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Highschool to College:

Exelon Science Scholarship - One $1,000 scholarship is given to one high school student, high schools rotate, majoring in the sciences. Application and more information for this scholarship can only be found by contacting Peggy Warnick at

HomeStar/NAACP Education Scholarship Fund - A $2,000 scholarship ($500 per year for up to 4 years) is given to a high school student. The Committee awards up to 4 scholarships a year. It is given to help graduating high school seniors continue their education. Applicants must be active members of the NAACP youth council for at least 6 months and maintain a 2.5 GPA or higher. For more information contact or 815-932-0858The application deadline is Friday, March 8, 2019.

HomeStar Customer Scholarship - The HomeStar Education Foundation annually awards academic scholarships to the children or grandchildren of HomeStar Bank. Each recipient will receive a $2,000.00 scholarship. Applications must be received by February 8, 2019. Click the link for more information!

HomeStar/Hispanic Partnership Education Scholarship Fund - The scholarship is $2,000 ($500 per year for up to 4 years) per student. Student must be of Hispanic or Latino heritage and maintained a 2.0 GPA for 7 semesters of high school. For more information, contact Lupita Sorich at or 815-735-8439. The application deadline is March 8, 2019.

HomeStar/CBAI Foundation for Community Banking ScholarshipThe CBAI Foundation for Community Banking provides monetary awards for top high-school seniors statewide. These awards help deserving students highlight the importance of community banking to the local community. The application deadline is Thursday, January 31, 2019.

Kankakee County 4-H/Youth Foundation Scholarship - $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to participants who have participated in the 4-H and youth programs of Kankakee County. The application deadline is April 12, 2019. 

KCCSI Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Scholarship - Applicants must be low income (must be at or below 125% poverty) and demonstrate a commitment to civic or community service. 

Kids Chance Scholarship - This is for high school seniors & college students (ages 16-25) who has a parent who was seriously injured or killed on the job. 

Peoples Bank Scholar Program - This scholarship is awarded to area high school graduates attending Kankakee Community College, Olivet Nazarene University, or Notre Dame University in the fall of 2017. Interested students may apply in their senior year by completing a standard college application for admission. At the time of admission, students should express their interest in the Peoples Scholar Program.

NAACP Education Scholarship Fund - One, $500 scholarship is awarded to a high school student based on active membership in the NAACP and a 2.5 GPA or higher.  For more information, contact Carol Franke at: or the NAACP office at 815-932-0858.

National Technical Honor Society - Jon H. Poteat Scholarship is reserved exclusively for current NTHS members who have not yet graduated. In 2019, NTHS will award 5, $2,000 JHP Scholarships to eligible members. The application deadline is March 1, 2019.

ZipRecruiter - ZipRecruiter is offering a $3,000 scholarship to the winning college student with the most creative entry in their Summer/Fall 2018 Scholarship Promotion. Fall winners will be announced January 31, 2019 and winter winners on November 11, 2019.


Other Various Scholarships:

Kankakee Rotary Ernie Michaud Scholarship- For college-enrolled students.who have completed (or enrolled in for the current semester) two years of college or university level work and have plans to continue education. Other requirements include: earning a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and must be able to attend a Kankakee Rotary Club meeting to receive the award.

Workforce Services (KCC) - If you are unemployed or underemployed you could be eligible for up to $12,000 in career training through this workforce service grant.

Women in Networking - The WIN Scholarship is a $1000 award offered annually to a woman in Kankakee County who is improving skills for the workplace, completing a degree, retraining and/or going back to school after whatever life events precluded higher education earlier in her life.  It will be paid directly to the KCC, ONU, GSU or whatever Illinois college/university she attends and may be used for tuition, books or other school related expenses.

The Community Arts Council of Kankakee County sponsors the James F. Carlson Fine Arts Scholarship. This award provides at least one $250 Scholarship for deserving Kankakee County Area students to attend a summer arts camp in the field of dance, music, drama, visual art, creative writing or other fine arts discipline. The scholarship is named in memory of the late James F. Carlson, a long-time arts patron and past-president of the Community Arts Council.

Shoup Manufacturing - Gerry Sikma Scholarship is for any community college student with a passion for agriculture and the ability to maintain a 2.5 GPA or higher.



National STEAM/STEM Grants and Scholarships:

Other Assistance:

NAACP Free Legal Services - A legal clinic is provided the second Thursday of every month at the NAACP office in Kankakee.  Advice is provided for many issues including expungement of records to help people enter the workforce.