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MAP Grants (Monetary Award Program for IL)

MAP grants, which do not need to be repaid, are available to eligible Illinois residents who attend approved Illinois colleges and demonstrate financial need, based on the information provided on the FAFSA. You are not required to submit high school grades or test scores when applying for a MAP grant. MAP grants are not limited to traditional college-aged students.  If all eligibility requirements are met, adult and non-traditional students (older than recent high school graduates) may also qualify. MAP grants can be applied only toward tuition and mandatory fees. 

Colleges use the MAP formula to determine eligibility. The formula distributes the appropriated funds so that the neediest students receive grant assistance. Several components are used to determine eligibility, including: information provided on your FAFSA [from which your expected family contribution (EFC) is calculated], the cost of attendance at the college you plan to attend, and the amount of other financial aid you are receiving.

        • Ideally Completed in October/November

RISE Act- Alternative Application :The Retention of Illinois Students & Equity (RISE) Act allows eligible undocumented students and transgender students who are disqualified from federal financial aid to apply for all forms of state financial aid. The Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid provides a pathway for these qualified students to apply for Monetary Award Program (MAP) grants, the state's largest need-based grant program for low-income college students. 


2022-2023 Applications

Hispanic Heritage Foundation Youth Awards: the main pipeline to Hispanic Heritage Foundation's (HHF) system of talent that prepares and positions Latino youth through the award-winning Latinos On Fast Track (LOFT) program as they transition from high school, to college, to graduate school, and into their careers. *On GM site

        • 3.0 Unweighted GPA
        • Senior who will be attending an accredited higher education institution
        • Be of Hispanic heritage (includes Spain, Brazil, Philippines)
        • Demonstrate financial need
        • Due October 15.  

Greenhouse Scholar: Our vision is to create a community of leaders who will evolve the communities of the world. We work with the next generation of leaders and change agents, and together change the trajectory of their families, their communities, and broader global communities. *On GM site

        • 3.5 Unweighted GPA
        • Senior who will be attending a four-year accredited academic institution
        • IL resident
        • Demonstrate financial need
        • Due November 22.  

Hagan Scholarship Foundation: To provide each recipient with the opportunity to obtain a four-year college education and graduate debt-free. And to provide practical life skills through our workshops *On GM site

        • 3.75 Unweighted GPA 
        • 24 ACT or 1150 SAT
        • Senior who will be attending an eligible four-year accredited academic institution
        • Due December 1st.  

Thomas H Moore IL Electric Cooperatives Memorial Scholarship : Five scholarships will be awarded to students who are the sons or daughters of an electric cooperative member who resides in Illinois and is receiving service from the cooperative at the time the scholarship application is submitted.  A sixth scholarship – the Earl W. Struck Memorial Scholarship ­– will be awarded to a student who is the son or daughter of an electric cooperative employee or director who resides in Illinois.  Three scholarships will be awarded to a high school senior who will be enrolling full-time at a two-year Illinois community college. Sons and daughters of electric cooperative members, employees and directors who reside in Illinois are eligible to apply.

        • Essay Required.
        • Enrolled in college/trade/tech school for fall 2020.
        • Due December 31.


Equitable Excellence Scholarship : The Equitable Excellence Scholarship provides over $1.8 million in scholarships to young people throughout the nation representing all 50 states, Washington DC and Puerto Rico. Students have the opportunity to receive a $2,500, $10,000 or $25,000 scholarship. In addition, for every student who wins a scholarship, a grant in the amount of $1,000 will be made to the winner’s school. *On GM site

        • Demonstrate ambition and self-drive as evidenced by outstanding achievement in school, community or work-related activities. Because reducing risk is woven into the fabric of our company, special consideration is given to achievements that empower society to mitigate risk through education and/or action in areas such as financial, environmental, health, safety and/or emergency preparedness 
        • Enrolling in college for fall 2020.
        • Opens Oct. 1st-January 17th.


Agriculture First (Pearl City Elevator): To improve and and support the future of  the agriculture industry. Up to 3 $5oo awards to qualifying students who are furthering their education in an agricultural field. 

        • Senior who will be pursuing a two-year or four-year degree in livestock production, crop production, or closely related agricultural field.
        • Due January 11 (possibly later due date this year)
        • Link to Application

Jim Vondra Memorial (Pearl City Elevator): Awarded based on academic achievement, service and leadership in the community, financial impact, and an essay  by the applicant. Up to 3 $5oo awards to qualifying students who are furthering their education.

        • Senior who will be pursuing a two-year or four-year degree 
        • Due January 19
        • Link to Application

Quad Cities Community Foundation: The Quad Cities Community Foundation administers multiple scholarship funds, all started by donors who want to ensure students are able to continue their education at community colleges and four-year institutions. Over 40 scholarship applications are available through our website. When we include scholarships that are able to be renewed each year students are in school, these applications result in nearly $600,000 in scholarships being distributed by the Community Foundation every year to help students meet their higher education goals.


Eureka College-Ronald Reagan Leadership Program: Full tuition scholarship program focused on leadership development. Become a Reagan Fellow and join leaders in business, medicine, law, politics, finance, non-profits, ministry, arts, and a variety of other careers. 

Carroll County Pheasants Forever: The Carroll County Illinois Chapter of Pheasants Forever is accepting applications for two $600 college scholarships.  The scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior of a Carroll County high school who will be enrolled in college in the 2023-2024 academic year.  Children of long-standing members and Long Spur shooters residing outside of the county are also eligible to apply.  The scholarship can be for additional years if the student meets the academic standards set by the chapter.

        • Due February 1. 
        • Must support the preservation of and actively participate in the hunting sports. 
        • Enrolled in any accredited college or university. 
 Jackie Robinson Foundation: The Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) Scholarship program addresses the financial needs of college students and provides extensive, hands-on mentoring and support services. Once chosen from a national, selective application process, Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars receive a generous four-year grant to attend the undergraduate school of their choice and enroll in JRF’s celebrated “42 Strategies for Success Curriculum”.  This four-year program guides JRF Scholars to effectively navigate their college environments, explore career options, develop leadership skills, and embrace a commitment to service. The program also promotes the values and character traits embodied in the heroic life of the Foundation’s namesake, encouraging Scholars to positively impact the lives of others. *On GM site


NW Illinois Economic Development: Awarded to students who are interested in becoming an entrepreneur and starting a business. Scholarship can be used for  community college, technical college, university, or start-up costs for business planning. 

        • Due February 3
        • Resident of JoDaviess, Carroll, or Whiteside counties
        • Application- will update in January

First Gateway Credit Union: We take pride in supporting the educational goals of our members and their families. In

2020, we will award three $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors who are credit union members.


Quad City Regional Auto Show: Scholarship for a senior who will attend an automotive program or other technical program in the fall 2020. 

        • Senior who will be attending an accredited academic institution
        • Carroll County resident
        • Due Febuary 15.  

IAA- Illinois Agriculture Education & FFA Foundation: As the charitable arm of the Illinois Farm Bureau, our Mission is to fund education, research, and charitable activities that benefit Illinois farm families and agriculture. We proudly offer scholarship opportunities for students pursuing degrees related to agriculture, and those with family farming backgrounds. Our contributions were 78 scholarships totaling $124,000 in tuition support in previous years. 


IL Chemical Education Foundation: The ICEF objective is to recognize and honor high school seniors who have exemplified outstanding achievement in academics, extracurricular/employment activities an community involvement. 

        • Senior who will be attending an accredited academic institution
        • IL resident
        • Due February 24.  
        • ONLINE APPLICATION National Scholarship: TheDream.US scholarships are for highly motivated DREAMers who want nothing more than to get a college education but are unable to afford the cost. They have no access to federal aid, limited access to state aid, and they sometimes face paying out-of-state tuition. The National Scholarship Award will cover your tuition and fees up to a maximum of $14,500 for an associate degree and $29,000 for a bachelor’s degree, at one of our Partner Colleges. Please note, some Scholars may be eligible for an additional stipend of up to $4,000 (or $1,000 per year) for books, supplies, and transportation. 

        • Arrived in the US prior to November 1, 2014
        • Renewable
        • Due February 25.

Cornerstone Credit Union:  Awarding six $1500 awards to deserving high school seniors. 

Illinois Odd Fellow-Rebekah: Awarded to deserving students wishing to continue their education in any post-secondary school or accredited vocational/technical school. Applicants do not need to be affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. 


Carroll County Farm Bureau Foundation/Harold Schmidt Memorial Forestry: Awarded to students majoring in agriculture, agribusiness, or an ag-related course of study. Based on scholastic ability and/or financial need. 

        • Due March 1
        • Must be a Carroll County Farm Bureau member, spouse, or child

Illinois AMVETS: The Illinois AMVETS have been providing various scholarships since almost their beginnings. We offer scholarships for the following dividuals: Veterans currently enrolled in a 2 or 4 year institution, 2nd year nursing students - Provided by the Illinois Sad Sacks, Ladies Auxiliary memorial scholarships, Freedom's Foundation for high school sophomores


IL Conservation Foundation: The Illinois Conservation Foundation offers the Conservation Achievement Scholarship to promote the value of our natural world and encourage the next generation of leaders to engage in personal efforts to preserve and enhance a sustainable outdoor environment. 


Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Valley of Freeport: One of the guiding principles of Freemasons is providing influence to strengthen our community. We believe investing in our young people will strengthen our communities.  The Scottish Rite Scholarships are sponsored by the Supreme Council, 33°, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, and the Illinois Council of Deliberation.


The Branch Networks Scholarship: for Indiana State University-Scott College of Business prospects. Created from a grant in the Lily Endowment, Inc. for students studying for a career in business and financial services-all majors in the Scott College of Business are eligible. 

        • 3.5 Unweighted GPA
        • Top 15% of Graduating class
        • Senior who will be attending a Indiana State University-Scott College of Business
        • 4-year Full Tuition valuing over $40,000, Professional Development including International programs
        • Open December 1-March 1st. 


Carroll County Republican Women: Recipient must show a high degree of motivation in pursuit of thier education and have an active history of community service and/or political involvement with the Republican Party. 

        • Due March 1

Dorothy Footitt: A few highlights you must follow.  Complete all questions (Neatness counts, legibility is essential). Attach a copy of college admission test scores (ACT, SAT, etc.).  Verify that the principal or counselor has completed Section I.  Verify that both you and a parent or guardian have signed and dated the application.  Attach a photograph . DO NOT change application format. Additional facts you may wish the Committee to consider in judging eligibility for the scholarship may be presented in the form of a letter accompanying the application. Please maintain section and question numbers.


        • Due March 4th



Tom Kustes Scholarship- A $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a graduating West Carroll Community Unit School District senior Ag/FFA student who intends to prepare for a career relating to agriculture by attending a vocational/technical school, junior college, college or university.


  • Due March 5th 

Andresen Memorial Scholarship: The scholarships are based on need of the student, scholastic ability, moral character, leadership qualities and community involvement.  There will be an unlimited number of scholarships given out to deserving students from Carroll County.



Andresen AG Scholarship: In apreciation of student's success in farming, the Andresens are awarding AG scholarships in order to encourage young people to join this exciting field.



Kathryn G. Hansen Scholarship: Each year the University of Illinois, Illinois Administrative Professionals offers the Kathryn G. Hansen Scholarship competition to students planning to pursue higher education in the office professional, secretarial, or business- related fields. The Illinois Administrative Professionals is an organization composed of employees in civil service classifications with qualifications that meet or exceed those of Office Support Associate. Ms. Hansen was one of the founding members of the State Universities Civil Service System and Illinois Administrative Professionals. In her honor, Illinois Administrative Professionals has created the Kathryn G. Hansen Scholarship Fund.



Midwest Technical Institute Scholarship: MTI scholarship for graduating high school seniors interested in going to MTI campus for a technical trade.



Compeer Financial: Through the Compeer Financial Fund for Rural America, they award scholarships to students from Ag backgrounds who are pursuing a career in Agriculture. *On GM site 



West Carroll High School Common Application: Students must be a graduating senior from West Carroll High School.  Plan on enrolling in an accredited Trade School, 2 year Community College or 4-Year College or University.


  • Applications are due back to the HS Counselor by the 3rd Friday in March (deadline March 18, 2022).   Students completing this one application are entered for several scholarships (rotates between 5-10 scholarships yearly)
  • 2022 Application Available now! 


Some applications considered in the Common App: 


  • Gerald Brookhaus Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship is available to any senior with a minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale, which is a “C” average or better.  It will be awarded to any student pursuing a post-secondary education.  Amount is dependent on interest rate for present year. 
  • Geraldine Mach Brookhaus Scholarship – This scholarship will be given to a student who is pursuing a career in health care.  Amount is dependent on interest rate for present year. 
  • Manny's Scholarship- This scholarship is available to any senior with a minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale, which is a “C” average or better.  It will be awarded to any student pursuing a post-secondary education. Two $500 scholarships will be awarded.
  • Andrew Reed Memorial: $500 one time scholarship.  Applicants must submit a typed 300-500 word essay (Common Essay) stating academic and vocational plans and why s/he has chosen that field, how s/he would use this scholarship, and how s/he has demonstrated initiative and integrity in his or her life.  The selection Committee will be looking for examples of character, leadership, service and scholarship. Athletics and extra-curricular activities encouraged to apply. 
  • Charles & Betty Guenzler Scholarship: This scholarship will be given to a student who is pursuing a career in health care. These students will be awarded with a renewable (up to four years) amount of $2000 per year. 
  • James Schoenhaar Memorial Scholarship: $1000 one-time scholarships will be awarded to two West Carroll Seniors with a minimum GPA of 2.5. It will be awarded to any student pursuing a post-secondary education. Verification of enrollment is required before receiving payment to program.
  • Jill Iben Memorial: Awarded to West Carroll Seniors who are pursuing a career in the nursing/health care field.  2 awards of $500 for one year.  The award will be paid on a semester basis ($250) when the high school receives verification that the student is enrolled in a post-secondary program.
  • VFW Post 2223: Awarded to West Carroll Seniors who are pursuing a post-secondary education.  2 awards of $500 for one year. 
  • Min's Mississippi Scholarship (M Wilkinson): This scholarship will be awarded to a Thomson resident with at least a 3.0 GPA that is pursuing a career of helping others, and has been active in the community. 
  • More scholarship donors use this Common App yearly as an easy way to award scholarships. 

GFWC IL-Lorado Taft Art Scholarship


GFWC IL-Arthur Grant Smith Drama Scholarship


GFWC IL-Vina A Miller Education Scholarship


GFWC IL-Vocational Scholarship


GFWC IL-Hamilton Ridge Music Scholarship


Carroll County Help Center: Awarded to students pursuing training at a community college or vocational/technical school. 

        • Due March 18th



Wayne A. Greene Memorial: A secondary education teacher for 31 years, Mr. Greene taught industrial arts, architectural drawing, and mathematics in the Mount Carroll and West Carroll school districts. He is survived by his wife Karen and two children, Brian Greene and Julie (Greene) Katzenberger. In applying for the Wayne A. Greene Memorial Scholarship, applicants should be a West Carroll High School senior. In addition, applicants must be intending on pursuing a postsecondary degree in education or a trade field. 


  • Deadline March 18th, 2022
  • Send completed application and materials to Mrs. Katzenberger's email [email protected]

RIA Credit Union: Available to any primary member of R.I.A. FCU with an account in good standing (no delinquent or charge-off loans) and a U.S. citizen may apply. An individual may join R.I.A. for the sole purpose of eligibility.



Savanna Ambulance: Applicant must be a graduating senior from the West Carroll High School and live within the Savanna Fire & Ambulance Protection District.  They must have a minimum 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.


        • Due March 18th


Betty Teeter Scholarship: Available to graduating female senior students of West Carroll High School who plan on continuing their education in either an academic or vocational program.  Students primary residence must be within the territory of the orginal Mt. Carroll School District #304 as it existed in 2000. *Requirements new 2020, please include with form the last four digits of your Social Security number, and your email address.


        • Due MARCH 18


Mt. Carroll Home Center: The Mt. Carroll Home Center Academic Scholarship is a $500.00 scholarship. It is available to any West Carroll Senior who is planning to attend a 2 or 4 year college or university. Complete the basic application that follows and attach a copy of your transcript along with an essay. Applications must be mailed (post marked) or hand delivered to the Mt. Carroll Home Center by the 3rd Friday in March.


Two $500 scholarships will be awarded to High School Seniors that write an essay of no more than 500 words to describe the First Amendment, and what it means to them. A completed application along with essay will need to be submitted to the Counselor no later than March 18th. 
Mt. Carroll Rotary: Mt. Carroll Rotary Scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic performance, demonstration of leadership skills, community involvement, school involvement, and future goals.   The scholarship amount will be $500 and the scholarship committee will determine the number of scholarships to be awarded.  You must be a graduating senior of West Carroll School district.  Your primary residence must be within the territory of the orginal Mt. Carroll School District #304 as it existed in 2000.


        • Due March 18


Savanna Chamber of Commerce Scholarship- The Savanna Chamber of Commerce is offering a Future Leader Scholarship in the amount of $500 to a graduating high school senior from West Carroll High School. We seek a student who wishes to remain local and either start their career in Northwest Illinois or open a business.
  • Due March 25th 

Illinois Commerce and Economic Development Opportunity- has funds through the Tri-County Opportunities Council for at least 12 scholarships of up to $1,250 each for income eligible students. Preference to students that are pursuing high demand careers.


  • Due March 26

Blackhawk Area Credit Union: Any primary member of BACU with an account in good standing may apply.  An individual may join BACU for the sole purpose of eligibility.


        • Due March 30 

Carroll County Livestock Feeders Association: Renewable scholarship for students with an agriculture-related background. Initial award $500.


        • Parent/Legal guardian must belong to the association either as an active or associate member. 
        • Senior who will be attending an accredited higher education institution
        • Demonstrate Financial Need
        • Due March 31

IL Dept of DCFS: Provides tuition waivers and grants to students who attend their local community college or an IL university. Must be in the custody of the State. *On GM site



Carroll County Soil & Water Conservation District: The Directors of the Carroll County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) are taking applications for a scholarship of $500.00. This will be awarded to a Carroll County youth who is or has graduated from a Carroll County school to further his or her education beyond high school in an agricultural field. This includes fields such as Agribusiness, Forestry, Agronomy, Ag-Economics, Natural Resources, Aquaculture, Wildlife Management, Ag-Science, etc.



Lions Clubs of West Carroll: This application is for a $500, one-year, scholarship to be awarded to a senior student living in the West Carroll School District.  Scholarship is available for any accredited two or four-year college, university, vocational or trade school.  Selection will be based on leadership and community service; financial need, future goals, and scholastic accomplishments.  Each of these four criteria will have equal weight (25%) in the ranking process.



Adkins Energy- 3 recipients will be awarded $500 for Seniors pursuing a degree in Higher Education. See application for more details.


  • Due APRIL 1

Morrison Tech: The Counselor's Choice Scholarship will be awarded to one student who demonstrates career readiness and outlines a clear career plan.


        • Senior who will be attending Morrison Tech next year
        • WCHS Stuent
        • Due April 1.  


Savanna Rotary Scholarship: Applicants must be a graduating senior of West Carroll High School planning to continue their education in either an academic or vocational program. Students must submit 3 letters of recommendation from adults (such as teachers, pastor, etc.) who are not related to them. Students must include a copy of your high school transcript and include a recent photo with your application.

General - $2000 total to be distributed at $500/year for 4 years, Berenice Hussey - $1000 total to be distributed at $250/year for 4 years, L.B. Hussey - $1000 total to be distributed at $250/year for 4 years



Savanna Moose Randy Despain Scholarship: Applicant must be a graduating senior from West Carroll High School who has demonstrated commitment to community service. Preference given to the children of lodge members.



West Carroll Education Association:  WCEA will award 2 scholarships to students pursuing a degree in Education or a similar field of study. This is a non-renewable scholarship.



Vaughn E. Hungerford: Must be a West Carroll High School graduating senior who lives within the Mt. Carroll School District as it existed when the will was signed in 1991, or a Mt. Carroll High School graduate



Smaltz-Kness/York Township Trust: The Smaltz-Kness/York Township Trust will offer scholarship grants to residents of York Township who have been accepted for post-secondary enrollment at an accredited institution. All applicants must have been a resident of York Township for a minimum of 1 year prior to the date of applying for this scholarship.Grant recipients shall be selected by the Trustees upon review of all submitted applications. Preference, as determined by the Trustees, will be given to:


        • Graduating High School Seniors
        • Those applicants who are pursuing their first year of post-secondary education
        • Students enrolled in full-time status


The amount of this year’s grant will be determined by the funds available as well as the number of scholarship grants awarded.  Payment of the grant will be made later in the summer when proof of enrollment has been received by the Trustees. Applications are available from and can be returned to any of the following:


        • West Carroll High School Counselor
        • Jessica Edwards (Trust Secretary), 2507 Market St., Thomson, IL  61285, (815)757-9528 or [email protected]
        • Thomson Village Hall 
        • Due APRIL 3
        • Cover Letter

Carroll Service Company: Carroll Service Company is offering three (3) $1,000 scholarships to seniors who will major in Ag-related fields OR pursuing a degree/certification in the Building & Trades or Welding.



Jo-Carroll Energy: Several awards offered to students who will be working as a linemen, or attending a 2-year school, or are children of members. Many different opportunities.



TBK Bank: a $1,000 scholarship for ten hardworking students who qualify as low to moderate income, in keeping with standards set forth by the Community Reinvestment Act. We encourage any student living in a community served by TBK Bank and demonstrating financial need to apply. (Open Feb. 10th-April 15th)


        • Submit brief essay 
        • Senior who will be attending an accredited higher education institution
        • Demonstrate Financial Need
        • Begins Feb. 10th, Due April 15.  


SOAR Scholarship-WQAD: (Begins around Jan. 30th) 

We are looking for seniors that best exemplify the S.O.A.R. characteristics.

S-Strength of character,

O-Optimism–predictions for future success and where will you be making a difference;

A–Achievement in academics and volunteerism;

R–Resolveshown when faced with an adversarial situation

5 high school seniors will be selected to receive a $1000 scholarship to be used towards further education and training.  Applicants must fill out the application attached.



Crime Stoppers: Carroll County Crime Stoppers are offering a $200 scholarship to 2020 Carroll County graduating seniors.  Those applying intending to enter criminal justice related degrees would receive preference during the review of their submitted applications.  No handwritten applications will be accepted.



Freemasons Cyrus Lodge 188: Awarded to West Carroll Seniors who are pursuing post-secondary education in any form. 

        • Due May 13th
        • Turn in to Counselor


This scholarship will be awarded to a qualified student(s) who are planning to attend college after high school graduation. The number and amount of scholarships given is dependent on club resources. Applicants must, at a
minimum, meet criteria listed below. The scholarship committee reviews every submitted application and screens for
those it wishes to interview in the selection process.
The criterion includes:
1) The Student has to have applied and/or been accepted to an accredited
institution of higher education and plans to attend;
2) The Student is a Senior
3) The Student demonstrates financial need;
4) The Student demonstrates academic achievement,
5) The Student demonstrates the characteristics of good citizenship 

The Illinois Hammer Scholarship: The Illinois Hammer is invested in our community and deeply believes in its future. We are now accepting applications for a $6,000 scholarship to assist the leaders of tomorrow in furthering their education. To apply, please read the conditions and criteria below and if you’re eligible, fill out the form below, which includes a 300-500 word essay. Please pay careful attention to the essay prompt. Good luck and thank you!


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