Scholarships are listed by month according to deadlines for submission. Keep in mind that the more scholarships you apply to the better the odds are that you’ll win one. 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. Scholarships with narrower criteria, lower the amount of applicants and could potentially give you better odds of winning. 

Good Luck! 

Listed by Submission Deadline:


Ron Brown Scholarship Program 
Closing Date: January 9, 2019
Amount: $10,000

Description: Eligible students must be Black/African American; excel academically; exhibit exceptional leadership potential; participate in community service activities; demonstrate in financial need; be a US citizen or hold a permanent resident visa care; and be a current highs school senior

Millikan University 
Closing Date: January 15, 2019
Amount: $4,000

Description: Scholarships are often based on academic achievement or talent, or financial need, and deadlines and requirements vary.  Go to the website for information and specific deadlines.

ISCA Student Scholarship 
Closing Date: January 15, 2019
Amount: $1,000

Description: ISCA awarded two ($1,000) scholarships to two (2) high school seniors. We are excited to be able to offer the scholarship again to members' students in the Class of 2019. Students who will be completing high school in 2019 are eligible for this non-renewable $1,000 scholarship. The scholarship can be used to support the following post-secondary options: 4 year college/university, 2 year college/university, trade school or apprenticeship program.

Abri Credit Union’s Scholarship Program  
Closing Date: January 31, 2019
Amount: $1,000

Description: Graduating high school senior OR Existing higher education student! Winner not chosen on financial need or GPA!

The Great Scholarship Program
Closing Date: January 31, 2019
Amount: $250

Description: The annual Great Scholarship Program, given in memory of Alice Madden Barton to help students along their path to a successful and rewarding career in the field of Cosmetology. The local Great Clips salon owners who evaluate and select winners will determine award values based on the number of applicants, available funds, and other factors.


NAACP Joliet Branch Scholarship
NAACP #3018 Scholarship Application
Closing Date: February 1, 2019
Amount: $1,000

Description: It is that time of year again! Joliet NAACP Branch #3018 is now accepting our scholarship application for high school students who are matriculating to college in 2019. We have two types of scholarships for consideration this year. Students will be considered for both awards when the application is received, but may only be eligible to receive one. Here are the following scholarships and their requirements:

  1. ​NAACP Joliet Branch Scholarship (Sponsored by the Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission)
  2. NAACP Book Scholarship
Barbara J. Rakoski Volunteerism College Scholarship
Holly Club Barbara J. Rakoski Application
Closing Date: February 15, 2019
Amount: $1,000

Description: 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 that trait of desiring to serve that is the most important in our selection process. In 2019 three recipients pursuing a two-year or four-year degree will be awarded a one-time $1000 scholarship.  

Conservation Education Scholarship 
Closing Date: February 15, 2019
Amount: $1,000

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 2019/2020 school year and must be majoring in Agriculture or Natural Resources. Click the above link to apply.

Leopold Education Project Scholarship 
Closing Date: February 15, 2019
Amount: $1,000

Description: Scholarship is open to high school seniors currently enrolled in high school and who live within Boone, Cook, DeKalb, Kane, Lake McHenry, Will or Winnebago counties. Applicant must have a GPA of at least 3.0 and must 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.

WACE National Co-op Scholarship Program 
Closing Date: February 15, 2019

Description: Eligible seniors must have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale, apply for the 2019-2020 academic year at one of the WACE Partner Institutions listed on the website and meet other merit scholarship criteria as established by the institution(s) selected on the application.

University of St. Francis MERIT Scholarship
Closing Date: February 15, 2019
Amount: $8,000

Description: The MERIT Scholarship provides scholarships for qualifying students of color who major in education at USF. MERIT Scholarship recipients are required to teach in a Joliet school for either four years (Joliet Township High School seniors planning to attend USF for four years) or two years (Joliet Junior College students planning to transfer to USF for two years). Scholars are selected based on qualities that indicate their potential to become exemplary teachers.

The MERIT Scholarship is a partnership between USF, Joliet Township High School District 204, Joliet Public Schools District 86, Joliet Junior College, and the Joliet community. It is intended to help recruit, prepare, place, and induct a new generation of teachers of color for Joliet’s schools.

Beta Sigma Psi Educational Foundation Scholarship  
Closing Date: February 16, 2019

Description: Several scholarships are available from the Beta Sigma Psi National Lutheran Educational Foundation.  Eligible students must be male and members of a Lutheran congregation who will be attending any college or university in the fall of 2019.  Students are not required to join Beta Sigma Psi or be related to one of its members. 

Dean Ritter Trust for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Closing Date: February 28, 2019

Description: Eligible students must have a significant hearing loss in one or both ears; be a resident in the state of Illinois (citizenship not required); currently be a high school senior in good standing; and exhibit financial need. Go to for more information and to apply. Applications must be Postmarked no later than Februray 28, 2019.


Associated Orthodontists Scholarships
Closing Date: March 1, 2019
Amount Awarded: $1,000

Description: Eligible students must be graduating seniors in December 2018 or May 2019, have a GPA of at lease a 3.0, and be a current or former patient who received full braces at Associated Orthodontists. Go to for more information and an application.

Golden Apple Scholars 
Closing Date: March 1, 2019

Description: Eligible students must be a high school Senior; U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen (DACA recipients) and resident of Illinois; ACT Composite of 22 or higher and minimum of 6 on Writing; SAT Composite of 1110 or higher and a minimum of 26 on writing; cumulative 2.5 GPA; and unofficial transcripts.

The Illinois Odd Fellow-Rebekah Scholarship Award 
Closing Date: March 1, 2019

Description: Eligible students must be a citizen of the United States or provided proof of Naturalization; be a resident of Illinois; provide proof of financial need; maintain at least a “C” grade average; and complete the application by the deadline.  Students may attend any post-secondary school or accredited vocational or technical training school. 

Patricia Johnson Scholarship 
Patricia Johnson Scholarship Application 
Closing Date: March 1, 2019

Description: Must be a senior planning to attend a college or university after graduation. The Patricia Johnson Scholarship is awarded annually by JAY (The Greater Joliet Area Alliance for Youth). 

Will County Farm Bureau Foundation 
Closing Date: March 1, 2019
Amount Awarded: $1,200 

Description: Eligible students must be members or dependents of members in good standing of the Will County Farm Bureau.  Scholarships are based on financial need, scholastic ability and service/activities of the applicant in school church and community. 

Illinois Elks Children's Care Corporation
Closing Date: March 8, 2019
Amount Awarded: $500 

Description: Eligible students must be a legal resident of Illinois or the border area of a neighboring state under the jurisdiction of an Illinois Elks Lodge; be a full-time student in a recognized physical or occupational therapy program; and have and maintain a "B" or higher cumulative grade point average.

Illinois Elks Children's Care Corporation Physical or Occupational Therapy Major Assistant Application
Closing Date: March 8, 2019
Amount Awarded: $500 

Description: Eligible students must be a legal resident of Illinois or the border area of a neighboring state under the jurisdiction of an Illinois Elks Lodge; be a full-time student in a recognized physical or occupational therapy assistant program; and have and maintain a "B" or higher cumulative grade point average.

Illinois Elks Children's Care Corporation Physical or Occupational Therapy
Closing Date: March 8, 2019
Amount Awarded: $500 

Description: Eligible students must be a legal resident of Illinois or the border area of a neighboring state under the jurisdiction of an Illinois Elks Lodge; be a full-time student in a recognized physical or occupational therapy program; and have and maintain a "B" or higher cumulative grade point average.

Dr. Daniel Gutierrez Scholarship 2019  
Closing Date: March 11, 2019
Amount Awarded: $1000

Description: The Dr. Daniel Gutierrez Scholarship aims to strengthen the local community by advancing post-secondary education among Hispanic students. These scholarships are made possible through a grant awarded to the Hispanic Latino Coalition by the Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission and through fundraising efforts of the Hispanic Latino Coalition.

Recipients of the HLC scholarship are required to:

  • Be of Hispanic/Latino descent;
  • Be enrolled in a Will or Grundy County High School as a senior or enrolled as a college freshman;
  • Be admitted or enrolled in a 2 or 4 year institution or trade school that is accredited.
  • A letter of acceptance must be submitted before a scholarship will be awarded.
  • Have a minimum cumulative 3.00 GPA on a 4.00 scale (or the equivalent);
  • Be a U.S. citizen or legal United States Resident or have Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals(DACA) status.
Forest Park Alumni Scholarship Fund 
Forest Park Alumni Scholarship Fund Application
Closing Date: March 31, 2019

Description: Eligible students must be a minority; have a 2.2 grade point average or higher; graduating Joliet Area High School Senior; accepted to a post-secondary school/training program; and demonstrate financial need


Magnus Charitable Trust Scholarship 
Amount: $40,000
Closing Date:  April 5, 2019

Description: Eligible students must be committed to make the world a better place; graduate from high school by June 2019; have an overall G.P.A. of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale; provide family income information; meet the eligible medium annual household income for single or dual parent households; and complete an essay and the application.  Go to for more information.   See your counselor for an application. 


Temple Hoyne Buell Memorial Scholarship 
Amount: $1000
Closing Date: May 3, 2019

Description: ​The Temple Hoyne Buell Scholarship is offered to incoming freshman men who will be attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign beginning in the Fall 2019 semester.

Alianza Scholarship 
Alianza Scholarship Application
Closing Date: May 5, 2019
Amount: $2,000 (Available for 2 students at each campus, JWHS and JCHS)

Description: Eligible students are 2019 graduating seniors attending Joliet West High School, Joliet Central High School or Joliet Catholic Academy. All applicants must have a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale. Applicant must have a letter or recommendation from instructor, employer, community leader (i.e. church pastor, community service professional, fraternal order, etc.), Alianza de Negocios member, or any member of the Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce & Industry.


Will County Lodging Association
The Carol Hamilton Hospitality Scholarship
Amount: $1500
Closing Date: June 1, 2018

Description: Scholarship is for a graduating senior.  Student pursuing education in Hospitality Management in Illinois and reside in Will County.  Student will need to complete an essay and have an Letter of recommendation.  For more information see Mrs. Isom in room 284

Cathedral Area Preservation Association Scholarship
Closing Date:  June 1, 2018

Description: Eligible student must live within CAPA boundaries and household is a current CAPA member; must have attended a Joliet Area High School for at least 3 years; and complete essay on the topic provided.  See your counselor for an application.

Horatio Alger Association Career & Technical Scholarship Program
Closing Date: June 15, 2018

Description: Eligible students must have completed high school by Spring 2018; be enrolled in a 2 year or less career or technical degree/certificate program in Fall 2018 that will lead to employment; attend a not-for-profit post-secondary institution; demonstrate financial need; and be a United States citizen.  Go to for more information and to apply.



Streitz Dental Arts Academic Scholarship  
Closing Date: August 1, 2018
Amount: $1,000

We welcome applicants who are attending ANY type of educational program beyond high school, which includes “traditional” colleges, vocational ,and technical educational programs. We’ve tried to make it as simple and as straight forward as possible. Just submit a few documents and a short video telling us about your future plans and how you would benefit from the Streitz Dental Academic Scholarship! Applicants must be current high school seniors, recent high school graduates, or currently enrolled in post-high school education.



AES Engineering Scholarship
Closing Date: October 6, 2018

Description: Scholarships are intended for our future leaders across a wide spectrum of fields of study. This award is available to high school seniors and all students attending a post-secondary educational facility.  You are not required to be taking Engineering courses to be eligible.  

Wendy's High School Heisman
Closing Date: October 17, 2018 by 5p.m Central Time

Description: Eligible seniors must have maintained at least a B average, participate in at least one school-sponsored sport, is a leader in the community and role model in school.

University of Dayton 
Closing Date: October 24, 2018
Amount: $10,000 

Description: Eligible students must plan to attend the University of Dayton; have an innate desire for personal development; and are committed to service within their school, church or community. See your counselor by October 24, 2018 to be considered a nominee.

Horatio Alger Scholarship  
Closing Date: October 25, 2018

Description: Eligible students must be enrolled full-time as a high school senior in the U.S. with plans to enter college no later than the Fall semester following graduation; exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor’s degree at an accredited institution in the U.S.; demonstrate critical financial need; be involved in co-curricular and community service activities; display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity; hold a minimum grade point average of 2.0; and be a U.S. citizen. 

Voice of Democracy 
Closing Date: October 31, 2018

Description: Established in 1947, our Voice of Democracy audio-essay program provides high school students with the unique opportunity to express themselves in regards to a democratic and patriotic-themed recorded essay. Each year, nearly 40,000 9-12 grade students from across the country enter to win their share of $2.1 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the program. 


Wichita State  
Closing Date: November 1, 2018

Description: Scholarship Competitions, students must apply to be eligible.

Elks National Foundation
Closing Date: November 15, 2018

Description: Most Valuable Student Scholarship – Any high school senior who is a US Citizen may apply.  Applications are judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need.  Application period begins Aug 15, 2018. 

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship
Closing Date: November 20, 2018

Description: The Cooke College Scholarship Program is an undergraduate scholarship program available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend and graduate from the nation’s best four-year colleges and universities. The application will open on September 6, 2018. 


University of St. Francis  
Many scholarships are available at the University of St. Francis.