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Scholarships are gifts. They don’t need to be repaid. There are thousands of them, offered by schools, employers, individuals, private companies, non-profits, communities, religious groups, and professional and social organizations.

The scholarships below are available for current and prospective students of SWIC.

TOP 20% SCHOLARSHIP

Download 2021-2022 Top 20% Scholarship Application

All applicants must meet all of the following non-negotiable conditions. Failure to do so will result in loss of the scholarship for which there is not appeal process to regain.

  1. All recipients of this scholarship must be a resident of Community College District 522 at the time of high school completion and during attendance at SWIC. PLEASE NOTE: High school completion refers to high school graduates, high school equivalency completers, and home school graduates.
  2. Every new academic year, you must re-submit a Top 20% Application and Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Recipients must be eligible to complete the FAFSA to be considered for the scholarship. A student’s financial aid file must be complete with an official financial aid award prior to receipt of the scholarship. The deadline to complete all necessary FAFSA required paperwork is the 2nd week of the 1st semester of attendance SWIC’s school code is 001636.
  3. 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. No exceptions.
  4. The scholarship must be used toward enrollment within the academic year immediately following high school completion: Fall (8/21/2021), Spring (1/15/2022), or Summer (6/6/2022). 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 and attends the fall semester. This will be evaluated at the time of awarding and will be based on the first high school credential received.
  5. High school graduates must be ranked in the top 20% 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.
  6. High school equivalency completers must be ranked in the top 20% 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% of their equivalency group.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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. Once the scholarship is awarded semesters will be counted if in attendance regardless if scholarship dollars awarded.
  10. To maintain continuous scholarship eligibility, you must maintain a 3.0 semester GPA and a cumulative completion rate of 67%, regardless of the source of tuition payment. The cumulative completion rate may be calculated by dividing total hours earned by total hours attempted.  
  11. The scholarship pays tuition only for classes that appear on the student’s academic transcript. It does not pay fees, books, fees associated with proficiency examinations, or fees for dropped classes that are on the transcript (tuition cost).
  12. Students must be degree or certificate-seeking at SWIC to receive this scholarship.

SOPHOMORE SCHOLARSHIPS

Download the 2021-2022 Sophomore Scholarship Application

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

  1. 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.
  2. The student must have completed at least 30 but no more than 45 semester hours at SWIC (excluding transfer hours) at the time of application, with a cumulative 3.5 GPA.  All hours from other colleges must be transferred to SWIC and evaluated for the student’s degree prior to the August 1 deadline.  Transfer hours in combination with SWIC hours may not exceed 96 attempted credit hours. 
  3. 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.
  4. The scholarship is for tuition only for classes that appear on student’s academic transcripts.  The scholarship does NOT pay fees, books, or proficiency examination costs.
  5. The scholarship is awarded for two consecutive semesters (fall and spring) and does not cover the summer semester.  There are no leaves of absence.
  6. The scholarship will be awarded for up to a maximum of 18 credit hours per semester.
  7. The student must be enrolled full-time each semester (minimum of 12 hours per semester) to receive the scholarship.
  8. 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.
  9. The student must maintain satisfactory progress (minimum 3.0 semester and cumulative GPA and a 67% cumulative completion rate) to receive the award for the second semester.
  10. Only complete applications received by the August 1 deadline will be considered.
  11. The SWIC Scholarship Committee will determine the recipients based upon the above criteria and will notify applicants in writing of the decision.

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
  • 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.

Accredited Schools Online

The Accreditedschoolsonline.org website offers a variety of scholarships for students with disabilities. One of the best ways to pay for college is with a scholarship. Scholarships are offered by private companies, organizations, schools and more, and the funds do not have to be paid back. This website has some of the best scholarship options for students with disabilities.

Nurse Journal Scholarships

The Nurse Journal website offers 3 groups of scholarships for nursing students: General Nursing Scholarships and Grants, Scholarships for Minority Students, and Best Nursing Scholarships for Men. More information about the nursing field is available on their website, NurseJournal.org

Purdue Global

Dozens of scholarships are available for minorities in many different majors and fields of work. Some are targeted for specific minority groups, and some are available to all minorities. 45+ scholarships. 13 nursing scholarships.

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.

Transfer Scholarships

UMSL Community College President’s Scholarship

University of Missouri-St. Louis 

Deadlines: Spring transfers-November 1st / Fall transfers-April 1st

Award: TBA

Requirements:

Completed applications must be submitted to the SWIC Financial Aid Office by: 
April 1st for Fall transfer consideration and
November 1st for Spring transfer 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.

McKendree University

McKendree University is excited to provide academically talented transfer students with scholarship opportunities. Students must be enrolled full time at McKendree to be eligible for the following:

Transfer Scholarship

Scholarships are valued at $10,000 per year and are available to transfer students that have a combined GPA of 2.5 – 2.74 at the time of admission for the fall term.

The Transfer Scholarship is awarded at the time of admission.  This scholarship cannot be paired with the Provost or Regent Scholarship.

Provost Scholarship

Scholarships are valued at $12,000 per year and are available to transfer students that have a combined GPA of 2.75 – 2.99 at the time of admission for the fall term.

The Provost Scholarship is awarded at the time of admission.  This scholarship cannot be paired with the Transfer or Regent Scholarship.

Regent Scholarship

Scholarships are valued at $14,000 per year and are available to transfer students that have a combined GPA of 3.0 or higher at the time of admission for the fall term.

The Regent Scholarship is awarded at the time of admission.  This scholarship cannot be paired with the Transfer or Provost Scholarship.

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

Phi Theta Kappa members will receive an annual $2,000 PTK scholarship upon admission to the University.  Membership must be noted on the transcript presented at admission or the student may provide a copy of the membership card.

PICU Community College Transfer Scholarship

PICU will award two scholarships each semester – one $1,000 and one $500 award – to community college transfer students looking to achieve their educational goals at member institutions. For more details and the application.

To be eligible, students must submit an application and meet the following criteria:

  • Be currently enrolled in an Illinois community college
  • Complete a minimum of 30 credit hours at a community college
  • Submit an application for admission to one of the 47 PICU member colleges or universities (McKendree is a member)
  • Have a 3.0 cumulative GPA or greater

Western Illinois University

Transfer Commitment Scholarship

Transfer Commitment scholarships award $2,500 annually to eligible incoming transfer students beginning with the Fall 2020 term.

What are the requirements?

  • Incoming transfer student
  • Earn a 2.5 or higher cumulative GPA
  • Complete 24 or more transferable credit hours
  • Enroll part-time or full-time in WIU undergraduate courses (6 semester hours minimum)

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships

Phi Theta Kappa scholarships are a one-time $1,000 award to incoming transfer students who are members of PTK.

What are the requirements?

  • Incoming transfer student
  • Member of Phi Theta Kappa
  • Enroll full-time in WIU undergraduate courses

Visit the website for information and application.

PRIVATE SCHOLARSHIPS

Southwestern Illinois College administers many scholarships sponsored by community organizations. The Financial Aid, Veteran Services, 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, Veteran Services, 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.

Students may begin charging their books on the Monday before the first day of class. 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 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 the website for information and 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

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.

AWS Scholarship

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.

Horatio Alger Association

Deadline: Multiple
Award: Various
Requirements:

  • Be enrolled in a career or technical degree/certificate granting program in the Fall semester that will lead to employment (2 years or less)
  • Attend a not-for-profit post-secondary institution
  • Demonstrate financial need; applicants must be Pell-eligible
  • Must be under the age of 30
  • Must be a citizen of the United States

Visit the website for information and application.

Gateways to Opportunity Scholarship

Illinois State Board of Education

Deadline: Year-round
Award: Various
Requirements:

  • Care for children in an Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (IDCFS) licensed program or Illinois State Board of Education funded Preschool for All program.  
  • Employed by your current program for at least a one year. (90 days if employed at an ExceleRate Bronze, Silver or Gold Circle of Quality program).
  • Work an average of 15 hours per week.
  • Meet wage requirements.
  • Be a citizen of the United States or a legal resident.
  • Commit to future work in early care and education or school-age care.

Visit the website for information and application.

CASTL Scholarship

Caribbean Association of St. Louis

Deadline: Year-round
Award: $500.00
Requirements:

  • Applicants must be High School graduates entering or currently attending: (a) College/University pursuing a Bachelor’s degree, (b) Community College pursuing an Associate degree, or (c) Vocational school enrolled in a certificate program.
  • Applicants must be of Caribbean descent (i.e. mother, father or grandparent must have been born in the Caribbean).
  • Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and submit proof of such (e.g., official transcript or letter from Dean’s office).
  • Applicants must complete the following application form and submit it with a short essay of approximately 350 words stating the reason(s) why he/she deserves the award.
  • This is a one-time scholarship.
  • Children of members of CASTL are not eligible for this award

Visit the website for information and application.

Acorn Equity Fund Scholarships

Deadline: September 24, 2021
Award: $1,000.00 – $4,000.00
Requirements:

  • Application is for lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender students, allies, or children of LGBT parents
  • Must be permanent residents of downstate Illinois (all Illinois counties except Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will) 
  • Must attend or plan to attend any accredited post-secondary educational institution

Visit the website for information and application.

Education Foundation Scholarship

Illinois Association of Aggregate Producers

Deadline: Jan. 4, 2022
Award: $2,000
Requirements:

  • Applicant must be enrolled or enrolling at an institution of higher learning (hereafter referred to as college) and be pursuing an undergraduate degree, on a full-time basis.  Students in their final year of high school may apply.
  • Applicant must be majoring, or intends to major, in a curriculum which will be compatible with a career in the aggregates industry such as (but not limited to) Civil Engineering, Engineering Science, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science, Geology, Geological Engineering, Mineral Science or Mining Engineering.
  • Applicant should have a grade point average of at least a “B”.  An application for a student with less than a “B” average may be considered in exceptional circumstances.
  • Selection criteria are based in part on the applicant’s financial need, character, attitude, and achievements.

Visit the website for information and application.

Joanne Kluessendorf Memorial Scholarship

Illinois Association of Aggregate Producers

Deadline: Jan. 4, 2022
Award: $2,000
Requirements:

  • Applicant must be entering their Junior or Senior year of college and be pursuing undergraduate work only, on a full-time basis. Students completing their final requirements including a final semester of student teaching are also eligible to apply.
  • Applicant must be majoring, or intends to major, in a curriculum which will be compatible with a career in education. Possible areas of study may include Earth Science, Geology, Environmental Science, or Natural History Museum Programs.
  • Applicant should have a grade point average of at least a 3 on a 4 scale (or 4 on a 5 scale). An application from a student with a lesser grade point average may be considered in exceptional circumstances.
  • Selection criteria are based in part on the applicant’s financial need, character, attitude, and achievements.

Visit the website for information and application.