The FAFSA is open!

Remember, this is a new requirement.  You must fill out a FAFSA or an OPT Out form to meet graduation requirements.  Fill it out sooner than later-MAP $ from Illinois runs out!

What will I need to fill out the FAFSA?

To complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®), you will need:

Seniors - do you want help with filling out college and scholarship applications?  Make an appointment with Mrs. Conner on the school website or email vconner@galva224.org

Seniors - Are you working on your College and Career Readiness Indicators (CCRI)?  You can log in through your powerschool account.  You need three!  Remember to mark done on the right and put your evidence on the left.

Are you planning to take the ACT?

There will be February, April and June 2021 test dates at Kewanee High School and Carl Sandburg College.  Check back for registration deadlines and testing centers and dates.  The cost of the ACT without writing is $55.  

Upcoming College/Career Visits

 Zoom Recruiter and Virtual Presentations posted soon!

Scholarship Applications

Local Scholarships

State Bank of Toulon Scholarships - you can win between $250 - $750 locally and then be put in the regional contest for a prize up to $4,000.  The scholarship is an essay scholarship with an assigned topic - Why is a trusted partner such as a community bank so valuable during the global pandemic?”  Scholarship applications are due by Friday, February 26th.  See Mrs. Conner for an application.  

The Illinois Sheriff's Association announces that it will be awarding over $58,000 in college scholarships throughout the State of Illinois to students wishing to pursue higher education during the 2021-2022 academic year. The scholarships are to be applied to tuition, books and fees only. The student must be enrolled full-time at a certified institution of higher learning within the State of Illinois, full-time online learning is acceptable.

Henry County Sheriff, Kerry Loncka, will be awarding one scholarship in the amount of $500.00.

There will be no restriction on any applicant by reason of race, age, creed, color, sex or national origin. The only limitations are as follows:

- Applicants must be permanent Illinois residents and attend college in Illinois.

- Students must be enrolled as a full time college student during the 2021-2022 school year (excluding summer session).

Applications are now available at your local Sheriff’s Office or on the ISA Website https://www.ilsheriff.org/youth-2/ Students must complete the application; answer the essay question and return all documentation to the Sheriff’s Office in their permanent county of residence by March 15, 2021 (must be postmarked by this date). Directory of Sheriff’s offices available on our website. https://www.ilsheriff.org/sheriffs-directory/

Henry County Right To Life

Henry County Right to Life is announcing their 2021 scholarship contest.  The essay is: Why men should care about the pro-life movement and define the responsibilities of being a pro-life male. A $500 scholarship will be forwarded to the college the student is going to attend.  Applications are available at: http://henrycountyr21.wixsitecom/life  Applications must be received by April 2.  Mail entries to Henry County Right to Life, PO Box 121, Geneseo, IL  61254.

Regional Scholarships

The CVM-Illinois Youth Mentoring Health Scholarship is for QC area high school seniors and/or undergraduate students who plan to pursue or are enrolled in a full-time undergraduate course of study in math, science or the medical sciences from an accredited college or university.  Applicants must be 25 years of age or younger, have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale at the time of application, and be a high school senior or undergraduate student who plans to enroll in or is already enrolled in a full-time undergraduate course of study in math, science or the medical sciences at an accredited college or university.  Applicants may NOT be the child of a practicing medical doctor and students are eligible to receive this scholarship only once. Up to five scholarships of $2,000-$5,000 shall be awarded to students who meet the criteria as outlined above. Deadline for submission is Friday, February 12, 2021.  Application link: https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=unitypoint

IL Chemical Foundation High School Senior Scholarship Application.  Open to students seeking degrees in chemistry, chemical engineering or high school chemistry teaching.  The application for the $2,000 scholarship is due on February 19, 2021.  Go to www.cicil.net for more information.

IL Chemical Education Foundation Ecolab High School Senior Scholarship Application.  This $2000 scholarship application packet is due on February 19, 2021.  For more information on the ecolab scholarship, visit www.cicil.net

State Scholarships

The Independent Order of Odd Fellow and Rebekahs of Illinois are offering scholarships to Illinois residents.  The application has specific criteria - see Mrs. Conner for an application or go to www.ioof-il.org.  Applications are due by March 1, 2021.  Scholarship awards are up to $1,000 each.

National Scholarships

Credit Professionals International - Presenting two $500 scholarships to students attending a two-year or four-year college.  This is an essay contest - 500 words on “How has the COVID 19 Pandemic affected your plans for your future education.  Applications are due by April 1, 2021.  

World Class Mediacom Scholarship Program - This essay contest is open to students who live in a household that uses Mediacom services.  60 $1,000 scholarships awarded. Applications are available at: http://mediacomworldclass.com/support/pdf/2021-Application.pdf  All applications are due by Feb. 15, 2021.

PB&J Scholarship - for students who have experienced person challenges that may not have allowed them to perform well academically (no gpa requirement)  Go to: bit.ly/pbjscholarship2021  Due: May 31, 2021. 

Improve Your Score: $2,000

Open Through January -To qualify for the Improve Your Score Scholarship, students must improve their SAT score by 100 points—either from their PSAT™ 10 to SAT, PSAT/NMSQT® to SAT, or from a previous SAT—and practice on Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy® for six hours.

Complete the FAFSA: $1,000

Open Through February - Ensure that eligible students complete the FAFSA® form to apply for financial aid. After they submit the FAFSA, students can verify that they took this action on the College Board Opportunity Scholarships page to be eligible for a scholarship.

Note: Students who are legally ineligible to submit the FAFSA can still earn an entry for the scholarship by going to their My Action Plan page.

Apply to Colleges: $1,000

Open Through February - Ensure your students apply to at least two colleges they want to attend. To be eligible, students need to enter the names of two colleges where they submitted an application.

Many national scholarships are available on www.scholarships.com

Career Opportunities

Great Dane in Kewanee is looking to hire assemblers for 1st or 2nd shift.  You must be 18 years-old and pass a drug screen, physical assessment and background check.  Employees are hired by Kelly Services and after meeting the benchmarks of attendance and productivity, you will be hired by the company.  The company provides health, dental and vision benefits, 401K and Gain Share.  If interested contact Kelly Services by calling 309.679.0681.

Operating Engineers Local #649 is looking for people interested in becoming a heavy equipment operator apprentice.  You are paid while you train.  To qualify you must be 18 years-old, have a birth certificate and high school diploma or GED certificate, an Illinois Driver’s License and two letters of recommendation.  For more information, please call our Training Office at 309-697-1357.