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 
Quicken.com College Planner 
SallieMae Financial Aid 101 
Scholarship Resource Network Express 

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

https://www.careeronestop.org/toolkit/training/find-scholarships.aspx?studyLevelfilter=4294967284&scholarshipid=2014548

Some national scholarship resources:
https://www.fastweb.com/
https://www.cappex.com/
https://www.scholarships.com/


Noteworthy National Scholarships

The Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship
The Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program recognizes students who exemplify skills and abilities throughout their high school careers and who serve as models for their fellow students. Comcast NBC Universal anticipates awarding over 800 scholarships for the 2019 – 2020 school year. If selected, students will each receive a $2,500 award. Furthermore, a select number of awardees will be chosen as recipients of a Founder’s Award. These scholarship winners will receive awards in excess of $2,500. All application materials must be submitted by ​December 7, 2018. For eligibility requirements and other details please go to the website below.
https://www.scholarsapply.org/leadersandachievers/information.php

 

LOCAL/STATE SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship
The Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Celebration Committee has established the Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship, in the amount of $2,000 (renewable for year 2), for a graduating high school senior who plans to pursue his/her education at an institution of higher learning.
The candidate: 1. must provide parent(s) income tax return &/or student's income tax return; 2. will be chosen from a high school located in Danville, IL. Students with a C average must submit a letter of recommendation from their counselor requesting consideration for the scholarship; 3. must write an essay based on Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech; 4. must be active in a religious institution (church, synagogue, mosque or temple) and must submit a letter of verification from a designated leader of your religion; 5. must submit a verification letter from the sponsor of an extra-curricular or community activity in which the student has participated. 
All scholarship application materials must be submitted to the MLK Committee at the Human Relations Office, 17 West Main Street, Danville, by 4:30pm on Friday,
December 7, 2018. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.



Illinois School Counselor Association Scholarship

The ISCA Board of Directors is pleased to continue a scholarship program 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.

In 2018, ISCA awarded two ($1,000) scholarships to two (2) high school seniors. We are excited to be able to offer the scholarship again to members' students in the Class of 2019. 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, 2 year college/university, trade school or apprenticeship program. Students are asked to provide a description of post-secondary plans in addition to answering ALL of the following essay questions in 500 words or less:

1. What are three qualities your school counselor possesses and why are these important to students?
2. Explain a time when your school counselor helped you work through a situation and how this made an impact on you.

3. What is an obstacle you have overcome in your high school career?

All applications must be completed online and submitted by Friday, January 25, 2019.
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf_-50JAg6442vaaBVCGGZWyBl_Gz9UgWr_B8zVTV6HOkp7-g/viewform

Winners will be invited to attend one of the two ISCA Annual Conferences in April (Rosemont or Bloomington) to receive their award and to recognize their school counselor. By submitting a completed application, participants agree to allow the Illinois School Counselor Association to use their responses on its website for recognition purposes or for other communications about Illinois School Counselors. 


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 https://farmcreditil.com/About/community-engagement/Scholarships.
The application deadline is March 1, 2019.

Contact FCI with scholarship questions at ask@farmcreditIL.com 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.