Scholarships are funds meant to assist college-bound students in paying their college tuition and fees. This is by no means a complete list of scholarships that AO students can apply for. You can also do internet searches and apply for scholarships through your specific college or university. Scholarship applications can take some time, but they can be so worth it. Scholarships do NOT have to be paid back, and some are even renewable, meaning you can renew it for the same amount for the four years you're in college!

Here is a SCHOLARSHIP TO-DO WORKSHEET to help you stay organized and on-track!

Peterson's Scholarship Search Engine

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

There are many and although regional deadlines vary, they could be as early as December 1, 2021. Go to the link above see all of the scholarships for which you can apply!

Conservation Achievement Scholarship

This opportunity is available to outstanding high school seniors in Illinois who have demonstrated effective, voluntary, long-term dedication to the preservation, protection, enhancement and/or promotion of Illinois’ natural resources. Four scholarships of $2,000 each will be awarded by the Illinois Conservation Foundation. Applications are due March 1, 2022.

Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship Program

100 students will be awarded $40k for college and a paid programming internship. This scholarship is for those students with any computer science experience (formal or independent) and seeking a degree in computer science, software engineering, computer engineering, or other computer science-related field. Must have a B average or better GPA and demonstrate financial need. Application is open until January 25, 2022. Questions? Email:

Rapunzl National High School Investment Competition- flyer

Rapunzl is an app on which you can learn how to invest. You start with $10k virtual dollars and simulate investing in any company with stocks available. There is a national competition for high school students who show the most success investing. Flyer above, videos with explanation below. This closes on April 30, but start playing NOW, if you want to compete, so that you have time to make $$!

YouTube: Scholarship Competition

YouTube: The difference financial literacy makes (ft. one of the Rapunzl scholarship competition winners)

Cirkled In "No Sweat Scholarship"

The only requirement is to make a Cirkled In account and student portfolio. No GPA or income requirements. Cirkled In is a scholarship database website. The "No Sweat Scholarship" is worth $2,500 and is due December 31, 2021.

Illinois Chemical Education Foundation Scholarships

Each scholarship has their own requirements. Please click the links to view the documents.

ICEF STEM HBCU Scholarship Application must arrive by February 15, 2022

ICEF General Scholarship Application must arrive by March 10, 2022

ICEF Ecolab Scholarship Application must arrive by March 10, 2022

ICEF Hispanic Student Scholarship Application must arrive by March 10, 2022

CBAI Banking Scholarship

This is a statewide scholarship between many Illinois community banks. We had a student make it to the finals last year! AO is sponsored by Gerber State Bank in Argenta. The link above takes you to the pdf of the application that will have to be printed. Copies are available in the counseling office. This is due to Mrs. Mendez or to Gerber State Bank by Tuesday, January 18. Gerber State Bank will then select an essay to send to the statewide competition and award that student $100 regardless of how they do in the state competition. If you don't know how to answer the essay question, talk to your parents and grandparents!

Beta Sigma Psi Scholarships

There is one national award applicable to any university and there are university-specific awards. Male students are eligible as it is a fraternity-funded scholarship, Christian faith preferred. Click the link above for more information. Due dates vary, but the earliest deadline is March 6, 2022.

Golden Apple Scholarship Program

This program offers tuition assistance (up to $23K) among other benefits to aspiring teachers. Specific colleges and universities participate in this program and can be viewed at the link above. Deadline is April 1, 2022.

VFW National Auxiliary Scholarships

(PAST DUE) The Voice of Democracy "America: Where do we go from here?"; $30,000 goes to national 1st place winner, many lower awards given. Open to all students grades 9-12Deadline October 31, 2021.

Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest$500-$15,000, many awards given. Open to all students grades 9-12Deadline is March 31, 2022.

Applications are available to print at the links above or in paper form in Mrs. Mendez's office. 

scholarship website flyer

Check out these websites for bigger scholarship search engines!

(PAST DUE) Heisman High School Scholarship

(PAST DUE) Acorn Equality Fund

(EVENT PAST) Infinite Scholar College & Scholarship Fair

(PAST DUE) The PEO Star Scholarship -- was sent through email April/May 2021