Earning a scholarship starts long before completing applications and getting letters of recommendation. Your grades, achievements, and activities during high school typically determine the scholarships for which you are eligible.
Before you start your search, think about the things that make you a unique student:
Illinois State awards highly competitive, merit-based scholarships to new students with exceptional academic talent. For best consideration for these awards, complete your application for admission during the preferred filing period (September 1-November 15).
This is a $44,000 total award ($11,000 per year, renewable for up to four years) for new freshmen. Students who are eligible for the Honors Program and have at least a 30 ACT (or equivalent SAT) will be invited to apply. Learn more about the Presidential Scholarship.
This is a minimum $24,000 award (minimum $6,000 per year, renewable for up to four years) for new freshmen from traditionally underrepresented groups or first-generation college students who have overcome hardship in achieving their academic goals. The minimum credentials required to be invited to apply are an ACT score of at least 25 (or equivalent SAT) and a cumulative high school GPA of at least 3.4 on a 4.0 scale. Learn more about the University Scholarship.
This is an award ranging from $1,000 to $4,000 per year, renewable for up to four years, for new freshmen. The minimum credentials required for consideration are an ACT score of at least 25 (or equivalent SAT) and a cumulative GPA of at least 3.4 on a 4.0 scale. Learn more about the Redbird Academic Scholarship.
This is a one-time award for $2,000 for new freshmen who are National Merit Finalists. Learn more about the National Merit Scholarship.
This is a one-time award for $1,000 for new freshmen. The minimum credentials required for consideration are completion of the IB Diploma Programme or IB Career-related Certificate program. Learn more about the IB Scholarship.