Scholarships | Southwestern Illinois College

Financial Aid and Veteran Services assistance is available via email at fin_aid@swic.edu

  • Forms can be mailed to Financial Aid, Southwestern Illinois College, 2500 Carlyle Ave, Belleville, IL 62221.
  • Financial aid awarding, document processing, and disbursements will continue. 
  • Students also are encouraged to monitor their student email and eSTORM account for updates.

TOP 20% SCHOLARSHIP

Download 2019-2020 Top 20% Scholarship Application
Download 2020-2021 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 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 2019-2020 Sophomore Scholarship Application
Download the 2020-2021 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.   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

Download the 2019-2020 STEM Scholars Program Application
Download the 2020-2021 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:

  • Applicants must be current SWIC students planning to graduate by end of summer, 2021
  • 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. https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa Applicants must be current SWIC students planning to graduate by end of summer, 2021
  • 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.

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.

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 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 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 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.

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.

IRTA Scholarship

Deadline: Mar. 7, 2020
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, Veteran Services, and Student Employment Office for an application.

Lockheed Martin STEM Scholarship

Deadline: Mar. 12, 2020
Award: $10,000
Requirements:

  • U.S. Citizens.
  • Current high school seniors with a cumulative 2.5 or above GPA, or current college freshmen or sophomores with a cumulative 2.5 or above GPA.
  • Planning to enroll or already enrolled full-time at an accredited four-year college or university in the U.S.
  • Majoring or planning to major in Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Systems Engineering, Math, Physics, Information Systems/Management Information Systems or Information Assurance.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Be open to outreach from Lockheed Martin recruitment teams regarding possible internship opportunities. (Note: All interested candidates and scholars must apply through the Lockheed Martin careers site to be considered).

Visit the website for information and application.

Lockheed Martin Vocational Scholarship

Deadline: Mar. 12, 2020
Award: $6,600
Requirements:

  • U.S. Citizens.
  • Current high school senior, graduate (or GED equivalent), or current undergraduate with less than a bachelor’s degree.
  • Planning to enroll or already enrolled full-time at an accredited vocational-technical school, trade school, two-year community college or state college.

Pursuing an associates degree or vocational-technical certificate in one of the following areas of study:

  • Computer & Information Sciences
  • Support Services
  • Engineering Technologies/Technicians
  • Mechanic & Repair Technologies
  • Precision Production
  • Transportation & Materials Moving
  • Security & Protective Services

Individuals currently or previously employed by Lockheed Martin are ineligible (excluding interns).

Visit the website for information and application.

BCMW Community Services Scholarship

Bond, Clinton, Marion, or Washington Counties

Deadline: March 27, 2020
Award: $1,000 per semester
Requirements:

  • Must be a permanent resident of Bond, Clinton, Marion, or Washington counties
  • Must high school diploma or GED
  • Must be enrolled as a full-time student at an Illinois accredited 2-year or 4-year college, university, or vocational training program
  • Must maintain at least a C average: 2.0 if on a 4 point scale or 3.0 on a 5 point scale
  • Must demonstrate a commitment to career goals
  • must have financial need whereby yearly, total household income before taxes is not greater than the income guidelines listed on the application.

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

HB & R-PWB Scholarship

Home Builders & Remodelers-Professional Women in Building

Deadline: Mar. 31, 2020
Award: $500.00
Requirements:

  • 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
  • Previous scholarship recipients are not eligible

Visit website for information and application.

Dr. Jan Attala Allen Advanced Practice Nursing Scholarship

Deadline: Apr. 1, 2020
Award: $1,000.00
Requirements:

  • This scholarship is open to any professional nurse pursuing an advanced degree
  • Must be enrolled or accepted in a Master’s, Doctorate, Practice Doctorate or PhD program in public health nursing, community health nursing, nurse practitioner, or nursing/health program in public health nursing, community health nursing, nurse practitioner, or nursing/health education.
  • Must be a resident of St. Clair County, Illinois (permanent address)
  • Application packets are available at the Financial Aid, Veteran Services, and Student Employment offices.

Visit website for information and application.

St. Elizabeth Health Foundation Scholarship

Deadline: Apr. 6, 2020
Award: $15,000 maximum
Requirements:

  • Must be a current resident of Madison or St. Clair County
  • Must be pursuing a major in a medical field
  • Open to high school seniors, graduates, current undergraduate or graduate students or previously enrolled students who are returning to school

Visit the website for information and application

Illinois Hospital Research & Educational Foundation

Deadline: Apr. 15, 2020
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.

AmVets Scholarship

American Veterans
Deadline: Apr. 30, 2020
Award: Various
Requirements:

  • 2020 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
  • 2020 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. Louisians

Deadline: June 1, 2020
Award: $500.00 — textbooks only
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.

Illinois Community College Faculty Association Scholarship

Deadline: Aug. 1, 2020
Award: $1,000
Requirements:

  • Applicants must maintain full-time status during the Spring and Fall semesters of the current year at an Illinois community college verified by official transcripts through the end of the Spring semester and a copy of Fall registration. Full-time status is defined as enrollment in a minimum of 12 semester hours.
  • Applicants must have completed 30 semester hours by the end of the Spring semester with a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. Cumulative GPA must be verified by an official transcript received in a sealed envelope with the registrar’s signature or seal to guarantee authenticity. Only college level work and grades will be considered.
  • Applicant must provide proof of Illinois residency. (Photocopy of Illinois Drivers License or other such document).
  • Applicant must provide a brief statement of his/her academic and personal goals, along with a description of unpaid, voluntary community service and campus activities.
  • Applicant must provide a letter of recommendation, on official college letterhead, from a community college faculty member. The letter should address the candidate’s academic achievement, character, and ability to meet his/her goals.

See the Financial Aid, Veteran Services and Student Office or the Academic Advisement Office for an application.