Scholarships

Explore these Parkland College, Parkland Foundation, and private donor scholarships available to high school and GED graduates. Each scholarship has its own specific eligibility and submission requirements, so be careful as you apply!  Please keep in mind that this list is not comprehensive.  Availability, deadlines, and award amounts can vary. Unless noted otherwise, scholarship application information is available in the Scholarship Search Engine. For more information, contact the Office of Financial Aid and Veteran Services at 217-351-2222 or at finaid@parkland.edu

 
NEW STUDENTS
As an incoming freshman, you may have scholarships to which you can apply at Parkland College, to help pay for your education.

Agricultural Career Program Grant
Established by the Champaign County Farm Bureau Foundation and the Parkland College Board of Trustees.  Applicants must be Champaign County high school graduates enrolling as full-time freshmen in any of the agriculture, horticulture or equine Associated in Applied Science degrees. Based on academic achievement, school and community involvement. Selection of the grant recipients will be made by the Champaign County Farm Bureau Foundation Scholarship Committee. Personal interviews may be required. $1,000 will be credited to the recipient's tuition account if the student successfully completes the fall semester.  Applications are available from the Champaign County Farm Bureau, the Parkland College Department of Business and Agri-Industries, Room B-116 or Champaign County high schools.  This scholarship application is due in early February.
 
William C. Annin Memorial Scholarship
Established by Ellen Sullivan in 1985, this award was renamed in memory of Bill Annin, the first coordinator of Parkland's automotive program. Incoming freshmen enrolling full time in the Automotive Program and residing within Parkland College District 505 may apply. Award shall be applied toward tuition, fees, and books for the following fall semester.  
 
Jodi Brandon Endowed Scholarship
Established by Syngenta Crop Protection, Inc. to be awarded to a graduate of Blue Ridge High School who is enrolled in a Business and Agri-Industry or Computer Science and Information Technology program at Parkland College. 

Busey Bank Scholarship

The scholarship will be awarded to six high school seniors; one from each of the following - Urbana High School, Champaign Centennial High School, Champaign Central High School, The High School of St. Thomas More, Mahomet-Seymour High School, and Judah Christian High School.  Check with the High School Guidance Counselor's Office for more information.

Donald Dodds, Jr. Scholarship
Established by Jon Sokolski and Marci Dodds in honor of Donald C. Dodds, Jr., a past member of the Parkland College Board of Trustees and Parkland College Foundation's president since 1994.  This award will be given to a student who graduated in the top 10% of his or her high school graduating class. 
 
Irma H. Ebert - Office Careers/Computer Science Scholarship
This scholarship was established in memory of Irma H. Ebert.  Recipients must be in the Office Professional or Computer Science program, have an excellent academic record, either in high school or at Parkland College, and demonstrate good citizenship. 

First Mid-Illinois Bank Scholarship
A recipient from Arcola, Champaign, Monticello, and Tuscola will be chosen to receive this award.  Must have a good academic standing.  

Theresa L. Golaszewski - Women In Business Scholarship
This scholarship was established in memory of Theresa L. Golaszewski for women pursuing a career in business.  The recipient must have an excellent academic record, either in high school or at Parkland College, and demonstrate good citizenship. 

Marilyn E. Huckaba Alpha Xi Delta Scholarship
This endowment fund is dedicated to and intended to honor three of Marilyn E. Huckaba's sorority sisters: Barbara Jones Chace, Dorothy Wilson Crownover, and Oradel Nolen Morris. The award is given annually to a graduate of a Champaign County high school who was on his or her high school honor roll, is enrolled at Parkland College and plans to earn an associate degree in any transfer or career program, and who has financial need. The recipient must possess moral standards and have excelled in one or more extracurricular activities in high school.   Applications are available at Counseling Offices of Champaign County High Schools.
 
Illinois Broadcasters Foundation Scholarship Program
Broadcasting journalism, engineering, on-air or programming.
This scholarship can be used toward educational expenses at any Illinois University/College offering a major in Telecommunications or Broadcast Journalism or that has a Radio/TV facility. 
Scholarship Criteria  |  High School Transcript Request  | Scholarship Application
 
Madeline E. Mileham Memorial Scholarship
Sponsored by Champaign-Urbana Junior Woman's Club for a graduating high-school student entering college at the freshman level. Based on financial need and academic merit.  Applications are available from the Champaign-Urbana Junior Woman's Club, P.O. Box 6526, Champaign, IL 61826-2526.

Office Careers Scholarship

Established by Louise L. Gish for an African-American woman in need of basic skills to get office employment. Applicant must have financial need, provide one letter of reference, and write a one-page essay on why this scholarship is important to her. 

Parkland College Academic Opportunity Scholarship for Underrepresented Students
In cooperation with the Urban League of Champaign County, the college awards up to ten (10) tuition and fee scholarships annually to culturally, racially, or ethnically diverse high school seniors. The students must be United States citizens or permanent residents, residents of District 505, demonstrate good citizenship, and have the potential for success in a career or transfer program. The award pays tuition and fees for two years (including two summer terms). All awardees must maintain 12 hours in fall and spring, and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0.  Students who break their enrollment period either by not meeting the minimum requirements for continuation or not completing their academic program in two years will not be eligible for an extension. Recipients must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each academic year.  Applications are sent to District 505 high school guidance counselors.

Parkland College Board of Trustees Scholarship
Awarded to the top ten percent of District 505 high schools. The scholarship will cover full tuition and fees for a maximum of two consecutive years (including two summer terms). Students must be U. S. citizens or permanent residents and graduated from an accredited public or private high school with districts located within the boundaries of Community College District 505. The recipients must maintain full-time student status, successfully complete a minimum of twelve (12) semester hours fall and spring semesters, and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0. Students who break their enrollment period either by not meeting the minimum requirements for continuation or not completing their academic program in two years will not be eligible for an extension. Recipients must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each academic year.  Recipients are recommended by high school principals or guidance counselors.
 
Parkland College General Education Development Scholarship
Two-semester tuition waiver to the top ten scoring Parkland College GED completers. Must be resident of District 505. The second semester award is contingent upon a minimum 2.5 GPA and successfully completing 8 credit hours in the fall semester.  Recipients must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each academic year. 


Parkland College Music Scholarship
The scholarship will cover full tuition and fees for a maximum of two consecutive years (including two summer terms).  Students must be U. S. citizens and permanent residents of the State of Illinois. The recipients must maintain full-time student status, successfully complete a minimum of twelve (12) semester hours fall and spring semesters, and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0. Students who break their enrollment period either by not meeting the minimum requirements for continuation or not completing their academic program in two years will not be eligible for an extension. Recipients must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each academic year.  Please visit Fine and Applied Arts, C120, for more information.

Parkland College Theatre Scholarship
The scholarship will cover full tuition and fees for a maximum of two consecutive years (including two summer terms).  Students must be U. S. citizens and permanent residents of the State of Illinois. The recipients must maintain full-time student status, successfully complete a minimum of twelve (12) semester hours fall and spring semesters, and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0. Students who break their enrollment period either by not meeting the minimum requirements for continuation or not completing their academic program in two years will not be eligible for an extension. Recipients must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each academic year.  Please visit Fine and Applied Arts, C120, for more information.
 

Robert P. Pope Scholarship
Established by C & U Poster Advertising Co. in memory of Robert P. Pope, the award assists students who are supportive of the free enterprise economic system, and is based on financial need as well as merit. 

Timothy Collins Stafford Scholarship

Established by Sidney Stafford to honor the life and professional aspirations of his son, Timothy Stafford, the recipient shall have delayed continuance of his or her education for at least 10 years after graduation from high school and have experienced life challenges during that period. Students must demonstrate financial need, be a full-time student with a GPA of 2.5 or better, a resident of District 505, and plan to transfer to the University of Illinois. A preference will be given to a student majoring in elementary education. 



SPECIAL SCHOLARSHIPS
 
Intellectual Freedom Award
Awarded to a student for the best essay (1,000-1,500 words) on intellectual freedom. The essay will be published in the commencement edition of the Prospectus.  Applications are available in the Office of Student Life, Room X153.

Parkland College Academic Opportunity Scholarship for Underrepresented Students
Ten tuition and fee scholarships are awarded annually to high school seniors who are academically talented and who represent cultural, ethnic or racial underrepresented groups at Parkland College.  Applications are sent to District 505 high school guidance counselors.
 
Parkland College Athletics Scholarship
Tuition and fee waivers for athletes in the men’s and women’s basketball, men’s baseball, women’s softball, women’s volleyball, men’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer.  Contact the Athletics Department, Room P204.

Parkland College Board of Trustees Scholarship
Awarded to the top 10 percent of graduating seniors from each high school in District 505 who attend Parkland full-time immediately after graduation from high school. Pays all resident tuition and fees for two academic years.  Recipients are recommended by high school principals or guidance counselors.

Parkland College General Education Development Scholarship
Two-semester tuition waiver to the top ten scoring Parkland College GED completers. Must be resident of District 505. The second semester award is contingent upon a minimum 2.5 GPA and successfully completing 8 credit hours in the fall semester.

Parkland College Music Scholarship
Tuition and fee waivers to incoming high school graduates who are majoring in music. May be renewed for an additional year.  Please visit Fine and Applied Arts, C120, for more information.

Parkland College Student Activities Scholarship
Tuition waivers to high school graduates, or those with high school equivalency, who participate in student activities.  Applications are available in the Office of Student Life, Room X153.
 
Parkland College Student Trustee and Student Government President Scholarship
Two-semester partial tuition waiver for students holding these elected positions.  Information is available in the Office of Student Life, Room X153.
 
Parkland College Theatre Scholarship
Tuition and fee waivers to high school graduates who are majoring in theatre. May be renewed for an additional year.  Please visit Fine and Applied Arts, C120, for more information.
 
 
Private donor scholarships can also be beneficial in funding your college education. Local community organizations, clubs, businesses, banks and churches may offer scholarship opportunities. You are encouraged to contact these organizations as well as your high school guidance office for potential scholarships.
 

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