grants & scholarships

Our Scholarship Program

The Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln (CFLL) administers a variety of college scholarships. Each scholarship was established by generous donors and is unique, with its own set of criteria for applicants. Students may apply for and be awarded multiple scholarships. There are scholarships available for graduating seniors as well as current and returning college students. Currently, the majority of awards are offered to students from Sangamon County but the number of scholarships for students throughout the CFLL service area continues to grow. CFLL serves the counties of Sangamon, Cass, Christian, Logan, Macoupin, Menard, Morgan, and Montgomery.

To review specific information and instructions on how to apply for scholarships for the 2020-21 academic year, please revisit our website toward the end of the calendar year. 2020 scholarship applications will be available from January 1, 2020 to March 1, 2020. Applicants should submit their scholarship applications via the CFLL website during this time period. 

If you have questions regarding the scholarship opportunities offered by the Community Foundation, please email

Past Scholarship Awards

Photo Gallery

View photos from past scholarship receptions.

[photographs courtesy of Westlake Photography]

How to Apply For a Scholarship
The Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln administers a variety of college scholarships, mostly for Sangamon County students but some for older students or students throughout Illinois.

All Community Foundation scholarship applications must be completed using our online system. Applicants should register with their email address and a password, which may be used for all 2020 Community Foundation applications.

The system will allow you to start an application and return to it at a later time to complete it.

Transcripts are required, as noted on each application. If you have any difficulty uploading the transcript as a PDF, please contact the Community Foundation at

To view a printable PDF scholarship brochure, click here.

2020 Available Scholarships

Ada McCombs White Memorial Scholarship
  • A-C Central High School (Ashland, IL) graduates interested in pursuing a career as a teacher.
The Association for Women in Communications, Springfield Chapter, Communications Scholarship
  • Juniors, seniors and graduate students majoring in communications, journalism, public relations or related fields such as marketing, design, videography, photography, etc., that are from Central Illinois or attend a College or University in Central Illinois.
Camp Care-A-Lot Scholarship
  • For former Camp Care-A-Lot campers who demonstrate a financial need.
CFLL Service Scholarship
  • Be an extraordinary example of service to others and to the community.  Must be nominated by a high school principal in Sangamon County.
Charlie Cottle Scholarship
  • Chatham Glenwood High School varsity athlete
COUNTRY Financial Community Scholarship
  • Current and former graduates of high schools in Sangamon, Macoupin, Montgomery, Cass, Morgan, and Greene counties who have demonstrated excellence in community service.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Scholarship
  • African American students who are graduating seniors of a high school in the Springfield-Decatur, IL service area of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, maintained a minimum 2.5 GPA, and demonstrate Delta's core values of sisterhood, scholarship and service.
Don W. Casper Memorial Scholarship
  • Graduating seniors of Springfield High School who excel academically participated in varsity athletics.
Don W. Estaque, Jr. Scholarship
  • Graduates of Lanphier High School, selected with the endorsement of the principal and athletic director
  • Must have attended LHS for four years, maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA, and lettered 3 out of their 4 years as a male member of the LHS men's cross country or track teams
Donna and Donald Lee Wolaver Memorial Golf Scholarship
  • Golf team member at high school in Sangamon County
Farrell and Ann Gay Scholarship
  • Supports students graduating from a Springfield, Illinois high school who exhibit good character traits, good work ethic, and demonstrate financial need.
Frontiers International - James Forstall Scholarship
  • Preference is given to African-American students (either male or female) and to applicants with substantial financial need. Available to those residing in Sangamon County.
Gerald F. and Luanna R. Kennedy Scholarship
  • Graduating senior from Pana High School with a demonstrated history of contribution to the community
Girls on the Run Founder Scholarship
  • Graduating female senior who participated in the GOTR of Central Illinois program
Henry Bunn Memorial Scholarship
  • A graduating high school student or college student that is a current resident of Sangamon County that demonstrates financial need and superior academic work
Illinois Women in Leadership Chrysalis Award
  • Female who has earned a high school diploma or GED at least 5 years ago exhibiting leadership qualities and strong potential and desire for professional growth. Available for those residing in Sangamon County.
Illinois Women in Leadership High School Scholarship
  • Female exhibiting leadership qualities and strong potential and desire for professional growth. Available for those attending school in Sangamon County.
Jamie K. Patino Math and Science Scholarship
  • Springfield Southeast High School student seeking a degree in the field of engineering, math or science
Jean Lee Hiller Memorial Scholarship
  • Female graduate, current or former, of Taylorville High School, pursuing a four-year degree in pre-med or business.
Jim Byron Scholarship
  • Williamsville High School student involved in service and school activities
Joseph and Lois Morris Memorial Scholarship
  • Must be nominated by Springfield High Guidance Counselor; contact your guidance counselor for more information.
Linda S. Culver Memorial Scholarship
  • A graduating high school senior, undergraduate or graduate student that is a nationally registered Girl Scout in good standing with the Girl Scouts of Central Illinois
Lori L. Kashmer Scholarship
  • Pursuing a degree in nursing, health or medical career or in veterinary medicine as a part-time or full-time student that exhibits a passion for learning and demonstrates financial need. Available for those attending a school in Sangamon County.
Margaret Johnson Special Education Scholarship
  • Graduating from a high school in Sangamon County and pursuing a degree in special education, with the intent of teaching special education students
Mary Lou and Dwight Pitman Scholarship
  • Area public high school student in Sangamon County other than Springfield School District or Chatham School District with siblings planning to or attending college

O'Brien Scholarship For the Study of Nursing 

  • Graduating senior from a high school in Sangamon County that demonstrates financial need and is pursuing a nursing degree or certificate.
Paul V. Gage Community Service Scholarship
  • Vienna High School student demonstrating a record of service
Pearl Fairfield Scholarship
  • Graduating senior from a high school in Sangamon County that demonstrates financial need.  Preference will be given to students from a single-parent household.
Reverend Kenneth H. White and Evelyn N. White Scholarship
  • Lanphier High School student planning to obtain a State Teaching Certificate to teach in the public school system
Roland Machinery Scholarship
  • Open to students pursuing a certificate or degree in a mechanical or technical trade (heavy machinery mechanic, welder, diesel engine mechanic etc.). Must be a graduate of a high school in one of the following counties: Sangamon, Christian, Montgomery, Macoupin, Scott, Morgan, Cass, Menard, Mason and Logan.
Sgt. John R. Dalhaus Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Graduating student from Litchfield High School pursuing a degree in a vocational field
Spanish American Cultural Center Scholarship
  • Latin American descent and be a graduating senior (or GED certificate) from one of the following Illinois counties: Sangamon, Cass, Douglas, Champaign, Macon, McLean or Morgan. Folleto en español
SAHBA Construction/Robert E. von Behren Memorial Scholarship
  • Open to students pursuing a career in the building industry in the following counties: Sangamon, Christian, Montgomery, Macoupin, Scott, Morgan, Cass, Menard, Mason and Logan
Susan G. Conner Special Education Scholarship
  • Graduating senior from a Sangamon County high school who is pursuing a degree in special education.
Walter and Polly Roesch Boys and Girls Club of Central Illinois Scholarship  
  • Open to current or former members of the Boys and Girls Club of Central Illinois (BGCCIL) attending college or vocational school as a full-time student
World War II Illinois Descendants Statewide Scholarship
  • Must be a direct descendant of a WWII Illinois Veteran and have a 4.0 GPA on a non-weighted scale (or be the projected valedictorian or salutatorian). Available to graduating students from any public or private school in Illinois.

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