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Financial Aid & Scholarships

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Financial Aid Information:

FAFSA Completion Night at South - November 4th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.  Seniors and Guardian.  Complete your FAFSA & bring your questions.  What is the FAFSA?  In Spanish

FAFSA - Free Application for Federal Student Aid  & FAFSA WORKSHOP (get help filling out your FAFSA)

Federal Aid at a Glance 2019-2020

Illinois and Federal Financial Aid and Grants - Illinois Student Assistance Commission

Check Naviance for local and general scholarships.  College Board also has a listing of programs. 

Looking for Athletic NCAA/NAIA eligibility which may lead to scholarship $ - Visit and COREcourseGPA.comSee your counselor for School ID and School Code #s.

General scholarship search tips.


District 202's Foundation for Excellence Scholarships & C.A.P.E. 

Site for the Foundation of Excellence:

CAPE Scholarship.  Student must attend a District 202 high school and demonstrate scholarship, leadership, and community service.  Deadline: February 7, 2020

Community Service Scholarship.  Recipients will be chosen based on the student’s involvement and active participation in school and community volunteer activities. The award can be used at a college, university, junior college, trade or technology school.  Deadline: March 13, 2020

Eichelberger Public Safety Scholarship.  Must be a resident of the Plainfield Fire Protection District and plan to major in Fire Science, Public Safety, Medical or Emergency Services at a fully accredited state or private university or college (preferably in Illinois).  Deadline: March 13, 2020

Martens Family Science Scholarship.  Applicants who plan to major in a STEM-related field at a fully accredited state or private university, preferably in Illinois)  Deadline: March 13, 2020


Local Scholarships: (will be posted once they become available)

American Italian Cultural Society Scholarship - deadline: March 31, 2020

Illinois Sheriffs' Association Scholarship.  - deadline: March 15, 2020

Kendall Grundy Community Action Scholarship.  - deadline: April 17, 2020

Multicultural Education Recruitment in Teaching Scholarship application is open!  Students should be  of African American/Black, Hispanic/Latino American, Asian American, or Native American origin. A U.S. citizen or eligible non citizen. Current high school or transfer GPA of 3.00 or higher.  Can demonstrate financial need (FAFSA application is required).  Admission to University of St. Francis as a full-time, first term, freshmen student and willing to commit to teach in District 204 or District 86 for 4 years.

Will County Community Services Council Scholarship - deadline: March 20, 2020

Young Women in Public Affairs Scholarship.  Now available.


Local Community College Scholarship:  (Now Available)

JJC Foundation Scholarship for Outstanding Graduates of District High Schools. This merit scholarship is for tuition and fees for the academic year, up to a maximum of $3,200 for the 2020 - 2021 school year. This scholarship is based on a minimum GPA of 4.25 / 5pt. scale, and a minimum score of 1070 on the SAT OR a minimum 21 on the ACT.  After registering at students may apply on JJC's AwardSpring site for this scholarship.  Students must send a transcript and a signed counselor form. 

Many other types of JJC scholarships are also available.


Special Scholarship & Grant Programs:

Connect to YOUR FUTURE program
Students who are between the ages of 18-24, can demonstrate financial need per program requirements or meet other grant eligibilty requirements, and are interested in the program's provided list of high growth/high demand occupations in Will County may wish to apply. Programs may provide tuition, fees, books, gas cards, paid internships, on-the-job training and employment assistance.  For more information visit

Give Something Back Foundation, Inc. (ATTENTION GRADE 9, FRESHMEN)
Give Something Back Foundation is a four year mentoring and scholarship program starting with high school freshmen students.  Students approved for the program must maintain a "B" average or higher while in high school.  Students must be eligible for the full Pell Grant, demonstrate high academic achievement, and be of good character.  The Foundation helps to cover the cost of education at a partner college.  Visit for more eligibility requirements and college partners.

Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois
Deadline: February
The Golden Apple Scholars is a program for students who wish to become teachers and are willing to work for 5 years upon graduating in a school of need.  Students must attend 4 summer institutes and attend one of the 53 participating universities or colleges.   Students will receive a summer stipend.  Students who fulfill  the agreement will also receive $2500 each year for their freshman and sophomore years and $5000 each year for their junior and senior years.  Students who are interested in this program may nominate themselves.  Please visit the website for more details.

Illinois and Federal Teacher Grant Funded Programs
Deadline: varies

The state and federal government offer funding for various teaching programs.  The funding may help pay for tuition costs and may come with an obligation to teach in a designated area of need.  Students who do not complete their teaching obligation will have to pay back the scholarship money with interest.  Students may also need to attend a listed college/university.  Click here for a Comparison of Teacher Education Programs: Minority Teachers of Illinois, Illinois Special Education Teacher Tuition Waiver, TEACH, and Golden Apple Scholars.  Visit for more detailed information and application forms.

Illinois Department of Public Health - Nursing & Medical Studies Scholarships
Scholarships are available in areas of need.  Students will need to work in a shortage area upon completing their schooling or pay back the scholarship plus interest.  Click
here to visit the web site for more information.

Illinois Department of Veteran Affairs - Scholarships
Scholarships are available to dependents of veterans who are disabled, missing in action or died as a result of active service.  Click
here for more information. 

Quest Bridge Scholarship Program - College Match
Deadline: September
This program covers full tuition for prestigious colleges and universities.  Student must be in the top 5% to 10% of their senior class. Students must demonstrate consistent academic rigor and score at least a 28 on the ACT or >1310 on the SAT. Household income less than $65,000 for a family of four.   FAFSA and tax information are required.  First to attend college preferred.  Visit the website for more details.

Reserve Officer Training Corps - ROTC Programs
Students who wish to serve in the military and obtain a college degree, may wish to look into College ROTC programs.  Programs vary in criteria, time of service obligation, and scholarship dollars.

Air Force ROTC -

Army ROTC -

Navy ROTC -

United States Military Academies
Competitive students who wish to serve their country and pursue a military career may wish to consider the military academies.  Most of the academies cover tuition, room, board, medical, dental, a monthy salary to cover uniforms and supplies.  Students in return will give back in service.  Service time varies per academy/military branch.

United States Air Force Academy, Colarado Springs, CO. -

United States Coast Guard Academy, New London CT. -

United States Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY -

United States Military Academy, West Point, NY -

United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD -