Scholarships | Southwestern Illinois College

TOP 20% SCHOLARSHIP

Download the Top 20% Scholarship Application 2019-2020

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 off 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 (8/31/2019), Spring (1/25/2020) or Summer (6/7/2020). 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 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. Cumulative completion rate may be calculated by dividing total hours earned by total hours attempted.                            
  11. This scholarship will be superseded by any other financial aid assistance (e.g. grants, scholarships, veteran benefits) received by the student. Any financial assistance that covers tuition will be applied first prior to the scholarship. The scholarship may only be used after all other aid resources have been applied and a remaining tuition balance exists.
  12. 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 or fees for dropped classes that are not on transcript (tuition cost).
  13. Students must be degree or certificate seeking at SWIC to receive the scholarship.

SOPHOMORE SCHOLARSHIPS

Download the Sophomore Scholarship Application 2019-2020

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.   Another tuition-only scholarship award may supersede the Sophomore Scholarship.
  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. This scholarship will be superseded by any other financial aid assistance (e.g. grants, scholarships, veteran benefits) received by the student. The scholarship may only be used after all other aid resources have been applied and a remaining tuition balance exists.
  10. 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.
  11. Only complete applications received by the August 1 deadline will be considered.
  12. The SWIC Scholarship Committee will determine the recipients based upon the above criteria and will notify applicants in writing of the decision.

This scholarship will be superseded by any other financial aid assistance (e.g. grants, scholarships, veteran benefits) received by the student. The scholarship may only be used after all other aid resources have been applied and a remaining tuition balance exists.

STEM SCHOLARS PROGRAM

DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR SPRING 2020 IS OCTOBER 31ST!

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
  • 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, 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 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.

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 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

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

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.