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

Event: College/Scholarship Fair, Saturday September 18

Students should bring multiple copies of their transcripts with SAT scores, letters of recommendation, and an essay entitled "Why I want to attend college," and a resume. Mrs. Mendez can help with all of these items.

VFW National Auxiliary Scholarships

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. 

This fund awards scholarships of $1,000-$4,000 to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students, allies, or children of LGBTQ+ parents in downstate Illinois. Click on the link above for more information.

Deadline September 24, 2021

Requirements: B average GPA (4.0 or higher at AO) and have participated in a sport for at least one full season

Ask a teacher, counselor, or administrator to be your reviewer and get their email address.

Deadline October 19, 2021

College Scholarships for Black Students (From Affordable Colleges Online)

(PAST DUE) Big Sun Scholarship

(PAST DUE) PB&J Scholarship

(PAST DUE) Richland Foundation Scholarships & Scherer Honors Scholarship

(PAST DUE) Pursuit of Excellence Scholarship

(PAST DUE) Busey Bank Community Reinvestment Act Scholarship

(PAST DUE) Balanced Man Scholarship, SigEp Fraternity

(PAST DUE) JJ Woodruff Fine Arts Scholarship

(PAST DUE) Melanie & Amy Camfield Memorial Scholarship

(PAST DUE) Bridge to Betterment Scholarships (Bridge Church)

(PAST DUE) Central Illinois AHEC Scholarship

(PAST DUE) AOEA Scholarship

(PAST DUE) Proven Winners Scholarship Program

(PAST DUE) Illinois Masonic Scholarships

(PAST DUE) Betz-Holmes Annual Scholarship (Gerber State Bank)

(PAST DUE) Regions Bank Riding Forward Essay Scholarship Contest

(PAST DUE) Illinois Society of Professional Engineers Scholarship

(PAST DUE) Farm Credit Illinois Agriculture Scholarships

(PAST DUE) Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln Scholarships

(PAST DUE) Thomas Dixon Memorial Scholarship (KMC)

(PAST DUE) Illinois Federation of Women in Business Scholarship

(PAST DUE) Kathryn G. Hansen Scholarship

(PAST DUE) Macon County Farm Bureau Scholarships

(PAST DUE) Illinois Odd Fellow-Rebekah Scholarship

(PAST DUE) IAA Foundation & HR Beeson Scholarships

(PAST DUE) Community Foundation of Macon County Scholarships

(PAST DUE) Illinois Chemical Education Foundation Scholarships

(PAST DUE) Because Life Deserves Design Scholarship

(PAST DUE) Mensa Education & Research Foundation Scholarships

(PAST DUE) 2021 CBAI Foundation for Community Banking Annual Scholarship Program

(PAST DUE) The PEO Star Scholarship