List of Scholarships for Immigrants


List of scholarship grants for immigrants in Illinois

AAUW Return to Learning Scholarships | $5,000 | GPA 3.0

For women completing their education:
The “Return to Learning” scholarship is offered to assist females in completing an undergraduate or master’s degree or certification in STEM programs. Students must reside in Lombard, Villa Park, Oakbrook Terrace, Wheaton, Addison, Glendale Heights, Glen Ellyn, or Kent county.

Anhelo Project Dream Scholarship | $2,000 | GPA 2.5

For undocumented immigrants:
Financial help for undergraduates and graduates undocumented immigrants who continuously face challenging roadblocks when pursuing post-secondary education. Students do not need to have DACA status.

Buster Lindsay Memorial Scholarship | Varies | GPA 2.5

For students at Jefferson High School, Rockford:
The Buster Lindsay Memorial Scholarship provides college resources to student-athletes from Jefferson High School with a minimum of 2.5 GPA.

Billy Smith Memorial Scholarship | Varies | GPA 3.0

Those pursuing sports college degree:
Billy Smith Memorial Scholarship is intended to provide educational resources for graduating high school baseball or softball players who intend to pursue a sports-related college degree.

Bilingual Scholarship | $1,500 to 3,500 | GPA 2.5

For bilingual immigrants:
Immigrants who can speak Italian, Persian, or Spanish can apply for a Bilingual Scholarship.

Carolyn Wones Recruitment Grant | Varies

For Women in education:
Carolyn Wones Recruitment Grant is for women to promote the professional and personal growth of women educators. Applicant must be a female graduating from high school within Boone or Winnebago County, IL.

CBC Spouses Education Scholarship | $3,000 | GPA 2.5
CBC Spouses Visual Arts Scholarship | $3,000 | GPA 2.50

For African-American or black students
Black students who demonstrate leadership through exemplary community service and academics or those pursuing visual arts. Open to current or upcoming college students or pursuing Master’s or Doctorate degrees.

CEFS Economic Opportunity Corporation | Varies | GPA Varies

For low-income poverty-level families:
CSBG Scholarship is for low-income (poverty level) and disadvantaged persons in high school or college students living in Christian, Clay, Effingham, Fayette, Montgomery, Moultrie, and Shelby counties.

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless Scholarship | $3,500 | GPA Varies

For homeless high school:
Chicago Coalition for the Homeless awards college scholarships to graduating seniors who experienced homelessness while in high school. Eligible to apply are students from Chicago and suburban schools.

Chicago Engineers Foundation Awards | $1,200 | GPA 2.3

For Engineering course:
Chicago Engineers’ Foundation encourages Chicago students to pursue careers in engineering by recognizing their talents and providing them with financial assistance for their engineering studies.

Community Foundation of Northern Illinois (CFNIL) | Varies | GPA Varies

For Northern Illinois students:
Community Foundation of Northern Illinois (CFNIL) offers more than 100 unique scholarships in one application. The funds are available to anyone living in Northern Illinois.

Click here for CFNIL applications.

Chicago Police and Fire Scholarship – UChicago | Varies
Chicago Police and Firefighter Training Academy Scholarship | Varies

For children of firefighters:
The University of Chicago offers full-tuition scholarships to select children of active firefighters and police officers. Likewise, the Chicago Police and Firefighter Training Academy (CPFTA) awards a two-year scholarship for cadets of the four-year program (two years in high school and two in college). 

Corporate Relocation Council Scholarship | $1,000 | GPA 3.0

For “new residents” of Chicagoland:
For current high school seniors who relocated into the Chicagoland area at some point between grades 9-12 and evaluated based on academic performance.

CPA Endowment Fund of Illinois | Up to $4,000 | GPA 3.0

For those interested in accounting:
The Illinois CPA Society’s charitable partner provides scholarships and training programs to deserving accounting students across the state.

David C. Lizárraga Fellowship | Varies | GPA 2.5

Those pursuing a Master in BA or Engineering:
First-generation college student pursuing a master’s degree in business administration or engineering. Students pursuing other graduate degrees may also be considered.

Loomis/Rockton Lions Club Scholarship | Varies

For students in Hononegah High School, Rockton:
Dr. Loomins Rockton Lions Club Scholarship is for Hononegah High School planning to attend a two or four years course or vocational college.

Environmental Studies /Natural Science Scholarship Program | $1,000

Interested in Environmental Related Courses:
College scholarship and continuing College scholarship to students pursuing an environmental career. Applicant must reside in Lake, McHenry, Kane, Cook, DuPage, Kendall, or Will County and attend a high school in one of these counties.

Era L. and Frances L. Walker Scholarship

For African-Americans from Rockford High School:
CFNIL’s scholarship provides educational resources for African-American males to pursue higher education. Must be a graduating senior from a Rockford Public Schools high school.

Moraine Hills Scholarship in Environmental Studies | $1,000

For residents in Lake, McHenry, or Kane counties:
The Friends of Moraine Hills State Park awards for two high school graduates entering the field of environmental studies. Qualified applicants will reside in Lake, McHenry, or Kane counties, Illinois.

Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois | $23,000 | GPA 2.5

For education and teaching programs:
The Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois program is a teacher preparation and tuition assistance program for high school, freshman, and sophomore college students in need.

Greenhouse Scholars Program | $20,000 | GPA 3.5

Open to legal immigrants committed to community or environment:
Must be a permanent resident and live in Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, New York, or North Carolina with an annual household income no greater than $70,000.

GSLMTC Mary Joan Wolf Memorial Scholarship | $1,000 | GPA Varies

For education or training:
The applicants must reside within St. Louis, MO-IL metropolitan statistical areas (MSA), which includes the City of St Louis; the Missouri counties or Southern Illinois counties of Bond, Calhoun, Clinton, Jersey, Macoupin, Madison, Monroe, or St. Clair (the Metro East).

Hagan Scholarship Foundation | $6,000 – 48,000 | GPA 3.5

Merit-based scholarship with work requirement:
The Hagan Scholarship is a nationwide need-based merit scholarship for achievers and working students with less than $85,000 household income. Must work 240 hours each year, from January 1 until the commencement of the fall semester in college. 

Honors Society | Design-thinking scholarship

The Build A Better Future scholarship is a design-thinking community improvement project based on the LAUNCH Cycle. We will award $10,000 to five new seniors, with the top recipient receiving an additional $5,000 grant for their project.

Illinois AMVETS Scholarships | Up to $2,000 | GPA Varies

Service Foundation Veteran Scholarship

Priority is given to the dependent of a deceased or disabled veteran with a 2nd year or greater nursing student.

– Ladies Auxiliary Memorial Scholarship

A child or grandchild of a veteran who has taken and passed the ACT or SAT tests.

– Sad Sacks Nursing Scholarship

A one-year scholarship varies in its amount on a yearly basis. Applicants must be Illinois high school seniors and a child or grandchildren of a veteran of the United States of America.

Illinois CPA Society Accounting Scholarship | Up to $4,000 |GPA 3.0

For CPA college courses
Textbook Scholarship is for Illinois residents to be enrolled in an Illinois college or university; they plan to sit for the CPA exam in Illinois within three years of the application date.

Illinois Restaurant Association Scholarship | $2,000

For Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management:
Applicant must be a permanent resident of the State of Illinois (under the age of 30), be accepted, and plan to enroll in an accredited culinary school, college, or university.

InspirASIAN Scholarship Program | $2,000 | GPA 3.5

For Asian immigrants
InspirASIAN awards national scholarships to students residing in any state and with any ethnic or cultural background. Students can also be considered for state scholarships if offered by local InspirASIAN chapters.

ISL Midwest Senior Scholarship | $1,000

Residents of Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, or Wisconsin:
There are no financial needs or minimum grade point average. Students are randomly chosen.

Italian Catholic Federation First-Year Scholarship | $2,500 | GPA 3.2

Since 1964, the Italian Catholic Federation has awarded over $2,000,000.00 in scholarships to more than 6,000 high school students of the Catholic faith attending college.  Roman Catholic but need not be of Italian Descent or live

Each spring, the Italian Catholic Federation receives nearly 400 applications for its yearly scholarship awards. Applications are received from students in public as well as Catholic high schools in California, Arizona, […] More

IWEA Clean Water & Environmental Scholarship | $1,500 | GPA 2.5

For water and environment careers
For students preparing for a career in a water environment. Be a full-time student enrolled in a water-related field of study such as civil or environmental engineering, environmental science, or wastewater systems operation.

Jewish United Fund Merit Scholarship Program | $1,000

Open to students with Jewish ancestry
The Jewish United Fund for annual merit scholarships to high school, college, and graduate students up to age 23 who demonstrate significant leadership skills. Must reside or attend school in metropolitan Chicago.

Jill Doherty Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship award to an Edison Park student and Chicago resident who will be attending an accredited college, university, or trade school.

John Fischetti Scholarship | $2,000

Students with Italian ancestry
For students with full or half Italian ancestry interested in journalism or communications or someone already in journalism or media communications course. Only for residents of the Chicago metropolitan area.

JVS Chicago Scholarship Program | $4,000

For Jewish Americans
JVS Chicago offers scholarships to Jewish students in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, and Will counties. Must be born and raised in the Chicago area and plan on remaining in the Chicago area after completing school.

Karen George Chicago Speech Therapy Scholarship | $2,500

Students of speech-language pathology
Those who have a passion for helping children and accepted or enrolled in a program for speech-language pathology. Attending a school or having a permanent address in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, or Wisconsin.

Kendall-Grundy Community Action Scholarship |

The Kendall-Grundy scholarship is open to those interested in education or occupational training.  Scholarship awards will be made directly to the college or university’s financial aid office. 

Kinnett Scholarships for College/Further Education

  • Application Deadline: 4/3/2023
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Kinnett Scholarship for College/Further Education, aimed at graduating seniors from NSSED-affiliated high schools (see website), grants $1,000 scholarships to: students receiving special education services pursuing further education through college, vocational school, or post-secondary programs; or, students planning on getting a degree in special education. For more information or to apply, […] More

Leopold Education Project Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 2/15/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Soil and Water Stewardship Scholarship seeks to provide financial support to students enrolled full-time at an accredited two- or four-year college, community college, or university, which will lead to a career in a natural resource field. This scholarship was formerly known as the Leopold Education Project Scholarship. Funding for this scholarship was made available from the Leopold Education […] More

Loyola University Catholic Heritage Award

  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • Loyola recognizes talented students through a variety of other scholarships that are awarded without consideration of financial need. Please review the following list of scholarship opportunities that will provide you, if eligible, with additional resources to help make your Loyola education more affordable. In order to be considered for any of Loyola University Chicago’s academic scholarships, […] More

Minority Teachers of Illinois Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2023
  • Amount: $5,000
  • To be eligible for the Minority Teachers of Illinois (MTI) Scholarship Program you must be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen or meet the “undocumented student” criteria of the RISE act, be a resident of Illinois, be a minority student of either African American/Black, Hispanic American, Asian American or Native American origin, be a high school graduate or hold a GED, be enrolled or […] More

NIADA Foundation Regional Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/12/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • The National Association of Independent Automobile Dealers provides several scholarship opportunities for exceptional high school seniors interested in pursuing a career in the automotive industry. Encouraging and supporting educational opportunities for future industry leaders is integral to our vision of a robust, ethical and professional used vehicle market. NIADA currently offers 5 different […] More

Norwegian National League Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2023
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Norwegian National League of Chicago scholarships encourages the study of Norwegian heritage the Norwegian National League has developed and administers a scholarship program open to children of Norwegian descent in grades 1-12. Applicants must be current students, be of Norwegian ancestry, and reside in the counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, Kendall, Lasalle, McHenry or Will. The […] More

Palumbo Family Foundation Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/31/2023
  • Amount: $15,000
  • The Palumbo Family Foundation Scholarship is open to high school seniors and undergraduates who reside in Cook, Dupage, Kane, Lake, or Will counties for at least 6 months prior to January 1st of the year the scholarship is awarded. Applicants must also have a minimum 3.0 GPA, an annual adjusted gross family income of $63,000 or less, and be U.S. citizen.

    Students applying to trade or […] More

Quad City Engineering and Science Council Scholarship (QCESC)

  • Application Deadline: 1/24/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Quad City Engineering and Science Council (QCESC) is an umbrella organization representing ~30 technical societies in the Quad City area with approximately 5,000 associated members. The QCESC is non-profit and is actively seeking new society members as well as additional corporate sponsors to help support our mission: to Promote and support engineering, science, and technical professionals […] More

Robert Sherman Fine Art Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/30/2023
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Robert Sherman Fine Art Scholarship was established to foster the study of art and advance the development of artists in keeping with the mission of the Glenview Art League. It is for a high school senior planning to pursue a college degree in a visual art. Applicants must submit a CD or flash drive with at least 10 images of their work and proof of college acceptance as a visual arts major […] More

Tall Clubs International Student Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2023
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Tall Clubs International annually awards student scholarship(s) of up to $1,000 each to tall students who are under 21 years of age and attending their first year of college in the following fall. To enter, applicants must be under 21, entering college in the upcoming fall and meet the TCI height requirement minimums: 5’10” for women and 6’2″ for men, barefoot. You must also find a local Tall […] More

The AAF-Greater Evansville Scholarship Award

  • Application Deadline: 3/31/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • The AAF-Greater Evansville awards scholarships to deserving high school and/or college students yearly in April. To be eligible, students must plan to pursue a career in advertising, marketing, public relations or graphic design. The applicant must be graduating from a high school or currently attending college in Vanderburgh, Warrick, Posey, Gibson, Pike in Indiana or Edwards, White, Wabash, […] More

The Illinois Organization of Mothers of Twins Clubs, Inc. Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 9/1/2023
  • Amount: $250
  • Multiples of Illinois is offering SEVEN scholarships this upcoming school year for higher education! Five $150 Scholarships are chosen at random for any Multiples of Illinois member that is a mother or father of multiples. Two $250 Scholarships are chosen at random to any son or daughter of a Multiples of Illinois member. Scholarship recipients will be asked to attend a luncheon at Convention in […] More

The Illinois Sheriffs Association Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Illinois Sheriffs’ Association will be awarding scholarships throughout the State of Illinois to students wishing to pursue higher education. The student must be enrolled full-time at a certified institution of higher learning within the State of Illinois. Applicants must be permanent residents of Illinois. Do not send completed applications to the ISA Office. Applicants must mail them to […] More

U.S. Army Loan Repayment Program

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $20,000
  • The Loan Repayment Program (LRP) is a special incentive that the Army offers to highly qualified applicants entering the Army. Under the LRP, the Army will repay part of a Soldier’s qualifying student loans. Only specified Military Occupational Specialties (MOSs) qualify for the LRP. The Army will repay 15 percent of the outstanding principal balance, less taxes of the Soldier’s student loans […] More

Walgreens Expressions Challenge

  • Application Deadline: 3/31/2023
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The Walgreens Expressions Challenge program was launched at the suggestion of the Walgreens Community Task Force. The group was alarmed by the rising incidents of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including HIV and AIDS, among high school students ages 13 to 18. How, the group wondered, could students find creative ways to express themselves about some very serious topics while also becoming […] More

CSBG Scholarship in Chicagoland

For the low-income residents of Chicagoland
Low-income or displaced and under-employed parents or students can apply if you are aspiring for higher education or occupational training.

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless Scholarship

Have experienced homelessness and received CCH services before age 22. You can get $2,500 if you can show records of homelessness.

Alpha Delta Kappa XI Education Scholarship

Suppose you are keen on elementary, secondary, or particular education majors. You can request a particular grant, especially for minorities.

Dan L. Meisinger, Sr. Memorial Learn to Fly Scholarship

Currently, enroll full-time at accredited flight schools, and you can get up to a $2,500 grant if you qualify, depending on the school you are applying to.

Gary S. Wilmer RAMI Music Scholarship

For those inclined to study music composition, performance, or education major. Get in touch with RAMI for a grant of $1,000.

George M. Pullman Educational Foundation Scholarships

By graduating high school in Cook County, Illinois, you can get up to $10,000. Provided stipulations such as economic standing and even immigrant status.

Illinois AMVETS Service Foundation Veterans

For children of veterans with permanent residence in Illinois, you may apply for a scholarship and get up to $2,000.

Illinois Conservation Achievement Scholarship

Actively contribute to conserving Illinois’ natural resources and avail of a grant of up to $2,000 should you qualify.

Marianjoy Scholarship Program

If you have a permanent physical disability, such as traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, amputation, or paralysis.

Mary T. Washington Wylie Opportunity Fund (For Accountants)

If you plan to study accounting major to become a CPA, you may try to get a grant up to

Minority Teachers of Illinois Scholarship Program (For Teacher)

Through (ISAC), Pursue certification as a preschool, elementary, or secondary teacher. You may apply for a grant and get up to $5,000 annually.

NIADA Region III Scholarship

If you have any interest in automotive industry careers, you may try your luck at NIADA for a special grant of $3,500 annually.

National Merit Scholar | $4,000 to 25,000 | GPA 3.5

Samuel A. Green and Balkhi Foundation Scholarships are available for students who did well in academics and have demonstrated leadership or community involvement.

National Health Service Corps (NHSC)

Suppose you want to pursue primary care health professions training. You may request an application for a particular scholarship with NHSC.

Ridge Country Club Caddie Program

The U.S.ans Scholars Foundation has partnered with Ridge Country Club to provide scholarships to the best caddies. The scholarship is open to 13 -16 years of age that would undergo caddie training. Visit the Evans Scholars Foundation and the Western Golf Association for information.

US Senate Youth Program Hearst Scholarship

Two students per state are selected to attend an online program and receive a $10,000 undergraduate college scholarship. Students are encouraged to include history, political science, or related subjects in their undergraduate program.


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