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The counseling office receives various scholarship offerings by mail/email each year.  I will post scholarships on this website as they are received.  The posting of these scholarships is not an endorsement but a means of providing my students with as many opportunities as possible.  There is a list of scholarship search engines below that offer free services to our students.
Career Cruising  Career Cruising has been designed with one goal in mind: to help your students plan their future. With exceptional assessment tools, detailed occupation profiles and comprehensive post-secondary education information, students move seamlessly through the career exploration and planning process. This website provides students with an exceptional scholarship search engine that is used nationwide.  All students in the Hillsboro School District have access to this valuable tool.
Requesting a Letter of Recommendations Tip Sheet  -  Created by the University of Utah Pre-Professional Advising Office  "When deciding on whom to ask, remember that all letters are not equal.  Think about who is going to give you the best letter for the situation."
Building a Brag Sheet - A brag sheet is very similar to a student resume – it highlights your accomplishments, key experiences, leadership skills and employment throughout your high school career.  You could use the Brag Sheet as a means of helping someone write you a winning letter of recommendation.
HHS Brag Sheet  -  Complete the HHS Brag Sheet to support your college application and/or scholarships.  Users are welcome to modify it to fit their needs.
College Financing Calculators:   Use the College Board calculators to figure out how to pay for college.  Any information you enter is secure and completely confidential.   

LendEDU Student Loan Calculators  When dealing with student loans, it is crucial to figure out the best way to pay them off and save money. These student loan calculators take the pain out of figuring out how to manage your debt and can give you automated advice with a few simple inputs!  You can use the following student loan calculators to compare repayment options, payoff strategies, refinancing savings, tax deductions, and more.


Top Post from's Blog has created a website to help students, graduates, and parents learn the ins and outs of paying for college and managing, saving, and growing money. They regularly post articles to their blog about a variety of topics. You can find useful tips and information about student loans, credit cards, personal loans, saving money, and much more. In addition, we often post interesting studies and instructional courses to help our readers learn in different ways.


Best Colleges of All Kinds - This website list and offers contact information for virtually all post-secondary schools, colleges, and universities in the state of your choice. 

FEDERAL STUDENT AID:  Find the information you need ONLINE.  This document list common financial aid topics and where to find information about them on Federal Student Aid websites.  Federal Student Aid WWWs


The FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and is the first step in the financial aid process. A FAFSA is used to apply for state and federal financial aid programs. In addition, some colleges use it to award institutional aid. The application is available at no fee charged to the student. The 2017-2018 FAFSA is available online starting October 1, 2016.  Students who are planning to graduate early to attend college will need to complete last year’s FAFSA ( 2016-2017 FAFSA)  as soon as possible if they want access to student loans or grant money for the Spring (2017) semester. 

Information that is needed to complete the FAFSA:

1. Social Security Number, for yourself and your parent(s) 

2. Records of income, such as income earned from work and business, child support paid or received and any other untaxed income. If available, refer to the W-2 forms or Federal Tax Return IRS 1040, 1040A or 1040EZ.

3. Information about assets, such as savings, certificates of deposit, stock options, bonds, 529 plans and other college saving programs; and investment real estate, business and farm.

4. Driver’s License number, if you have one

5. FSA ID #  -  An FSA ID gives you access to Federal Student Aid's online systems and can serve as your legal signature.  Use this link to create your FSA ID #.

Note to applicant: 

It is essential that you apply as soon as possible! Applicants need to understand that they may use records of income from the previous year to file their FAFSA. Applying early will make it possible for eligible applicants to have a chance to secure available grants ($$$$). Some grants are given on a first come first serve basis. Applicants will need to UPDATE their FAFSA after new year financial information is available.

Financial Aid Presentation  

Location:  HHS Cafeteria 
Date:  Sept. 7, 2016
Time:  6:30 pm to 7:30 pm 
Purpose:  Provide information about Grants, Scholarships and Student Loans.

FAFSA Workshop

Location:  Mr. Sertich's computer lab (G204)
Date:  October 24, 2016
Time:  6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Purpose:  Allow students a chance to complete their FAFSA under the guidance of trained representatives.

2016 - 2017 Scholarship Offerings

Transcript Supplements are used to describe school's academic and demographic backgrounds.  Please use this document when applicable.    2016-2017 HHS Transcript Supplement
Posted 4/27/17
Jenna Hamm Memorial Scholarship  John Mekala and RehabEdge of Hillsboro will be giving a $500 Scholarship to a graduating senior in honor of the late Jenna Hamm, who worked for Mekala as a physical therapy assistant.  Hamm, who studied physical therapy at Vincennes University in Indiana, passed away in August 2016 after she was struck by a drunk driver while jogging.  She is survived by her husband Brandon and daughter Mila.  The Jenna Hamm Memorial Scholarship is open to any graduating senior who has been accepted to physical therapy assistant program at a college or university and who is planning on pursuing a career as a PTA.   Applicant must submit materials to RehabEdge by Monday, June 5.  

The Illinois Agri-Women are excited to annouce four scholarships for females who will be studying agriculture and three scholarships for female students who have attending the Women Changing the Face of Agriculture Conference during their high school experience. 

Find  more information and applications here

IAW Agriculture Education Scholarship
Four $1500 scholarships for a graduating high school senior who intends to be an agriculture educator. Complete the application here!      

WCFA Agent of Change Scholarships 
Three $1000 scholarships to students who attended at least one Women Changing the Face of Agriculture Conference. One high school senior, one current college student, and one current graduate student will be awarded. Complete the application here! 

Posted 3/03/17

Robert Cleveland and Ken Dodge Memorial Scholarship   The FranCenter is offering $500 Scholarships for student with learning disabilities and who are seniors attending Illinois high schools.  Applicants must be completed and submitted scholarship packet prior to May 1, 2017.  FranCenter, 1510 Plainfield Rd. Suite 1, Darien, IL 60561 • 630.541.8162  Scholarships will be awarded on July 1, 2017. Please see the attachments for additional information.

Robert Cleveland and Ken Dodge Memorial Scholarship (PDF)

Last Modified on May 15, 2017