Top 10% Scholarship
Students must be graduating, or have graduated, from a Southwestern Illinois College District 522 public or private high school in the top 10 percent of their graduating class in January or June immediately prior to the academic term for which the award is made. Southwestern Illinois College must be the first college of matriculation after high school graduation; college transfer students are not eligible. Top 10 percent status must be verified with an official seventh or eighth semester high school transcript. Home schooled students age 16 and older who are District 522 residents may qualify based on ACT scores in the 90th or better percentile (e.g., top 10 percent) nationally for the testing year. District 522 GED graduates may qualify based on test scores in the top 10 percent of scores attained by SWIC GED graduates who tested during the academic year.
Applicants must complete a Top 10 Percent Scholarship application and apply for financial assistance using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), listing Southwestern Illinois College in the college release section. If the student is eligible for federal or state grant aid additional information may be required and will be requested by the Financial Aid and Student Employment Office.
The scholarship is awarded for up to six consecutive semesters that may begin as soon as the first SWIC term following the recipient’s high school graduation. Students must maintain a semester 3.0 GPA and 67 percent completion rate for continued eligibility. This scholarship is canceled if these conditions are not met. There are no “leave of absence” or appeal provisions. The scholarship pays tuition only. Fees and books are not covered by the scholarship. The scholarship can be used at any campus and/or extension center. Any other tuition-only scholarship award supersedes the scholarship.
Top 20% Scholarship
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 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 22/36 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.
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.
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.
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),
◦computer and information sciences,
◦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 24 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 COMPASS tests must be taken at SWIC by April 1, 2016.
•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).
Awarded to full-time students involved in any of the following:
•Phi Theta Kappa
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.
Awarded to full-time students involved in:
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.
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.
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.
The Student Scholarships website provides access to another database of 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.
American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers
- Must be a member of the 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
American Welding Society
- 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