Scholarships and Financial Aid



Scholarship Name Description Due Date
Horatio Alger Scholarship This Scholarship is available to Illinois seniors who have demonstrated integrity, perseverance in overcoming adversity, strength of character, financial need, a good academic record, commitment to pursue a college education, an desire to contribute to society. Applicants must be citizens of the US and maintain a GPA of 2.0. Applicants must apply online at:  10/25/18
Elk’s Natinal Foundation Scholarship Any high school senior may apply. Applicants need not be related to a member of the Elks. This scholarship is based on academic achievement, leadership, extra-curricular activities, employment and financial need. An essay is also required. Additional information is available in guidance office or online at: 11/15/18
Joyce Betz Memorial Scholarship The scholarship will be awarded directly to a student who is furthering his or her education by attending college, a university or trade school. Must complete, sign and date the 2 page application. Must submit an essay (1-2 pages typed) describing what being a mentor means to the applicant and how they will continue to mentor others throughout their life. Must reside in and be enrolled in a high school located in Illinois. Applicant must be enrolled in or applying for enrollment as a full time student in an accredited college, university or trade school. In the 2019-20 school year, applicant must be a freshman or sophomore in college or trade school. Applicant must have a minimum of 3.0/4.0 GPA, Documentation must be provided. Must be an Illinois 4-H participant. Letter of recommendation.

Winner must attend banquet Feb. 23, 2019. More information is available in the guidance office or online.

Community Bankers Association Of Illinois Scholarship This scholarship is available to all Illinois high school seniors. It is not based on financial need. Students must be U.S. citizens and residents of Illinois. Students are asked to write one-paragraph on each of the three topics. Length of  the entry must not exceed two pages or typewritten; double-spaced using the font Times New Roman with 10-12 point size. Do not submit your essay to more than one bank or you will be disqualified. This scholarship must be returned to the guidance office before the due date. More information is available in the guidance office or online. 1-30-19
Neil Knauer Memorial Scholarship This scholarship is open to all graduating seniors from a high in Livingston County. Criteria for this scholarship includes documentation of C+ or better GPA, involvement in hunting or interest in wildlife conservation, involvement in extracurricular activities (school or other), community service, and be a US citizen. Also required is an essay or no more than 500 words. Return completed application to your guidance counselor for completion prior to March 1. Counselors must provide required information on page 3 of the application. (All applications must be postmarked by March 1, 2019) 3/1/19

Financial Aid Information

Topic Resource
Fill out the FAFSA
FAFSA Step-by-Step FAFSA Step-by-Step
FSA ID (username and password for FAFSA) Creating and Using FSA ID
Determining which parent’s info to report on the FAFSA Who is my “parent” when I fill out the FAFSA
How aid is calculated (including link to detailed EFC info)
Student Aid Reports Evaluating Financial Aid Award Letters
Types of Aid
Federal Grant Programs Federal Grant Programs
Federal Loans Why Get a Federal Loan
Federal Loan Programs Federal Loan Programs
Student Direct Loan Basics Direct Loan Basics