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

Illinois School Counselor Association Scholarship
The ISCA Board of Directors is pleased to continue a scholarship program for graduating high school seniors. This scholarship program allows us to give back to students that we work with on a daily basis and celebrate the work of Illinois School Counselors.

In 2018, ISCA awarded two ($1,000) scholarships to two (2) high school seniors. We are excited to be able to offer the scholarship again to members' students in the Class of 2019. Students who will be completing high school in 2019 are eligible for this non-renewable $1,000 scholarship. The scholarship can be used to support the following post-secondary options: 4 year college/university, 2 year college/university, trade school or apprenticeship program. Students are asked to provide a description of post-secondary plans in addition to answering ALL of the following essay questions in 500 words or less:

1. What are three qualities your school counselor possesses and why are these important to students?
2. Explain a time when your school counselor helped you work through a situation and how this made an impact on you.

3. What is an obstacle you have overcome in your high school career?

All applications must be completed online and submitted by Friday, January 25, 2019.
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf_-50JAg6442vaaBVCGGZWyBl_Gz9UgWr_B8zVTV6HOkp7-g/viewform

Winners will be invited to attend one of the two ISCA Annual Conferences in April (Rosemont or Bloomington) to receive their award and to recognize their school counselor. By submitting a completed application, participants agree to allow the Illinois School Counselor Association to use their responses on its website for recognition purposes or for other communications about Illinois School Counselors. 


2019 Farm Credit Illinois Agriculture Scholarship Program
Thirty $2,000 scholarships are available to high school seniors with agricultural career aspirations, planning to enroll in an agriculture-based college curriculum next fall.  Two under-represented minority student applicants will be designated as Diversity in Agriculture Scholars.

Selection criteria includes academic achievement, participation and leadership within school and community organizations, and a commitment to pursuing an agriculture-related career. Recipients must reside – or their family must farm – in one of the 60 central and southern Illinois counties served by Farm Credit Illinois.

NEW IN 2019 – FCI has replaced the essay portion of the application with a Passion for Agriculture Video submission. Create a 30-45 second video on your phone capturing your passion for agriculture. After a quick personal introduction, showcase one specific object (i.e. momento, place, project, person, plant, animal) you treasure and describe its significance and how it helped shape your commitment to agriculture.

All applicants should complete the Application and share the Academic Verification Form link with a school official to submit. Access the application & Academic Verification Form at https://farmcreditil.com/About/community-engagement/Scholarships.
The application deadline is March 1, 2019.

Contact FCI with scholarship questions at ask@farmcreditIL.com or 217-590-2200.

Recipients will receive $1,000 of the scholarship for the Fall 2019 semester and the remaining $1,000 will be available to students who continue pursuing an agricultural degree during the Fall 2021 semester.

The University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) offers a full $2,000 scholarship match to 2019 Farm Credit Illinois Agriculture Scholars who enroll full-time in the College of ACES either initially in the Fall 2019 semester or as a transfer student in the Fall 2021 semester. More information about the scholarship match is available from the U of I College of ACES.

The Illinois Odd Fellow-Rebekah Scholarship Award
The Independent Order of Odd Fellow and Rebekahs of Illinois, being aware of the financial need for many deserving students wishing to continue their education in any post-secondary school or an accredited vocational/technical school, is pleased to announce the continuance of their 2019-2020 scholarship program. Applicants need not be affiliated with the Independent Order of the Odd Fellows, but must be a resident of Illinois and a citizen of the United States. Applications can be obtained at https://illinoisoddfellows.files.wordpress.com/2018/12/ioof_scholarship-20183.pdf or in the Counseling Office and must be received by March 1, 2019.