial-aid/types-of-aid/scholarships/index.shtml


    Northern Illinois University

    Website: https://www.niu.edu/financial-aid/scholarships/academic-works/index.shtml


    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    Website: https://admissions.illinois.edu/Invest/scholarships-all


    University of Illinois at Chicago

    Website: https://honors.uic.edu/resources/scholarships/



    Outstanding (free) Websites to assist in the college and scholarship search:

    www.collegeboard.org                       www.finaid.com                                 www.act.org

    www.isac.org                                      www.fastaid.com                                www.iacac.org

    www.fastweb.com                              www.whatsnextillinois.org                 www.nacac.org

    www.scholarships.com                       www.HighFiveScholarships.com     http://hbcuconnect.com


    Community Service Scholarships:

    http://www.volunteermatch.org/minutes/service-projects/community-service-scholarships http://www.youthink.org/pdfs/Community%20Service%20Based%20Scholarship%20Opportunities.pdf





    *Majority of Scholarships are now on-line!  Be sure to visit scholarship websites well in advance of deadline!!  This way you can have all the required information ready to submit in time.