Highland News Leader

Local organizations offer scholarships

Illinois Sheriffs’ Association

The Illinois Sheriffs’ Association announced that it will be awarding more than $53,000 in college scolarships throughout the state of Illinois to students wishing to pursue higher education during the 2015-16 academic year. The scholarships are to be applied to tuition, books and fees only. The student must be enrolled full-time at a certified institution of higher learning within the state of Illinois.

Sheriff John D. Lakin, Madison County, will be awarding one scholarship in the amount of $500.

There will be no restriction on any applicant by reason of race, age, creed, color, sex or national origin. The only limitations are as follows:

• applicants must be a permanent Illinois resident

• scholarships must be utilized at institutions of higher learning within the state of Illinois

• students must be enrolled as a full-time student during the 2015-16 year (excluding the summer session)

Applications are now available at the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, 405 Randle St., Edwardsville, IL 62025, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, or on the internet at www.ilsheriff.org. Students must complete teh application, anwer the essay question and return all documentation to the sheriff’s office in their permanent county of residence by March 31.

For more information, please contact your local sheriff’s office, high school advising center or college financial aid office.

Robert L. Rosenthal Memorial Scholarship

Applications for the Robert L. Rosenthal Memorial Scholarship are available at the Highland High School guidance office. Completed forms must be turned in by March 31. The four-year scholarship is available to any Highland High School senior who has been involved in music during high school. Applicants do not have to pursue a music degree in college. The only musical requirement is that the student participate in an organized music performance group or music-related class during their freshman year of college.

Other requirements are to maintain a good academic standing, be a full-time student and attend four consecutive years of school.

Recipients will receive $250 their freshman year, then $350, $450, $550 in subsequent years.

The scholarship was established in 1994 in honor of long-time Highland optometrist Dr. Bob Rosenthal, who died in 1993. Rosenthal died right after doing one of the things he loved best, playing his tuba in the marching band.

Anyone interested in donating to the fund may send a check to Highland Community Schools District No. 5, 400 Broadway, Highland. Indicate that the money is for the RLRMS fund.

Highland IFBW

The Highland IFBW is a group of women with widely diverse backgrounds and ages who share a common goal of growth, promotion, and advancement for women. Its membership is comprised of a wide range of occupations, from retired women to teachers, doctors, managers, small business owners, and of course to hard-working stay-at-home moms.

The club is very active and visible in the community through fundraisers and various community oriented activities and events. With advancement for women one of the organization’s focus issues, the club sponsors two different types of scholarships for women who will be furthering their education — one to a high school graduating senior and one to someone who has decided to return to school due to a change in their circumstances or status in order to advance her career. Applicants are currently being sought for both these scholarships.

Highland High School Scholarship

To be eligible for consideration for this $1,000 scholarship(s), applicants must be a 2015 female high school graduate and resident of the Highland School District who plans to attend any school (trade school, college or university) as a full-time student in the fall of this year

Applications and guidelines for submitting are available at the Highland High School or Mater Dei High School Guidance Departments or from any Highland IFBW member. Deadline for application submission is March 30.

Lucy E. Staley Scholarship

To be eligible for consideration for this $1,000 scholarship, applicants must be female, a high school graduate or equivalent, 20 years of age or older, with a permanent residence within a 25-mile radius of the city of Highland or an active member of Highland IFBW. Applicants must be officially enrolled in college and be carrying a minimum of eight credit hours.

Applications are available at the Highland Chamber of Commerce, Louis Latzer Memorial Public Library, Highland Area Christian Services Ministry, SWIC, SIUE, McKendree University, or by contacting Pat Stern, local scholarship chair, at (618) 882-6147. Deadline for application submission is March 31.

Troy Lions Club

The Troy Lions Club is currently circulating scholarship applications for the awarding of four scholarships to area high school seniors. The Troy Lions Club annually awards four $500 scholarships to two boys and two girls. The scholarships may be used for any accredited college, university, trade or business school.

To be eligible to apply, students must have parents who reside within the Tri-Township Park District. Student’s participation in their school and community service activities will be an important part of their application. The selection will be made by the Troy Lions Club Scholarship Committee and will be awarded at the Triad Honors Night Ceremony.

Applications are available from the high school guidance department at Triad High School, Althoff Catholic High School, and Metro-East Lutheran High School, as well as from the Troy Lions Club. Applications are also available from the Troy/St. Jacob/Maryville/Marine Chamber of Commerce and online at www.troycoc.com. All applications must be received by March 27. Mail applications to: Troy Lions Club, Attn: Scholarship Committee, PO Box 238, Troy, IL 62294. Questions can be directed to Lion Lois Adomite at 667-9548.

SWIC Foundation

It is time to apply for Southwestern Illinois College scholarships.

Whether you are a new student, a current student or a student graduating in the spring or summer with plans to transfer, now’s the time to apply for scholarships to help you pay for college starting this fall.

One application gains you access to more than 240 scholarships awarded by the SWIC Foundation. Scholarship awards cover Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 semesters.

Individuals should submit applications before Sunday, March 1 for the best selection opportunities. Applications must be completed online at swic.edu/foundation. Individuals are considered for all eligible scholarships based on information provided in the application.

“Scholarships awarded by the SWIC Foundation are funded by businesses, individuals and organizations in the region who want to help our students succeed,” notes Foundation Associate Director Rena Thoele. “The support of these donors makes a true impact upon our students’ ability to reach their educational goals. We hear that time and again from our recipients.”

Scholarships and book awards — ranging from $100 to $5,000 — are available to meet the diverse interests and attributes of SWIC students. Some scholarships are based on academic areas of study, geographic area or sports participation, while others are designated specifically for returning adults, SWIC graduates transferring to a four-year college or university, or those meeting a variety of other criteria. Whether you are a full-time student enrolled in 12 semester hours, or attending part-time with six semester hours, there are scholarships to meet your needs.

With a few exceptions, scholarship applicants must reside within Community College District No. 522. A minimum grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale is required, with some scholarships requiring a higher GPA.

The Foundation is the fundraising arm of the college. It assists the entire college community by securing financial support for scholarships, special educational activities and cultural endeavors.

For more information, contact the Foundation office at 866-942-SWIC (7942) or (618) 235-2700, ext. 5518; email scholarships@swic.edu; or visit swic.edu/foundation.