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March Scholarships!

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March 2019



MELLINGER GRANT APPLICATIONS! (Available 2/1-5/1) Fill out ASAP!

Applicants eligible to apply for a Mellinger Scholarship must be an undergraduate student and live in one of the following counties: Warren, Henderson, Knox, Mercer, Fulton or McDonough. Apply online at: http://www.mellinger.org/index.php/application-tab    or see Miss Nelson for application!


Below is a list of the current scholarships that I am aware of and that are currently live. More will be available as the year progresses. Stop by my office if you have questions.  Remember, scholarships are free money- you should not have to pay to apply. Each little bit helps: Apply, Apply, Apply!


Scholarships available to Illinois & West Central students:


--Jack Brokaw Trade School Scholarship (Deadline: 3/8/19)

Must be a resident of Henderson County for at least a year, and wish to pursue further education post high school not at a 4-year institution. These funds are intended to assist a person towards receiving a certification, diploma, associate’s degree, or other documented level of marketable skill in a trade or craft. *See Miss Nelson for application*


--Compeer Financial Deadline: 3/15/19

The Compeer Financial Fund for Rural America, Compeer Financial’s corporate giving program, is offering scholarships to 120 students this year. High school seniors from a rural background or pursuing post-secondary education in an agricultural field are encouraged to apply between now and March 15.

Each scholarship recipient will receive $1,500 to offset educational expenses. Qualified applicants must live in Compeer Financial’s 144-county territory and have a 3.0 GPA or higher. Recipients will be selected based on academic achievement, agricultural and community organization involvement and essays.


Students can find the scholarship application at www.compeer.com

. Applications can be emailed to scholarships@compeer.com or submitted in person at a local Compeer Financial office.


--South East Iowa Builders Association Construction Scholarship Deadline: 3/15/19

Must enroll as a full-time student in Construction Management/Engineering/Technology Program or similar. Must work a minimum of 360 hours in a job relating to construction each year while enrolled in the Construction Management/Engineering/Technology Program or similar. This can be renewed each year. ($1,500 first year, $2,000 2nd, 3rd, 4th year)

See Miss Nelson for application


    --CSC Foundation Scholarships-

The Carl Sandburg College Scholarship Application for 2019-2020 opened on October 1, 2018 and will close on 3/15/19
To apply, go online to www.sandburg.edu  and login using mySandburg. Go to Student Apps and click on the Scholarship Application button.


--PBA Lifetime Member Scholarship (Deadline: 3/31/2019)

Scholarships will be awarded to current PBA individual and student members to use towards continuing education or cosmetology school.

Apply at:



--Illinois Agriculture Education Scholarships

Various scholarships are listed online at:



--Quad City Regional Auto Show Scholarships

For Trade School Students & College Bound Students

See Miss Nelson or go to www.cfgrb.org/scholarships   for more information


--Todd Hamilton Scholarship (Deadline: 4/1/2019)

Students must be graduating seniors and have a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale & must show proof of acceptance from a 4 year post-secondary educational institution. Applicants must write a 1-2 page essay on “Why I chose to further my education.” Applicants will turn in 2 copies of their essay (one signed, one unsigned) each in a sealed envelope.

*See Miss Nelson to apply*


--The Leonard & Carolyn Anderson Academic Memorial Scholarship (Deadline: 4/1/2019)

This scholarship is dedicated to the memory of Leonard and Carolyn Anderson, residents of Oquawka. Both Leonard and Carolyn were active and dedicated to helping in their surrounding communities. Applicants must: have a strong commitment to helping others in their community and have a GPA of 3.4 or higher. Special consideration will be given to applicants who major in education and computer science/technology.

*See Miss Nelson to apply*


--Megan Shutwell Memorial Scholarship (Deadline: 4/1/2019)

Mr. and Mrs. Jerry shutwell, and family, established this scholarship, in memory of their daughter, and sister- Megan Shutwell. The student must be a graduating senior girl of West Central High School. The student must show acceptance and attendance from a 2 year or 4 year college. Student must have participated in at least one sport, for 4 years, and have a GPA of 3.0 or above.

*See Miss Nelson to apply*


--The Joe Torrance Memorial Scholarship (Deadline: 4/1/2019)

This scholarship is dedicated to the memory of Mr. Joe Torrance who was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, son and brother. Applicants must: demonstrate commitment to helping others, have a strong work ethic, demonstrate passion for Agriculture or chose trade, have a GPA of C or better. Recipient must provide proof of acceptance to the college/trade school.

*See Miss Nelson to apply*


--The Sharri Richard Memorial Scholarship (Deadline: 4/1/2019)

This scholarship is dedicated to the memory of Mrs. Sharri Richard who worked for the Southern and West Central School Districts. Sharri was a dedicated wife, mother and grandmother as well as an outstanding employee. Applicants must: demonstrate commitment to helping others, participate in extracurricular events and activities, demonstrate academic excellence, provide proof of acceptance to post-secondary institution.

*See Miss Nelson to apply*


--The Brian Hetrick Memorial Scholarship (Deadline: 4/1/2019)

Mr. and Mrs. Jim Hetrick and family established this scholarship in memory of their son.

*See Miss Nelson to apply*


--The Vail Cordell Scholarship (Deadline: 4/1/2019)

This scholarship was established by Mr. Bruner as a way to “pay back” for opportunities that he had received while a student in school. Applicants must be: a graduate of West Central High School, planning to continue their education at a 2 or 4 year institution of higher learning, and write an essay based on “Who they admire most.”

*See Miss Nelson to apply*


--The Jon Guyton Memorial Scouting Scholarship(Deadline: 4/1/2019)

This scholarship is dedicated to the memory of Jon Guyton who was committed to scouting and serving his community. Applicants must write a brief essay on “How Scouting has Influenced my Life.”

*See Miss Nelson to apply*


--Past President’s Parley Scholarship (Deadline: 4/1/2019)

For those pursuing a career in nursing.

See Miss Nelson for information/how to apply.

--Lion’s Club Service Award Application (Deadline: 4/2/19)

Must Be a in good standing with WCHS, must have volunteer activities in Henderson County, Illinois or somewhere in the US. *See Miss Nelson for application*

--Cavin’s Scholarship (Deadline: 4/2/19)

Parents must be actively farming, must be attending a 4 year college next fall, graduate from WC high school *See Miss Nelson for application*

--WCATS Scholarship ($1,500) (Deadline: 4/5/19)

Senior from WCHS, attending college in fall. Preference given to applicants interested in careers related to education. GPA of at 2.5 or higher, letter of recommendation, writing sample and application required. Applications are due to Mrs. Alexander by 3:30pm on 4/5/19. *See Miss Nelson for application*

--Union Class of ‘64 Legacy Scholarship

Must be a descendent of a graduate of the Union High School class of 1964

*See Miss Nelson for info*

--West Central Education Foundation Scholarship (Deadline: 4/15/2019)

It is the desire of the foundation board to annually award scholarships to deserving students who have completed high school in the West Central School District or its successors. The purpose of awarding scholarships is to assist in the continuation of the student education and prepare them for a successful roll in life at an institution of higher learning. Preferential treatment will be given to those who have financial need who might not otherwise be able to continue their education.  

*See Miss Nelson for application*

--Roy H. and Joan Huber Gerling Trust Award (Deadline: 4/15/2019)

This scholarship was established in the name of Roy H. and Joan Huber Gerling of Carman, IL.

*See Miss Nelson to apply*


--Chad Gall Memorial Scholarship

Will be available week of March 4th...




*Many Colleges and Universities have foundation scholarships that pertain directly to that school, check out College websites for these types of scholarships!