A scholarship is a type of “gift aid” that rewards a student for grades, athletics, a unique skill, a special talent, financial needs or even a specific career interest. Scholarships do not typically need to be paid back, though some scholarships have program requirements. Make sure you understand the terms and conditions before you accept any money. The money you receive may help you pay for tuition, books and/or room and board. Scholarship money can come from many different sources, such as the college you want to attend, the government, or different public or private organizations (such as a workplace, church or not-for-profit group).
You should always review the criteria of the scholarships for which you plan to apply. Be sure to note the deadlines! Do not wait until last minute. Know what is required. If you need letters of recommendations, be sure to give your recommender at least two weeks’ notice.
Click here to link to additional scholarship information provided by ISAC (The Illinois Student Assistance Commission)
TIP #1: Regularly, the CCRC will post a scholarship bulletin of organizational scholarships that are being sent to the school. These are organized by deadline. Check to see if you qualify. Often they are scanned and attached to the posting. You should click on the scholarship and look at the details to access web links and/or uploaded applications.
You are able to scroll down and view each scholarship to find the details such as descriptions and links.
TIP #2: Be sure to use reliable sources!
DO NOT FALL FOR SCAMS!! There are many of them out there. You should never have to pay money for a scholarship or a scholarship service. There are no guarantees for scholarships, and the same information can be found for free on online resources or in the scholarship books in the CRC. Scholarships take work and research. See this link for more information about protecting yourself from scams: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/financialaid
There are numerous web resources. Below are a few reliable sites:
- Family Connections – Your Family Connections account has great resources and links!
- www.fastweb.com – a great, free database of scholarships. Fill out a free questionnaire, and you will receive lists of scholarships you might qualify for. You will need to go through these scholarships to select the ones that are appropriate for you.
- www.meritaid.com – free online resource for MERIT AID awarded by colleges
- www.collegeboard.org – website has information on many college-related topics. It includes a free scholarship search.
- www.collegeillinois.org – The State of Illinois’ website for students and parents. It has resources on many different topics related to college planning and paying for college.
- www.finaid.org – Free website with several useful tools including a scholarship search.
- www.collegeanswer.com – Free website from SallieMae with resources for all aspects of the college planning process.
- www.scholarships.com – Free website with a scholarship search tool.
The Maine West Scholarship Fund
Our mission shall be to mobilize our community through partnership to help expand access to higher educational opportunities by providing post-secondary scholarships to the students of Maine West High School.
The Maine West Scholarship Fund (formerly Dollars for Scholars) exists to raise scholarship money to be given to Maine West students to help with the cost of ANY post-secondary education. For more information or to access the application, please click below:
Maine West Scholarship Application (Coming Soon)
Your participation and support is essential to the success of the program. Money is raised from memberships, corporate and staff donations, snack sales on final exam days and an Annual Raffle.
THANKS TO YOU, OUR STAFF, AND OUR CORPORATE SPONSORS, WE WERE ABLE TO GIVE 47 ($1,000) SCHOLARSHIPS TO STUDENTS FROM THE CLASS OF 2016!
Please join us in our efforts to make this year another successful one by becoming a sponsor/member
Our Contact Information
You can contact us via email at:
Written correspondence and contributions should be addressed to:
Maine West Scholarship Fund
c/o Maine West High School
1755 S Wolf Road
Des Plaines, IL 60018
Raise.me helps students in 9th – 12th grades to discover colleges and earn scholarships for their academic and extracurricular achievements throughout high school. These bite-sized scholarships are called “Micro-Scholarships”. When students add achievements to their Portfolio on Raise.me, they could be eligible to earn Micro-Scholarships towards our partner colleges. These achievements can include good grades, participating in clubs, playing on a sports team, volunteering, or even starting a club. They can include AP or IB courses, honors classes, and college-level courses, too.
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Click on video below to learn how to create a Raise.me account!
Scholarships by Category
ISAC Recommended Scholarship Sources Illinois Students:
Gates Millennium Scholars
Scholarships compiled by Tomas Rivera Policy Institute –
Hispanic Scholarship Fund:
Hispanic Heritage Foundation:
Hispanic College Fund Scholarships –
UNCF Scholarships, Internships and Fellowships:
Jackson Robinson Foundation:
Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund:
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
Chicago ScholarsOther Sources:
The Posse Foundation, Inc
Ronald McDonald House Charities
Burger King McLamore Foundation
Kentucky Fried Chicken Foundation
Big Sun Athletics
Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund
Click below for information on scholarships regardless of immigration status: