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Learn more about AIM HIGH funding at IL Public 4-year schools!

Check SchooLinks for a list of scholarships!

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, scholarships will be added to the SchooLinks Scholarship Matching page.  Check to see if you qualify.  You should click on the scholarship and look at the details to access web links and/or uploaded applications.

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 CCRC. Scholarships take work and research. See this link for more information about protecting yourself from scams:

There are numerous web resources. Below are a few reliable sites:

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.


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. 



Please join us in our efforts to make this year another successful one by becoming a sponsor


Our Contact Information

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

Staff Contacts:

Ms. Roxane Fuoco – [email protected]

Ms. Allyson Adams- [email protected]

If you need to speak to someone in person, please call Maine West High School at 847-827-6176. 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, 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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Maine West High School invites you to join where you can start earning micro-scholarships from over 220+ colleges. Sign up for free by clicking here