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Welcome to our scholarship page Steelmen! If you are here, it means you care about your future and your education, and that says a lot about you. Congratulations on taking this initiative, we admire you for that!

With that said, here is some great scholarship advise gathered from scholarship experts. First, READ READ READ! Make sure you are reading the scholarship eligibility criteria very carefully! You don’t want to waste time and effort applying for scholarship you do not qualify for.

You should also know that there are some great websites that will do the searching for you! These websites have you create a profile where they'll ask some questions about yourself and then match you with scholarships you could qualify for based on how you answered those questions. Some great websites we recommend are:










Another piece of advice when applying to scholarships is to know what kind of scholarship you’re applying for. There are national scholarships, state scholarships and local scholarships. Remember that the broader the criteria the more people there will be to compete against, which can lower your chances of winning it. Scholarships with narrower criteria, lower the amount of applicants and could potentially give you better odds of winning.

You should also keep in mind that the more scholarships you apply to the better the odds are that you’ll win one. Statistics show that students typically win 1 out of every 10 scholarships they apply for so get to it Steelmen!



10 Words or Less Scholarship
Sponsor: StudentScholarship.org
Amount: $500
Closing Date: November 1, 2017

Description: Scholarship is open to students between the ages of 14-25 who will be attending school in the Fall of 2018. Applicant must share in 10 words or less why they deserve the scholarship.


Education Matters Scholarship
Sponsor: Unigo
Amount: $5,000
Closing Date: November 30, 2017
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 and are currently enrolled (or will enroll no later than the fall of 2022) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education. Applicant will need to submit a short response to a given prompt.


Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program
Sponsor: Comcast
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: November 30, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to full-time high school seniors currently enrolled at a high school in a community serviced or approved by Comcast. Applicant must have a GPA of at least 2.8 and student must demonstrate leadership in school activities or work experiences. Program is a nomination-based award, and only one student per school may be nominated by their principal or guidance counselor


Forrest Park Alumni Scholarship
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: March 31, 2018
Description: Student must be a minority, have a 2.2 GPA or higher, graduate from a Joliet area high school in the Spring (2018), be accepted to a post-secondary school/training program and must show financial need. Please see Ms. Cardenas in room 279 for the paper application.


George S. and Stella M. Knight Essay Contest

Amount: up to $5000.00

Closing Date: December 31, 2017

Description: Applicant must be High school student. Student must submit an essay of between 800-1200 words, dealing with an event, person, philosophy or ideal associated with American Revolution, The Declaration of Independence, or the framing of the United States Constitution.  For more information click link above or see Mrs Isom in room 284




NIESHL Scholarship


Amount: $500

Closing Date: December 15, 2017

Description: Applicant must be High School junior or senior who is a heritage speaker of Spanish, and demonstrates exceptional interest in their Spanish speaking heritage and culture.  Must be enrolled in a world language course, GPA of 3.0.  All materials must be postmarked and google form submitted by December 15, 2017.


Hispanic Latino Coalition/Silver Cross Hospital Scholarship
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: March 12, 2018
: Student must be a descended from at least one of the following countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Spain, Uruguay or Venezuela. Applicants must be enrolled in a Will or Grundy county as a senior or enrolled as a college freshman. Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale have Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA), or be a U.S. Citizen or Legal U.S. resident. Please see Ms. Cardenas in room 279 or Mrs. Isom in PPS room 284 for the paper application.


Abri Credit Union Scholarship
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: January 31, 2018

Description: Applicant, parents, or grandparents must be Abri members for 3 months or more before application is submitted. Applicant must be a graduating high school senior who plans to attend an accredited college, university or vocational school for 2017-2018 or must be a full-time current college student. The application has a choice of a short 500-word essay or a 60-second video. For more details and to apply, click on the title of this scholarship.


Barbara J. Rakoski Volunteerism Scholarship
Sponsor: Holly Club

Amount: $1000
Closing Date: February 15, 2018
Description: Holly Club scholarships are one way in which its members demonstrate commitment to the youth in our community. We hope to recognize and encourage young people who are exhibiting the practice of being outward focused and the principle of showing gratitude through the act of giving back.

Consequently, while we wish to award students (male or female) whose GPA and college-entrance scores demonstrate the ability to succeed in post-high school academics, it is the characteristic of desiring to serve that is the most important in the selection process. Please see Ms. Cardenas in room 279 or Mrs. Isom in room 284 for the paper application.


The Illinois Odd Fellow-Rebekah Scholarship
Amount: $500
Closing Date: February 28, 2018
Description: Students from throughout the state of Illinois who wish to attend any post-secondary school or an accredited vocational or technical school and who have maintained at least a “C” average may apply. Students must be U.S. Citizens and residents of Illinois. They must also provide proof of financial need. Please see Ms. Cardenas in room 279 for the paper application.


IACAC Scholarship


Amount: $1000 ($500 per semester, non-renewable)

Closing Date: January 31, 2018

Description: The applicant must be a graduating senior from an IACAC member high school (where at least one counselor is an IACAC member) with a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. To verify if your high school is an IACAC member, contact Linda Haffner, (800) 829-0176

The applicant must enroll as a full-time, college freshman at a post-secondary institution in the 2018-2019 school year (preferably at an IACAC member institution); and the student must demonstrate involvement in high school, the community, or service to others with motivation to achieve personal goals. For more information click on the link above.



Sponsor: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Joliet/Area South Suburban Alumnae Chapter
Amount: $1000
Closing Date: March 14, 2018
Description: The Joliet Area/South Suburban Alumnae Chapter is one of over 900 Chapters of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.  In order for student to be eligible, he or she must attend high school and reside in our chapter service area. Student must be a graduating senior, a minority and have a minimum of 2.75 grade point average on a 4.0 scale or 3.70 grade point average on a 5.0 scale. For more information and application click on link above, or see Ms. Cardenas in room 279 or Mrs. Isom in room 284.


The Township Officials of Illinois Scholarship

Amount: $1500

Closing Date: March 1, 2018

Description: Must be a graduating Illinois high school senior with a minimum GPS of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale. Must be a U.S. citizen and resident of Illinois and plan to attend a university/college in Illinois.

Must have a history of extracurricular activities that demonstrates a willingness to accept leadership responsibilities (student government, club officer, etc.) or a commitment to civic responsibility, social consciousness and a willingness to serve the community (community service projects volunteer activities with local service agencies or charitable institutions, etc.)  Must submit a 500- word essay on The Role of Township Government in Today’s Society, two letters of recommendation from teachers, counselors, local official’s or business people. Must submit an official high school transcript. For more information see Mrs. Isom in room 284




The Fountain Essay Contest 2017

Sponsor: The Foundation Magazine
Amount: Up to $1,000
Closing Date: January 31, 2018

Description: There is no age limit or a condition to fulfill for entry. Applicant must submit an essay on How to Face a Disaster? Essay word count must be between 1500 and 2500 words.  Essay must be submitted as a word document only through the essay contest page. For more information please go to website.


Conservation Education Scholarship

Sponsor: Will/South Cook Soil & Water Conservation District
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: February 1, 2018
Description: Applicant must live within the boundaries of Will County or South Cook County. Must be a high school senior or graduate (diploma or GED). Applicant must attend an accredited college or trade school for the 2018/2019 school year and must be majoring in Agriculture or Natural Resources. To apply click on the title of this scholarship or see Ms. Cardenas in room 279 for the paper application.


Leopold Education Project Scholarship

Sponsor: Soil & Water Conservation Districts of Northeastern Illinois
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: February 15, 2018
Description: Scholarship is open to high school seniors currently enrolled in high school and who live within Boone, Cook DeKalb DuPage Kane Lake McHenry Will or Winnebago counties. Applicant must have a GPA of at least 3.0 and must be planning to study at an accredited two or four-year college or university and major in a program of study that will lead into a career in natural resources. To apply please see Ms. Cardenas in room 279 for the paper application.

Illinois PTA Scholarship

Amount: $3,000 for 1st place and $2,000 for 2nd place
Closing Date: February 15, 2018
Description: Student must be graduating seniors from an Illinois Public school; have a 3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale and must enroll in a college or university with an education-related major which may include librarian, school nurse, school psychologist or social worker. To apply please click on the title of the scholarship.


Zonta Club’s Young Women in Public Affairs Award


Amount: $1,000- $4,000
Closing Date: February 16, 2018
Description: Women who will be between the ages of 16-19 on April 1st 2018 and who live within the Zonta district or are citizens of a Zonta country, and who demonstrate evidence of the following may apply. (Joliet Central students who live in Joliet are within

  • Active commitment to volunteerism

  • Experience in local government, student government, or workplace leadership (paid or unpaid).

  • Volunteer leadership achievements.

  • Knowledge of Zonta International and its programs.

  • Support for Zonta International’s mission of empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy.

Please click on the link for application.


BBA of Will County

Sponsor: Black Bar Association of Will County

Amount: varies

Closing Date: January 10, 2018

Description: The Black Bar Association of Will County, established in December 2007, has worked diligently to carry out its mission "To Seek Justice" in the Will County area. In keeping with our mission, to serve our community, we have established a scholarship awards program to reward hard-working, Will County high school seniors with an opportunity to earn money for college through a competitive application process. Award recipients must attend the Black Bar Association Ball on February 10, 2018, which is the annual fundraiser for this scholarship, to provide highlights from the winning submission. Please follow all instructions carefully. For a copy of the application see Mrs. Isom in room 284


  • Completed application materials should be mailed in one envelope to the address above.

  • Applications must be completed in its entirety and must postmarked no later than January 10, 2018.

  • A non-related person must complete the letter of recommendation

  • Recommendation letters must be returned in sealed envelope with the recommender’s signature over the seal.

  • Although typing is not required, illegible applications will not be considered in the BBA awards process.

    General Guidelines:

  • Scholarship award recipients will be notified no later than January 27, 2018.

  • Scholarship funds will not be dispersed until verification of student enrollment in a college or university is received via mail or email by the BBA.

  • Unsigned applications will not be considered in the BBA awards process

  • Incomplete applications will not be considered in the BBA awards process

  • Emailed application materials will not be considered in the BBA awards process

  • Application Materials Will Not Be Returned


Contractors Association of Will & Grundy Counties

Amount: varies
Closing Date: April 13, 2018
Description: Applicants must be a son/daughter of an owner or full-time employee of a Contractors Association of Will & Grundy Counties or a son/daughter of a Will/Grundy union building tradesman. Applicants must also have at least a “C” average. As part of the application, students will need to submit their high school transcripts with ACT scores, an essay, two letters of recommendation and a resume. For more information and a link to the application please click on the title.


The Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship


Amount: Varies

Closing Date: February 1, 2018

Description: Must be a graduating high school senior; Plan to attend an accredited and approved four-year institution within the United States.  Show, leadership potential and demonstrate a dedication to community service.  Present evidence of financial need and be a United States citizen.  Have a minimum SAT score of 1,000 combined on the math and critical reading sections or a composite ACT score of 21. Not possess a degree from a 2 or 4 year College when applying for the scholarship. For more information click on the above link above or see Mrs. Isom in room 284.


The Junior League of Kane & Dupage Counties, Inc


Amount: $1000

Closing Date: March 1, 2018

Description: JLKD will award one $1,000 scholarship to a college-bound, female high school student who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to voluntarism. To apply, applicants will need to: (1) complete the online application, (2) provide an essay detailing their volunteer experience, (3) provide two letters of recommendation, and (4) provide proof of acceptance to a 2 or 4-year college or university.  To be eligible, applicants must attend a high school located in Kane, DuPage, Will, or Kendall County Illinois.  Full application instructions and details are available online.


CRCA Chicago Roofing Contractors Association


Amount: $4000

Closing Date: March 2, 2018

Description:  All Candidates must be:

1.High school seniors

2.Provisionally accepted as full-time students into undergraduate degree programs by four year accredited colleges for the following fields of study - liberal arts and sciences, engineering, architecture, or business.

3.United States citizens residing in Cook or other area counties.

4.ACT composite of 29 or greater or SAT equivalent

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS - The following is required from each candidate:

1. completed 3-page Application Form.

2.Two completed Personal Evaluation Sheets with a 1-page Letter of Recommendation. One from a high school faculty member/guidance counselor; the second is to be from a non-related adult outside the high school faculty. No other recommendations should be attached.

3.An official transcript of all high school records.

4.Official ACT Results (either directly from ACT or included on high school transcript or a photocopy of the ACT score accompanied by a letter of authenticity from high school guidance counselor. For more information click on link above.


The Patricia Johnson Scholarship (The Greater Joliet Area Alliance for Youth)

Amount: $250

Closing Date: March 1, 2018

Description:  Must be a graduating high school senior; and complete a student profile, applicant appraisal and evaluation.  For more information see Mrs. Isom in room 284


Community Services Council of Will County (CSC) Scholarship

Amount: $500
Closing Date: March 20, 2018
Description: Applicants must be current high school seniors who will graduate in the Spring and plan to attend college in the Fall. They must live or attend school in Will county. Please see Mrs. Isom in room 281 for the paper application.







































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