Scholarships for High School Seniors

The Heart of Illinois Community Foundation is proud to support local students by offering financial educational support through the gifts of our donors.

Application Portal Open Jan. 1 to June 1, 2024

Each year, The Heart of Illinois Community Foundation's scholarship program annually benefits approximately 70 enrolled students pursuing their higher education goals. These phenomenal financial awards vary in size from $500 to $10,000.

The financial educational support of this program is available through open scholarship accounts and designated fund accounts provided to the Heart of Illinois Community Foundation by generous donors who are committed to improving educational outcomes in our community.

Scholarship Requirements

All eligible students must be a high school graduate or equivalent and must be accepted into an accredited institution of higher learning within the United States of America. Eligible students must be graduating high school this school year or be an existing college/university who has received a prior scholarship. Some scholarships require essays to be written.

Scholarship Timeline

The Heart of Illinois Community Foundation provides a breakdown of various steps in scholarship process to guide students, parents, and counselors. Learn more about the 2024 scholarship cycle.

Scholarships Available

The Heart of Illinois Community Foundation awards over 70 scholarship annually to graduating high school seniors residing in Macon County who have been accepted at an accredited college or university.

Frequently Asked Questions

Click this link to review frequently asked questions.

Kathy Carter


If you have a question about the application process, contact Kathy Carter, HICF Scholarship Coordinator, by calling 217.429.3000, 217-220-1363 or by email at

By the Numbers

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Scholarship Applications


Designated Education Funds


Scholarships Awarded

via online application portal

Multi-Year Scholarships


Invested in Education

in 2023