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

VFW Auxiliary Scholarships

Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest; Deadline March 31, 2023- Must be submitted directly to a member of the local VFW. Contact Cindy Daugherty at if you have a question or need to submit artwork.

Voice of Democracy Theme: Why is the Veteran Important?; Deadline October 31, 2022- Must be submitted directly to a member of the local VFW. Contact Cindy Daugherty at if you have a question or need to submit an application.

Continuing Education Scholarship (for VFW members or family members); Deadline February 15, 2023- Your submission can be emailed or mailed. If mailing, plan ahead so that it arrives by the deadline.

Please read the webpage/application completely before proceeding. Email Cindy Daugherty of the VFW with questions at

Coca Cola Scholars Program

150 $20,000 scholarships are awarded. A minimum B average in high school required (4.0+ at AOHS). Click the link above to go to the webpage.

Deadline is October 31, 2022

Illinois Chemical Education Foundation

There are four scholarship programs coordinated by the ICEF for students seeking majors in STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics), Chemistry, Chemistry Education, Chemical Engineering, and/or Environmental Engineering. Click the link above for all of the scholarship information. Scholarships must be mailed to the respective provided addresses.

STEM scholarship deadline: January 31, 2023

All other ICEF scholarship deadlines: March 3, 2023

Golden Apple Scholars Program

This is a scholarship program for future teachers! They also provide you with extra career training opportunities and job placement assistance to help you land the job you want after college. Click the top link for the website. Click here for a Quick Flyer.

Priority application deadline: December 1, 2022 (so that you can find out sooner!)

Final deadline: April 1, 2023

Illinois Professional Land Surveyors Association Scholarships

There are multiple scholarships available to students planning to study Land Surveying/Engineering. Click the link above to view the scholarships and apply.

Unless otherwise noted, these scholarships are due October 29, 2022

Acorn Equality Fund Scholarship

Open to LGBTQ+ students, allies, or the children of LGBTQ+ parents. The flyer is linked above, or you can click here to apply.

Deadline: September 23, 2022

Heisman High School Scholarships

Criteria: Participated in at least one athletic season in high school, maintain a B average (3.0/4.0 or 4.0/5.0 GPA), and are a leader in your school and community.

Click the link above to apply. You may list Mrs. Mendez as a "school official" if you need someone, but please let her know if you do so.

Deadline: October 18, 2022

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