PRIVATE SCHOLARSHIPS - Southwestern Illinois College

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 donors for exact scholarship guidelines and should thank their donors in writing.

The student’s account will be credited for tuition and/or fees paid. 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 of 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 toward 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 the application

AVIATION FLIGHT, MANAGEMENT, AND MAINTENANCE SCHOLARSHIPS

Deadline: Various
Award: Various
Requirements:

This is a link to a list of scholarships specifically geared toward 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 the Greater St. Louis Business Aviation Association website for information and application.

Visit the Women in Aviation website for information and application.

AWS SCHOLARSHIP

American Welding Society
Deadline: Multiple
Award: Various
Requirements:

  • Must have a 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.

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., an official transcript or letter from the 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.

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 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.

HSHS IL Nursing Scholars

Multiple locations

Deadline: Year-round
Award: Various
Requirements:

  • Must be enrolled in an accredited ADN or BSN program
  • May be a part-time or full-time student

Summary:

HSHS IL Nursing Scholars is provided by the HSHS Illinois Division for educational expenses up to a maximum of $20,000. By the acceptance of funds, recipients are obligated to work at an HSHS IL hospital upon graduation. The length of minimum time commitment with an HSHS IL hospital is dependent on the level of funds the HSHS IL Scholar chooses in the interview process. For the entirety of the commitment, the recipient must maintain full-time status as a Registered Nurse.

HSHS IL hospitals offer dynamic and engaging new graduate nursing experiences that will positively impact a nurse’s ability to provide quality, compassionate care to patients. Registered Nurses (RNs) are incredibly important members of the medical team who have the humbling task of caring for patients. RNs not only provide high-quality medical care, but they also provide a healing touch and a compassionate presence to patients and their families during joyful, stressful, and uncertain times.

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.

GFWC Illinois Scholarship

General Federated Women’s Club of Illinois

Deadline: Mar. 1, 2023
Award: multiple
Requirements:

The scholarships available are in the studies of:

Art, Drama, Environmental Studies, Music, and Vocational Studies.

  • Applicants (male or female) must be a graduating high school senior, current college student or an adult returning to school.
  • The applicant must be attending a vocational school, junior college, college, or university located IN Illinois.

Visit the website for information and application.

IRTA SCHOLARSHIP

Illinois Retired Teachers Association

Deadline: Mar. 7, 2023
Award: $1,000
Requirements:

  • The 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
  • The 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’s official transcript prior to receiving funds

Download Application

For inquiries or questions, please contact Susan Goetz at the Illinois Retired Teachers Foundation 828 S 2nd St, Springfield, IL 62704, 1-800-728-4782, or email susan@irtaonline.org.

HBR PWB SCHOLARSHIP

Home Builders & Remodelers-Professional Women in Building Council

Deadline: Mar. 31, 2023
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 the website for information and the application

HBR UCC SCHOLARSHIP

Home Builders & Remodelers-Union Contractors Council

Deadline: Mar. 31, 2023
Award: $500.00
Requirements:

  • Must be under 23 years old
  • Must be pursuing a carpentry construction-related career path: construction management, construction technology, civil engineering, architecture, design
  • Must be a senior in high school or enrolled in a community college
  • 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 provide proof of carpentry union training enrollment or confirmation of acceptance at college or tech school
  • Previous scholarship recipients are not eligible

Visit the website for information and the application

Shane Toenjes Young Farmer Scholarship

Deadline: Apr. 7, 2023
Award: $1,000.00
Requirements:

The St. Clair County Young Farmers Committee offers a $1,000 college scholarship in honor of former Young Farmer Committee member Shane Toenjes.  Shane passed away in 2011. 

  • Farm Bureau members and the children of Farm Bureau members are eligible.
  • Applicants should be pursuing either a two- or four-year degree in agriculture or a closely related degree at any accredited college.

Applicants should write a letter to the Young Farmers Committee stating their aspirations and goals.  The application deadline will be April 7, 2023.  The letter should be mailed to: 

Shane Toenjes Young Farmer Scholarship

St. Clair County Farm Bureau

1478 East State Rt 15

Belleville, IL  62221

St Clair County Farm Bureau

Deadline: Apr. 7, 2023
Award: $500.00
Requirements:

Scholarship applicants must be St. Clair County Farm Bureau members, spouses, or their dependents who major in agriculture or an ag-related course of study at an accredited college, university or community college and are based on scholastic ability.  In an effort to give all applicants an equal opportunity, the committee asks that 2022 recipients not apply for the year 2023-24.  They may apply again for the 2024-25 scholarship.

All applicants must meet these eligibility guidelines:

  1. Must be a graduating senior or high school graduate.  Has applied, intends to apply, or has been accepted for enrollment at an accredited college, university or community college for the study of agriculture or an ag related course of study.    
  1. Must be a St. Clair County Farm Bureau member, spouse of member or member’s dependent.

In addition to eligibility guidelines, the following will be considered in selecting recipients:

  1. Academic performance –  Honors- ACT score- High school rank- SAT score
  1. Demonstrates interest in agriculture and/or agribusiness
  1. Character and personality –  Industriousness and motivation — Intellectual interest  

All SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS must be postmarked or received on or before APRIL 7, 2023.

Mail to:       St. Clair County Farm Bureau

                   1478 East State Rt.15

                   Belleville, IL  62222

Thank you for your interest.  If you have questions regarding the application or scholarship program, please contact the Farm Bureau office at (618) 233-6800.