Scholarship Program Overview

The Community Foundation administers a variety of college scholarships. Each scholarship was established by generous donors and is unique, with its own set of criteria for applicants.

Students may apply for and be awarded multiple scholarships. There are scholarships available for graduating seniors as well as current and returning college students. Currently, the majority of awards are offered to students from Sangamon County, but the number of scholarships for students throughout the Foundation's service area continues to grow. The Foundation serves Sangamon, Cass, Christian, Logan, Macoupin, Menard, Montgomery, and Morgan counties.

To review specific information and instructions on how to apply for scholarships, please revisit our website toward the end of the calendar year. 2024 scholarship applications will be available from January 1, 2024 to March 1, 2024. Applicants should submit their scholarship applications via the Foundation's website during this time period.

If you have questions regarding the scholarship opportunities offered by the Community Foundation, please email

community leaf Form for recipients & Renewals
  • Scholarship Acceptance Form

This form is only to be completed by scholarship recipients, and it will go live on May 1, 2024.

2024 Scholarships

The 2024 Scholarship Program is open. Applications are accepted from January 1 through midnight on March 1. Please visit our website during the same time next year to submit your 2025 applications.

Scholarship Description
Ada McCombs White Memorial Scholarship Current or former graduates of A-C Central High School in Ashland, IL, pursuing a teaching career.
Anthony Benson Memorial Scholarship African American senior graduating from Springfield High School demonstrating extra-curricular involvement.
Brody Wilson Memorial Scholarship Graduating senior of Williamsville High School involved in the arts and/or soccer.
Camp Care-A-Lot Scholarship Former Camp Care-A-Lot campers who demonstrate financial need.
Charlie Cottle Scholarship Chatham Glenwood High School varsity athlete
COUNTRY Financial Community Scholarship Graduates of high schools throughout Sangamon, Macoupin, Montgomery, Cass, Morgan and Greene counties who have demonstrated exemplary community service.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Scholarship African American students who are graduating seniors of a high school in the Springfield-Decatur, IL service area of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, and demonstrate Delta's core values of sisterhood, scholarship and service.
Don W. Estaque Jr. Scholarship Graduates of Lanphier High School in Springfield, IL, who have attended LHS for four years, and lettered 3 out of their 4 years as a male member of the LHS men's cross country or track teams. Endorsement of the principal and athletic director required.
Donna and Donald Lee Wolaver Memorial Golf Scholarship Golf team member at a high school in Sangamon County.
Frontiers International Springfield Club Scholarship Preference is given to African American students (either male or female) and to applicants with substantial financial need who reside in Sangamon County.
Gerald F. and Luanna R. Kennedy Scholarship Graduating senior from Pana High School with a demonstrated history of contribution to the community.
Girls on the Run Founder Scholarship Alumna of the Girls on the Run of Central Illinois program and attending an accredited community college, four-year college/university or trade/vocational school this fall.
Ila M. Skelton Scholarship Graduating high school senior or currently enrolled college student residing in Sangamon County attending an accredited community college, four-year college/university or trade/vocational school this fall.
Illinois Women in Leadership — High School Scholarship Female from Sangamon County exhibiting leadership qualities and strong potential and desire for professional growth.
Illinois Women in Leadership — Chrysalis Award Female from Sangamon County who has earned a high school diploma or GED at least 5 years ago exhibiting leadership qualities and strong potential and desire for professional growth.
Jamie K. Patino Math and Science Scholarship Springfield Southeast High School student seeking a degree in the field of engineering, math or science.
Jean Lee Hiller Memorial Scholarship Current or former, female graduate of Taylorville High School, pursuing a four-year degree in pre-med, veterinary science or business and demonstrates financial need.
Jim Byron Scholarship Williamsville High School student invovled in service and school activities.
Jim Muller Build a Better Future Scholarship Fund  Recent graduate (within the past 4 years) from Athens, PORTA or Greenview high schools, planning to attend an accredited post-secondary institution, including a college, university, trade, or vocational institution in the coming fall as full-time student, pursuing a degree or certificate in a program in the building trades, including but not limited to Carpentry, Electrical, Plumbing, HVAC, Architecture & Engineering.
John and Judy Woodruff Performing Arts Scholarship Graduating high school senior or college freshman from Sangamon County or adjacent county planning to major or minor in the performing arts. 
Joseph and Lois Morris Memorial Scholarship Must be nominated by Springfield High Guidance Counselor; contact your guidance counselor for more information. Unsolicited applications will not be accepted.
Linda S. Culver Memorial Scholarship Be a graduating senior, returning undergraduate or graduate student attending an accredited college and is currently registered as a Girl Scout with the Girl Scouts of Central Illinois.
Lori L. Kashmer Scholarship Pursuing a degree in nursing, health or medical career or in veterinary medicine as a part-time or full-time student that exhibits a passion for learning and demonstrates financial need.
Margaret Johnson Special Education Scholarship Graduating from a high school in Sangamon County and pursuing a degree in special education, with the intent of teaching special education students.
Mary Lou and Dwight Pitman Scholarship Area public high school student in Sangamon County other than Springfield School District or Chatham School District with siblings planning to or attending college.
Mid-Illinois Communications Association Scholarship Open to rising juniors, seniors and graduate students majoring in communications, journalism, public relations, or related fields such as marketing, design, videography, photography, etc., who are from Central Illinois or attend a college or university in Central Illinois.
O'Brien Scholarship for the Study of Nursing Student enrolled full-time or planning to enroll full-time at an accredited Nursing program in Sangamon County to pursue an Associate (ADN) or Baccalaureate (BSN) degree in Nursing and demonstrating financial need.
Paul V. Gage Community Service Scholarship Vienna High School student demonstrating financial need as well as a record of community service through volunteerism.
Pearl Fairfield Scholarship Graduating senior from a high school in Sangamon County that demonstrates financial need. Preference will be given to students from a single-parent household.
Polly W. Roesch Vocal Music Scholarship Graduating senior from a high school in Sangamon County pursuing a degree in the field of vocal music, performing arts and educational majors with a concentration in vocal music.
Reverend Kenneth H. White and Evelyn N. White Scholarship Lanphier High School graduating student planning to obtain a State Teaching Certificate to teach in the public school system.
Roland Machinery Scholarship Open to students pursuing a degree or certificate in a profession related to construction, mechanical engineering, or other related trades. Must be a graduating senior from a high school in one of the following counties: Sangamon, Christian, Montgomery, Macoupin, Scott, Morgan, Cass, Menard, Mason and Logan.
SAHBA Construction/Robert E. von Behren Memorial Scholarship Open to students pursuing a career in the building industry in the following counties: Sangamon, Christian, Logan, Macoupin, Mason, Menard, Montgomery, Morgan, and Scott.
Sgt. John R. Dalhaus Memorial Scholarship Graduating student from Litchfield High School or a high school in Montgomery or Macoupin Counties participating in programs through the South-Central Illinois Regional Training and Innovation Center, and pursuing a post-secondary degree in a vocational field.
Susan G. Conner Scholarship Open to students pursuing a degree in teacher education. Preference will be given to those pursuing a degree in Special Education. Students at any level may qualify – graduating high school students, students presently enrolled at any grade level in college, previous winners of the Susan G. Conner Scholarship, and Master’s Degree candidates in Special Education are eligible to apply.
Tripp Bringe Scholarship Graduating seniors of a Menard County high school or who reside in Menard County but attend high school out of the county.
W.G. Bird Teachers' Scholarship Graduating senior of Auburn High School planning to pursue a degree in education and enroll full-time at an accredited college or university this fall.
Walter and Pauline Roesch Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Illinois Scholarship Open to current and former members of the Boys and Girls Club (BGCCIL) attending college or vocational school as a full-time student and have graduated from a high school in the BGCCIL service area within the last 2 years. 
World War II Illinois Descendants Statewide Scholarship Must be a direct descendant of a WWII Illinois Veteran and have a 4.0 GPA on a non-weighted scale (or be the projected valedictorian or salutatorian.)