34 Actions to Take to Get Into Your First Choice College - Applying to college can be a dizzying process. With all the advice coming from parents, teachers, peers, and counselors, even figuring out where to start can be confusing. We’ve created a step-by-step guide for getting into the college of your dreams, complete with many different resources to help you along the way. Class of 2021, check out this article from LiberalArtsColleges.com for LOTS of great information!
Early College Program at Kankakee Community College - Allows selected students to do two things at once: earn your high school diploma and work toward a college degree by attending Kankakee Community College full-time during your senior year of high school. Program participants are chosen by their high school. See Ms. Robinson for more details.
Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) - Created especially for students of every age who are looking for information about going to college, this part of the ISAC website has all your answers. Although it was written with students in mind, parents of college-bound students will find this information helpful, too. Plus, there’s a link for parent-specific topics. Text your first and last names to 815)242-4630 to sign up for the ISAC College Q&A Service. This service allows students to text any questions they may have about financial aid or the college planning process.
State Universities in Illinois At-A-Glance - Charts that present comparative admission, cost, curricula, and other relevant information about the state universitites. Please stop by Ms. Robinson's office if you would like to discuss this document or other college-related matters. Comparitive chart with each university's majors and minors is here.
Click the name of each scholarship below to access the website or a copy of the application.
This site is updated as new scholarships come in. Please check back to see new scholarships as they become available.
Eilers Scholarship - Dr. James Eilers was a 1962 Donovan High School graduate who attended Bradley University. This scholarship will award full tuition to Bradley University for a DHS graduate who is majoring in science (preferably Chemistry or Physics). This scholarship is renewable each year of the student's undergraduate degree. At an approximmate $35,000 per year tuition cost at Bradley University. The total value of the scholarship would be about $140,000 for all four years. Please see your guidance counselor for more informaiton. DEADLINE: varies
American Legion Department of Illinois - Various awards and scholarships. DEADLINES: vary
College Greenlight Scholarship Database - Search scholarships by state, major, gender, or ethnicity. Create an account to get access to free scholarships search. Amount of awards vary. DEADLINES: vary
Community Foundation of the Kankakee River Valley Scholarships - Various scholarships. Applications available in January. DEADLINES: vary
Marine Corps Career & Technical Education Scholarships - Students planning to attend a non-degree certificate program or vocational training that is 12 months or less at a community college or private career school. DEADLINE: open
- Be enrolled full time as a high school senior in the United States; be progressing normally toward graduation in spring/summer of 2021 with plans to enter a college in the United States no later than the fall following graduation
- Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor’s degree at an accredited non-profit public or private institution in the United States (students may start their studies at a two-year institution and then transfer to a four-year institution)
- Demonstrate critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income is required)
- Be involved in co-curricular and community service activities
- Display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity
- Maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0; and
- Be a United States citizen
Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation - Achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. DEADLINE: October 31
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation - Be a graduating senior, plan to attend a 4-year accredited college, earn a 3.5 GPA or higher, score a minimum SAT of 1200 or ACT of 26, and be able demostrate financial need. DEADLINE: November 18
Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Scholarship - Any high school senior who is a US citizen may apply. Selection will be based on scholarship, leadership, and financial need. DEADLINE: November 15
Greenhouse Scholars - Be a graduating high school senior planning to attend a four-year accredited academic institution. Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and a legal resident of Colorado, Georgia, Illinois or North Carolina. Have a cumulative, unweighted GPA of 3.5 or above. Demonstrate financial need (annual household income no greater than $70,000). Possess excellent leadership skills, an ability to persevere through difficult circumstances, and a strong interest in and commitment to their community. DEADLINE: Part 1 is due November 5, Part 2 is due November 19
Solomon Page Scholarship - $1000 award to a student pursuing a degree in Business Administration. DEADLINE: November 30
Networks Professional Development Scholarship - Students studying at the Scott College of Business at Indiana State University are eligible to apply for a 4-year, $9,000 scholarship. Follow the link above for more details. DEADLINE: November 30
Hagan Scholarship Foundation - Student must be a US citizen and a senior at a rural high school, must have a 3.75 cummulative GPA or higher, must score a 24 or higher on the ACT or 1150 or higher on the SAT, must enroll at a four-year college or university the fall semester following high school graduation, must work 240 hours in the 12 months prior the start of each academic year of college, must complete the FAFSA and have an EFC less than $6500, must apply for Federal and State grants, and must NOT have been convicted of a felony. DEADLINE: December 1
Free Speech Essay Contest - Students must submit an essay between 700 and 900 words for the prompt, "In a persuasive letter or essay, convince your peers that free speech is a better idea than censorship." One $10,000 first prize, one $5,000 second prize, three $1,000 third place prizes and four $500 prizes will be awarded. DEADLINE: December 31
Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative Scholarship Program - There are twelve $200 scholarships awarded to high school seniors who are sons or daughters of IEC members, employees, or directors. Memorial scholarships DEADLINE: December 31. Lineworkers scholarship DEADLINE: April 30
TEACH Outdoor Scholarship - Applicants must meet the following criteria: 1. Applicant must complete, sign and date the 2 page Scholarship Application. 2. Applicant must submit an essay (being 1-2 pages typed). Essay topic: Explain how you can protect hunting and fishing through conservation and family bonds.3. Applicant must reside in Illinois in one of the listed counties; Bureau, Ford, Grundy, Henderson, Henry, Iroquois, Kankakee, Kendall, Knox, La Salle, Livingston, Marshall, Mercer, Peoria, Putnam, Rock Island, Stark, Warren, Will or Woodford County. 4. Applicant must be enrolled in or applying for enrollment as a full-time student in an accredited college, university or trade school. In the Fall of 2022, applicant must be a Freshman or Sophomore in college or trade school. 5. Applicant must have a minimum of 3.0/4.0 or 3.75/5.0 GPA and provide proof of GPA. Documentation provided must have the applicants name on it. DEADLINE: January 15
Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps - The purpose of the Navy ROTC Program is to educate and train qualified young men and women for service as commissioned officers in the Navy's unrestricted line, the Navy Nurse Corps and the Marine Corps. As the largest single source of Navy and Marine Corps officers, the Navy ROTC Scholarship Program plays an important role in preparing mature young men and women for leadership and management positions in an increasingly technical Navy and Marine Corps.
- The scholarship covers 100% of undergraduate tuition, books, uniforms, and includes a monthly subsistence allowance.
- The program runs concurrently with a student’s normal college educational course of study.
- NROTC students attend classes in Naval Science, participate in unit drill and physical training, and other activities.
- Students are taught the leadership principals and high ideals of a military officer.
- During the summer students participate in a variety of training courses. These periods of instruction help students understand different career options, as well as familiarize them with a military life.
- Upon graduation, students are commissioned as second lieutenants in the Marine Corps.
- Students incur zero obligation by applying and can withdraw from the program at any time during the freshman year of college. DEADLINE: January 31
The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Scholarships - Twenty-six scholarships are offered through the National Society for graduating seniors, college students, and graduate students in specific areas of study. Applicants must be citizens of the USA. Applicants must attend or plan to attend an accredited college or university in the USA. DEADLINE: January 31
Future of STEM Scholars Initiative (FOSSI) Scholarship - A $10,000 award for four years to students pursuing degrees of Science, Technology, Engineering, and/or Mathematics (STEM) at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). DEADLINE: February 15
CBAI Foundation for Community Banking Annual Scholarship - This scholarship is a essay writing contest for Illinois high school seniors graduating in the spring and entering high education in the fall. They must be US citizens and Illinois residents. Follow the link for more details. CBAI-member bank employees or their family members are ineligible. The winner is awarded $1000 per year up to 4 years. Additional awards included $1000 and $500 to other qualifying essays. DEADLINE: March 1
Illinois Chemical Education Foundation Lupita Turriff Hispanic Student Scholarship - An award of $2000 each year to top high school senior science students. This scholarship is for students seeking degrees in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Environmental Engineering or High School Chemistry Teaching. DEADLINE: March 5
Illinois Chemical Education Foundation Ecolab Scholarship - An award of $2000 each year to top high school senior science students. This scholarship is for students seeking degrees in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Environmental Engineering or High School Chemistry Teaching. DEADLINE: March 5
Illinois Chemical Education Foundation High School Senior Scholarship - An award of $2000 each year to top high school senior science students. This scholarship is for students seeking degrees in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Environmental Engineering or High School Chemistry Teaching. DEADLINE: March 5
Beta Sigma Psi Educational Foundation Scholarships - For Christian male students who plan to attend University of Illinois. $3000 award. Link also lists opportunities at other state univerisities. DEADLINE: March 5
Illinois Petroleum Resources Board Scholarship - Recipient will receive up to $3,000 per school year for ONE year. Recipient must reapply for subsequent years. The Illinois Petroleum Resources Board invites all high school graduates and GED recipients who will be attending a 2-4 YEAR COLLEGE OR TECHNICAL/TRADE SCHOOL in 2022 to apply. Minimum Requirements: • Must be a U.S. Citizen. • Must have a career goal in the natural gas and oil industry. • No age restrictions as long as applicant has a high school diploma or GED, or a HS Transcript showing completion through home schooling. • Must be an Illinois resident. • If awarded, must maintain an equivalent of a GPA of 2.5 or higher. DEADLINE: April 1
20-21 Past Due Scholarships
Illinois Association of College Admissions Counseling Scholarship - The applicant must be a graduating senior from an IACAC member high school (Ms. Robinson is an IACAC member) with a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. The applicant must enroll as a full-time, college freshman at a post-secondary institution in the 2021-2022 school year (preferably at an IACAC member institution). The student must demonstrate involvement in high school, the community, or service to others with motivation to achieve personal goals. Scholarship is available to all eligible students regardless of citizenship or residency status. DEADLINE: January 29
Air Force ROTC (U of I) Information and Scholarship - Requirement for scholarship: U.S. Citizenship, Department of Defense Medical Evaluation Review Board, DoDMERB (completed after scholarship is offered), 1240 SAT or 26 ACT, Cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.0 or higher, Complete physical fitness assessment (if offered scholarship they must pass by the end of their first semester of college) DEADLINE: January 31
Illinois DAR Scholarship - There are two scholarships: one general scholarship and one for a student who plans to major in History. Applicants must complete the first semester of their senior year in high school. They must be sponsored by the local Illinois DAR chapter. They must be planning to attend an Illinois college or university. This scholarship is determined without regard to race, religion, gender, or national origin. Applicant must submit the application to the guidance counselor to be forwarded to the local DAR chapter. DEADLINE: February 1
Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship - Through the JRF application, more than 4,000 talented young minority high school students apply to become JRF Scholars and carry on the civic-minded legacy of the foundation's namesake, Jackie Robinson. The JRF Scholarship program addresses the financial needs of college students and provides extensive, hands-on mentoring and support services. Once chosen from a national, selective application process, JRF Scholars receive a generous four-year grant to attend the undergraduate school of their choice and enroll in JRF's celebrated "42 Strategies for Success Curriculum." This four-year program guides JRF Scholars to effectively navigate their college environments, explore career options, develop leadership skills, and embrace a commitment to service. The program also promotes the values and character traits embodied in the heroic life of Jackie Robinson, encouraging JRF Scholars to positively impact the lives of others. DEADLINE: February 1
Army ROTC Program and Federal ROTC Scholarships: Follow the title link to a YouTube video explaining the ROTC program and the scholarship program available to students who participate in this program. The speaker in the video is from Western Illinois University, but the information applies to all Illinois seniors. Follow this application link to the fill out an application and get more information. DEADLINE: February 4
Illinois Farm Bureau, IAA Foundation Scholarship - 1. Must be a high school senior 2. Must be an Illinois Farm Bureau member, spouse of member, or member's child (except for Prairie Farms Dairy, and Twin Creek Family Farm Scholarships) 3. Must be accepted for enrollment or be enrolled at an accredited college, university, community college or trade school majoring in agriculture, agribusiness or a closely related field (except for Ratermann, Prairie Farms Dairy, Wiedle, Diebold Scholarships) 4. Must exhibit potential for successful completion of course of study 5. Must be a resident of Illinois (except for Prairie Farms Dairy Scholarships) 6. May not be a spouse, child, sibling, grandchild, son-in-law, or daughter in-law of an IAA Foundation trustee, employee, or current member of the Illinois Farm Bureau Board of Directors. DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 15
John Van Fleet Student Scholarship (Illinois Athletic Directors Association) - All sons and daughters of a current IADA member are encouraged to apply for the IADA Scholarship. Winners will be selected based on leadership, participation in the athletic program, participation in other school activities, community service, and the student’s overall positive contribution to their school and community. Recipients must be a senior in high school. Two scholarships will be awarded (one male and one female), $500 each. Applications must be turned-in to the Athletic Director by 3 pm. DEADLINE: February 29
Kankakee Community College Foundation Scholarships - Access all of KCC's over 150 scholarships with one application. These scholarships are for those who plan to attend KCC for the 2020-2021 school year. DEADLINE: March 1
Reynolds-Barwick Scholarship - Must be a senior in an Iroquois County High School, rank in the top 30% of the graduating class, must be planning to attend a school of high learning (college, trade, technical, nursing, beauty, etc.) A completed application must be submitted to the guidance office. DEADLINE: March 1
Illinois Masonic Scholarships - Illinois Grand Lodge and Scottish Rite Masons provide scholarships to help individuals better themselves through the pursuit of knowledge. This online application covers six scholarships. Each of which has unique qualifications. Select the one(s) you’d like to be considered for after you begin the application. DEADLINE: March 1
Illinois Odd Fellow-Rebekah Scholarship Award - Deserving students wishing to continue their education in any post-secondary school or an accredited vocational/technical school. No IOOF-IL association needed. Must be a resident of Illinois and a citizen of the US. DEADLINE: March 1
Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Danville, Scholarship - Multiple scholarships, with various requirements, not all scholarships require a masonic affiliation. DEADLINE: March 1
Associated Orthadontists Scholarship Program - 1) Graduating high school senior 2) Current or former patient, who received full braces from Associated Orthodontists 3) GPA of at least 3.0 DEADLINE: March 1
Illinois AMVETS Scholarships - Illinois students who are children/grandchildren of veterans. DEADLINE: MARCH 1
Farm Credit Illinois Diversity in Agriculture Scholarships - Available to high school seniors pursuing a career in Agriculture, Food Systems, or Natural Resources. $2000 DEADLINE: March 12
Watseka Masonic Lodge Leadership Fellows Program - Watseka Lodge will award two $500 Leader Fellows Scholarships to graduating High School Seniors attending a public high school in Iroquois County. There will be a possibility for each scholarship to be matched up to an additional $500 by the Grand Lodge of Illinois. Interested students must submit the following application to their school counselor. DEADLINE: March 15
Kentland Bank Scholarship - Three $500 scholarships for graduating seniors from Iroquois County. Must have been accepted at a four-year college/university or community college as a full-time student as defined by the institution to which the student has been accepted. Must have a plan for college study, preference may be given to a student planning to study in an agriculture-related field. Application must be filled out and returned to your guidance counselor. DEADLINE: March 15th
Illinois Sheriff's Association - Each Illinois county that participates in the ISA membership program awards at least one $500 scholarship each school year. The scholarship program is open to Illinois students attending an Illinois higher learning institution. DEADLINE: March 15
Iroquois Farmers State Bank Scholarship - High school seniors will be competing for one of three scholarships worth up to $1,000 each. This scholarship award is renewable for the same amount for an additional three years, based on maintaining the renewal requirements. Students must plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited 2-year or 4-year college or vocational school. DEADLINE: March 16
Iroquois County Soil and Water Conservation District and Pheasants Forever Scholarship - Applicant must be a resident of Iroquois County and a full time student. This is a $500 award for a student interested in conservation. The scholarship is awarded upon enrollment into the second semester of college. One applicant will be accepted from each high school. Return completed application to your Guidance Counselor by the due date. DEADLINE: April 1
Ford Iroquois Farm Bureau Foundation Scholarship - Award of $1000 to a high school senior continuing their education in agriculture or an ag-related field. DEADLINE: April 1
Tri-State Desk and Derrick Club Technical and Trade School Scholarship - Up to a $3000 award to a student who: Must be a U.S. Citizen. • Must have a career goal in the natural gas and oil industry. • No age restrictions as long as applicant has a high school diploma or GED. • Must be an Indiana, Illinois, or Kentucky resident OR a student attending, or planning to attend an accredited Indiana, Illinois, or Kentucky technical or trade school. • If awarded, must maintain an equivalent of a GPA of 2.5 or higher. DEADLINE: April 1
Illinois Landscape Contractors Association Scholarship - Five $1000 scholarships to high school seniors entering a horticulture-related degree program. DEADLINE: April 12
Martinton Lions Club Scholarship - One $1000 scholarship will be awarded to a senior that lives in Martinton Township and will be graduating from Donovan High School. The Lions Club is seeking graduating seniors with a record of volunteerism in the community in non-school sponsored activities and participation in extricurricular school activities. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and plan to attend a 2- or 4-year college or technical school. Application requires endorsement from Guidance Counselor. DEADLINE: April 14
Ford Iroquois 4-H Foundation Scholarship - Must have been a 4-H member for the past five years. Must be a current 4-H member in a Ford or Iroquois County 4-H club. Must have exhibited at 2019 4-H show. Must be a 2021 high school graduate who will be entering a 4-year college, junior college, or trade school, etc. as a freshman in the fall of 2021. Read this letter for more information. DEADLINE: April 15
Insuring Rural Communities Scholarship - Students who have been permanent residents for at least two years in a county located outside a metropolitan area; plan to enroll in a certificate program, an associate's or bachelor's degree-granting program at an accredited, nonprofit college or university; pursuing a course of study in information technology, healthcare, or risk management; have earned a minimum 2.0 cummulative GPA while in high school or have completed a GED. DEADLINE: April 15
Iroquois County Republican Women's Club Scholarship - A $500 award to a female graduate from Iroquois County. Must be a US Citizen and a registered voter, if 18 before November 2, 2021. DEADLINE: April 15
Iroquois Memorial Hospital Scholarships - Three various scholarships for student pursuing careers in the medical and health fields. DEADLINE: April 30
Cleveland-Dodge Memorial Scholarship - Two awards of $750 each available to high school seniors with a diagnosed learning disability who are enrolling in a two or four year college or university, or trade school. Applicant must be a resident of Illinois. Applicant must provide documentation of diagnosed learning disability. DEADLINE: May 1
Iroquois County Law Enforcement Association - Applicant must be graduating in 2020 and currently live in Iroquois County. The selected student must be planning to attend an Illinois school of higher learning to study in the law enforcement field. Award is $1000, paid over four semesters. DEADLINE: May 14
Western Illinois University Principal's Scholarship - One Donovan High School graduate who is admitted and choses to attend WIU in the fall 2020 could be awarded a special $4000 ($1000 per year) scholarship. The selection criteria includes, but is not limited to, leadership, school activities, school service, teacher reccommendation, community involvement, and financial need. If you are interested in applying for this scholarship, please submit in writing an explanation of what makes you the ideal recipient for this scholarship. This essay must be submitted to the guidance office. DEADLINE: June 1
Acord Equality Fund - Academic scholarships and organization grants for LGBT persons, organizations, and allies provide educational opportunities and help develop communities that last a lifetime. Scholarships range from $1,000 to $4,000, with up to $35,000 awarded annually. Applicants must be permanent residents of downstate Illinois and attend or plan to attend any accredited post secondary educational institution. DEADLINE: September 24