Scholarships and Financial Aid



Scholarship Name Description Due Date
Golden Apple Scholars Program For Aspiring Teachers For information regarding application and applying please visit Priority Application: 12/1/18

Regular Application: 3/1/19

ISCA Student Scholarship This scholarship is 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. 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. trade school or apprenticeship program. 1/25/19
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
Sammy Sartoris T-21 Friendship Foundation Scholarship This scholarship is offered to seniors attending high school or home schooled, are residents of Livingston County. This scholarship requires explanation of how your education will benefit those born with Down Syndrome, list of your interaction with individuals born with Down Syndrome, a short explanation on how people with Down Syndrome can be a positive member of our society and how they have influenced your life and future, explanation on what you would do if someone in your group of friends use the r-word, and what you would do if you heard a stranger use the r-word. Attach school and community activities. More information and applications are available in the guidance office or online. 2/1/19
World Class Scholarship Program This scholarship does not require that the student be a Medicom customer, applicants must live in the areas serviced by Mediacom. All completed scholarship application must include an essay on leadership, the applicant’s school transcript and two filled-out recommendation forms. More information about the scholarship can be found at 2/15/19
GFWC Illinois Federation of Women’s Clubs These scholarships listed below are for students attending an Illinois college, university, trade or vocational school in the fall. Applicants are not limited to current high school graduates. All ages of potential students are welcome to apply. Click on the links to below to see specific requirements on each scholarship.

Lorado Taft Art Scholarship
Arthur Grant Smith Drama Scholarship
Hamilton Ridge Music Scholarship
Illinois Cottage Park Ridge Vocational Scholarship for Girls
Lincoln Lodge Vocational Scholarship for Boys
Vina A. Miller Scholarship
GFWC Illinois Native American Scholarship
GFWC Cultural Exchange Scholarship

Beta Sigma PSI 
Martin Luther Scholarship
This Scholarship is offered to a confirmed Lutheran male who will be starting college next fall at any accredited 4-year college or university. Applications must submit an essay (500 words maximum) on the topic listed in the application. More information is available in the guidance office or online at 2/16/19
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
Chesebro/Cushman/Kyser Scholarship Fund This scholarship is open to students who are graduates of any Livingston Co. high school or will graduate this spring. Priority will be given to graduates from the Saunemin area and full-time college students. A letter of recommendation from one or your high teachers and an official transcript is required. An essay of 250 words or less about your career goals and how this scholarship might affect your options is also required. More information and applications are available at any Livingston Co. high school, Saunemin grade school, and both branches of the State Bank of Saunemin. 3/1/19
Martin Scholarship Fund Applicants must live in Odell Fire Protection District, Odell Public Library District or Odell Grade School District. Applicants must be planning to attend accredited college or university and major in liberal arts, music, science, nursing, business or engineering. Scholastic achievement, student activities and freedom from the use of alcohol and drugs will be considered in awarding this scholarship. A brief (minimum 150 words) is also required. Applications are available in the PTHS guidance office and online. 3/1/19
Illinois AMVETS Service Foundation Scholarship The Illinois AMVETS Service is committed to supporting educational goals of our Illinois veterans. The Illinois AMVETS Service Foundation Veteran Scholarship has been established to invest in their education. Eligibility requirements are Veteran with a permanent Illinois address, honorably discharged, enrolled as a part-time or full-time student at a 2 or 4 year College or University, Vocational or Technical School in Illinois. Student does not need to be a freshman. Applications are available online 3/1/19
Illinois Scottish Rite Scholarship Fund Valley of Bloomington, through the Illinois Scottish Rite Scholarship Fund, awards new scholarships to students.  Each applicant must be a resident of Illinois and display and maintain a certain level of academic achievement. Requirements for each scholarship vary. Review the website and application for details.

Open to the Public:
Health Career Fields
Sherwood and Evelyn Kresin

Require Masonic Relative:
Grand Lodge of A.F. & A.M. of Illinois
Robert B. Perkins
Louis L. Williams
Leon M. Abbott

The Illinois Odd Fellow-Rebekah Scholarship Program Illinois high school seniors who are US citizens are eligible for this scholarship. Requirements include an essay of 150 words or less stating vocational or professional goal, and recommendations from the principal or counselor and 1 teacher. An endorsement letter from a community person (not related, non-school) is also required. Selections are based on need, scholastic standing and ability. More information is available in the PTHS office. Applications are available online at: 3/1/19
Township Officials of Illinois This scholarship is offered to a graduating Illinois high school senior with a minimum GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 GPA. Must be a U.S. citizen and resident of Illinois. Must plan to attend a university/college in Illinois. Must have history of extracurricular activities that demonstrates a willingness to accept leadership responsibilities (student government, club officer, etc.) or a commitment to civic responsibility, social consciousness and a willingness to serve the community. Must submit 500-word essay. Must submit two letters of recommendation. Must submit an official high school transcript. Must submit a cover letter and completed application form. Must plan to enroll at an Illinois school as a full-time undergraduate student. 3/1/19
Vermillion Players Theatre Scholarship Program This scholarship will be awarded to a college bound high school graduate who has demonstrated activity in and appreciation for  the theatre arts. Special consideration  will be given to those whose course of study includes the theatre arts. Applicants must have been involved in a Vermillion Players production in the production in the last 4 years in any capacity (actor, backstage crew, lighting, etc.) Applicants must be active in theatre arts including theatre, speech, communications, film, etc. during his/her high school career as cast member and/or part of a technical crew. Applicants must be in pursuit  of a post-secondary education. Applicants may be required to meet with the Vermillion Players Scholarship committee. More information an applications are available in the guidance office or online 3/31/19
Zonta Club of Pontiac In Memory of Rita Jester This scholarship is offered to PTHS seniors who wish to continue their education. There are no restrictions on applicant’s selection of institution or program of study. Criteria is based on financial need, achievement, career plans, and community involvement. It requires a recommendation from administrator or teacher. Applications are available in the guidance office or online. 4/5/19
Samuel Leslie Bane and Marguerite Bane Scholarship Fund Trust This scholarship will be awarded to graduating PTHS seniors. A letter from an administrator or teacher is required. Applicant selection is based on character/financial need, scholastic achievement, success in field of study, career plans, community involvement, an recommendation from an administrator or teacher. More information and applications are available in the guidance office. 4/5/19
Illinois Heartland Decorative Artists Scholarship Talented art students interested in pursuing a career in fine arts are eligible for this scholarship. Talent, desire, area of college study and financial need are all considered for this scholarship. Requirements include a letter of recommendation for the art teacher, and a total of 6 to 10 photos of artwork completed within the past 4 years. (All applications must by postmarked by April 7, 2019). Applications can be found online at 4/7/19
Arvetta M. Lewis Scholarship Fund Applicant must live in Ford or Livingston county. Must attend the University of Illinois studying an agricultural related field. Selection based on character, scholastic achievement, professional promise, career plans, community involvement, financial need and recommendation of teacher or administrator. Letter from administrator or teacher is required. 5/1/19
The Caring Scholarship As population of older adults continues to grow and life spans lengthen, more and more young people are taking on the role of caregiver for older loved ones. While the exact number of young people taking on this responsibility is not well understood, it’s estimated to be well over 1 million.  On top of their demanding caregiving duties, many of these young people are simultaneously pursing high school, college or graduate-level education. Scholarships for student-caregivers help ease the financial burden faced by these extremely hardworking students. 6/30/19

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