Scholarships and Financial Aid

 

Danville High School Guidance - Financial Aid Information

Use these links to explore college financial aid information:

College Board Online Scholarship Search 
College Savings Plans Network 
FAFSA on the Web 
Fidelity Investments' College Cost Calculator 
The Financial Aid Information Page 
Financial Aid for Students 
FinAid's College Cost Projector 
Illinois Student Assistance Commission 
IRS 
Quicken.com College Planner 
SallieMae Financial Aid 101 
Scholarship Resource Network Express 

Career One Stop, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor

https://www.careeronestop.org/toolkit/training/find-scholarships.aspx?studyLevelfilter=4294967284&scholarshipid=2014548

Some national scholarship resources:
https://www.fastweb.com/
https://www.cappex.com/
https://www.scholarships.com/


Noteworthy National Scholarships
Kids' Chance
To be eligible for a scholarship grant, applicants must have a parent who has been killed or seriously injured as a result of a work related accident that meets the criteria of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act and that has resulted in demonstrated financial need. Applicants must also meet the following requirements:
Applicant must be between the ages of 18-25 at the time of the full disbursement of the Kids’ Chance Inc. of Illinois, scholarship award.
Student applicant and/or deceased/injured worker are not required to be a legal resident of Illinois.
Applicant must be able to demonstrate financial need.
Applicant must have achieved a high school diploma by the time of the first disbursement of the scholarship award.
Applicant must be enrolled, accepted or applying for acceptance as a full-time or part-time student at an accredited university, college or technical school.
Awards will be disbursed to the Office of the Bursar two times a year at the beginning of each academic term. 
Applications can be accessed at https://www.kidschanceofillinois.com/scholarships.html &
are due April 30, 2019.


 

LOCAL/STATE SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES


The Sarah A. Carey Memorial Scholarship
The Sarah A. Carey Memorial Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable $500 scholarship awarded to a graduating senior, upon proof of enrollment to an accredited college or university. Scholarship materials can be picked up in room 213 & should be returned to the address listed (on the application) to the Carey Family by ​March 21, 2019.

Vermilion County Retired Teachers Association Josephine Howerton Scholarship
Four scholarships of $750 each will be given to high school seniors who plan to attend college & who plan to pursue a career in teaching. Applicant must answer the questions on the official scholarship form, which is available in the Guidance Office, room 213. 
Completed application and required attachments must be received via mail by March 29, 2019.


Cameron M. Cunningham Foundation Scholarship
The Cameron M. Cunningham Foundation Scholarship fund was established to aid students in continuing their education in the ​medical field​. Seniors should rank in the upper half of their class, be a good citizen, have participated in extracurricular activities, and intend to enroll in an accredited college or university in which financial assistance is needed. 
Applications must be received to the PO Box listed on the application by March 30, 2019.

The Katali Archery Scholarship
The Katali Archery Scholarship was established in 2010 in honor of Katelyn and Allison Kuchenbrod who excelled in the sport of archery during their elementary, secondary, and post-secondary years. Both earned local, state, national, and world titles and/or records during their years of competition. To honor their accomplishments & dedication to the sport, as well as the accomplishments & dedication of archery team members in Vermilion County, the Kuchenbrod Family will offer a $500 scholarship annually to any Vermilion County high school student who is a current member of the National Archery In School (NASP).
The NASP motto, "Staying on Target for Life" is transferrable to every aspect of a student's life. By setting goals/objectives and developing a plan keeps an individual on task of reaching the set goal; whether it be scoring a perfect 300 or completing their education & becoming a contributing citizen of a community. The Katali Archery Scholarship was established to help the student reach his/her career goals.
Each scholarship applicant must complete the application (available in room 213) & supported documentation and forward to the reviewer via email or USPS by March 31, 2019.


Illinois Masonic Scholarship
Illinois Grand Lodge and Scottish Rite Masons provide scholarships to help individuals better themselves through the pursuit of knowledge. A scholarship is being offered for those going into the healthcare field (including, but not limited to, nursing, physical or occupational therapy, radiology, anesthesiology, etc.) and does not require masonic affiliation. Applications are available in 213. Completed applications can be submitted to either Ms. Griffin or Mr. Oakwood (room 244) by April 1, 2019.

The Vermilion County Bar Association Scholarship
The Vermilion County Bar Association is accepting applications for one of its $500 scholarship grants to be awarded in May 2019. Two such grants will be awarded. To be eligible, an applicant must be a resident of Vermilion County, seeking assistance in an undergraduate or law degree program. Applicants must have earned a 3.0 out of 4.0 GPA, be supported by a letter of recommendation by a teacher or instructor of the applicant and submit a personal, one paragraph statement with his/her request that indicates the student's community involvement and why he/she believes that he/she would be a good recipient of the scholarship. The application request and supporting documents should be sent to the Vermilion County Bar Association Scholarship c/o Jerry Davis, Chairman, Scholarship Committee, P.O. Box 344, Danville, IL 61834-0344. Applications must be received no later than  April 1, 2019.


P.E.O. Chapter HX Scholarship
The local Chapter HX of P.E.O. has established an annual scholarship of $250 to be awarded to a graduating senior woman at Danville High School and at Schlarman Academy, who have demonstrated excellence in academics and good citizenship, as well as participation in extra-curricular activities and/or community service. The scholarship was created in memory of two exemplary HX members, Mrs. Betty (Harold) Davis & Mrs. Donna (Dr. John) Mason with funds donated by their families and with donations from local chapter members. The scholarship recipient will be selected based on the following criteria:
*3.75 or higher GPA
*A letter from the school documenting the student's current involvement in clubs, sports, or music
*Copy of letter of acceptance from college or university applicant plans to attend
*A letter of recommendation from a teacher/counselor/school affiliate/pastor/P.E.O. member
*An essay of 250 words or less discussing career goals, accomplishments, and qualifications for this scholarship
*A brief financial statement.
Copies of the application are available in the Guidance Office, room 213. 
Completed applications must be received by April 1, 2019.


The Louis Mervis Scholarship
Lou Mervis was the consummate community leader, primarily interested in education and the arts. First in his family to earn a college degree, he grew his small family business to one of the nation's largest family-owned recycling businesses. it is in his honor and spirit that the Louis Mervis Scholarship was created. This scholarship will be awarded to a deserving Danville High School graduating senior. To be considered for this award applicants must meet the following criteria:
*must be a male of Hispanic or African-American descent
*must be in the upper twenty percent of his graduation class or may be a member of the National Honor Society
*must have pursued a well-rounded academic program
*must have participated in or rendered some direct or indirect community service.
Applications and supporting materials are due in the Guidance Office by April 1, 2019.


Business Women of Vermilion County
The Business Women of Vermilion County will be awarding two $1,000 scholarships this year to female high school graduates of Vermilion County. This award is given to further advance young women's education in business and professional careers, a purpose of the organization. In order to be eligible for a scholarship applicants must meet the following criteria:
*Must be accepted as a first year student in a two or four year college.
*Must be in the upper third of her class scholastically.
*Should be in need of financial aid.
Any female students wishing to take advantage of these scholarships are asked to apply as soon as possible. Applicants must submit an essay of at least 150 words explaining future goals and what receiving this scholarship would mean, two letters of reference, a most recent transcript, and a recent picture for a news release. 
Applications and additional required materials must be received no later than
Saturday, April 5, 2019 via USPS.
 


Frank Hill Memorial Scholarship
Students applying for the Frank Hill Memorial Scholarship must be in the upper third of their class, must exhibit financial need, must have participated in extracurricular activities and community services, and must attend Danville Area Community College in the Fall of 2019. Applications must be received by April 5, 2019


Helen Nash Memorial Scholarship
Applicants of the Helen Nash Memorial Scholarship must be in the upper half of their class, must exhibit financial need, and must have participated in extracurricular activities and community service. Application deadline is April 5, 2019

Jean Medaris Memorial Scholarship
The Jean Medaris Scholarship was established to aid students in continuing their education. Senior applicants should rank in the upper half of their class, participate in extracurricular activities, participate in service activities, and plan to enroll at an accredited college or university.  April 5, 2019 is the deadline for submitting applications.


Irena Maris Memorial Scholarship
Potential recipients of the Irena Maris Memorial Scholarship must be in the upper half of their class, must exhibit financial need, must have been active in extracurricular activities and community services, and must be attending a 4 year college or university in the Fall of 2019. A male and a female applicant will be chosen for the $2000 award.
Applications are due to your counselor by April 5, 2019.


Kiwanis Noon Scholarship
The Kiwanis Noon Scholarship gives three DHS students each a $300 scholarship toward furthering their education. Applicants must be in the upper half of their class, and must have participated in extracurricular activities and community service.
Application deadline is April 5, 2019.


The Jack Millikin Scholarship Award
The Jack Millikin Scholarship Award is a $500 scholarship available to two students who meet the qualifying criteria: must be in the upper half of his/her graduating class; must have been active in extracurricular activities and communty service.
Due date for applications is April 5, 2019


Williford Woodard Memorial Scholarship
Students applying for the Williford Woodard Memorial Scholarship must be in the upper half of their graduating class, must exhibit financial need, and must have participated in extracurricular activities and community service throughout their high school career.
Applications are due April 5, 2019


Jonathan Wallace Memorial Scholarship
The Jonathan Wallace Memorial Scholarship was established to financially assist a student who is physically handicapped in his/her pursuit of higher education. Students must also be in the upper half of their class and have been involved in extracurricular activities throughout his/her high school career. Applications must be received by April 5, 2019.


Adam D. Wagner Memorial Scholarship
The Adam D. Wagner Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to one DHS Senior who has participated in soccer or who is pursuing a major in criminal justice. The five criteria used to select the scholarship recipient are: academic standing(above average grades), an essay of up to 750 words (the topic of which is detailed on the application), letters of recommendation, school activities, and sportsmanship. Application materials are due by April 5, 2019.


The Robert & Suzanne (Seybold) Zimmerman Endowed Scholarship
This scholarship is intended for a student entering a career in Applied or Practical Arts, such as carpentry, woodworking, drafting, machinist, beautician, secretary, medical assistant, music, arts, etc. Applications are due April 5, 2019



Debbie Wright Memorial Fund Award
The Debbie Wright Memorial Scholarship was established to aid a student who is pursuing a bachelor's degree at the University of Illinois in a medical related field. The recipient must demonstrate an excitement for learning and show financial need.
Applications must be submitted by April 5, 2019.


Dick Van Dyke Scholarship
The Dick Van Dyke Scholarship was established to aid students in continuing their education. Applicants should rank in the upper half of their class, be good citizens, have participated in extracurricular activities especially in the performing arts (band, chorus, orchestra, show choir, dance, or drama), and intend to enroll in an accredited college or university.
Deadline for application is April 5, 2019



John Stevenson Athletic/Academic Scholarship
John Stevenson was an outstanding athlete and student at Danville High School who graduated with the class of 1955. John was well liked and admired by his classmates and was considered a class leader. He was a member of the Honor Society and was on the Honor Roll every semester. He was also awarded nine varsity letters in baseball, basketball, and cross country. Applicants must have played a varsity sport for at least two years, must have at least a 3.0 GPA, have had no discipline problems in school or within the community, and have participated in other non-academic school supported activities.
Applications are due April 5, 2019


Art and Virginia Mathisen Memorial Principal's Scholarship
The Art and Virginia Mathisen Scholarship two recipients are selected by the current Danville High School Principal. Qualifications necessary to apply for this scholarship are: students must be in the upper third of their graduating class; must have participated in extracurricular activities while in high school; must have good citizenship.
Applications are due April 5, 2019.


Helen Conover Memorial Foreign Language Scholarship
The Helen Conover Memorial Scholarship was established to aid Seniors in continuing their education. Applicants should have at least a B average, be currently taking at least their sixth semester of a foreign language, be a good citizen, have participated in extracurricular activities and/or community service.
April 5, 2019 is the deadline for application submissions.

The Joe D. & Margaret L. Ward Memorial Scholarship
The Joe D. & Margaret L. Ward Memorial Scholarship was established to assist a student who will be entering the field of education. Applicants must be in the upper half of his/her class, be a good citizen, and be active in extracurricular activities. 
Applications can be obtained in room 213 & are due on April 5, 2019.

Gary C. & Phyllis J. Rogers Fellowship Scholarship
The Gary C. & Phyllis J. Rogers Fellowship award was established to aid students in continuing their education. Senior applicants should be in the upper third of their graduation class OR have a 3.0 or above GPA, be involved in extracurricular activities/community service, demonstrate financial need, and plan to enroll in an accredited college or university. Included with this application must be: photo of student, current transcript, essay (details of essay outlined on application), and two letters of recommendation.
Application and supporting materials are due by April 5, 2019

Crosspoint Human Services Scholarship
Crosspoint Human Services is announcing the ninth annual Margaret Ward Scholarship award to be given in April. The $1,000 scholarship is to be awarded through an essay competition open to all Vermilion County High School seniors. This scholarship is to honor Mrs. Margaret Ward, a former Danville District #118 educator and lifetime board member of Crosspoint Human Services. The essay is inspired by a multi-ribbon design, each ribbon representing a facet of care given to the community by Crosspoint Human Services. The student may pick one color or any combination of the colored ribbons. They are requesting an essay to be about 250-300 words. The essay can describe a personal experience, a tribute to someone, or tell a story through someone else's eyes. No names, addresses, or phone numbers should be written on any of the essay pages.
Essays should be submitted to Mrs. Griffin by April 5, 2019


Richard Roberts Scholarship
The Richard Roberts Scholarship was established in 2005 to assist students who have either been involved in music programs throughout their time at Danville High School or students who plan on continuing their education in the area of music. This interest-free scholarship is payable in October after verification of registration has been received.
Applications are due in room 213 by April 12, 2019




Kara L. Boyer Memorial Scholarship
A one-time scholarship will be awarded to two Danville High School seniors planning on pursuing higher education. These students will be selected by the Kara L. Boyer Memorial Scholarship Committee. The award will be used by selected recipient to assist in covering tuition fees. Applicants must:
*be a senior at DHS.
*be in the upper part of their class with a GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
*plan to attend a college or university in the fall semester of the same year.
*have been involved in extracurricular activities and have volunteered more than 3 hours of community service (documentation of proof will be required).
Applications are available in room 213. 
Deadline for returning completed scholarships to room 213 is Friday, April 12, 2019.


Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Scholarship
The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Scholarship will be awarded based on the following criteria: Full time high school senior; reside in Vermilion/Champaign county;  demonstrate community service involvement; African-American female; minimum GPA of 2.5/4.0 or 3.1/5.0 equivalent scale; identify academic recognition. Further criteria for selection may be found on the application. 
Completed applications must be postmarked by April 12, 2019 and sent along with necessary papers to : Dionne Webster
602 GHBaker Drive
Urbana, IL 61801

​The Chorale Scholarship
The CHORALE promotes the study of music and continued participation in music organizations during and beyond college through our Young Artist Scholarship. Each spring we award $1,000 scholarship(s) to outstanding high school senior(s) planning to study music at the college or university level.  It is your support and encouragement for this program that allows us to continue to recognize these talented young people. 
This application form and instructions can be obtained at http://thechorale.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/YASapplication2019.pdf.  Presentation of the 2019 award(s) will be made during the Young Artist Scholarship concert on Saturday, May 18, 2019, 7:00 p.m.  The concert will be held at Faith  United Methodist Church, 1719 S. Prospect Ave, Champaign, IL.
The application deadline for 2019 scholarship consideration is Monday, April 15, 2019.

FOCUS Mentoring Scholarship Foundation "Grow Into You" Scholarship
FOCUS (Finding Opportunities to Create Unique Successors) is offering four (4) one-time non-renewable $500 scholarships which will be awarded to two female and two male graduating senior students as the first generation "Grow Into You" FOCUS Mentoring Scholarship Foundation recipients, upon proof of enrollment to an accredited college/university. This scholarship is intended for those students who possess an undying desire to continue their education at either a 2 year or 4 year college/university, but are in need of financial assistance. Students must have a 2.75 or higher GPA and proof of community service involvement. Applications are available in the Guidance Office, room 213.
Application and supporting materials must be received to the address listed on the application by April 20, 2019.


Paul Brumaghim Memorial Scholarship
The Paul Brumaghim Memorial Scholarship is named for longtime Shelter Agent Paul Brumaghim from Danville. Paul was a tireless supporter of the Insurance Industry and was a mentor to many.  They will award (6) $500 scholarships this year to deserving High School Seniors who plan to major in Insurance, Finance, Business, or some other field related to the Financial Services Industry in College.
Deadline for submissions is April 30, 2019 and can be received via regular mail, dropped off at Mark Stutsman's COUNTRY Financial office at 301 South Gilbert St, Danville, IL 61832, or via email at mark.stutsman@countryfinancial.com or rickyro1@outlook.com.



Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Champaign-Urbana Alumnae Scholarship
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Champaign-Urbana Alumnae will award two (2) $500 scholarships to graduating African American college-bound women who demonstrate excellence. Applicants for the scholarship must reside in Champaign-Urbana, Danville, or Rantoul areas. Recipients must be enrolled at an accredited college or university in the upcoming academic year. The purpose of this scholarship is to recognize the significant achievements of African American females who have not only excelled academically, but who demonstrate strong leadership ability, involvement in extracurricular activities, and who volunteer in their community.
Application is accessible online at https://www.dstcualumnaechapter.org/scholarship.html.