2019-2020 Scholarship Information
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Elks Most Valuable Student ScholarshipJudged on Scholarship, Leadership, and Financial Need11/5/2019VariesSubmit application onlineElks Most Valuable Student
Elks Legacy ScholarshipParent or grandparent must be an Elks member1/31/2020$4,000Submit application onlineElks Legacy
Hagan ScholarshipDesigned for high achieving students with financial need from a rural community. 11/15/2019VariesApply online, must have a 3.75 GPA, 23 ACT, 1,150 SAT, enroll in a 4 year school, must work, must be eligible for Federal and State grantsHagan Scholarship
Horatio Alger Association ScholarshipMinimum 2.0 GPA, critical financial need, complete list of eligibility requirements on website 10/25/2019VariesSubmit application onlineHoratio Alger
DAR ScholarshipsDAR's scholarships are awarded and judged without regard to gender, race, religion, national origin, or disability.Illinois DAR awards various scholaships. Specifics are listed on the website. 2/15/2020VariesSubmit application onlineDAR
CBAI Foundation for Community Banking ScholarshipThe goal of this scholarship is to highlight the importance of community banking to the local economy.Depends on local bank, Final deadline is 3/4/2020$500-$1,000Essay contest regarding the understanding, impact, and importance of community bankingPlease see Mrs. Knapp for the application and additional details.
Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois ScholarshipDesigned for high school seniors entering a teacher education program. 4/3/2020VariesApply online, 2.5 GPA, must agree to teach in Illinois for 5 years.Golden Apple
Illinois Chemical Education FoundationOpen to all future chemists, chemical engineers, environmental engineers, or high school chemistry teachers2/21/2020$2,000Two letters of recommendation and an essayIllinois Chemical Education
Quail and Upland Game Alliance ScholarshipAwarded to a student that shows a commitment to conservation and preserving QUGA's hunting heritage. A current hunting license is needed. 3/27/2020$250Applicants must have a 3.0, three letters of recommendation,Submit to student services or Mr. HargisLink to Application
Gale Baker Memorial ScholarshipMust be a member of the FFA, and planning to pursue a career in Ag or a trade. 3/1/2020$1,000Application, List of Activities, EssayLink to Application
Hagan ScholarshipDesigned for high achieving students with financial need from a rural community. 11/15/2019VariesApply online, must have a 3.5 GPA, 23 ACT, 1,200 SAT, enroll in a 4 year school, must work, must be eligible for Federal and State grantswww.hsfmo.org
Wild Turkey Federation Scholarship - Local ChapterStudents must support the preservation of the hunting tradition and actively participate in hunting sports. 1/1/2020$250 Locally $1,000 at IL state level, and $10,000 at National levelMust hold current hunting license, minimun 3.0 GPA, an essay and 3 letters of recommendation, submit in student services-Local Contact is Gerald Lively 618-775-6565NWTF Scholarship Link
Voice of DemocracyVFW: "What Makes America Great"10/31/2019Varies: Post, District, state and national level3-5 minute recorded essayApplication available in student services.
Illinois Electric Cooperative Memorial ScholarshipsApplication must be submitted online and completed in one sitting. Contact the local office with any questions 618-244-5151.12/31/2019$2,000Tri-County Electric Cooperative MemberLink to Application
Christine McQuiston Memorial ScholarshipP.E.O. is a philanthropic organization where women celebrate the advancement of women; educate women through scholarships, grants, awards, loans, and motivate women to achieve their highest aspirations. 3/1/2020$2,500SCHS female student who plans to enroll full-time in an accedited two-year or four-year college/university in the USA. Candidates should demonstrate excellence in leadership, academics, extracurricular activities and community service. Two letters of reference and transcript required.Link to Application
Ben Baggett ScholarshipThis scholarship was established to honor Ben Baggett, a long time educator, coach, and administrator for Iuka Grade School. His career with Iuka Grade School began in 1956 and ended 37 years later with his retirement in 1993. 3/1/2020$1,000Graduate of Iuka Grade School, pursuing a career in education is preferred but not required, minimum 3.0 GPA, essayLink to Application
Wabash-John D. Andrews Memorial ScholarshipJohn D. Andrews was a 1983 graduate of SCHS. John was a pioneer in the beginning days of internet service and he was passionate about technology. John started several small businesses throughout his lifetime and was the 2nd internet provider in all of Illinois and Missouri. John worked closely with the University of Illinois, Illinois State Board of Education, and school districts all over the state to provide the internet to schools. This scholarship has been started to honor his memory.3/1/2020$1,000Complete the application, transcript required, and a written statement. Mail in completed materials to Wabash Communications. Link to Application
Salem Theater Board ScholarshipThis scholarship is available to any student planning to pursue a degree in the arts. This would include anything from drawing to painting to photography to design and even include art of the culinary, musical and literary varieties. 3/1/2020$500Application, written statement, 2 letters of recommendationLink to Application
Selmaville Education Association ScholarshipEstablished in 2013 to assist former Selmaville students further their education. The scholarship will be awarded to a senior student who will be graduating from SCHS and pursuing higher education.3/1/2020$500Graduate of Selmaville, no minimum GPA, written statement, two letters of recommendationLink to Application
Robert Marion & Ethel Keolker Stewart ScholarshipThe fund was established in 2002 by Nancy Stewart Hindman to memorialize her parents, who graduated from Salem High School, Class of 1935. The fund is within the Madison County Community Foundation which is a component fund of the Blue Grass Community Foundation.
3/1/2020$1,000 and can be renewable for up to 4 yearsAny student who plans to attend an accredited, degree-granting program of study, active in school and community, minimum 2.5 GPA, biographical sketch, and list of activitiesLink to Application
Xi Eta Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi ScholarshipApplications must be returned to Student Services prior to deadline3/1/2020$300SCHS senior, 3.0 GPA, short essayLink to Application
South Central FS Scholarship ProgramThe program is designed for students interested in sales and marketing roles, vocational roles, or applicator roles. Recipients will have community college or vocational program paid for and guaranteed employment upon completion.11/30/2019Tuition, fees and booksComplete the application, submit 2 letters of recommendation, and transcripts.www.southcentralfs.com/careers
Iuka State Bank ScholarshipBusiness, finance, agribusiness degree preferred. Application, essay and letter of recommendation submitted to Student Services prior to deadline3/1/20203-$500Achievement, extracurricular involvement, community activitiesLink to Application
Salem Fraternal Order of Police Criminal Justice ScholarshipThe Salem Fraternal Order of Police are looking to award one SCHS senior planning to pursue a criminal justice degree in Illinois a scholarship.3/1/2020$500Application and essay to be submitted to Salem Police Department. Link to Application
Bill and Gerrie Milam ScholarshipThis scholarship is available to senior members of the golf team. 3/1/2020$500Application and a written statementLink to Application
SSM Health Good Samaritan Auxiliary Applicants must be pursuing a health care career, with an acceptance letter to an accredited school. 3/31/2020$1,500Essay, official transcript, income information, interview in April, two letters of reference.Application available in student services.
SCHS Academic Foundation ScholarshipSeniors must be in the upper 20% of their class3/1/2020$1,000Written statement, 2 teacher letters of recommendation, official transcript Link to Application
Veterans ScholarshipStudents with a miliary affiliation have preference, but it is not required3/1/2020$500Biographical essay with future plans, one letter of recommendation, official transcriptLink to Application
Albright Family ScholarshipSCHS Seniors who plan to attend one of the top 50 national universities (with the University of Illinois being excluded) or top 50 Liberal Arts colleges (as identified by US News and World Reports) are eligible to apply for this scholarship. If you have applied, been accepted, and plan to attend one of these colleges/universities, please apply for this generous award.3/1/2020$1,000Admitted to one of the top 50 college identified by the US News and World Report Top Schools, University of Illinois does not qualifyLink to Application
Maddie Finch Memorial ScholarshipApplicant must be planning to pursue a major or minor in a second language.3/1/2020$500Completed application, written statement, 2 letters of recommendationLink to Application
Austin Freeman Memorial ScholarshipTwo scholarships will given in memory of Austin Freeman. Applicants must be enrolling in a Kaskaskia College.3/1/2020$500SCHS graduate enrolling at Kaskaskia College, must attach official transcript Link to Application
Marion and Belva Garner ScholarshipThe daughter of Marion & Belva Garner, Lana Garner Porter, a 1961 graduate of SCHS, has created this scholarship. It will go to both a male and female student who will be attending Murray State University in Murray KY. 3/1/2020$500SCHS senior, official transcript, letter of acceptance to Murray State University Link to Application
Marvin Jenkins Memorial ScholarshipThis scholarship is available to any student planning to attend an Illinois school and major in civil engineering or land surveying.3/1/2020$500Written statement, 2 teacher letters of recommendation, official transcript Link to Application
Harry Maxey and Jane Maxey-Brauer ScholarshipThis scholarship was created to go to a student that intends to further their education in agriculture or trades related fields. The recipient should be a student that is willing to work hard to be successful in their chosen field and driven to give back to their community. Also, students enlisted in the military may also apply.3/1/2020$1,0002.5 GPA, Application, EssayLink to Application
Herschel and Nina Rose Agricultural ScholarshipGiven in memory of Herschel and Nina Rose who were grain and livestock farmers in Marion County. All of their children helped on the family farm, with the four youngest children taking an active role in the agriculture program at SCHS.3/1/2020$500Senior entering an agricultural program in college, biographical sketch with future plans, list of activities, GPA, ACT, letter of recommendationLink to Application
Bob Eller Athletic ScholarshipBob Eller was a long-time teacher, coach, and athletic director at SCHS. He promoted good character, leadership, and sportsmanship. This scholarship was established in his memory by his wife, Anna Lou Eller, and her family.3/1/2020$500Senior male or female student at SCHS, actively participates in athletics at SCHS, has displayed good character, leadership, and sportsmanship, brief essay, list of accomplishments, two letters of recommendation Link to Application
Blum Memorial ScholarshipMrs. Blum was a teacher in the Business Department at SCHS. Seniors planning to major in business or technology may apply for this scholarship.3/1/2020$250Senior planning to major in business or technology, application form, list of activities, brief essay, two letters of recommendationLink to Application
Charlotte Holt Memorial ScholarshipMrs. Holt was the choral director at SCHS for several years. Any senior who is a member of chorus and is planning a degree in music may apply.3/1/2020$250Member of choir, planning a degree in music, application, essay, two letters of recommendation Link to Application
Helen Allen Memorial ScholarshipThe recipient must plan to major in a human services area. This includes, but is not limited to, social work, the ministry, teaching, psychology, sociology, and areas of medicine.3/1/2020$250Written statement with future plans and official transcriptLink to Application
David Wright Memorial ScholarshipThis scholarship is for any senior graduating from Salem Community High School. Applicants must continue their education at a college, university, or community college upon graduation from high school.3/1/2020$500Three evaluations, application form, list of activities and awards, essayLink to Application
McClain Memorial ScholarshipKerry McClain was the SCHS Principal for 17 years (1967-1984). He and his wife, Peggy, were killed in a tragic train-car accident. The scholarship will be awarded to a senior student who will be graduating from Salem Community High School and pursuing a teacher career.3/1/2020$250Upper 20% of graduating class, ACT or SAT score, pursuing a degree in teaching, financial need, personality and potential as a teacher, application, essay, two letters of recommendationLink to Application
Debra K. McCullum Memorial ScholarshipDebbie McCullum was a 2003 graduate of SCHS. This scholarship will be awarded annually to a senior graduating from SCHS who wishes to continue his/her studies in the field of culinary arts/services, music, or performing arts. 3/1/2020$500Enroll in a culinary arts, music, or performing arts program, 2.0 GPA or higher, brief essay with educational plans, one letter of recommendation Link to Application
The Wallace Science Scholarship This scholarship is made available by Bob Wallace, 1962 graduate of SCHS. Mr. Wallace served as President of Exxon Enterprises Company in the Phillipines, worked with start-up companies in the medical electronics and semiconductor field and later became vice-president of operations and engineering for SanDisk Corporation. He has over 100 patents in material sciences, electronic components, and electronic systems design.3/1/2020$1,000Any senior intending to pursue a degree in a science related field, no minimum GPA requirementLink to Application
Greater Salem Area Foundation/Mission Salem Vocational ScholarshipsThis scholarship is intended for a student going into a vocational or trade program. Preference will be given to students attending either Kaskaskia College or Rend Lake College. Some areas of study would be mechanics, welders, construction, HVAC, truck drivers, plumbers, masons, electricians. Extended 4/17/20203 scholarships for $1,000 eachAny senior pursuing a trade or vocational career, fill out application, potential volunteer requirement with the Mission Salem.Link to Application
Robert D. and Donna M. Quick Scholarship-Centralia FoundationThis scholarship is part of the Centralia Foundation Scholarships. Applications must be mailed to the Centralia Foundation before the deadline. You may pick up a copy of the application in Student Services.3/13/2020variesDemonstrate a financial need and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA, application and copy of transcript must be submitted by deadline to address on applicationApplication available in student services, or online at http://www.centraliafoundation.com/scholarships.htm
Vaughn-Gardner Scholarship-Centralia FoundationThis scholarship is part of the Centralia Foundation Scholarships. Must be planning to attend Kaskaskia College. Applications must be mailed to the Centralia Foundation before the deadline. You may pick up a copy of the application in Student Services.3/13/2020Full tuitionMust be pursuing a degree in a non-sports related field, minimum GPA of 3.0, complete application with transcript and sumbit prior to deadline at the address on the applicationApplication available in student services, or online at http://www.centraliafoundation.com/scholarships.htm
Salem American Legion Post 128 ScholarshipThe award recipients may apply the scholarship towards any of the following expenses: tuition and special fees, textbooks, room and board, and ancillary fees. Priority will be given to applicants who meet all criteria and have a relative who is or was a member of the American Legion.3/1/2020$250Must be enrolled as a full-time student (15 or more credit hours) at an accredited two- or four-year college/university or a vocational training program. GPA 2.0 or higherLink to Application
The Illinois Odd Fellow-Rebekah ScholarshipFor students attending a post-secondary school or vocational/technical training school-based on financial need and scholastic ability3/1/2020$1,000Illinois resident, provide a completed application, transcript, written statement, letter of recommendation-school and nonschool, 1040 formApplication packet available online at https://ioof-il.org/forms/
Peoples National BankPeoples National Bank has provided financial services to Southern Illinois since 1909. In keeping with the tradition of community service and commitment to the education of future civic and business leaders, Peoples National Bank has established an educational scholarship to assist high school graduates in continuing their education at a university, college, trade or vocational school.3/1/2020$500Student or parent/guardian must be customer of Peoples National Bank, student must show positive leadership/character, proof of full time enrollment in a 2yr or 4 yr college/university or trade/vocational school, maintained a B average or better for seven semesters-include transcript, mail completed packet to address on form.Link to Application
Shelter Insurance Foundation ScholarshipApplicant must be planning to attend an accredited college or university 3/31/2020$2,000Application completed and submitted in student services, see info sent in email.Link to Application
North American Lighting Scholarship for ExcellenceNAL is the largest automotive lighting manufacturer in North America. NAL is committed to its surrounding community and fostering the continued education of two students interested in a career in business or technical fields. This scholarship will be paid directly to the college as designated by the student.4/10/2020$1,000Pursuing a degree in business or technical program, three letters of recommendation, and a 500 word essayApplication available online
Peg Edwards Nursing ScholarshipThe Peg Edwards Nursing Scholarship was established to honor Peg’s dedication to the nursing profession. She was a Registered Nurse for over 39 years and received her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing in 2009. This scholarship’s purpose is to support a student whose intention is to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing and who demonstrates the initiative and leadership qualities to make a positive contribution to the health care industry by working in the field of nursing.4/20/2020$1,000Enrolled in a two year OR four year nursing degree program with the intention of pursuing a bachelors degree in nursing, demonstration of initiative, leadership skills and/or abilities, application, personal statement, essay, two letter of recommendation, official transcript. Application must be mailed to Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation in Mt. Vernon by the deadline. Link to Application
Heneghan and Associates ScholarshipEnrolled, or in the process of enrolling in one of the following higher-education programs: Civil Engineering, or Surveying 3/31/2020$500Application and materials mailed directly to address listed on application.Link to Application
Ralph Mirka Aviation ScholarshipGiven to a senior(s) planning to major in the field of aviation.3/31/2020$2,328Biographical essay-with career goals, three references, transcriptsLink to Application
Marion County Farm Bureau Foundation ScholarshipsThe objective of the Marion County Farm Bureau Foundation’s Scholarship program is to provide scholarships to college students who major in agriculture, agribusiness, or an ag-related course of study.3/16/2020minumum $500 maximum $2,000Member or child of Farm Bureau member, interested in Agricultural field of study, financial need, must include picture along with applicationLink to Application
Farm Credit Agriculture ScholarshipFor seniors planning to pursue a major and career related to agriculture2/28/2020$2,000Submit online application, essay, and other verificationFarm Credit Scholarship Application
Illinois AMVETS Service Foundation ScholarshipsSeveral different scholarships, preference given to military families3/1/2020VariesSee WebsiteAMVETS
Illinois Elks Children's Care ProgramPhysical and Occupational Therapy Majors and Physical and Occupational Therapy Assistant Degrees3/13/2020$500-$3,000Submit completed application to Local Elks Lodgewww.illinoiselksccc.org
SIU Credit UnionThe applicant or the applicant's legal guardian must be a member of the SIU Credit Union. 3/31/2020$1,000Application, transcript, letter of recommendation, essaySIU Credit Union
Salem Township Hospital Auxillary ScholarshipThe Auxiliary is able to provide scholarships to qualifying individuals desiring to pursue a career in the healthcare field and work in areas of the hospital after completion of their studies.3/31/2020$2,500biographical essay which includes long range goals, 3 references, one letter of recommendation, completed applications must be mailed to address on applicationLink to Application
Salem Township Hospital Foundation-Raterman Trust Allied Health ScholarshipThe applicant must be enrolled in an Allied Health Program at an accredited college to include but not limited to Nursing, Radiology, Respiratory Therapy, Physical Therapy, Medical Coding, Pharmacy, or Medicine. In addition the candidate agrees to pursue employment first at Salem Township Hospital. 3/31/2020$2,500High school transcript, GPA of 3.0, submit to address on applicationLink to Application
Alamelu Lakshmanan Health Career ScholarshipThe applicant must be a resident of Marion County, be enrolled in an Allied Health Program at an accredited college. Applicant must also agree that he/she will apply for employment first with Salem Township Hospital. 3/31/2020$1,000High school transcript, GPA of 3.0, submit to address on applicationLink to Application
Illinois Sheriffs' Association ScholarshipThe Illinois Sheriffs' Association will be awarding over 100 scholarships throughout the State of Illinois to students wishing to pursue high education during the 2019-2020 academic year. 3/15/2020$500-$1,000Must be a permanent Illinois resident, scholarship must be used at an institution of higher learning within the state of Illinois, application and written essay should be submitted to the sheriff's office in the county of your permanent residence. Illinois Sheriffs' Association
Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Essay ContestEnrolled in an accredited college for 2019-20202/29/2020$5,000Follow steps to write and submit essay online.Regions Essay Contest
Kyle Price Memorial ScholarshipThis scholarship for $250 was established as a tribute to the life of Kyle Price. It will be awarded to one student from Marion County based on school and community participation as well as financial need.5/1/2020$250Completed application, transcript, and two letters of recommendation mailed to address on applicationLink to Application
Zachary Braddy Memorial ScholarshipThis scholarship is for seniors at SCHS planning to enroll in a junior college or 4 year college with plans to pursue a degree in education or something related or health care. 4/1/2020$500Completed application, transcript, essayLink to Application
Rotary International District 6510 Foundation ScholarshipThis scholarship is for seniors residing in Rotary District 6510, with a B average or better, involved in community and school, have an educational and career plan and include an essay on the Rotary Motto "Service Above Self"4/1/2020$2,500Complete application, transcript, and mail to address listed on applicationLink to Application
BCMW ScholarshipThis scholarship is available to low-income residents of Bond, Clinton, Marion and Washington Counties. Must be planning to attend an Illinois accredited 2 year community college, vocational school, or 4 year college or university.3/27/2020$1,000Low-income (see informational packet), GPA, career goals statement, three letters of recommendation, and an interview.Packet available at www.bcmwcommunityservices.org or in student services