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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.
 

The deadline to apply for scholarships for the 2018-19 academic year has passed but we encourage students to review our list of scholarship opportunities in anticipation of next year's program. To review specific information and instructions on how to apply for scholarships for the 2019-20 academic year, please revisit our website toward the end of the calendar year. 2019 scholarship applications will be available from January 1, 2019 to March 1, 2019. Applicants should submit their scholarship applications via the CFLL website during this time period. 

For students interested in the Davey Scholarship Loan Program, please revisit our website between January and May for details on applying. 

If you have questions regarding the scholarship opportunities offered by the Community Foundation, please email scholarships@cfll.org.

Past Scholarship Awards

Photo Gallery

View photos from past scholarship receptions.

[photographs courtesy of Westlake Photography]


2018 Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to the 2018 Scholarship Recipients! 

Ada McCombs White Memorial Scholarship
Lane Newell, Western Illinois University, $750

CFLL Service Scholarship
Calyssa Richie, New Berlin High School, $1,500

Charlie Cottle Scholarship
Cole Hembrough, Glenwood High School, $1,500

CIELO Medical Scholarship
Aileen Portugal, SIU School of Medicine, $2,500

Country Financial Community Scholarship
Emma Bolinger, Springfield High School, $2,000
Caleb Crawford, Illinois College, $2,000
Meredith Crifasi, Rochester High School, $2,000
Madeline Eck, Lutheran High School, $2,000
Jessica Hall, Cedarville University, $2,000
Shruthi Mekala, Hillsboro High School, $2,000
Maggie Ratcliff, Carlinville High School, $2,000
Calyssa Richie, New Berlin High School, $2,000
McKenna Sanders, Nokomis High School, $2,000
Elisabeth Warden, Beardstown High School, $2,000

Don W. Casper Memorial Scholarship
Sophia Roth, Springfield High School, $2,500

Don W. Estaque, Jr. Scholarship
Cody Wheeler, Lanphier High School, $2,000

Donald Lee and Donna Wolaver Memorial Golf Scholarship
Eliott Neal, Southeast High School, $500

Farrell and Ann Gay Scholarship
Emily Ducaji, Sacred Heart-Griffin High School, $1,500
Bryce Griebler, Southeast High School, $1,000
Sage Thompson, Springfield High School, $2,000

Frontiers International - J.D. Washington $1K Scholarship
Richard Gragg III, Southeast High School, $1,000
Deontrae Shannon, Southeast High School, $1,000
Alexander Blaze Taylor, Southeast High School, $1,000

Frontiers International - James Forstall Scholarship
Emma Bolinger, Springfield High School, $500
Jaden Davis, Lanphier High School, $500
Ozzy Erewele, Springfield High School, $500
Gage Ford, Springfield High School, $500
Alisa Frazier, Lanphier High School, $500
Ny'Torious McCoy, Lanphier High School, $500
Felix Nwajei, Lanphier High School, $500
Faith Price, Lanphier High School, $500
Marley Stubblefield, Rochester High School, $500
Clarence Williams, Lanphier High School, $500

Gerald F. and Luanna R. Kennedy Scholarship
Natalie Kirkbride, Pana High School, $1,500 

Girls on the Run of Central Illinois Founder's Scholarship
Madeline Fellhauer, Jacksonville Routt Catholic High School, $1,500 

Henry Bunn Memorial Scholarship
Alexia Blakeman, Lanphier High School, $5,000
Tiama Elfgen, Lanphier High School, $5,000
Ana Gragg, Tennessee State University, $5,000
Freya Jennison, Springfield High School, $5,000
Riley Ladd, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, $5,000
Elisa Orellana, Southeast High School, $5,000
Marissa Pattie, Springfield High School, $5,000
Nafiz Rahman, Glenwood High School, $5,000

Illinois Women in Leadership Chrysalis Award
Diana Ford, Lincoln Land Community College, $1,000

Illinois Women in Leadership High School Scholarship
Emma Bolinger, Springfield High School, $1,000
Marley Stubblefield, Rochester High School, $1,000
Hannah Wyatt, Springfield High School, $1,000

Jamie K. Patino Math and Science Scholarship
Sarah McLaughlin, Southeast High School, $900

Jim Byron Scholarship
Grace Holton, Williamsville High School, $1,000

Joseph and Lois Morris Memorial Scholarship
Cole Davlin, Springfield High School, $2,000
Andrew Holliday, Springfield High School, $2,000
DaShayaa Jones, Springfield High School, $2,000
Hannah Wyatt, Springfield High School, $2,000

Linda S. Culver Memorial Scholarship
Natalie Kaganich, Carlinville High School, $4,000

Lori L. Kashmer Scholarship
Logan Capps, Glenwood High School, $3,500

Margaret Johnson Special Education Scholarship
Taylor "Paige" Mendenhall, Rochester High School, $600

Mary Lou & Dwight Pitman Scholarship
Grace Sinclair, Pleasant Plains High School, $1,000

O’Brien Medical or Health Related Field of Study Scholarship
Kaye Bayaton, University of Illinois Springfield, $1,000
Laura Hanselman, St. John's College of Nursing, $1,000
Ximena Morales, Sacred Heart-Griffin High School, $1,000
Daniel Roscetti, Riverton High School, $1,000

Paul V. Gage Community Service Scholarship
Lily Greer, Vienna High School, $600

Pearl Fairfield Scholarship
Gage Ford, Springfield High School, $750

Reverend Kenneth H. White Family Scholarship
Cyrus Rhodes, Lanphier High School, $1,600

Roland Machinery Scholarship
Cooper Wilson, Hillsboro High School, $1,000

SAHBA Robert E. von Behren Memorial Scholarship
Cody Pennell, Springfield High School, $1,000
Garrett Stritzel, Hillsboro High School, $1,000

Sgt. John R. Dalhaus Memorial Scholarship
Grant Shelton, Litchfield High School, $1,000

Spanish American Cultural Center Scholarship
Elisa Orellana, Southeast High School, $3,000
Priscila Rodriguez, Beardtown High School, $3,000

Student of the Year Scholarship
Brock Brummett, Pleasant Plains, $10,000
Ozzy Erewele, Springfield High School, $2,500
Jorden Gentry, Rochester High School, $2,500
Freya Jennison, Springfield High School, $5,000
Cyrus Rhodes, Lanphier High School, $5,000

Susan G. Conner Special Education Scholarship
Taylor "Paige" Mendenhall, Rochester High School, $500

The Association for Women in Communications, Springfield Chapter, Communications Scholarship
Emily Stieren, Western Illinois University, $500

World War II Illinois Descendants Scholarship
Kathleen Botterbush, Alton Marquette Catholic High School, $1,000
Madison Keele, Nokomis High School, $1,000

2019 Scholarship Opportunities - available January 1st
Ada McCombs White Memorial Scholarship
  • Current or former graduates of A-C Central High School in Ashland, IL, pursuing a teaching career.
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
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
CIELO Medical Scholarship
  • Latino descent and pursuing specified medical profession at an institution within Sangamon County
Country Financial Community Scholarship Fund
  • Graduates of high schools throughout Sangamon, Menard, Macoupin, Montgomery, Cass, Morgan and Greene counties who have demonstrated exemplary community service.
Delta Sigma Theta Scholarship
**NEW IN 2019**
  • African American students who are current or former graduates 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 who excel academically and play varsity sports
Don W. Estaque, Jr. Scholarship
  • Graduates of Lanphier High School in Springfield, IL, who 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. Endorsement of the principal and athletic director required.
Donald Lee and Donna Wolaver Memorial Golf Scholarship
  • Golf team member at high school in Sangamon County
Frontiers International Springfield Club Scholarship
  • Preference is given to African-American students (either male or female) and to applicants with substantial financial need
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 High School Scholarship
  • Female exhibiting leadership qualities and strong potential and desire for professional growth
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
Jamie K. Patino Math and Science Scholarship
  • Springfield Southeast High School student seeking a degree in the field of engineering, math or science
Joseph and Lois Morris Memorial Scholarship
  • Must be nominated by Springfield High Guidance Counselor; contact your guidance counselor for more information. Unsolicited applications will not be accepted.
Jim Byron Scholarship
  • Williamsville High School student involved in service and school activities
Linda S. Culver Memorial Scholarship
  • A college junior, senior or graduate student that is currently registered as a Girl Scout 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
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 Medical or Health Related Field of Study Scholarship
  • Graduating senior from a high school in Sangamon County that demonstrates financial need and is pursuing a degree or certificate in a medical or health related field of study.
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 Family 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 degree or certificate in a profession related to construction, mechanical engineering, or other related trades. Must be a graduating senior from a high school in one of the following counties: Sangamon, Christian, Montgomery, Macoupin, Scott, Morgan, Cass, Menard, Mason and Logan
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
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
Susan G. Conner Special Education Scholarship
  • Graduating senior from a high school in Sangamon County, pursuing a degree in special education.
Virginia Lee Hiller Memorial Scholarship
**NEW IN 2019**
  • Current or former, female graduate of Taylorville High School, pursuing a four-year degree in pre-med or business.

Walter and Pauline Roesch Boys and Girls Club of Central Illinois Scholarship  
**NEW IN 2019** 

  • 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)
Juniors, seniors and graduate students majoring in communications, journalism, public relations or related 
Juniors, seniors and graduate students majoring in communications, journalism, public relations or related 
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