Highland News Leader

Here’s what Highland area organizations are offering college scholarships

Farm Credit Illinois

High school seniors pursuing a career in agriculture are invited to apply for a $2,000 Farm Credit Illinois Agriculture Scholarship. Thirty scholarships will be given in 2018 with two recipients designated as “Urban Agriculture Scholars.”

Recipients are selected based on a combination of academic achievement, participation and leadership in school and community organizations, and the applicant’s commitment to an agricultural career. Applicants must be high school seniors enrolling in a college or university during the 2017 fall semester to pursue an agriculture-related academic major and career. Applicants must reside in — or immediate family must farm in — one of 60 central and southern counties in Illinois served by FCI. Recipients will receive $1,000 for the fall 2018 semester and $1,000 for fall 2020.

Online applications for the scholarship and grant programs are available at www.farmcreditIL.com and must be submitted by Feb. 28. Questions or requests for additional information may be sent to ask@farmcreditIL.com.

St Joseph’s Hospital Auxiliary

The Auxiliary at HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland will award two $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors living within the Highland School District boundaries and accepted into a college medical program.

The awarding of scholarships will be based on academic merit, acceptance letter into a medical program at an accredited institution and completion of guidelines.

Application forms must be completed and returned by March 31 to the Hospital Gift Shop, or the student’s high school guidance department to be considered.

Scholarship applications and guidelines for the 2018-2019 year are also available at with high school guidance offices or at the Hospital Gift Shop, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Please direct any questions to the Scholarship Committee of St. Joseph’s Hospital Auxiliary, St. Joseph’s Hospital 12866 Troxler Ave., Highland, IL 62249.

Madison County Sheriff

The Illinois Sheriffs’ Association announced that it will be awarding more than $53,500 in college scholarships throughout the state of Illinois to students wishing to pursue higher education during the 2018-19 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.

Madison County Sheriff John D. Lakin 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; and

▪ students must be enrolled as a full-time student during the 2018-19 year (excluding the summer session).

Applications are now available at the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, 405 Randle St. in Edwardsville, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, or on the internet at www.ilsheriff.org. Students must complete the application, answer the essay question and return all documentation to the sheriff’s office in their permanent county of residence by March 15.

For more information, contact the sheriff’s office at 618-692-4433, or your high school advising center or college financial aid office.

Highland Lions

The Highland Lions Club will hand out two $1,500 scholarships. As part of Lions Clubs International, the world’s largest service club, the Highland Lions Club will recognize graduating seniors who balance academic achievement with community service. One scholarship is available only to students at Highland High School. The second is open to all students who reside in the Highland School District (HHS students, plus those how attend other schools).

Money will be paid directly to the college or school. Scholarships will be awarded at the annual HHS Honors Convocation.

Application forms are available at the Highland High School counseling center. Eligible applicants who attend schools other than Highland High School can contact Jan. G. Kreutzberg, Highland Lions Club Scholarship coordinator, at 618-675-3307 or kreutzberrggj@agtelco.com. Deadline for application is April 2.

Anderson Hospital Auxiliary

The Auxiliary of Anderson Hospital in Maryville is offering $1,000 scholarships to students who are enrolled in a hospital-related health care field.

Students must be legal residents of the state of Illinois and must attend an accredited school, although it need not be an Illinois institution.

Winners will be announced in July. Applications must be received by May 15.

The scholarship application packets also include applications for the Anderson Hospital Physicians $1,000 scholarship (due May 15) and for the IHHA $1,000 scholarship (due April 15).

Applications are available through the financial aid and counseling departments of local academic institutions. They can be found at the Anderson Hospital main lobby desk, volunteer office, and the wwitchboard. Applications can also be downloaded from the hospital’s website at andersonhospital.org. In addition you can contact Betty Ludwig, Auxiliary Scholarship Chairman, 6800 State Route 162, Maryville, IL. 62062.

Alhambra Fire Department

The Alhambra Volunteer Fire Department will be awarding its annual Memorial Scholarship to a deserving High School Senior.

One $500 scholarship is to be awarded.

To qualify, you must be a 2018 graduating senior, and applicants must reside within Alhambra Fire Protection District.

Applications will be available at Highland High School office or may be picked up by calling John Mindrup at 618-409-3941.

The deadline for returned applications is March 20.

Highland Garden Club

The Highland Garden Club will be awarding one $500 scholarship to a qualified HHS graduating senior entering a horticulture or agricultural field of study. Application forms are available at the Highland High School counseling center and need to be completed and submitted by April 3, 2018.

Highland Civic Woman’s Club

Applications are being accepted for the Highland Civic Woman’s Club’s Geralyn M. Rehkemper Memorial Fund Scholarship. The fund grants money to someone who wishes to attend a class or seminar or who is attending college. Preference is given to a mother wanting to further her career, her personal advancement in many areas (including the arts and parenting skills), or her college education.

The fund was established in 1998 in memory of a fellow club member who died from breast cancer. The funds are held and administered by the Highland Area Community Foundation. Applicant must reside in the area served by the Highland Area Community Foundation.

The amount of the scholarship will be $500, and only one recipient will be chosen. Scholarship money will be given to the institution providing the education or training for the recipient. Scholarships are awarded in July 2018.

Application deadline is March 31 and can be obtained at the Highland Area Community Foundation, or by emailing your contact information to jennscookin@gmail.com or by calling Jen Beadle at 618-978-3317.