• Peoria High School Scholarship List

    Updated: 10/13/2019

    Scholarships Sponsored by United Negro College Fund

    Website: https://scholarships.uncf.org/

    Deadline: Various depending on scholarship selected

    Description: UNCF manages various scholarship programs and each program has its own eligibility criteria, open/close dates and required documentation. To apply for a UNCF scholarship, you must apply through the on-line application process. You are not required to be taking Engineering courses to be eligible.


    2019 Youth Awards

    Website: www.HispanicHeritage.org

    Deadline: October 15, 2019

    Sponsor: Hispanic Heritage Foundation

    Description: The Youth Awards honors Latino high school seniors who excel in the classroom and community and for their excellence in various categories including: Business & Entrepreneurship, Community Service, Education, Healthcare & Science, Media & Entertainment, and Technology & Engineering. Must have a minimum unweighted 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale or 7.5 on a 10.0 scale


    Branson Shows Inspired Scholarship 

    Website: http://www.bransonshowtickets.com/scholarship
    Sponsor: Branson Show Tickets
    Amount: $1,000
    Deadline: October 15, 2019
    Description: Scholarship is open to legal residents of the United States between the ages of 16 and 19, who are current students at any accredited educational institution or program of higher learning. High school students and home schooled students who plan to enroll in college upon graduation are also encouraged to apply. Applicant must submit an essay on how a show inspired their dreams.


    College JumpStart Scholarship

    Website:  http://www.jumpstart-scholarship.net/
    Sponsor: The College JumpStart Scholarship Fund
    Amount: $1,000
    Deadline: Oct. 17, 2019
    Description: Scholarship is open to students in 10th through 12th grades, college students, and non-traditional students. Applicant must submit a short essay.


    Dr Pepper Tuition Giveaway

    Website:  http://www.drpeppertuition.com/
    Sponsor: Dr Pepper/Seven Up, Inc.
    Amount: Up to $100,000
    Deadline: October 17, 2019
    Description: Giveaway is open to U.S. legal residents who are between the ages of 18 and 24 years of age. Applicant must submit their “one of a kind” goal in 350 characters or less. Once the applicant receive 50 votes, they will be eligible to submit a video. Individuals can also nominate a student with a one of a kind story by submitting a story on the student’s behalf


    Horatio Alger Association Scholarship

    Website:  https://scholars.horatioalger.org
    Sponsor: Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc.
    Amount: Up to $22,000
    Deadline: October 25, 2019
    Description: Scholarship is open to high school seniors graduating in spring/summer 2016. Applicant must demonstrate critical financial need, display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity, and be involved in co-curricular and community service activities.


    Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship

    Website:  http://www.coca-colascholarsfoundation.org/applicants/#programs
    Sponsor: Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation
    Amount: Up to $20,000
    Deadline: October 31, 2019
    Description: Scholarship is open to current high school (or home-schooled) seniors attending school in the United States carrying a minimum 3.00 GPA at the end of their junior year of high school.


    Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship

    Website: https://www.unigo.com/scholarships/our-scholarships/zombie-apocalypse-scholarship
    Sponsor: Unigo
    Amount: $2,000
    Deadline: October 31, 2019
    Description: Scholarship is open to students 13 years of age or older who are legal residents of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia who are currently enrolled (or will enroll no later than the fall of 2021) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education. Applicant will need to submit a short response to a given prompt.


    lllinois DAR Good Citizen and Scholarship Contest

    Website: www.ildar.org

    Sponsor:  Local DAR chapter and Illinois DAR

    Amount:  varies $250 - $5,000

    Deadline:  Must be submitted to our local chapter by October 31 – so please turn them in to Ms. Mitchell by October 25 so she can run your transcript and get them to our chapter on time.

    Description:  Completed application, Illinois DAR Financial Need form, 2 letters of recommendation from someone who is not in your family, a personal biography (less than 400 words), a list of extracurricular activities, honors, awards, significant accomplishments, and high school jobs (a resume), and an official transcript.  Applications available in the counseling center and online


    2020 Most Valuable Student Scholarship

    Website: https://www.elks.org/scholars/

    Sponsor:  Elks National Foundation, Inc.

    Amount:  $4,000 to $50,000

    Deadline:  November 5, 2019

    Description:  Available to any high school senior who is a citizen and has demonstrated scholarship, leadership, and financial need.


    Prudential Spirit of Community Awards  

    Website: http://spirit.prudential.com 

    Sponsor: Various
    Amount: $1,000-$10,000, medallion, possible trip to DC in May
    Deadline: November 15, 2019
    Description: Open to graduating high school seniors.  Volunteer work is emphasized!


    Stokes Educational Scholarship Program (NSA)

    Amount:  $30,000 per year

    Website:  https://www.intelligencecareers.gov/nsa/nsastudents.html

    Deadline:  Nov. 15, 2019

    Description:  Minority seniors planning to major in computer science or computer/electrical engineering should apply. Must be a us citizen, eligible to be granted security clearance, have a GPA of 3.0 or higher & SAT of 1200 or ACT of 25 or higher. 


    Cooke Scholarship Program

    Website: https://www.jkcf.org/our-scholarships/

    Amount: Cooke College Scholars receive up to $40,000 per year, college planning support, ongoing advising, and the opportunity to network with the larger Cooke Scholar community.

    Deadline: November 13, 2019

    Description: The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program is an 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.


    Huggable Supermom Scholarship

    Website: https://huggable.com/pages/scholarships

    Sponsor: Huggable

    Amount: $1000

    Deadline: December 31, 2019

    Description: Applicants must submit an essay of 500-1000 words describing how If you're a single mother in school, how do you juggle caring for your little one with pursuing a degree and everything else you do? How do you make ends meet financially? Have you thought about dropping out? What keeps you motivated to complete your degree? What do you find most challenging about the experience? What do you find most rewarding about the experience? What are your favorite moments with your little one? If you're the child or loved one of a single mother, how has this changed your life? What is your relationship to them? How does having a single mother or being close to a single mother affect your day-to-day and the way you think about your future? Must be a graduating high school senior in your final semester who has been accepted to university or must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at a 4-year, 2-year, vocational, or technical institution in the United States. Must be a US citizen or permanent legal resident. Must be a single mother, child of a single mother, or closely impacted by a single mother. All fields of study and GPAs will be considered.

    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 2020 for internship opportunities in summer 2021.  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.

    HyVee Scholarship

    Website: https://www.hy-vee.com/corporate/our-company/community/scholarships/

    Sponsor:  HyVee Foundation

    Amount:  $1,000

    Deadline:  February 10, 2020

    Description:  Available to high school seniors who started working for HyVee on or before Sept. 15, 2019 OR is a son or daughter of a HyVee employee who has worked for a minimum of 6 months as of Sept. 15 2019 and who is enrolling in college for the first time. 

    GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program

    Website: https://www.reaganfoundation.org/education/scholarship-programs/

    Sponsor: GE Reagan Foundation

    Amount: $10,000 renewable scholarship

    Description: The Program selects numerous recipients to receive a $10,000 scholarship renewable for up to an additional three years – up to $40,000 total per recipient. Awards are for undergraduate study and may be used for education-related expenses, including tuition, fees, books, supplies, room, and board. In addition, Scholars are invited to participate in a special awards program and receive ongoing leadership-development support. demonstrate at school, at the workplace, and within the community the attributes of leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship; demonstrate strong academic performance (minimum 3.0 grade point average/4.0 scale or equivalent); be citizens of the United States of America; be current high school seniors attending high school in the United States (students living on U.S. Armed Forces base and homeschooled students are also eligible); and plan to enroll in a full-time undergraduate course of study toward a bachelor’s degree at an accredited four-year college or university in the United States for the entire upcoming academic year.

    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


    Ron Brown Scholar Program

    Website: www.ronbrown.org

    Amount: 20 or more students receive $10,000 annually for 4 years.

    Deadline:  Early consideration Nov. 1 final deadline Jan. 9, 2019

    Description:  US Citizen, Black/African American and current High School seniors who have demonstrated academic achievement, exhibit leadership ability, participate in community service activities and have demonstrated financial need


    Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF)

    Website: http://www.apiasf.org

    Amount: 2,500- 20,000 one-time and multiyear

    Deadline:  Jan. 11, 2019

    Description:  High School students who are representative of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community's geographic and ethnic diversity


    Greenhouse Scholars

    Website: https://greenhousescholars.fluidreview.com/

    Amount: Provides personal and professional support, in addition to financial subsidies, during all 4 years of college.

    Deadline: November 22, 2019

    Description: Be a graduating high school senior planning to attend a four-year accredited academic institution. Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and a legal resident of Colorado, Georgia, Illinois or North Carolina. Have a cumulative, unweighted GPA of 3.5 or above. Demonstrate financial need (annual household income no greater than $70,000)

    Possess excellent leadership skills, an ability to persevere through difficult circumstances, and a strong interest in and commitment to their community

    Burger King Scholars Program

    Amount:  up to $50,000 will be awarded.

    Website:  www.bkmclamorefoundation.org/whatwedo/scholarsprogram 

    Deadline: December 15, 2019

    Description:  Scholarship grants range from $1,000 to $50,000 and are intended to help students offset the cost of attending college or post-secondary vocational/technical school. Recipients are selected based on their grade point average (GPA), work experience, extracurricular activities and community service.


    AXA Achievement Scholarship

    Website:  https://us.axa.com/axa-foundation/axa-achievement-scholarship.html

    Amount:  Students have the opportunity to receive a $2,500, $10,000 or $25,000 scholarship. In addition, for every student who wins a scholarship, a grant in the amount of $1,000 will be made to the winner’s school.

    Deadline:  December 15, 2019 or until 10,000 applications are received.

    Description:  Focus is on students with ambition and drive, determination to set and reach goals, respect for self, family, and community. Special consideration will be given to achievements that empower society to mitigate risk through education and/or action in areas such as financial, environmental, health and/or emergency-preparedness


    The Fire: FREE SPEECH Essay Contest 

    Website: https://www.thefire.org/k12/essay-contest/

    Amount: 1-$10,0000, 1-$5,000, 3-$1,000, 4-$500
    Deadline:  Dec. 31, 2019

    Description:  High School juniors and seniors. Students must submit an essay between 800 and 1,000 words on the provided topic. 


    John F. Kennedy Profile In Courage Essay Contest

    Website:   https://www.jfklibrary.org/Education/Profile-in-Courage-Essay-Contest.aspx

    Amount:  The first-place winner receives $10,000. Second-place receives $3,000. Five finalists receive $1,000 each. Eight semifinalists receive $100 each. Ten students receive honorable mention.

    Deadline: January 17, 2020

    Description:  Essays can be no more than 1,000 words but must be a minimum of 700 words. Citations and bibliography are not included in the word count. Essays must be the original work of the student. John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, and Edward M. Kennedy are not eligible subjects for essays. Essays must describe an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official who served during or after 1917, the year John F. Kennedy’s birth.


    Illinois Federation Of Teachers - Robert G. Porter Scholarship

    Website:   https://www.ift-aft.org/your-benefits/scholarships

    Amount:  two $10000 ($2,500 each year for 4 years)

    Deadline:   March 6, 2020

    Description:  Child of any active IFT teacher.


    Carl J. Megel Special Education Scholarship

    Website:   https://www.ift-aft.org/your-benefits/scholarships

    Amount:  two $1000 scholarships

    Deadline:   March 6, 2020

    Description:  High school senior who is in special education wishing to pursue higher education or career training. .


    Golden Apple Scholars Of Illinois

    Website:   https://www.goldenapple.org/scholars

    Award:  up to $23,000 in tuition and assistance, paid summer internships in teaching (a guaranteed summer job), classroom teaching experience from the start, job placement assistance after college, ongoing mentorship and support from Golden Apple award-winning educators

    Deadline: April 03, 2020

    Description:  Students who plan to teach in Illinois for five years in a school of need. The Golden Apple scholars of Illinois is a scholarship program that identifies talented high school seniors, as well as first and second-year college students who have the promise and drive to be excellent teachers in high-need schools across Illinois

    State Schools Scholarship Links


    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/


    Websites to Assist in College and Scholarship Search







    www.fastaid.com www.iacac.org


    www.whatsnextillinois.org www.nacac.org





    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 of the required information ready to submit in time.