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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.

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.  
Posted 4/19/17

Eastern Star Scholarship The Herman Chapter #95 is offering a $500 scholarship to a family member of the Order of Eastern Star. Applicants must be a graduating seniors of Hillsboro High School and be pursuing a college education or vocational training. Application needs to be submitted to HHS counseling office by April 28, 2016.

Eastern Star Scholarship (PDF) 
Posted 4/18/17
Food and Agribusiness Scholarship  The Hillsboro and Litchfield Chambers of Commerce Agribusiness Committee established the Food and Agribusiness Career Scholarship to assist youth in Montgomery County pursuing a degree and career in agricultural industries. The committee will award two (2) $1000 scholarship to a qualified FFA and/or 4-H member during the spring semester of the students' high school senior year. Students must submit applications to Chamber of Commerce by April 15, 2017.  Deadline extend by 7 days - April 22, 2017.
Posted 4/09/17
Eunice May Russell Democrat Scholarship  The Montgomery County Democrat Central Committee is awarding a $1000 scholarship to a senior graduating from one of the Montgomery County High Schools (Hillsboro, Lincolnwood, Litchfield, and Nokomis), and from a Democratic family, in the Spring of 2017.  Criteria is listed on the informational sheet below.  Students must send application to Judy Keith Dalhaus, P.O. Box 414, Litchfield, IL 62056 .  Deadline for receipt of applications is Friday, Aprill 21, 2017. 

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 4/05/17

Hillsboro FFA Alumni Scholarship  The Hillsboro FFA Alumni has established a scholarship to assist Hillsboro FFA seniors pursue a degree in a post-secondary institution.  Application is due in the counselor's office by April 21, 2017.

Posted 3/23/17

Hillsboro Area Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship Program The Scholarship and Grant Program of the Hillsboro Area Hospital Auxiliary is designed to give financial aid to persons who will train in the healthcare field. The Auxiliary administers three separate awards to serve this purpose: the Mae Seward Sorrells Nursing Scholarship, the Montgomery County Health Improvement Scholarship and the Hillsboro Area Hospital Scholarship. Graduating seniors need to be aware that the Montgomery County Health Improvement Scholarship are only for students entering their second year of college in a nursing program. Applicant must submit their scholarship application to Sue White by April 24, 2017. 

Posted 3/07/17

Hutton Scholarship  The Hutton Scholarship is a scholarship that is awarded to a graduating senior from one of five (5) high schools (Litchfield, Hillsboro, Raymond, Gillispie, or Mt. Olive). The balance of the money remaining in the scholarship fund is left to the committee to award to applicants who may be current graduates or continuing students. This is a NEEDS BASED scholarship that is awarded to a student who will be attending a college, trade school, or training that will lead to a professional degree, certification, or experience towards a future career. Applications must be mailed by the student to arrive at American Legion-Hutton Scholarship P.O. Box 1, Litchfield, IL  62056 no later than April 20.

Hutton Scholarship (PDF)
Hutton Scholarship (Word)
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)

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