Scholarships and Financial Aid


Danville High School Guidance - Financial Aid Information

Use these links to explore college financial aid information:

College Board Online Scholarship Search 
College Savings Plans Network 
FAFSA on the Web 
Fidelity Investments' College Cost Calculator 
The Financial Aid Information Page 
Financial Aid for Students 
FinAid's College Cost Projector 
Illinois Student Assistance Commission 
IRS College Planner 
SallieMae Financial Aid 101 
Scholarship Resource Network Express 

Career One Stop, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor

Some national scholarship resources:

Noteworthy National Scholarships
Kids' Chance
To be eligible for a scholarship grant, applicants must have a parent who has been killed or seriously injured as a result of a work related accident that meets the criteria of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act and that has resulted in demonstrated financial need. Applicants must also meet the following requirements:
Applicant must be between the ages of 18-25 at the time of the full disbursement of the Kids’ Chance Inc. of Illinois, scholarship award.
Student applicant and/or deceased/injured worker are not required to be a legal resident of Illinois.
Applicant must be able to demonstrate financial need.
Applicant must have achieved a high school diploma by the time of the first disbursement of the scholarship award.
Applicant must be enrolled, accepted or applying for acceptance as a full-time or part-time student at an accredited university, college or technical school.
Awards will be disbursed to the Office of the Bursar two times a year at the beginning of each academic term. 
Applications can be accessed at &
are due April 30, 2019.



IAA Foundation Scholarships
Over $128,000 in agricultural scholarships are available for both those graduating high school as well as returning college students. Scholarships range from $1,000 to $7,500. Scholarship forms & activities template to fill out online are at Applicants must be a member of the Farm Bureau (or a child of a member). 
The deadline to apply is February 1, 2019.

2019 Farm Credit Illinois Agriculture Scholarship Program
Thirty $2,000 scholarships are available to high school seniors with agricultural career aspirations, planning to enroll in an agriculture-based college curriculum next fall.  Two under-represented minority student applicants will be designated as Diversity in Agriculture Scholars.

Selection criteria includes academic achievement, participation and leadership within school and community organizations, and a commitment to pursuing an agriculture-related career. Recipients must reside – or their family must farm – in one of the 60 central and southern Illinois counties served by Farm Credit Illinois.

NEW IN 2019 – FCI has replaced the essay portion of the application with a Passion for Agriculture Video submission. Create a 30-45 second video on your phone capturing your passion for agriculture. After a quick personal introduction, showcase one specific object (i.e. momento, place, project, person, plant, animal) you treasure and describe its significance and how it helped shape your commitment to agriculture.

All applicants should complete the Application and share the Academic Verification Form link with a school official to submit. Access the application & Academic Verification Form at
The application deadline is March 1, 2019.

Contact FCI with scholarship questions at or 217-590-2200.

Recipients will receive $1,000 of the scholarship for the Fall 2019 semester and the remaining $1,000 will be available to students who continue pursuing an agricultural degree during the Fall 2021 semester.

The University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) offers a full $2,000 scholarship match to 2019 Farm Credit Illinois Agriculture Scholars who enroll full-time in the College of ACES either initially in the Fall 2019 semester or as a transfer student in the Fall 2021 semester. More information about the scholarship match is available from the U of I College of ACES.

The Illinois Odd Fellow-Rebekah Scholarship Award
The Independent Order of Odd Fellow and Rebekahs of Illinois, being aware of the financial need for many deserving students wishing to continue their education in any post-secondary school or an accredited vocational/technical school, is pleased to announce the continuance of their 2019-2020 scholarship program. Applicants need not be affiliated with the Independent Order of the Odd Fellows, but must be a resident of Illinois and a citizen of the United States. Applications can be obtained at or in the Counseling Office and must be received by March 1, 2019.

Illinois Federation of Business Women's Clubs
The Illinois Federation of Business Women's Clubs (IFBW) is a state-wide organization that strives to make a difference in the lives of working women through education, professional development, networking, and advocacy. To further expand our commitment to education, our membership approved funding for this state scholarship program in 2018, and we are proud to award six $2,000 scholarships to deserving young women in Illinois again this year. Applicants must: 
*be a female, a US citizen, and a resident of the state of Illinois.
*be a graduating senior in 2019 who has been accepted to attend an accredited trade school, college, or university as a full-time student for the Fall 2019 semester.
*must hold a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale at the completion of the Fall 2018 semester.
*be willing and available to compete in the Young Professional public speaking competition at the IFBWC State Convention on Saturday, April 27, 2019.
While not a determining factor, preference will be given to qualified applicants demonstrating financial need. Successful applicants must be willing and available to compete in the Young Professional public speaking competition at the IFBWC State Convention on Saturday, April 27, 2019. Applications can be picked up in the Guidance Office, room 213.
Applications must be received electronically or postmarked by March 1, 2019.

Golden Apple Scholarship
Do you dream of teaching and giving back? Golden Apple is the answer. Apply to become a Golden Apple Scholar and fulfill your passion for teaching as you become an educator and a force for change in the lives of students across Illinois. Here's how the Golden Apple application process works for aspiring Scholars: 
Applicants complete an online application along with two references and essays.  Unofficial ACT/SAT scores and transcript are uploaded into the application. 

Regular Application Deadline: March 1, 2019
Golden Apple educators will review online applications, choose the finalists to be interviewed and select the new class of Scholars in Spring 2019. Interviews for qualifying applicants will be held in Chicago and Central Illinois during March and April 2019. 
Go to for more information.

Beta Sigma Psi National Lutheran Fraternity Educational Foundation Scholarships
The Beta Sigma Psi Educational Foundation is offering numerous scholarships for young Lutheran men who will be starting their studies at Purdue, Indiana, Illinois, or another 4 year College or University in the fall of 2019. Applications can be accessed online at or picked up in the Guidance Office, room 213. ​Application and supporting materials must be postmarked by March 2, 2019.

Kathryn G. Hansen Scholarship
One $500 scholarship is being awarded by The Secretariat in honor of Kathryn G. Hansen. Ms. Hansen was one of the founding members of the State Universities Civil Service System, and The Secretariat, an organization composed of employees in civil service classifications with the qualifications that meet or exceed those of Office Support Associate. The scholarship is to be used for tuition, books, or other related educational expenses at any university within the State of Illinois. Applicants must:
*be enrolled full time as a high school senior in the 2018-2019 academic year in Illinois;
*have a strong commitment to pursue a higher education in an office professional, secretarial, or business-related field within the State of Illinois with a preference given to attendance at the University of Illinois;
*involvement in co-curricular and community activities;
*demonstrate academic achievement;
*be a resident of Illinois;
*be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
Deadline for postmark or email receipt of application and all materials is 
Monday, March 4, 2019.

Andrews/Brumett Memorial Scholarship
This $1,000 scholarship is given in honor of Clark & Katharyn Andrews and Joe & Agnes Brumett, Sr. It is available to any graduating high school senior living in Vermilion County that will be attending DACC in the fall of 2019. The recipient will receive $500 this fall, & $500 in the fall of 2020, provided you maintain a C average. Priority will be given to Farm Bureau members and dependents. Applications are available in the Guidance Office & online at
The deadline to apply is March 15, 2019.

BAGI Scholarship
The Balloon Association offers scholarships to Farm Bureau member students majoring in agriculture or an ag-related program. Up to four $500 scholarships will be available to both graduating seniors as well as current college students.
The deadline to apply is March 15, 2019.

Illinois Sheriffs' Association Scholarship
In 1979, the ISA established a scholarship program for college-bound students. Scholarships ranging from $500 to $1000 are awarded to students who demonstrate outstanding scholastic, extra-curricular and character qualifications. Each Illinois county that participates in the ISA membership program awards at least one $500 scholarship each school year. The scholarship program is open to Illinois students attending an Illinois higher learning institution. Applications can be picked up in the Guidance Office, room 213.
Applications must be submitted to the Vermilion County Sheriffs Department by March 15, 2019.

The Sarah A. Carey Memorial Scholarship
The Sarah A. Carey Memorial Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable $500 scholarship awarded to a graduating senior, upon proof of enrollment to an accredited college or university. Scholarship materials can be picked up in room 213 & should be returned to the address listed (on the application) to the Carey Family by ​March 21, 2019.

Vermilion County Retired Teachers Association Josephine Howerton Scholarship
Four scholarships of $750 each will be given to high school seniors who plan to attend college & who plan to pursue a career in teaching. Applicant must answer the questions on the official scholarship form, which is available in the Guidance Office, room 213. 
Completed application and required attachments must be received via mail by March 29, 2019.

Cameron M. Cunningham Foundation Scholarship
The Cameron M. Cunningham Foundation Scholarship fund was established to aid students in continuing their education in the ​medical field​. Seniors should rank in the upper half of their class, be a good citizen, have participated in extracurricular activities, and intend to enroll in an accredited college or university in which financial assistance is needed. 
Applications must be received to the PO Box listed on the application by March 30, 2019.

P.E.O. Chapter HX Scholarship
The local Chapter HX of P.E.O. has established an annual scholarship of $250 to be awarded to a graduating senior woman at Danville High School and at Schlarman Academy, who have demonstrated excellence in academics and good citizenship, as well as participation in extra-curricular activities and/or community service. The scholarship was created in memory of two exemplary HX members, Mrs. Betty (Harold) Davis & Mrs. Donna (Dr. John) Mason with funds donated by their families and with donations from local chapter members. The scholarship recipient will be selected based on the following criteria:
*3.75 or higher GPA
*A letter from the school documenting the student's current involvement in clubs, sports, or music
*Copy of letter of acceptance from college or university applicant plans to attend
*A letter of recommendation from a teacher/counselor/school affiliate/pastor/P.E.O. member
*An essay of 250 words or less discussing career goals, accomplishments, and qualifications for this scholarship
*A brief financial statement.
Copies of the application are available in the Guidance Office, room 213. 
Completed applications must be received by April 1, 2019.

Business Women of Vermilion County
The Business Women of Vermilion County will be awarding two $1,000 scholarships this year to female high school graduates of Vermilion County. This award is given to further advance young women's education in business and professional careers, a purpose of the organization. In order to be eligible for a scholarship applicants must meet the following criteria:
*Must be accepted as a first year student in a two or four year college.
*Must be in the upper third of her class scholastically.
*Should be in need of financial aid.
Any female students wishing to take advantage of these scholarships are asked to apply as soon as possible. Applicants must submit an essay of at least 150 words explaining future goals and what receiving this scholarship would mean, two letters of reference, a most recent transcript, and a recent picture for a news release. 
Applications and additional required materials must be received no later than
Saturday, April 5, 2019 via USPS. 

Kara L. Boyer Memorial Scholarship
A one-time scholarship will be awarded to two Danville High School seniors planning on pursuing higher education. These students will be selected by the Kara L. Boyer Memorial Scholarship Committee. The award will be used by selected recipient to assist in covering tuition fees. Applicants must:
*be a senior at DHS.
*be in the upper part of their class with a GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
*plan to attend a college or university in the fall semester of the same year.
*have been involved in extracurricular activities and have volunteered more than 3 hours of community service (documentation of proof will be required).
Applications are available in room 213. 
Deadline for returning completed scholarships to room 213 is Friday, April 12, 2019.

FOCUS Mentoring Scholarship Foundation "Grow Into You" Scholarship
FOCUS (Finding Opportunities to Create Unique Successors) is offering four (4) one-time non-renewable $500 scholarships which will be awarded to two female and two male graduating senior students as the first generation "Grow Into You" FOCUS Mentoring Scholarship Foundation recipients, upon proof of enrollment to an accredited college/university. This scholarship is intended for those students who possess an undying desire to continue their education at either a 2 year or 4 year college/university, but are in need of financial assistance. Students must have a 2.75 or higher GPA and proof of community service involvement. Applications are available in the Guidance Office, room 213.
Application and supporting materials must be received to the address listed on the application by April 20, 2019.

DHS Class of 1977 Scholarship
The DHS Class of 1977 has established a one-time honor scholarship for $500 to offer the second annual recipient. Scholarship applicants must have been accepted to an accredited technical program, college or university for the 2019 fall semester. Additionally, applicants are required to submit a 400 to 500 word essay using the prompt, "What opportunities does this scholarship provide you that you wouldn't have had otherwise?" For more information please pick up details in room 213. 
Materials must be received via email by midnight on March 15. 2019.