The Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln is now accepting scholarship applications for the 2013 award cycle. There are 20 different scholarship funds that will be accepting new online applications for more than $60,000 in available awards. Since 2005, the Community Foundation has distributed more than $310,000 in scholarships.
Full details and criteria for each award are posted on the Community Foundation’s website at www.CFLL.org by clicking on “2013 Scholarship Applications.” Students with questions or limited computer access should contact the Community Foundation.
The deadline for applications is March 1, 2013. Students should review the specific requirements, criteria and due dates for each scholarship application. The recipients will be notified by May 1, 2013. All scholarships are for post-secondary education. The following scholarships are available:
- Henry Bunn Memorial Scholarship ($5,000 – 6 awards). This scholarship is awarded to a high school graduate in Sangamon County with a superior school record and high moral character who demonstrates financial need. It was established under the Will of Alice E. Bunn, who died on April 8, 1953, to honor her brother, Henry Bunn.
- Lori L. Kashmer Scholarship ($5,000). The scholarship has been established to give financial assistance in memory of Lori L. Kashmer, who had a passion for learning and helping others. It is available to either a part-time or full-time student pursing a degree in nursing, health or medical career, or in veterinary medicine.
- Spanish American Cultural Center Scholarship ($2,000 – up to 3 scholarships may be awarded – renewable). This scholarship is available to students of Latino descent who will be a graduating senior or who is obtaining a GED from an institution located in any of the following Illinois counties: Sangamon, Cass, Douglas, Champaign, Macon, McLean or Morgan. The Spanish American Cultural Center has worked hard to make funds available to benefit Latino students.
- Bud & Helene O’Shea Construction Scholarship ($1,000 – 2 awards – renewable). This scholarship is awarded to a high school graduate pursuing a degree in construction, engineering or architecture. It was established by Harold O’Shea Builders to honor the hard work of Bud & Helene O’Shea in helping to build the company.
- CFLL Service Scholarship ($1,000). This scholarship is awarded to a graduating high school student from Sangamon County who will be a full-time student at a college or university in the coming fall. Each high school principal may nominate one student to complete the application; that student must be an extraordinary example of service to others and the community. Unsolicited applications will not be accepted.
- Charlie Cottle Scholarship ($1,000). This scholarship is awarded to a graduate of Chatham Glenwood High School pursuing a post-secondary degree. Charlie Cottle established and built the Glenwood football program. This award is to honor his memory and his values of hard work, integrity, humility and sportsmanship.
- CIELO Medical Scholarship ($1,000 – renewable). This scholarship fund is for Latino students pursuing a medical-related degree at a school in Sangamon County. Medical studies that qualify include: doctor, nursing, dentistry, veterinary science, emergency medical services, occupational therapy, radiography, x-ray technician, respiratory care program, electroneurodiagnostic technology or nutrition science.
- Illinois Women in Leadership Chrysalis Award ($1,000).Scholarship award provided by Illinois Women in Leadership to assist Sangamon County women who have been out of high school for 5 years or more and are enrolling in a college, university or trade school; or women who are continuing or returning to college who do not yet have an undergraduate degree.
- Illinois Women in Leadership High School Scholarship ($1,000 – three scholarships may be awarded). Scholarship provided by Illinois Women in Leadership to assist Sangamon County women in post-secondary education by encouraging them to set and pursue career goals.
- Jim Byron Scholarship ($1,000).This scholarship is available to graduating students from Williamsville High School who are involved with community service and school activities. This fund was established to honor Jim Byron, who has helped hundreds of student athletes live up to their potential.
- Mary Lou and Dwight Pitman Scholarship ($1,000 – renewable).This scholarship awarded to a graduating student from a public high in Sangamon County other than Springfield School District or Chatham School District, who has at least one older sibling currently enrolled in college and/or at least one younger sibling who plans to attend college. This scholarship is in honor of Mary Lou and Dwight Pitman.
- Reverend Kenneth H. White Family Scholarship ($1,000).Scholarship awarded to a Lanphier High School graduating student who plans to obtain a State Teaching Certificate and intends to teach in the public school system. Rev. White was a self-sacrificing man who generously spent his life in service to others and viewed it as his calling – this scholarship honors his memory.
- Springfield Area Home Builders Association’s Robert E. von Behren Memorial Scholarship ($1,000). This scholarship award is open to students pursuing a career in the building industry in the following counties: Sangamon, Christian, Montgomery Macoupin, Scott, Morgan, Cass, Menard, Mason and Logan. Mr. von Behren was an accomplished builder and helped establish the Association. He was devoted to his craft and worked to perfect his skills and teach others.
- World War II Illinois Descendants Scholarship ($1,000 – two scholarships may be awarded).This scholarship is available to a student graduating from any high school in Illinois who is a descendant of an Illinois veteran of World War II. The scholarship is intended to honor the memory of those from Illinois who served in World War II. Students must be nominated by their high school principal. Contact your school for more information. Unsolicited applications will not be accepted.
- Jamie K. Patino Math and Science Scholarship ($600). This scholarship is awarded to a graduate of Springfield Southeast High School who will be pursuing a degree in engineering, technology or science. The scholarship is in memory of Jamie K. Patino and the path she traveled. The scholarship has been established to encourage other students who are interested in following her spirit and the qualities she had, including the strength to stand up for what you believe is right, the ability to overcome difficult situations or hardships and the desire to make the most of today while being mindful of the future.
- Margaret Johnson Special Education Scholarship ($600). The scholarship has been established to give financial assistance in memory of Margaret Johnson for students who plan to pursue a degree in special education.
- Donald Lee Wolaver Memorial Golf Scholarship ($500). This scholarship fund is for graduating high school students who participated on a golf team while in school, who can demonstrate academic performance as well as financial need. This award is to honor the memory of Donald Lee Wolaver, who recognized at an early age how golf provides valuable lessons on practicing, following rules and finding your personal best.
- Frontiers International Springfield Club Scholarship ($500 – multiple scholarships may be awarded).This scholarship concentrates on assisting African-American students, although any student may apply. The Frontiers encourage scholastic achievement, leadership skills, community service and good citizenship, and the scholarship will assist students who exhibit those characteristics.
- Paul V. Gage Community Service Scholarship ($500). This award is for a Vienna High School student who demonstrates excellence in community service and demonstrates financial need.
- Rural Renter Housing Association of Illinois Barbara Carpenter Memorial Scholarship ($500 – renewable).This statewide scholarship fund is for students who reside in apartments developed and financed under the USDA Section 515 Program, and owned and/or managed by members of the Rural Rental Housing Association of Illinois.
High school students may also contact their school guidance counselors for details on the scholarship awards available. For more information or questions about the online application system, contact the Community Foundation at 217-789-4431. Through philanthropic services, strategic grantmaking and community leadership, the Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln “connects people who care with causes that matter.”