Outside Scholarships

Outside or private donor scholarships are those which are sponsored by local community organizations, banks, churches, clubs, businesses and employers.  Current high school students are also encouraged to check with their high school's guidance for scholarship opportunities.  Each donor has its own application process.  Please contact the individual donor with any questions you might have.  

Parkland College Foundation Scholarships
Special Scholarships

Outside Scholarships


Anhelo Project Dream Scholarship

The Anhelo Project is a Chicago based non-profit organization that works to support undocumented students pursuing a post-secondary education within the State of Illinois.             

Deadline: January 31, 2021  Amount: Varies

Coles-Moultrie Electric Cooperative Scholarship

The Coles-Moultrie Electric Cooperative is currently offering six scholarships to area students.  Two of the cooperative's core principles are commitment to community and education.  CMEC’s educational programs ensure that they are educating our members as well as educating future members within our community.             

Deadline: April 30, 2021  Amount: $500

Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln Scholarship

The Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving central Illinois. The Community Foundation administers charitable funds, a number of which are scholarship funds. The Foundation is a partner with the donors of those funds and administers the scholarship selection process. A variety of scholarships are
available, each one tailored to the wishes of the donor.           

Deadline: March 1, 2021  Amount:  Varies

Community Services Block Grant Scholarship

The Champaign County Regional Planning Commission is offering scholarships through the Community Services Block Grant.            

Deadline: March 31, 2021  Amount: $500 - $2,500

General Federated Women’s Club of Illinois Scholarship

This philanthropic organization, founded in 1894, is dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service. Scholarships are available in the areas of: Arts, Drama, Music, Vocational Students, and Health and Wellness.  Applicants must be attending college in Illinois.

Deadline: February 15, 2021  Amount: Varies

Gilman & Gilman-McCain Scholarships

The Gilman Scholarship Program provides up to $5,000 (or $8,000 including the Critical Need Language Award) for undergraduate students who are U.S. citizens and Federal Pell Grant recipients to participate in in-person or virtual international programs.

The Gilman-McCain Scholarship provides $5,000 scholarships for child dependents of active duty military personnel who receive any type of Title IV Federal Financial Aid to study or intern abroad.

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarships

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need.  Scholarships are available for high school students planning to attend college and for community college students transferring to a university.

P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education

The P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education, established in 1973, is a need based grant program providing one-time financial assistance to women whose education has been interrupted and who find it necessary to return to school to complete a degree or certification that improves their marketable skills.  For more information, contact Barb Hughes at blhughes3@gmail.com or 217/369-0802.                                                                   

Deadline: Ongoing  Amount: up to $3,000 

Pierre and Tana Matisse Scholarship

The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation is committed to supporting people from communities who directly experience the consequences of injustice and discrimination every day of their lives. In partnership with UNCF, the Foundation has developed The Pierre and Tana Matisse Scholarship program to provide need-based scholarships to Black, Latinx, and Indigenous undergraduate students from the five boroughs of New York City attending any accredited four-year institution or two-year community college in the United States.             

Deadline: January 28, 2021  Amount: up to $5,000

Public Housing Authorities Directors Association (PHADA) Scholarships

Public Housing Authorities Directors Association (PHADA) is offering scholarships to graduating seniors who are in households receiving HUD assistance preparing to enter college.                                                                

Deadline: January 29, 2021   Amount: $5,000 - $7,000

Other Scholarship Opportunities