Scholarship application time is in full swing at Southeastern Illinois College. The deadline is Feb. 28 for all students — new and current — who plan to attend during the 2020-21 academic year.
One application serves for more than 300 possible scholarships. The application has three main requirements: 1) fill out the application entirely, 2) complete a typed 750-1,000 word essay explaining career goals, leadership experience, community involvement and need for scholarships, and 3) submit a high school or current college transcript.
More than 70% of the students attending Southeastern receive some form of financial aid or scholarships. Illinois State Monetary Award Program (MAP) grants and federal Pell grants make up a large portion of this aid, but SIC and the SIC Foundation go a step further by providing local scholarships and grants provided by alumni, individuals, and businesses in southeastern Illinois that want to make a difference in their community. In fact, more than $600,000 in scholarships is available to qualified students attending SIC each year.
“Some scholarships go unclaimed each year due to the lack of qualified applicants, so we encourage everyone to apply for scholarships,” said Financial Aid Director Michelle Metten.
Before applying for scholarships, students should have filled out a college application for SIC. Additionally, a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be filled out prior to receiving scholarship funds. This application can be found at www.fafsa.gov, and should be filled out as soon as possible each year beginning in October for the following fall semester.
The SIC scholarship application can be found at www.sic.edu/scholarships, and submitted by Feb. 28 to the Financial Aid Office, Southeastern Illinois College, 3575 College Road, Harrisburg, IL 62946. For assistance with the application or questions, please contact the Financial Aid Office at (618) 252-5400, ext. 4110 or [email protected], or the SIC Foundation Office at ext. 2104.