Top 20% Scholarship

Download the Top 20 Percent Scholarship Application 2018-2019

Students must have graduated from a Southwestern Illinois College District 522:

High school graduates must be ranked in the top 20 percent of their graduating class. Proof must be provided by submitting an official 8th-semester high school transcript including the number of students in your class and your class rank. If your official transcript has already been sent to Enrollment Services, please notify the Financial Aid Office.
High school equivalency completers must be ranked in the top 20 percent of their equivalency group. Proof must be provided by submitting a non-returnable copy of their high school equivalent certificate and an official letter from the Adult Basic Education Office identifying them as scoring in the top 20 percent of their equivalency group.
Home-school graduates must have a composite score of 25/36 or higher on the ACT test and be at least 16 years old. Proof must be provided by submitting a non-returnable copy of official ACT scores. SAT composite score of 1230/1600 and be at least 16 years old. Proof must be provided by submitting a non-returnable copy of official SAT scores.

A complete Top 20% Application (including all required application information) must be submitted by the second week of the first semester of attendance following high school completion. The scholarship must be used toward enrollment within the academic year immediately following high school completion: Fall (9/1/2017), Spring (1/26/2018) or Summer (6/8/2018). The scholarship may be used for the summer semester immediately following high school completion only if continuously enrolled in the fall semester of the following academic year.

If the student attends any other college, university, trade school, etc. after high school completion prior to attending SWIC, the student is not eligible to apply for the scholarship. Dual credit earned while the student is still in high school does not affect eligibility. Students may receive the scholarship for up to six semesters of continuous enrollment (summer attendance not required). If the student has a break in enrollment, the scholarship is terminated. If a student chooses to attend summer, it will count as one of the six semesters.

To maintain continuous scholarship eligibility, you must maintain a 3.0 semester GPA and a cumulative completion rate of 67 percent, regardless of the source of tuition payment. Cumulative completion rate may be calculated by dividing total hours earned by total hours attempted. The scholarship pays tuition only for classes that appear on the student’s academic transcript. It does not pay fees, books or fees associated with proficiency examinations. Students must be degree or certificate seeking at SWIC to receive the scholarship.

Sophomore Scholarships

Download the Sophomore Scholarship Application 2018-2019

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 not more than 45 hours at SWIC, with a cumulative 3.5 GPA at the time of application. The student is encouraged to take as many credit hours as possible at the sponsoring campus. 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 (12 credits) 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 satisfactory progress (minimum 3.0 semester and cumulative GPA and a 67 percent cumulative completion rate) to receive the award for the second semester.
  • The student must submit to the Scholarship Coordinator 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 him/her.

The application deadline (for ALL materials) is Aug. 1 for the following academic year. The Scholarship Committee will determine the recipients based upon the above criteria. All hours from other colleges must be transferred to SWIC and evaluated for the student’s degree prior to the Aug. 1 deadline. Transfer hours in combination with SWIC hours may not exceed 96 attempted credit hours.

STEM Scholars Program

Download the 18-19 STEM Scholars Program Application

Download the 19-20 STEM Scholars Program Application

A program funded by the National Science Foundation that provides financial support (covering tuition, fees, and cost of living) as well as academic support to selected students who meet the following criteria:

  • The student must be planning on transferring to a four-year school and majoring in STEM. According to the National Science Foundation’s S-STEM solicitation, “STEM” refers to, “science, technology, engineering, and mathematics” and includes
  • biological sciences (except medicine and other clinical fields),
  • physical sciences (including physics, chemistry, astronomy, and materials science),
  • mathematical sciences,
  • computer and information sciences,
  • geosciences,
  • engineering,
  • technology areas associated with the preceding disciplines (for example, biotechnology, chemical technology, engineering technology, information technology, etc.).
  • The student must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) listing Southwestern Illinois College, (School code:001636) as a choice of school in the college release section. The student must be eligible for federal aid.
  • All recipients of this scholarship must be a resident of SWIC District 522 or East St. Louis at the time of application and during attendance at SWIC. In addition, all recipients of this scholarship must be U. S. citizens, nationals (as defined in section 101(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act), permanent resident aliens, or aliens admitted as refugees (as defined by section 207 of the Immigration and Nationality Act).
  • The student must score at least 22 on the ACT, or take SWIC’s placement tests and place at least into ENG101 and MATH97. A non-returnable copy of Official ACT scores must be provided, or ACCUPLACER tests must be taken at SWIC.
  • The student must be enrolled full-time each semester (minimum of 12-semester credits) to receive the scholarship. The scholarship pays for a maximum of 18 credits per semester. With permission, the scholarship will cover a summer course and/or a third year of participation.
  • The student must maintain satisfactory progress (minimum 2.75 semester and cumulative GPA) and complete program requirements (attend > 80% of enhancement events and study sessions, complete and submit > 80% of all mentor logs, submit >75% of all instructor evaluations) to receive the award for additional semesters.

The scholarship is for tuition for classes that appear on student’s academic transcripts, as well as fees, books, and living expenses. The scholarship will be renewed automatically for a second year assuming the recipient is meeting the program requirements (including filing the FAFSA every year for the duration of program participation).

Visit the STEM Scholar Program page for more information:

Activity Scholarships

Awarded to full-time students involved in any of the following:

  • 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, complete 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 the 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.

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.

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.

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.

Student Scholarships
The Student Scholarships website provides access to another database of scholarships.

Thurgood Marshall College Fund Scholarships (TMCF)

The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) website offers four types of unique scholarships that are merit, plus need-based designed to address the financial needs of students attending TMCF member-schools.

Private Scholarships

Southwestern Illinois College administers many scholarships sponsored by community organizations. The Financial Aid and Student Employment Office does not accept scholarships that are not specifically for our students’ educational purposes.

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 listed as information only. SWIC is not responsible for the content or security on these third-party sites.

Air Force Association 2019 Scholarships

Deadline: Various

Award: Various

Requirements:

This is a link to the 2019 list of AFA scholarships specifically geared towards military members, their spouses, and dependents. There are opportunities for students pursuing both undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Visit website for information and application.

Aviation Flight, Management and Maintenance Scholarships

Deadline: Various

Award: Various

Requirements:

This is a link to a list of scholarships specifically geared towards students interested in the fields of Aviation Flight, Management, and Maintenance. Read the requirements carefully and complete each section of each scholarship for which you are applying.

Visit website for information and application.

IAA Foundation Scholarship

Illinois Agriculture Association

Deadline: Feb. 1, 2019
Award: Various
Requirements:

  • Must be a high school graduate or graduating in 2019
  • Must be an Illinois Farm Bureau member, spouse of a member, or member’s child (except for Prairie Farms, St. Louis District Dairy Council scholarships, and Twin Creek Family Farm Scholarship)
  • Must be accepted for enrollment or be enrolled at an accredited college, university, community college or trade school majoring in agriculture, agribusiness or a closely related field (except for Ratermann, Prairie Farms, St. Louis District Dairy Council scholarships, Herman & Cecilia Wiedle Scholarship Fund)
  • Must exhibit potential for successful completion of course of study
  • Must be a resident of Illinois (except for Prairie Farms and St. Louis Dist. Dairy Council Scholarships)
  • May not be a spouse, child, sibling, grandchild, son-in-law, or daughter-in-law of an IAA Foundation trustee, employee, or current member of the Illinois Farm Bureau Board of Directors.

Visit website for information and application

O’Fallon Garden Club Scholarship

Deadline: March 1, 2019
Award: $500
Requirements:

  • Open to high school students who plan to pursue a career in a plant-related discipline, such as agricultural studies, floriculture, horticulture, landscaping, botany, biology, forestry, plant pathology/science, city/rural/urban planning, ecology, environmental studies, etc.
  • Must provide a statement of intent to enroll in a university, college, or community college for the Fall 2019 semester.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who are residents of the city of O’Fallon or the village of Shiloh or who are currently attending or have graduated from the O’Fallon Township High School.

Visit website for information and application

IRTA Scholarship

Illinois Retired Teacher Association
Deadline: March 7, 2019
Award: $1,500
Requirements:

  • Application must be postmarked no later than March 7th and mailed to the IRTA office prior to the student’s junior or senior year in college
  • Must be accepted into a Teacher Certification Program
  • Must be a resident of Illinois or have graduated from an Illinois high school
  • Applicant may attend school in any state as long as the school attended maintains an accredited Teacher Training program
  • Must have and maintain at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Must furnish a copy of the university or college official transcript prior to receiving funds

See the Financial Aid, Student Employment & Veteran Service Office for application.

St. Clair County Farm Bureau Scholarship

Deadline: March 15, 2019
Award: $500 per semester
Requirements:

  • Must be a St. Clair County Farm Bureau member, spouse of a member, or dependent of a member
  • Must be a graduating senior or high school graduate.
  • Must have applied, intends to apply, or have been accepted for enrollment at an Illinois accredited college, university, or community college
  • Must be pursuing an agriculture or ag-related degree

See the Financial Aid, Student Employment & Veteran Service Office or the Academic Advisement Office for an application.

Patriot Education Fund

Deadline: March 17, 2019
Award: TBA
Requirements:

  • Must be a United States citizen with a valid driver’s license or ID card
  • Must be a Post‐9/11 military member (active duty/reservist/veteran) Rank E1 to E5 enlisted OR the spouse of OR the dependent child of a Post‐9/11 military member
  • Must be eligible to receive Post‐9/11 GI Bill benefits (if you are eligible to receive Post‐9/11 benefits, but your benefits are exhausted, please apply. Exhausted benefits do not disqualify an applicant.)
  • Must be formally accepted into the program for which you are seeking funding (acceptance letter will be required)
  • Must demonstrate financial need. Applicant must have a financial gap in tuition and mandatory fees for the upcoming academic year. If you do not have a financial gap or are not financially responsible for any tuition and mandatory fees during the upcoming academic year, you are not eligible to apply. If you are a working student, student worker, or have any income, you will need to provide a pay stub

Visit the website for information and application.

UMSL Community College President’s Scholarship

University of Missouri-St. Louis
Fall 2019 Transfer Students
Deadline: March 18, 2018
Award: TBA
Requirements:

Completed applications must be submitted to the SWIC Financial Aid Office by March 18th deadline for Fall 2019 consideration

  • Must be admitted to UMSL for consideration
  • Must have a GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Must have earned an Associates degree from an articulated agreement with UMSL
  • Must receive Associates degree prior to starting at UMSL
  • Must be seeking a first Bachelor’s degree
  • Must complete the application and submit to the community college from which student is transferring
  • Additional information about this scholarship can be viewed here

Click here for the application.

HBA-PWB Scholarship

Home Builders Association-Professional Women in Building
Deadline: March 31, 2019
Award: $500
Requirements:

  • Applications will not be accepted before January 1, 2019
  • Must be a female under 20 years old
  • Must be pursuing a construction-related career path: construction management, construction technology, civil engineering, architecture, design, or any of the trade specialties
  • Must be a senior in high school or enrolled in community college, university, or trade school
  • Must be in good academic standing with a C+ grade average or higher
  • Must reside in one of the following Illinois counties:  Bond, Calhoun, Clinton, Greene, Jersey, Madison, Monroe, Randolph, St. Clair
  • Must submit a letter of recommendation from your school counselor or teacher
  • Must be enrolled in courses for a minimum of 12 credit hours for the Fall 2018 semester

Visit the website for information and application

Illinois Hospital Research & Educational Foundation

Deadline: Apr. 15, 2019
Award: TBA
Requirements:

  • Must provide at least 2 current letters of reference selected from a teacher, counselor, employer, supervisor, or clergy
  • Must provide proof of acceptance into the medical field (if not currently enrolled) from the educational institution you will attend
  • Must provide a profile of yourself: stressing factors relevant to your occupational choice and goals, qualification you have to pursue an education for your chosen profession
  • Must provide an official college transcript with a GPA of 3.5 or better

OR

  • Must provide an official high school transcript with a GPA of 3.5 or better if you are entering freshman year, or the first year of a hospital-based program

See the Financial Aid, Student Employment & Veteran Service Office for an application.

Raytheon Patriot Scholarship

Student Veterans of America & Raytheon
Deadline: Apr. 26, 2019
Award: $10,000
Requirements:

  • Must be a U.S. Army veteran
  • Must be entering their sophomore, junior, or senior year of undergraduate study, or be enrolled in a graduate program for the current academic year
  • Must be attending full-time at an accredited four-year college or university in the U.S.
  • Must demonstrate a commitment to and passion for their chosen field of study
  • Must demonstrate leadership and engagement in their community
  • Must be a current student veteran (includes members of the National Guard or Reserve), as demonstrated by a DD 214 and current transcript
  • Must have received an honorable discharge; must be a veteran in good standing

Visit the website for information and application

AmVets Scholarship

American Veterans
Deadline: Apr. 30, 2019
Award: Varios
Requirements:

  • 2019 AMVETS Veterans or Active Duty, including Guard & Reserve Scholarship:
    • Must be a United States Citizen
    • Must provide evidence of active duty status or veteran status having served honorably
    • Must demonstrate financial need
    • Must have a high school diploma or GED* (if in a senior year of high school, provide copies of most recent transcripts)
    • Must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment to an eligible program
    • Must not be in default on a federal student loan
    • Must not be convicted under state or federal law for sale of or possession of illegal drugs
    • Must agree to authorize AMVETS to publicize your scholarship award, if you are selected
  • 2019 AMVETS Children or Grandchildren of Veterans/Active Duty Service Member Scholarships: 
    • Only current High School Seniors are eligible
    • A copy of the veteran’s (your parent or grandparent’s) honorable discharge (DD214) or a letter from your parent’s commanding officer certifying active duty status or a copy of their Duty Orders
    • Copies of the official transcripts including the first grading period of the current school year (If an official transcript cannot be obtained, please upload the transcript on official school letterhead or a copy of the transcript signed by the school guidance counselor will suffice.)
    • SAT and/or ACT scores
    • A signed copy of your parent’s/guardian’s 1040 tax form must be enclosed. (Only the first two pages, do not include schedules or attachments.)
    • A copy of the applicant’s Student Aid Report (SAR) from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) 

Visit the website for information and application

Brad Wamser Educational Fund for E. St. Lousians

Deadline: May 3, 2019
Award: $500.00
Requirements:

  • Must have maintained a minimum 2.0 GPA or “C” average equivalent (disregard if not currently a student)
  • Must provide proof of GPA when submitting the application
  • Must be a resident of East St. Louis for at least the past 2 years (time away attending school does not make the applicant ineligible)
  • Must be free of illegal drug use
  • Must not have affiliation in illegal gang-related activities

See the Financial Aid, Student Employment & Veteran Service Office for an application.

Blake Rubin Scholarship

Deadline: July 1, 2019
Award: $1,200
Requirements:

  • Current high school seniors that have been accepted into a university or college
  • Current university or college students (including undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students) who aren’t in their final year of study

Visit the website for information and application

St. Clair County Community Action Agency Scholarship

Deadline: Sep. 2, 2019
Award: $2,000 – $4,000
Requirements:

To be considered the parent, guardian, or applicant must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Graduating high school senior or adult enrolled in undergraduate studies or occupational training at an accredited two- or four-year college or university in the State of Illinois for the Fall 2019 academic semester
  • Full-time online coursework for the Fall 2019 academic semester
  • Applicant must be enrolled in courses for a minimum of 12 credit hours for the Fall 2019 semester
  • Must be a resident of St. Clair County
  • Possess a minimum cumulative G.P.A of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Household must meet the federal income guidelines

See the Financial Aid, Student Employment & Veteran Service Office for an application.

ASHRAE Scholarships

American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers
Deadline: Multiple
Award: Various
Requirements:

  • St. Louis Student Chapter
  • Must be enrolled full-time
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Must provide 3 letters of recommendation (instructor/advisor, current/past employer, character reference)
  • Complete application

Visit the website for information and application

AWS Scholarships

American Welding Society
Deadline: Multiple
Award: Various
Requirements:

  • Must have high school diploma or GED
  • Must be attending a trade/technical school or community college
  • Must provide verification of enrollment prior to funding
  • Awards must meet the welder training criteria (multiple scholarships

Visit the website for information and application