The consulting firm of AES Engineers is committed to continuing its support of higher education by providing $500 scholarships to deserving students. To be eligible the student needs to answer one of the essay questions that they will find on the website at www.aesengineers.com/scholarships.htm. Applications must be submitted by October 8, 2021.

The Heisman High School Scholarship presented by Acceptance Insurance is proud to continue its 27-year tradition of honoring the nation’s most esteemed high school seniors and supporting high school academic and athletic programs across the country. The program recognizes and rewards high school seniors who accomplish tremendous feats in the classroom, on the field, and most importantly, within their communities. For more information and to complete the application, click here. Applications must be submitted by October 19, 2021.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors each year. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, and their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. They award over $3.5 million annually in scholarships to young leaders. Visit www.coca-colascholarsfoundation.org for more information. Current high school seniors should apply by 5:00 p.m. on October 31, 2021.

Veterans of Foreign Wars sponsors the Voice of Democracy, a national patriotic speech writing competition open to 9th-12th grade students. Visit www.vfw.org/VOD/ for the application and more information. Entries must be submitted by October 31, 2021 to a local VFW chapter.


Southern Illinois Builders Association (SIBA) Scholarship Fund applications are now available online for students pursuing degrees in the fields of Construction Management/Construction Related Engineering/Architecture. For more information and the application visit siba-agc.org/Education/SIBAScholarship.aspx. Applications must be submitted by November 6, 2021.

Applications for the Elk's Most Valuable Student "MVS" Scholarship Award are available online at enf.elks.org/MVS. Deadline for submission to the local lodge is November 15, 2021 and should be submitted directly to the Scholarship Chairman, Herrin Elks #1146, Herrin, IL. Contact the Lodge at (618)942-5653 for more information.


The deadline to complete SIUC's General Scholarship Application to be eligible to apply for their top merit-based scholarships is December 1, 2021. Visit scholarships.siu.edu/ for more information and the application.

The purpose of the Golden Apple Scholars program is to recruit talented high school students who want to become teachers. Scholars agree to teach for five years in an Illinois school of need. Scholars receive $2500 each year for their freshman and sophomore years, and $5000 each year for their junior and senior years. With the addition of the four Summer Institute stipends of $2000 per summer, the total financial assistance package is $23,000. Visit www.goldenapple.org/apply to complete the application. Priority application deadline is December 15, 2021.

Thomas H. Moore IEC Memorial Scholarships are awarded based on grade point average, college entrance test scores, work and volunteer experience, participation in school and community activities, biographical statement and knowledge of electric cooperatives, as demonstrated by a short essay. For more details, please click here. Deadline for submission and completion of applications is December 31, 2021.


Marion Memorial Health Foundation Board is pleased to provide the following scholarships: $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors from the area high schools (including Carterville) and the R.D. Morgan, M.D. medical scholarship to a Marion High School senior who is pursuing a career as a medical doctor. If no MHS senior meets the qualifications, the scholarship will be open to area schools. Please click here for the requirements and the application. All applications should be returned to the Guidance Office by February 11, 2022.

The Mediacom World Class Scholarship Program is offering $1,000 scholarships to help students with upcoming college expenses such as tuition and textbooks. For more details and to complete the application, please click here. Deadline to submit applications is February 15, 2022.

The CBAI Foundation for Community Banking has announced its annual scholarship essay-writing contest. Essays are due by February 18, 2022 at 3 p.m. You may turn in your essay and application to your local Legence Bank or scan and email it to jgrinnell@legencebank.com. For more information about the CBAI Foundation and this scholarship visit www.cbai.com. The application and essay requirements are available by clicking here. You will also need information about the sponsoring Legence Bank in Eldorado to complete the application - click here for that information.

Farm Credit Illinois will award thirty $2,000 Agriculture Scholarships. Online registration and application are available at www.farmcreditIL.com/scholarship. Application deadline is February 28, 2022.


Williamson County Amvet Post 31 is offering two $500 scholarships for students who are a veteran or a child/grandchild of a veteran. For more details click here. For the application, click here. Deadline to submit the application is March 1, 2022.

John A. Logan College offers a $2,500 scholarship to a graduating senior who will be part of The Student Ambassador Program. The Student Ambassador Program is a leadership opportunity for students who are dedicated to serving and representing John A. Logan College. The mission of the Student Ambassador Program is to cultivate student leaders who will share the John A. Logan College experience with prospective students, their families, and community members and represent the College at special events. Please click here for the scholarship requirements and details. The online application can be found here. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2022.

The Kay and Walter Pape Scholarship from the Zion United Church of Christ is a $1,000 scholarship to a graduating high school senior or to an applicant who is presently attending college or trade school, or is enrolled in building construction classes, or has shown interest in the field of education through volunteer work in early childhood or in the field of education. Click here for the application and here for the description/cover page. Due date is March 3, 2022.

The Alumni Chapter of Beta Sigma Psi is offering a $3,000 scholarship given out to a Christian male freshman attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Fall 2021. There is no obligation to join Beta Sigma Psi or be related to a member of the fraternity to receive this award. Runners-up may be eligible for $500. Our scholarship application may be found online by clicking here. All applications are due March 5, 2022.

The Chemical Industry Council of Illinois, through the Illinois Chemical Education Foundation (ICEF) presents a number of $2,000 scholarships each year to high school senior science students. The ICEF's objective is to recognize and honor high school seniors who have exemplified outstanding achievement in academics, extracurricular/employment activities, and community involvement. To view available scholarships and the application, please click here. Application materials must be postmarked no later than March 5, 2022 and received no later than March 10, 2022.

Sheriff Bennie Vick will be awarding one scholarship in the amount of $500. Applicants must be permanent Illinois residents and scholarships must be utilized at institutions of higher learning within the State of Illinois. Applications are now available at your local Sheriff’s office or on the ISA Website www.ilsheriff.org. Students must complete the application, answer the essay question and return all documentation to the Sheriff’s office in their permanent county of residence by March 15, 2022. Directory of Sheriff’s offices are available on the website above.

The Horatio Alger Association Scholarship Programs have awarded over $175 million in college scholarships to deserving students. The scholarship provides financial assistance to students throughout the nation who have financial need and have exhibited integrity and perseverance in overcoming personal adversity. Scholarships range in value from $10,000 to $25,000. Students may apply online until March 15, 2022 at scholars.horatioalger.org.

The Illinois Masonic Children’s Assistance Program (IMCAP) administers the N. G. Cowen Scholarship for young adults enrolled in vocational or trade school programs. The goal of the Scholarship is to provide financial assistance to young adults from small towns in Southern Illinois, who are pursuing a training in the vocational or technical fields. The Scholarship can be used for vocational training expenses for tuition, fees, tools, uniforms, and books. Applications must be submitted by March 31, 2022. For more information and the application, click here.

Applications are now open for the Illinois Bankers Scholarship. As a member of the Illinois Bankers Association (IBA),Murphy-Wall State Bank and Trust is pleased to participate in the Illinois Bankers Scholarship Program. The IBA is awarding several scholarships to high school graduates and college students seeking a related degree in the financial services industry for the upcoming school year. The scholarship is intended to help support and continue building a vibrant talent pool of future leaders in the field of banking. Among other criteria, applicants must be sponsored by Murphy-Wall State Bank and Trust Company or another IBA member financial institution and accompanying bank officer, must be considering a career in the financial services industry, and must provide proof of enrollment or admission letter from a college or university. We welcome the opportunity to sponsor your student applicants. Contact Beth Thompson at 618-357-5373 to learn more about the scholarship program. Applications accepted until March 31, 2022. To learn more about the Illinois Bankers Scholarship Fund, please visit: www.ilbanker.com/Scholarship or apply online at Illinois Bankers Association > Education & Events > IB Scholarship > IB Scholarship Application (ilbanker.com).

SIU Credit Union offers scholarships to students enrolling into a two or four year college or university. Eligibility requirements and instructions on how to apply are included on the front page of the application. All applications for the 2021 Scholarship Program must be submitted no later than Wednesday, March 31, 2022. To learn more or to obtain the scholarship application, click here.


The purpose of the Golden Apple Scholars program is to recruit talented high school students who want to become teachers. Scholars agree to teach for five years in an Illinois school of need. Scholars receive $2500 each year for their freshman and sophomore years, and $5000 each year for their junior and senior years. With the addition of the four Summer Institute stipends of $2000 per summer, the total financial assistance package is $23,000. Visit www.goldenapple.org/apply to complete the application. Application deadline is April 1, 2022.

The LaVern and Nola McEntire Lineworker’s Scholarship is a $2,000 scholarship that will help pay for costs to attend the lineworker’s school conducted by the AIEC in conjunction with Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield, Illinois. Children of cooperative members, relatives of cooperative employees or directors, individuals enrolled in the Lincoln Land lineworker’s school and individuals who have served or are serving in the armed forces or National Guards are all eligible for the lineworker’s scholarship. This scholarship will be based on an essay, a biographical statement, references and a recommendation that will be submitted. The deadline for this scholarship is April 30, 2022. Click here for more details and the link to the application.

The local chapter for the Association of Perioperative Nursing (AORN Chapter 1402) is a non-profit organization that raises money throughout the year in order to offer a monetary scholarship to an individual entering the healthcare field. Click here for the link to this year's application. The deadline to apply is April 30, 2022.

Ongoing Deadlines

The State of Illinois offers 40 Illinois State Tuition Waivers for every State University that offers the Army ROTC program. These tuition waivers are offered for the fall and spring semesters. If awarded, 100% tuition and the General Activity Fee will be waived for that semester. A student must apply every semester. Applications are distributed the first week of each semester, and waivers are awarded by mid-semester. If awarded, the recipient must meet the basic requirements to maintain the tuition waiver for that semester. For more information, as well as contact information for the SIUC Army ROTC, visit https://armyrotc.siu.edu/.