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Community Foundation Announces Available Scholarships

The Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln is now accepting applications for the 2024 scholarship program. There are more than 35 different post-secondary scholarships available, and last year, more than $290,000 was awarded in scholarships and scholarship renewals.

While many scholarships are available to graduating seniors in Sangamon County, there are also scholarships available for returning students and graduating seniors from surrounding counties.In addition, the Community Foundation administers the Student of the Year Scholarship Program, available for students in Sangamon County. Nominations are by invitation only and students should contact their school guidance counselor for more information.Full details and criteria for each award are posted on the Community Foundation’s website at under “Grants & Scholarships” --> “Scholarships.”

Students with questions or limited computer access should contact the Community Foundation at High school students may also contact their school guidance counselors for details on the scholarship awards available.The deadline for applications is March 1, 2024.

Students should review the specific requirements, criteria and due dates for each scholarship application. The recipients will be notified by early May. All scholarships are for post-secondary education.The following scholarships are available: 



Current or former graduates of A-C Central High School in Ashland, IL, pursuing a teaching career.

African American senior graduating from Springfield High School demonstrating extra-curricular involvement.




Graduating senior of Williamsville High School involved in the arts and/or soccer.

Former Camp Care-A-Lot campers who demonstrate financial need.

Chatham Glenwood High School varsity athlete

Graduates of high schools throughout Sangamon, Macoupin, Montgomery, Cass, Morgan and Greene counties who have demonstrated exemplary community service.

African American students who are graduating seniors of a high school in the Springfield-Decatur, IL service area of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, and demonstrate Delta's core values of sisterhood, scholarship and service.

Graduates of Lanphier High School in Springfield, IL, who have attended LHS for four years, and lettered 3 out of their 4 years as a male member of the LHS men's cross country or track teams. Endorsement of the principal and athletic director required.

Golf team member at high school in Sangamon County.

Preference is given to African American students (either male or female) and to applicants with substantial financial need who reside in Sangamon County.

Graduating senior from Pana High School with a demonstrated history of contribution to the community.

Alumna of the Girls of the Run of Central Illinois program and attending an accredited community college, four-year college/university or trade/vocational school this fall.

Graduating high school senior or currently enrolled college student residing in Sangamon County attending an accredited community college, four-year college/university or trade/vocational school this fall.

Female from Sangamon County exhibiting leadership qualities and strong potential and desire for professional growth.

Female from Sangamon County who has earned a high school diploma or GED at least 5 years ago exhibiting leadership qualities and strong potential and desire for professional growth.

Springfield Southeast High School student seeking a degree in the field of engineering, math or science.

Current or former, female graduate of Taylorville High School, pursuing a four-year degree in pre-med, veterinary science or business and demonstrates financial need.

Williamsville High School student involved in service and school activities.

Recent graduate (within the past 4 years) from Athens, PORTA or Greenview high schools, planning to attend an accredited post-secondary institution, including a college, university, trade, or vocational institution in the coming fall as full-time student, pursuing a degree or certificate in a program in the building trades, including but not limited to Carpentry, Electrical, Plumbing, HVAC, Architecture & Engineering.

Graduating high school senior or college freshman from Sangamon County or adjacent county planning to major or minor in the performing arts.

Must be nominated by Springfield High Guidance Counselor; contact your guidance counselor for more information. Unsolicited applications will not be accepted.

Be a graduating senior, returning undergraduate or graduate student attending an accredited college and is currently registered as a Girl Scout with the Girl Scouts of Central Illinois.

Pursuing a degree in nursing, health or medical career or in veterinary medicine as a part-time or full-time student that exhibits a passion for learning and demonstrates financial need.

Graduating from a high school in Sangamon County and pursuing a degree in special education, with the intent of teaching special education students.

Area public high school student in Sangamon County other than Springfield School District or Chatham School District with siblings planning to or attending college.

Open to rising juniors, seniors and graduate students majoring in communications, journalism, public relations, or related fields such as marketing, design, videography, photography, etc., that are from Central Illinois or attend a college or university in Central Illinois.

Student enrolled full-time or planning to enroll full-time at an accredited Nursing program in Sangamon County to pursue an Associate (ADN) or Baccalaureate (BSN) degree in Nursing and demonstrating financial need.

Vienna High School student demonstrating financial need as well as a record of community service through volunteerism.

Graduating senior from a high school in Sangamon County who demonstrates financial need. Preference will be given to students from a single-parent household.

Graduating senior from a high school in Sangamon County pursuing a degree in the field of vocal music, performing arts and educational majors with a concentration in vocal music.

Lanphier High School graduating student planning to obtain a State Teaching Certificate to teach in the public school system.

Open to students pursuing a degree or certificate in a profession related to construction, mechanical engineering, or other related trades. Must be a graduating senior from a high school in one of the following counties: Sangamon, Christian, Montgomery, Macoupin, Scott, Morgan, Cass, Menard, Mason and Logan.

Open to students pursuing a career in the building industry in the following counties: Sangamon, Christian, Logan, Macoupin, Mason, Menard, Montgomery, Morgan, and Scott.

Graduating student from Litchfield High School or a high school in Montgomery or Macoupin Counties participating in programs through the South-Central Illinois Regional Training and Innovation Center, and pursuing a post-secondary degree in a vocational field.

Open to students pursuing a degree in teacher education. Preference will be given to those pursuing a degree in Special Education. Students at any level may qualify – graduating high school students, students presently enrolled at any grade level in college, previous winners of the Susan G. Conner Scholarship, and Master’s Degree candidates in Special Education are eligible to apply.

Graduating seniors of a Menard County high school or who reside in Menard County but attend high school out of the county.

Graduating senior of Auburn High School planning to pursue a degree in education and enroll full-time at an accredited college or university this fall.

Open to current and former members of the Boys and Girls Club (BGCCIL) attending college or vocational school as a full-time student and have graduated from a high school in the BGCCIL service area within the last 2 years.

Must be a direct descendant of a WWII Illinois Veteran and have a 4.0 GPA on a non-weighted scale (or be the projected valedictorian or salutatorian).


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