Scholarships and Financial Aid



Scholarship Name Description Due Date
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
Hagen Scholarship Foundation Applicants must be high school seniors, citizens of the US, have a GPA of 3.5 or higher, must score 23 or higher on ACT or 1150 or higher on the SAT, must enroll at an eligible four year college or university the fall semester following high school graduation. Must work 240 hours in the twelve months prior to the start of each academic year of college. Must complete the FAFSA in 2018. EFC must be less than $6,500. For more information, including the scholarship application, please visit 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.

Delta Kappa Gamma Women in Education Alpha Beta Chapter The Alpha Beta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International offers 1 grant to senior women planning to enter the field of education. Two letters of recommendation and a 2-page, double spaced essay are also required. Applicants must be US citizens, or a legal resident and a senior in an accredited high school in Livingston, Marshall or Woodford counties. More information and applications are available in the PTHS guidance office. 1/5/19
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
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
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 3/1/2019
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

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