Applications for Macon County Adult Scholarships Open Jan. 1

Each student selected receives up to a $2,500 scholarship for college or vocational training

Macon County – Online applications for adult scholarship awards for fall semester 2022 will open Jan. 1 on The Community Foundation of Macon County (CFMC) website at

Applicants must be Macon County adults/nontraditional students seeking to complete college degrees or training at Millikin University or Richland Community College after interruptions in their education. Adult scholarship awards of up to $2,500 per applicant help fund two- and four-year degrees, master’s degrees or vocational training. Deadline to apply for 2022 fall semester awards is March 1, 2022, and awards will be announced in May 2022.

“The Community Foundation of Macon County is one of the few community foundations in the United States to offer an adult scholarship,” says CFMC Scholarship Coordinator Kathy Carter. “We realize there are many adults in Macon County who are seeking a better career or work opportunities. These students usually have bills to pay and family to support while also trying to pay for school. We want to make a difference for these adult students.”

Eligibility requirements:

  • Applicants must be Macon County residents age 24 or older.
  • Applicants must demonstrate legal residency in Macon County for at least the past year. Documentation such as housing receipts, utility bills, tax forms or a voter's registration card may be used to verify residency.
  • Selected applicants must register to attend Richland Community College or Millikin University.
  • · Applicants must have earned a high school diploma or GED and have a gap of at least three years before pursuing an associate degree or continuing with a bachelor's or master's degree. Applicants must have a minimum three-year break between degrees reflected through transcripts (however, individuals who previously received adult scholarships are eligible to apply for consecutive semesters and exempt from the three-year gap stipulation).
  • Financial need is considered when determining award recipients. Applicants must provide relevant financial documents for The Community Foundation of Macon County to review.

The awards may be used to pay for tuition, course/program-related fees and/or books. Selected applicants may apply for successive semesters of scholarship support.

“This is an ongoing need for our community,” says CFMC Director of Strategic Grantmaking Tony Holly. “Although these learners have the drive and desire to achieve their educational goals, many don’t have the funding to make it happen. Helping them attain the knowledge and skills they seek helps these nontraditional students and our entire community move forward.”

For more information about the adult scholarship program or the application process, call CFMC Scholarship Coordinator Kathy Carter at 217.220.1363 or email