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Highschool to College:

Archways to Opportunity - McDonald's of Kankakee County is hiring and will provide College Tuition Assistance up to $700 to its employees. Click the link for more information.

Bourbonnais Friendship Festival-Lee Bradford ScholarshipThis scholarship awards a $500 scholarship to one high school senior who is active in community service projects and/or volunteer activities. Application deadline is April 2, 2018.

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

Great Clips: The Great Scholarship Program - $250-$1,500 scholarships will be awarded to students interested in pursuing a career in cosmetology. The scholarship deadline is March 31, 2018.

GROWMARK 2018 Scholarship - The GROWMARK Foundation will provide $1,500 scholarships to 15 students pursuing agriculture-related degrees or certificates at colleges, universities, or technical schools in the US and Canada. Applications are due by midnight (Central Time) on April 13, 2018. Scholarship recipients will be notified by July 1, 2018. Please direct questions to Karen Jones, 309-557-6184 or

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 815-932-0858.

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 9, 2018. 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 9, 2018.

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. Deadline is April 6, 2018

Kankakee County Sherriff's Scholarship - The Illinois Sheriff’s Association will award more than $50,000 in college scholarships to students wishing to pursue higher education during the 2018-19 academic year. Kankakee County Sheriff, Mike Downey, will be awarding two, $500 scholarships. The application deadline is March 15, 2018

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. The application deadline is April 17, 2018.

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. The application deadline is April 30, 2018.

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 2018, NTHS will award 225, $1,000 JHP Scholarships to eligible members. The application is due by April 20, 2018. See website link for more details.

ZipRecruiter - ZipRecruiter is offering a $3,000 scholarship to the winning college student with the most creative entry in their Winter/Spring 2018 Scholarship Promotion. Applications are due by June 30, 2018.


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.