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

StudentScholarships.org -- PDF listing of 15 scholarships

Richland Foundation Scholarships Application

For students planning to attend RCC, there is a universal scholarship application for you to fill out that will enter you into the running for all of the scholarships listed on the page above. You must be accepted into RCC and have a username/password to complete the foundation scholarship application. Due: March 1, 2021

El Dabe Ritter Trial Lawyers Scholarship

Scholarship Amount: $1500

Essay: 500+ words on why higher education is important.

Due: June 30th, 2021

Peterson's Scholarship Search Engine

Mensa Education & Research Foundation Scholarships

$600+ scholarship available

550 word essay required outlining a student's academic and career goals. Some of you already have this written!

Due: January 15, 2021

Proven Winners Scholarship Program for Horticulture or related fields.

College Board's list of scholarships

Paying for College Information from ISAC: https://www.isac.org/students/during-college/

Financial Aid for Medical Professions

Financial Aid for TeachersGolden Apple Scholars Program

Financial Aid for Veterans or Children of Veterans

Financial Aid for Dependents of Police Officers, Fire Fighters, or Correctional Officers

Alliance Law Group Scholarship

Award Amount: $500

Deadline: December 31, 2020

This scholarship will be awarded based primarily on financial need.

Click here for the application

2021 CBAI Foundation for Community Banking Annual Scholarship Program

Click here for the scholarship packet, or continue reading for a summarized version.

CBAI is in its 46th year of representing community banks and thrift institutions. The goals of this scholarship program are to:

  • Foster a better understanding of the role of community banks in the local economy;
  • Provide community banks with a way to give back to young scholars in their communities;
  • Provide financial aid to deserving high school seniors in our communities.

Eligibility Requirements: High school senior graduating in May 2021, US Citizen, Illinois resident

Award: The overall winner will receive a $1,000 renewable scholarship for up to four years; 11 additional winners will receive a $1,000 one-time scholarship, and 12 additional winners will receive a one-time $500 scholarship


  1. Complete a student application and background information form. See the linked document to print these.
  2. Write a one-page essay, double-spaced, Times New Roman 10-12 point font, on the following topic-Why is a trusted partner such as a community bank so valuable to have during a global pandemic?

Additional essay requirements: Do not mention a specific bank, banker, or city. Do not mention the movies Forrest Gump or It’s a Wonderful Life. Do not put your name on the essay.

Essay judgement criteria: Essays should show an understanding of the community banking philosophy, accurate information, clear and concise sentences, logical organization, proper grammar, correct punctuation and spelling, and conclusion/summary.

You may submit the completed application, background information form, and essay to Mrs. Mendez, and she will submit it to Gerber State Bank in Argenta for consideration. The bank then chooses which essays to submit to CBAI. The submission deadline to Mrs. Mendez or Gerber State Bank is Friday, January 15

Questions on this scholarship can be directed to Bobbi Walston at CBAI bobbiw@cbai.com at 217-529-2265 or Kim Klein at Gerber State Bank at 217-864-8686.

(PAST DUE) The PEO Star Scholarship