The Southwestern Illinois College Scholarship Program is part of an ongoing effort to attract students who are outstanding in academic, athletic and activity areas. Scholarships are awarded in the following categories:

Back to Top Top 10 Percent Scholarship

Students must be graduating, or have graduated, from a Southwestern Illinois College District 522 public or private high school in the top ten percent of their graduating class in January or June immediately prior to the academic term for which the award is made. Southwestern Illinois College must be the first college of matriculation after high school graduation; college transfer students are not eligible. Top ten percent status must be verified with an official 7th or 8th semester high school transcript. Home schooled students age 16 and older who are District 522 residents may qualify based on ACT scores in the 90th or better percentile (e.g., top ten percent) nationally for the testing year. District 522 GED graduates may qualify based on test scores in the top ten percent of scores attained by Southwestern GED graduates who tested during the academic year.

Applicants must complete a Top Ten Percent Scholarship application and apply for financial assistance using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), listing Southwestern Illinois College in the college release section. If the student is eligible for federal or state grant aid additional information may be required and will be requested by the Financial Aid and Student Employment Office.

The scholarship is awarded for up to six consecutive semesters (96 credit hour maximum), that may begin as soon as the first Southwestern term following the recipient's high school graduation. Students must maintain a semester 3.0 GPA and 67 percent completion rate for continued eligibility. This scholarship is canceled if these conditions are not met. There are no "leave of absence" or appeal provisions. The scholarship pays tuition only. Fees and books are not covered by the scholarship. The scholarship can be used at any campus and/or extension center. Any other tuition-only scholarship award supersedes the scholarship.

Download the Top 10 Percent Scholarship Application 2014-2015

Back to Top Sophomore Scholarships

Awarded to outstanding sophomore students (three per campus - Belleville, Granite City, Red Bud) who meet the following criteria:

  • The student must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) listing Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC) in the college release section. The student must have completed at least 30 semester hours at SWIC but less than 46 hours at SWIC, with a cumulative 3.5 GPA. Transfer hours from another institution are NOT included. The student is encouraged to take as many credit hours as possible at the sponsoring campus. A counselor at the appropriate campus will review the recipient's schedule and sign-off on the schedule prior to the July 1 scholarship deadline. Enrollments at another campus necessary to complete major requirements will be taken into consideration.
  • The scholarship is for tuition only. Any other tuition only scholarship award supersedes the Sophomore Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded for the fall and spring semesters. The scholarship does not cover the summer semester. It is awarded for two consecutive semesters (no leave of absence). The student must be enrolled full-time to receive the scholarship. If the student is eligible for federal and state grant aid additional information may be required and will be requested by the Financial Aid and Student Employment Office.
  • The student must maintain a 3.0 (or above) semester GPA. The student must maintain at least a 67 percent completion rate every semester according to the published Financial Aid Standards for Satisfactory Academic Progress. The student must submit to the Scholarship Specialist a Sophomore Scholarship Application that 1) describes his/her educational plans and career choices, 2) explains how he/she plans to finance his/her education and 3) how the scholarship will benefit them. The application deadline (for ALL materials) is July 1 for the following academic year. The Scholarship Committee will determine the recipients based upon the above criteria.

  Download the Sophomore Scholarship Application 2014-2015

Back to Top Activity Scholarships

Awarded to full-time students involved in:

  • Activities Programming
  • Newspaper/Publications
  • Three-Act-Play
  • Art
  • Stage Band
  • Phi Theta Kappa
  • Choir/Music
  • Technical Theatre
  • Performing Arts

The scholarship pays tuition for up to one academic year (two continuous semesters). Students are required to complete the FAFSA, and a Tuition Scholarship Award Application, and meet all of the following criteria:

  • Maintain eligibility according to the financial aid satisfactory academic progress requirements as explained in this handbook.
  • Enroll full-time (minimum 12 hours) and complete 67 percent of hours attempted each semester with a GPA of 2.0.
  • Perform the duties defined by your Activities scholarship sponsor.

Contact the Student Activities Office or the department in which you are interested for more information.

Back to Top Athletic Scholarships

Awarded to full-time students involved in:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Softball
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

The amount of the award varies. Athletes must be nominated by their head coach, complete a Tuition Scholarship Award Application, meet NJCAA eligibility criteria and should complete the FAFSA.

Back to Top Foundation Scholarships

A variety of scholarships are available from the Southwestern Illinois College Foundation. Scholarships are generally based on academic merit and have an application deadline in March for the following academic year. For information regarding specific criteria and an application, visit the Foundation scholarship page.

Back to Top Scholarship Searches

Federal Student Aid 

Free scholarship searches, as well as other helpful information, are available on the Federal Student Aid website.

Illinois Student Assistance Commission

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission website offers free scholarship searches, Illinois scholarship applications and other helpful information.

Illinois Career Information System

The Illinois Career Information System website provides a database of scholarships available to residents of Illinois. Students may also visit Room 1140 in the Information Science building on the Belleville campus for additional assistance.

Student Scholarships

The Student Scholarships website provides access another database of scholarships.

Back to Top Private Scholarships

Southwestern Illinois College administers many scholarships sponsored by community organizations.

Students awarded a community sponsored scholarship will be notified when the Financial Aid and Student Employment Office receives official notification and payment from the donor. Recipients should contact their donor for exact scholarship guidelines and should thank their donor in writing.

The student's account will be credited for tuition and/or fees payment. For scholarships allowing book purchase, the recipient must contact the Financial Aid and Student Employment Office to sign an Authorization To Release Information form. This allows the Financial Aid Office to release scholarship information to Barnes & Noble at the SWIC bookstore. On the first day of class, students may begin charging their books. Students charging books must have a valid SWIC student ID card, which can be obtained from Public Safety. If the guidelines of the scholarship permit remaining funds (those not used for tuition, fees and books) to be disbursed to the student, the student will receive a check after all Southwestern Illinois College charges have been paid.

The scholarships below are available for student to apply to directly.  

Regions Riding Forward

Deadline: Feb. 26, 2015

Award: $3,500 - $5,000


  • Must be a legal resident or currently attending a college or university in a state in which Regions Bank operates
  • Must be 16 years or older
  • Have at least one year (or 18 credit hours) remaining before graduation
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale

Apply online at the Regions Bank website.

Life Happens

Deadline: March 1, 2015

Award: TBA


  • Must be legal resident of the 50 United states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico
  • Be between the ages of 17 and 24
  • Have experienced the death of a parent or legal guardian
  • Currently enrolled in, or been accepted to a college, university, or trade school within the 50 United States, District of Columbia, or Puerto Rico
  • Applications accepted beginning Feb. 2, 2015

Visit Life Happens for details and application.

Illinois Pilots Association

Deadline: March 1, 2015

Award: $2,000


  • Resident of Illinois
  • Majoring in an aviation-oriented curriculum
  • Full-time enrollment at an Illinois college or university

Apply online at the Illinois Pilots Association website.

St. Louis Area Mensa Scholarship

Deadline: March 1, 2015

Award: $1,000


  • Must be resident of the St. Louis Area Mensa
  • Must be undergraduate 
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Must have a declared major in any of the mental health related fields
  • Submit an essay of 250-500 words
  • Official copy of college transcript

Visit the St. Louis Area Mensa website for application and details.

IRTA Foundation Scholarship

Deadline: March 7, 2015

Award: $1,500 per year

See the Financial Aid and Student Employment office for details and application

Grainger Tools For Tomorrow

Deadline: March 12, 2015

Award: $2,000


  • Must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours in a skilled trades or public safety program
  • Must be in final year of program in the 2015-2016 academic year
  • Letter of recommendation from professor, teacher or advisor
  • College transcript demonstrating GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Essay of 200-300 words on why you chose to study skilled trades/public safety, how your achievements and/or leadership roles have helped you grow individually and your future career goals
  • List of clubs, activities, accomplishments, leaderships roles held and years involved, including those related to your field of study or military job experience
  • Must submit Grainger application and all supporting documentation to the Financial Aid and Student Employment office

Download Grainger scholarship application.

Junior Service Club

Deadline: March 13, 2015

Award: TBA

See the Financial Aid and Student Employment office for application

HBA Professional Women in Building

Deadline: March 15, 2015

Award: TBA

See the Financial Aid and Student Employment office for application

Pointe Pest Control

Deadline: March 31, 2015

Award: $750 one time award


  • Must be a high school senior or college freshman from the state of Illinois
  • Must attach a student aid report showing income status of household 
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Transcript must be attached with counselor or school representative signature
  • Applicants are encouraged to submit recommendation letters and/or resumes to substantiate their application

Apply online at the Pointe Pest Control website.

AAC Behavioral Health Academic Scholarship

Deadline: May 31, 2015

Award: $5,000.00 maximum


  • Must be entering/enrolled in behavioral health, nursing, counseling, psychology, social work, marriage/family therapy, or other program focusing on treating mental health and/or substance abuse issues.
  • High school graduate as of Summer 2015
  • Full or part-time undergraduate or college graduate student

Apply online at the American Addiction Centers website.