Students in Illinois have a plethora of options when it comes to funding their college education. Many programs are available through the federal government and aim to help cover the cost of college for residents of Illinois. Other scholarships, through private foundations, are open to students who attend an Illinois university or who are from Illinois. In addition to these options, many individual colleges and universities through the state of Illinois offer their own scholarships to support students seeking to obtain a higher education. Below is a list of scholarships that are open to Illinois students:
Nursing Education Scholarship Program: This award is open to students who are planning a career as a nurse. Students from many levels, including undergraduate, graduate, and certificate students are eligible. Students who show the most financial need are given preference. TH application is open from March 1 through the end of May. Students are eligible to be funded anywhere from one to four years. Recipients incur a service commitment that requires them to work for the state after graduation for the same number of years for which they received the scholarship. Students who do not become employed or who quit their studies, will be required to repay the scholarship in full plus interest. Additional information about this award can be found here: https://www.isac.org/students/during-college/types-of-financial-aid/scholarships/nursing-education-scholarship-program.html.
Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois: This award is geared towards Illinois residents who plan to become teachers. The award provides up to $2,500 in funding for the first two years of a bachelor’s degree and up to $5,000 during the final two years of the bachelor’s degree. Students must agree to teach at a high-need, hard-to-staff school in the state of Illinois upon graduation, as a condition of becoming a loan recipient. In order to be eligible, students must be U.S. citizens and residents of IL. Furthermore, students must be named as a Golden Apple Scholar and plan to attend a college approved by the Golden Apple Foundation on a full-time basis. Students must major in a teaching field and have at least a 2.5 grade point average. Additional information about this scholarship and the application process can be found here: https://www.isac.org/students/during-college/types-of-financial-aid/scholarships/golden-apple-scholars-of-illinois.html.
Illinois Special Education Teacher Tuition Waiver: This award is open to IL residents who plan to pursue a career as a special education teacher. Students who agree to work in the state of IL upon graduation can receive free tuition and fees at a number of eligible colleges and universities in the state of IL, for up to four years. In order to be eligible, students must have graduated from high school, sign a promissory note indicating that they will teach in IL upon graduation or repay the loan in full with interest, maintain good grades, and be a resident of both the U.S. and IL. Additional information about the application process and eligible criteria can be found at this website: https://www.isac.org/students/during-college/types-of-financial-aid/scholarships/illinois-special-education-teacher-tuition-waiver-settw-program.html.