The African American Hall of Fame Museum Scholarship

The African American Hall of Fame Museum supports African American graduating seniors of Bloomington and Normal high schools who are pursuing higher education at an accredited college or university.  As community leaders we encourage and promote high academic achievement.  Scholarships are awarded to support academic excellence and encourage community involvement among African American students.  We believe that we can encourage our youth to seek higher education by providing financial assistance.  The scholarship recipients and their schools will be notified by February 6, 2018.  The scholarship recipients will be expected to attend the African American Hall of Fame Museum’s Red, Black and Green Ball.  The Red, Black and Green Ball will be held at the Peoria Riverfront Museum in Peoria on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 6:00 pm.  The scholarships are one-year, non-refundable monetary awards to be applied toward expenses incurred to attend an accredited college or university.  The awards will be disbursed to the recipient at the beginning of the Fall semester of their freshman year.  Proof of full-time enrollment must be provided.  Selection Criteria for the scholarship is as follows:  Must be an African American resident of the greater Bloomington and Normal School Districts, 2018 graduating senior, Have a minimum GPA of 3.2, leadership qualities as evidenced by activities, interests and affiliations within school and the community, and must be accepted at an accredited college or university for the 2017-2018 academic year.  Scholarship deadline is January 15, 2018.  Please see counseling for applications.

Nursing Schools Almanac Scholarship has just launched its fourth annual Aspiring Nurse Scholarship. Our website will award a $1,000 scholarship to a future nurse in the high school graduating class of 2018. We will award this scholarship to the applicant who best demonstrates: a track record of academic excellence, particularly in science and mathematics and a passion for the nursing profession and the overall field of healthcare. This scholarship competition is open to all high school seniors who plan to pursue college education in nursing, including LPN / LVN, ADN, and BSN programs. Scholarship applications will be accepted until midnight on August 31, 2018. Interested students may visit and click the banner on the right-hand side of the website’s homepage.

Illinois Grand Lodge & Scottish Rite Masons Scholarships

Grand Lodge of A.F. & A. M. Illinois Scholarship – To qualify, applicants must have a father or grandfather who is an Illinois Master Mason. There is no residency restriction for the applicant. The applicant must have a “B” average.  Applicant will receive the scholarship for one year only but may re-apply for  additional years.
Illinois Masonic Healthcare Scholarship – To qualify, applicants must plan to pursue a career in the health care field.
Leon M. Abbott Scottish Rite Scholarship – Leon M. Abbott Scholarships provide financial support for the continuing education of young men and women from Scottish Rite families and Masonic-related youth groups. Since 1951, more than $3 million has been awarded to students from each state of the Northern Jurisdiction. Freedom, understanding, and brotherhood are dependent upon our ability to reason effectively. That is why the Masonic fraternity, and Scottish Rite in particular, have long been committed to fostering the value of education. The Abbott Scholarships began with a portion of the legacy of the late Leon M. Abbott, 33°,Sovereign Grand Commander from 1921-1932. Each year nearly 400 scholarships are awarded to eligible and deserving students attending accredited colleges, universities, and specialty schools.
Louis L. Williams Memorial Scholarship – To qualify, applicants must reside in the State of Illinois, be a relative of a Scottish Rite Mason, and attend Illinois Wesleyan University.
Robert B. Perkins Memorial Scholarship – To qualify, applicants must reside in the State of Illinois and be a relative of a Scottish Rite Mason.
Sherwood & Evelyn Kresin Memorial Scholarship – To qualify, applicants must be enrolled in an accredited college or university at either the undergraduate or graduate level, but must reside in Illinois.