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

Champaign County Regional Planning Commission Community Services Block Grant

The Champaign County Regional Planning Commission is offering scholarships through the Community Services Block Grant. Up to $10,000 will be awarded with scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,000 each. 

Deadline: March 17, 2023.  Amount: Varies


Early Childhood Access Consortium for Equity Scholarship Program

Awards are available for undergraduate study at public and non-profit private 2- and 4-year Gateways-entitled and Early Childhood Access Consortium for Equity member institutions.

Deadline: July 15, 2022 for priority consideration. Applications considered while funding remains. Amount: Varies


General Federation of Women's Clubs Illinois Scholarship

The General Federation of Women’s Clubs, a philanthropic organization, founded in 1894, is dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service.  The scholarship is available in the following areas of study: Art, Environmental Engineering, Drama, Music, and Vocational Studies

Deadline: March 1, 2023.  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.


HSHS IL Nursing Scholarship

HSHS IL Nursing Scholars is provided by the HSHS Illinois Division for educational expenses up to a maximum of $20,000. By the acceptance of funds, recipients are obligated to work at an HSHS IL hospital upon graduation. The length of minimum time commitment with an HSHS IL hospital is dependent on the level of funds the HSHS IL Scholar chooses in the interview process. For the entirety of the commitment, the recipient must maintain full-time status as a Registered Nurse.

Deadline: February 12, 2023.   Amount: Varies


Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarships

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


Louise Rintelmann Thompson “I Believe in You” Scholarship

This scholarship was established by a MacMurray College alum in honor of his late wife, who he met during his college years at MacMurray College and who encouraged him to succeed throughout life.

Deadline: March 15, 2023.   Amount: $3,000


Minority Teachers of Illinois (MTI) Scholarship Program

If: 1) you plan to teach at a nonprofit Illinois public, private, or parochial preschool, elementary school, or secondary school, for which the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has determined that no less than 30 percent of the enrolled students are African American/Black, Hispanic American, Asian American, or Native American; and 2) you are of African American/Black, Hispanic American, Asian American or Native American origin or are a qualified bilingual minority applicant, then – starting with awards made for the 2022-23 academic year – you may qualify for up to $7,500 per year as part of the Minority Teachers of Illinois (MTI) Scholarship Program

Deadline: March 31, 2023 for priority consideration for the 2023-2024 academic year. Applications considered while funding remains. Amount: Up to $7,500


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


Sandy Mazur / Spherion Excellence in Leadership Scholarship

This legacy scholarship has been created to recognize and honor the contribution of Sandy Mazur to Spherion and the Spherion franchise community by recognizing individuals pursuing a post-secondary education who best represent the qualities of excellence and passion during her distinguished career at Spherion.  

Annually, recipients will be chosen to receive financial assistance in achieving their goals of higher education. The selected recipients will reside in a county owned by a Spherion franchisee.  

A donor advisory committee, from within the Spherion community, will oversee the criteria, funds allocation and distribution of the scholarship.

Deadline: April 30, 2023.  Amount: Up to $2,500


Other Scholarship Opportunities