Apply for Financial Help to Complete Your Unfinished College Degree or Vocational Training

"Relieving some of the financial burden makes it easier for me to focus on my studies and reaching my professional goals."

Macon County adults: Need financial help to finish completing a two- or four-year degree, a master’s degree or vocational training? The Community Foundation of Macon County is offering individual scholarship awards up to $2,500 per applicant to help fund fall semester 2022 expenses. Deadline to apply is Tuesday, March 1; apply at

Applicants must be Macon County adult/nontraditional students seeking to complete college degrees or training at Millikin University or Richland Community College after interruptions in their education. Recipients are eligible to receive awards for subsequent semesters if they continue to meet the criteria. A successful example of this is Kelsie Wujek, who is pursuing a degree in business and organizational leadership from Millikin University. Kelsie has so far received scholarship funding for two consecutive semesters.

“Making the decision to go back to school as an adult is not easy as it can be a lot to balance, but relieving some of the financial burden makes it easier for me to focus on my studies and reaching my professional goals,” Kelsie says. “I am so grateful for the financial assistance from the donors of the Adult Scholarship Fund at The Community Foundation of Macon County.”

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 minimum three-year gap in their education reflected through their transcripts (individuals who previously received adult scholarships are exempt from the gap stipulation).
  • Financial need is considered when determining award recipients. Applicants must provide relevant financial documents.

The awards may be used to pay for tuition, course/program-related fees and/or books.

Have questions about applying? Call Scholarship Coordinator Kathy Carter at 217.220.1363 or 217.429.3000 or send her an email at