Our Opportunities

Welcome to the Richland Community College Foundation Opportunities(scholarship) information page. Beginning October 19th, we will transition to *Academic Works as our new scholarship management system. The new application will look a bit different from the past semesters but will allow us to more effectively communicate with students and donors and to efficiently manage the awards process.
Before you start:
1. New students: Enroll at Richland Community College and Register for Classes. You must be enrolled in the College and registered for classes to access the Opportunities portal.
DO NOT APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP/OPPORTUNITY THE SAME DAY YOU REGISTER FOR CLASSES
You will need to have a student ID number and an active Richland student email account to apply for Opportunities.

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3. NOTE: All scholarship communication will be through your Richland Community College student email.

4. NO AWARDS ARE FINAL UNTIL END OF SEMESTER GPA IS UPDATED AND REVIEWED.

5. Graduating high school seniors must have a 7th semester transcript with a cumulative GPA and testing scores (ACT/SAT if taken), submitted to the Records Department at Richland to be considered for a scholarship. If your transcript has not been received prior to your scholarship application being reviewed, your application will be denied.

ProcessTo Apply:
To “Sign Up”
Select “Sign Up” above right, and follow the instructions to complete the General Application. You can save your application at any time by clicking Save and Keep Editing at the bottom of the form. That’s it. You’re done once you select* “Finish and Submit”. Stop at this point. *

What to Expect:
General applications open October 19th for the Spring 2021 semester

{{{For early consideration, General Applications are due December 4th}}}

The Scholarship Selection Committee will meet once final grades have been posted and your cumulative GPA has been updated. If selected to receive a scholarship, you will be notified via your student email.

After you have completed your General Application:
1. The system will automatically match you to* ALL scholarship opportunities where you meet at least the basic criteria.*
2. You will not see these opportunities on your application dashboard.
3. You will receive an email notification by December 31st of any scholarship offers.

You may also be recommended to apply for the Scherer Honors Scholarship opportunity. Proceed only if you are recommended.
• Review the scholarship selection criteria to make sure you can qualify. If not, don’t apply. Do not apply for individual opportunities if you are not recommended for them.
• A recommended scholarship opportunity will show on your application dashboard.

Your application status will show on your dashboard.
If your status is not listed as “submitted”, you have not fully completed your application.
Log back in to see what is missing.

If you are selected to receive a scholarship:
• You will receive a preliminary offer sent to your Richland student email. “Accept” or “Decline” as instructed.
You must complete additional steps by January 4th *to change a preliminary offer into an award.
No money is applied to your account until all steps in the process have been completed*.
Below is a comprehensive list of all active Richland Community College Foundation opportunities, with brief information about the selection criteria. All opportunity criteria are auto-matched to your General Application and the system adds you to the qualifying pool for each opportunity matched.* Note: Qualifying/Matching does not guarantee you will receive a scholarship.*

Opportunities Table
Award Name Actions
Varies Al and Anne Swartz Scholarship
Scholarship for tuition, available to all majors. May be full- or part-time with a minimum of 6 credit hours of 100-level courses. A cumulative GPA...
Scholarship for tuition, available to all majors. May be full- or...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2021
Varies Al Dobbins Decatur Frontiers Service Club Scholarship
Scholarship for tuition, books and required learning resources awarded to students with a proven need who are pursuing a degree. Students must be...
Scholarship for tuition, books and required learning resources awarded...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2021
Varies Albert M. Andreas Scholarship
Scholarship for tuition only, awarded to a student pursuing a degree in horticulture or agriculture. Student must be enrolled in at least 12...
Scholarship for tuition only, awarded to a student pursuing a degree in...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2021
Varies Alden B. and Margret W. Foley Scholarship
This scholarship is for tuition, fees and/or books. Student may be full or part-time. Open to all majors.
This scholarship is for tuition, fees and/or books. Student may be full...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2021
Varies Alumni Foundation Scholarship
Scholarship for tuition, fees, books equipment, and /or supplies. Recipients may be enrolled full- or part-time.No minimum hours required. Open to...
Scholarship for tuition, fees, books equipment, and /or supplies....
  • Deadline: 03/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2021
Varies Ameren Illinois Energy Efficiency Scholarship
Scholarship for tuition, fees or books awarded to eligible students enrolled in the HVAC program with preference given to a minority student....
Scholarship for tuition, fees or books awarded to eligible students...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2021
Varies American Legion Post 105 Book Scholarship
Scholarship for books awarded to veterans recently returning from overseas duty. Recipients may be full-or part-time with a cumulative GPA of 2.50.
Scholarship for books awarded to veterans recently returning from...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2021
Varies Amos Fonville Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to students with demonstrated financial need who are graduates any high school in the city of Decatur. Preference is to...
This scholarship is awarded to students with demonstrated financial need...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2021
Varies Archer Daniels Midland Endowed Scholarship
Scholarship for tuition, fees, books, or equipment awarded to a student enrolled in degree or occupational training programs related to...
Scholarship for tuition, fees, books, or equipment awarded to a student...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2021
$0.00 Arends Family Endowed Scholarship
Scholarship for tuition, fees, books or required supplies/equipment for a student pursuing a degree in Career & Technical Education or...
Scholarship for tuition, fees, books or required supplies/equipment for...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2021
  • Award: $0.00
Deadline03/01/2021
Varies Association of Facilities Engineers Endowed Scholarship
Scholarship for tuition, fees or books for a student in engineering. Funds may be used at Richland or when transferring to a four-year college or...
Scholarship for tuition, fees or books for a student in engineering....
  • Deadline: 03/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2021
Varies Barbara Jean Bechtel Scholarship
Scholarship for tuition, fees or books awarded to a student attending Richland and enrolled in any of the Richland nursing programs. Recipients may...
Scholarship for tuition, fees or books awarded to a student attending...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2021
Varies Bhadra Daftary Memorial Scholarship
Scholarship for tuition, fees, and/ or books. Preference given to a student planning to major in health related sciences. The student must be...
Scholarship for tuition, fees, and/ or books. Preference given to a...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2021
Varies Billy Guyse, Sr. Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to students with demonstrated financial need who are graduates of any high school in the city of Decatur. Preference is...
This scholarship is awarded to students with demonstrated financial need...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2021
Varies Boys and Girls Club Scholarship
Scholarship to be used for tuition, fees, or books for a degree-seeking student. First preference is given to any current or former member in good...
Scholarship to be used for tuition, fees, or books for a degree-seeking...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2021
Varies Brandon Scholarship
Scholarship for tuition, fees, or books. Students may be enrolled full- or part-time, but must complete all courses for the semester in which...
Scholarship for tuition, fees, or books. Students may be enrolled full-...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2021
Varies Brenda K. Garrett Memorial Scholarship
Scholarship for tuition, fees, books or childcare, for a student who completed the Richland Community College GED Program, and is seeking a degree...
Scholarship for tuition, fees, books or childcare, for a student who...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2021
Varies Burl Stoner Decatur Frontiers Service Club Scholarship
Scholarship for tuition, books and required learning resources awarded to students with a proven need who are pursuing a degree. Students must be...
Scholarship for tuition, books and required learning resources awarded...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2021
Varies Cancer Care Specialists of Central Illinois Charitable Fund Scholarship
A scholarship for tuition, fees, books or supplies awarded to a student, full-time or part-time, enrolled in a health care program. Recipients must...
A scholarship for tuition, fees, books or supplies awarded to a student,...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2021
Varies Cancer Federation Scholarship
Scholarship for tuition, fees or books for those majoring in biology, health sciences, or other related fields. Must be a full-time student...
Scholarship for tuition, fees or books for those majoring in biology,...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2021
Varies Captain WIlliam J. Horve Memorial Scholarship
Scholarship for tuition, books or fees awarded to a student majoring in fire science with plans to become a firefighter. Students may be enrolled...
Scholarship for tuition, books or fees awarded to a student majoring in...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2021
Varies Cary Platzbecker Memorial Scholarship
Scholarship for tuition, fees ,books and equipment awarded to a student who is enrolled in at least six credit hours per semester. May be enrolled...
Scholarship for tuition, fees ,books and equipment awarded to a student...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2021
Varies Caterpillar Scholarship
Scholarship for tuition and books, awarded to those who are pursuing any of the engineering technology degrees at Richland. Must be full-or...
Scholarship for tuition and books, awarded to those who are pursuing any...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2021
Varies Charles Mack Memorial Scholarship for Returning Adults
Scholarship for tuition, fees and books awarded to a student who is returning to school at least two years following high school or who recently...
Scholarship for tuition, fees and books awarded to a student who is...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2021
Varies Chuck and Mary Jo Novak Scholarship
Scholarship for tuition awarded to a Richland Community College student majoring in education. Student must be full- or part-time with a declared...
Scholarship for tuition awarded to a Richland Community College student...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2021
Varies Clarence Taylor Early Bird Kiwanis Memorial Scholarship
Scholarship awarded to a student with a proven need who is pursuing a degree in education and are planning on becoming a teacher. Students must be...
Scholarship awarded to a student with a proven need who is pursuing a...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2021
$0.00 College Book Store Scholarship
Scholarship for books. Must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5. May be full or part-time.
Scholarship for books. Must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5. May be full...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2021
  • Award: $0.00
Deadline03/01/2021
Varies Cornelius Diggs Frontiers Service Club Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to students with demonstrated financial need who are graduates any high school in the city of Decatur. Preference is to...
This scholarship is awarded to students with demonstrated financial need...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2021
Varies Curtis and Patricia Sears Scholarship
Scholarship for tuition. Student may be enrolled full- or part-time. A minimum of six semester hours is required. Student must complete all courses...
Scholarship for tuition. Student may be enrolled full- or part-time. A...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2021
Varies Darrell and Ursula Beck Scholarship
Scholarship for tuition, fees, or books to a recent graduate of St. Teresa High School who will be attending Richland Community College. Priority...
Scholarship for tuition, fees, or books to a recent graduate of St....
  • Deadline: 03/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2021
Varies David Cooper Memorial Scholarship for the Culinary Arts
Scholarship for tuition, fees and books. Students may be enrolled full-time or part-time. This scholarship will be awarded to a Culinary Student in...
Scholarship for tuition, fees and books. Students may be enrolled...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2021
Varies David P. and Eileen A. Wetzel Endowed Scholarship
Scholarship for tuition, fees, books awarded to a student in mathematics, sciences, technology, social science, eduation or child development areas...
Scholarship for tuition, fees, books awarded to a student in...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2021
Varies Decatur Area SHRM Chapter #0555 Scholarship
A scholarship for tuition, fees, and/ or books awarded to a student attending Richland with a Human Resource specialty. Students may be enrolled...
A scholarship for tuition, fees, and/ or books awarded to a student...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2021
Varies Decatur Earthmover Credit Union Scholarship
Scholarship for tuition awarded to member of Decatur Earthmover Credit Union. Must be a member oF DECU at least one year and in good standing. a...
Scholarship for tuition awarded to member of Decatur Earthmover Credit...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2021
Varies Decatur High School Class of 1950 Scholarship
Scholarship for tuition, fees or books awarded to a student attending Richland. The student can be full- or part-time with a minimum of 6 credit...
Scholarship for tuition, fees or books awarded to a student attending...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2021
Varies Decatur Memorial Hospital Heart & Lung Institute Charitable Fund
A scholarship for tuition, fees, books, study guides or clinical program supplies /expenses awarded to a student, full-time or part-time, enrolled...
A scholarship for tuition, fees, books, study guides or clinical program...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2021
Varies Decatur Smokin' BBQ Festival Scholarship
Scholarship for tuition, fees, books, or required supplies and equipment. Students may be full or part-time with a minimum of 6 hours of 100 level...
Scholarship for tuition, fees, books, or required supplies and...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2021
Varies Dell and Evelyn Carroll Scholarship
Scholarship for standard tuition ( unless only offered online) for up to 60 credit hours awarded to students attending Richland Community College...
Scholarship for standard tuition ( unless only offered online) for up to...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2021
Varies Donald and Joanne Baird Scholarship
Scholarship for tuition, fees, or books awarded to a student pursuing a major in the Agricultural Program. Student must be enrolled in at least 6...
Scholarship for tuition, fees, or books awarded to a student pursuing a...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2021
Varies Dr. David Cooprider Education Scholarship
Scholarship for one semester of tuition or fees. Must be a full-time incoming freshman majoring in education. Recipient must maintain a 3.0 GPA.
Scholarship for one semester of tuition or fees. Must be a full-time...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2021
Varies Dr. Hal Gronlund Book Fund Scholarship
Scholarship for books and instructional materials; to be awarded annually. Preference given to Valedictorian Scholarship recipients. Student must...
Scholarship for books and instructional materials; to be awarded...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2021
Varies Dr. Jeanelle Norman Nursing Scholarship
Scholarship for tuition, fees, books, supplies and equipment. Students must be full-time and accepted in a Richland nursing program. Preference...
Scholarship for tuition, fees, books, supplies and equipment. Students...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2021
Varies Dr. Joseph and Martha Schrodt Nursing Scholarship
Tuition scholarship for a student pursuing an Associate Degree in Nursing (RN) or a Practical Nursing (PN) or Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)....
Tuition scholarship for a student pursuing an Associate Degree in...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2021
Varies Dr. Thomas Fullbright Scholarship
Scholarship for those majoring in science/research, health sciences, or other related fields. May be full- or part-time with a minimum of 6 credit...
Scholarship for those majoring in science/research, health sciences, or...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2021
Varies Duane and Joan Avis Endowed scholarship
Scholarship for tuition, fees, or books awarded to a student seeking a degree or certificate. Students must be enrolled in at least 6 credit...
Scholarship for tuition, fees, or books awarded to a student seeking a...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2021
Varies Eleanor J. Saunders Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Scholarship for tuition, fees, and/or books for either full-time or part-time students. Preference will be given to female students over age 19,...
Scholarship for tuition, fees, and/or books for either full-time or...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2021
Varies Elfreda Virginia Jacobson Witzemen Scholarship
Scholarship for tuition, fees, learning resources, and/or books awarded to a student with proven need majoring in Office Technology or Information...
Scholarship for tuition, fees, learning resources, and/or books awarded...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2021
Varies Ellsworth Dansby, Jr. Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to students with demonstrated financial need who are graduates of any high school in the city of Decatur. Preference is...
This scholarship is awarded to students with demonstrated financial need...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2021
Varies Elmer and Marilyn Kostenski Scholarship
Scholarship for tuition, fees or books awarded to a student attending Richland Community College. The student can be full- or part-time with a...
Scholarship for tuition, fees or books awarded to a student attending...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2021
Varies Emily Braden Memorial Scholarship
Scholarship to be awarded to Richland students who are involved in current continuous community service with a non-faith based organization. They...
Scholarship to be awarded to Richland students who are involved in...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2021