Scholarships

Scholarships are a form of "merit-based" financial aid for college. Merit-based means that the awarding and amount of scholarships is determined by student's academic record, test scores, community service, school involvement, community involvement, or personal factors such as heritage. Regardless of a student's financial position, they can and should apply for scholarships.

Navigate the links below and to the left to learn more about scholarships.

Institutional Scholarships

Many colleges and universities offer institutional scholarships. These are scholarships from the school awarded to students based on the student's merit. Common factors determining institutional scholarships include grades, standardized test scores (ACT or SAT), special talents (i.e. in music or athletics), and intended major.

Some schools consider students for institutional scholarships at the time of their application. Others require applicants and admitted students to fill out another application to be considered for institutional scholarships. Some schools consider students for institutional scholarships at the time of application and also have a separate list of scholarships for which students need to specifically apply.

Be sure you communicate with the colleges and universities to which you have applied and ask about their institutional scholarships. You can contact their office of admission or financial aid to obtain this information. Good questions to ask each school include:

  • Do you offer institutional scholarships?
  • How can I apply for these scholarships?
  • What are your scholarship application deadlines?
  • What factors do you consider when awarding scholarships?

Local Scholarships

A list of local scholarships available to Westmont High School students is provided below. In addition to this list, students are encouraged to explore the other scholarship and financial aid pages on this Counseling website to learn more about funding opportunities for college.

Due to the COVID and the lack of fundraising/revenue for local businesses and organizations, there will be less scholarships available this year. There are also a few that still hope to offer scholarships if they are able to collect funding in the next few weeks and we will send updates on those as soon as we have them. 

All scholarships with a Wednesday, March 24th deadline must be turned in no later than 8:00 a.m. on that day, there will be no exceptions. Scholarship applications along with any required supplemental materials must be emailed to Ms. Connolly or dropped off at WHS to Ms. Grahn by that date/time. If they require supporting documents like a transcript or letter of recommendation, be sure to include them! Each scholarship has different requirements and directions for submission, please follow the directions carefully and good luck!

American Legion Scholarship

  • 3 - 5 page essay.
  • DEADLINE: March 24th, 2021 at 8:00 a.m.
  • Submit completed application to Ms. Connolly or by dropping it off at WHS to Ms. Grahn.
  • You may download the essay prompt and information here: American Legion Scholarship

Bonfield Express Foundation

  • 2.5 GPA, essay, and list of extracurricular activities.
  • DEADLINE: March 24th, 2021 at 8:00 a.m.
  • Submit completed application to Ms. Connolly or by dropping it off at WHS to Ms. Grahn.. 
  • You may download and edit the application: Bonfield Express Scholarship Application

Clarendon Hills Bank Scholarship

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA, intent to enroll in a full-time accredited 2-year or 4-year college or vocational school. Applicant's total family annual income may not exceed $65,600 adjusted gross income per federal income tax documents.
  • DEADLINE: March 24th, 2021 at 8:00 a.m.
  • Submit completed application AND signed Media Coverage Form to Ms. Connolly or by dropping it off at WHS to Ms. Grahn. 
  • Scholarship criteria
  • You may download and edit the application here: Clarendon Hills Bank Scholarship Application
  • You may download and edit the The Consent for Media Coverage Form

Emily Wheeler Never, Never, Never Give Up Memorial Scholarship

  • WHS senior who demonstrates characteristics Emily embodied and shared: a student who tries hard; never, never, never gives up; and overcomes obstacles.
  • DEADLINE: March 24th, 2021 at 8:00 a.m.
  • Submit completed application to Ms. Connolly or by dropping it off at WHS to Ms. Grahn. . 
  • You may download and edit the application here: Emily Wheeler Memorial Scholarship Application

Hess Memorial Scholarship

  • Criteria include being a high school senior graduating from a high school in the greater Chicago area and attending a 4 year, nonprofit college or university.
  • DEADLINE: April 15th, 2021
  • PLEASE NOTE: This is a scholarship offered specifically to Westmont students but is not run by a local local organization. This application does NOT go to Ms. Connolly and will NOT be presented at the annual awards assembly.
  • View more information and complete the application.

Illinois Principals Association DuPage Region Scholarship

  • This one time $500 scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior attending a post secondary institution in the fall of 2021 and who is going into the field of education. 
  • DEADLINE: March 3rd, 2021
  • To complete the application, click here: IPA Scholarship 2021
  • PLEASE NOTE: This is a scholarship provided by a local organization but will NOT be presented at our annual awards assembly. The application does NOT go to Ms. Connolly.

James T. Manning Scholarship

  • Good school citizenship, must have attended District 201 schools for at least 5 years, and plan to attend a 4-year college or university. 
  • DEADLINE: March 24th, 2021 at 8:00 a.m.
  • Submit completed application to Ms. Connolly or by dropping it off at WHS to Ms. Grahn. 
  • You may download and edit the application here: James T. Manning Scholarship Application

LifeSource Scholarship

  • Students should apply if they have demonstrated throughout their high school career to have shown (a) exceptional leadership in their community and (b) the ability to make positive decisions. Students will be asked to submit a 250 word essay.
  • DEADLINE: March 24th, 2021 at 8:00 a.m.
  • Submit completed application to Ms. Connolly or by dropping it off at WHS to Ms. Grahn. 
  • You may download the application information here: LifeSource Scholarship

Ruth J. Hurley Scholarship

  • Graduating senior who attended Miller school for at least 3 years and will attend an accredited college/university or vocational/technical program in the fall. Essay required.
  • PLEASE CHECK BACK REGARDING THE STATUS OF THIS SCHOLARSHIP. If additional information becomes available, I will send out a message through Google Classroom to all seniors.

Westmont Athletic Booster Club Scholarship

  • Two scholarship recipients: one male, one female. Must have 2.5 GPA, participate(d) in 2 years of a varsity-level sport at WHS, MUST be a member of the WHS Booster Club, submit a letter of recommendation and essay (prompt is on application).
  • DEADLINE: March 24th, 2021 at 8:00 a.m.
  • Submit completed application to Ms. Connolly or by dropping it off at WHS to Ms. Grahn. 
  • You may download and edit the scholarship application here: Westmont Athletic Booster Club Scholarship Application

Westmont Chamber of Commerce

  • Please read instructions on application carefully. 2.75 GPA; attending an accredited college, university, or trade/technical school; school and community service and involvement. Essay, transcript, and 2 letters of recommendation required.
  • DEADLINE: Friday, March 26th, 2021.
  • This application must be completed electronically or dropped off at the Westmont Chamber of Commerce. Do NOT email this application to Ms. Connolly or drop off to Ms. Grahn. 
  • Printable version.

Westmont Lions Club Scholarship

  • Minimum 2.5 grade point average
  • Involvement in school and/or community activities
  • Leadership is a plus
  • Applicants must live in Westmont or attend Westmont High School
  • DEADLINE: Wednesday, April 14th, 2021.
  • You may view scholarship information here: Lions Club Scholarship Information
  • You may download the application here: Lions Club Scholarship Application
  • Applications must be returned to:
    Lions Scholarship Committee,
    C/O Westmont Park District
    Attn: Robert Fleck
    55 E. Richmond St.
    Westmont, IL 60559

Westmont Rotary Academic Scholarship

  • Reside in corporate limits of Westmont or attend Westmont High School.
  • Be in the top 25% of their class.
  • Be involved in extracurricular activities.
  • Be involved in service related activities at school and/or in the community (leadership roles are a plus).
  • DEADLINE: April 1st, 2021
  • Submit completed application to grants@westmontrotaryclub.org
  • If you would like Ms. Connolly to scan and submit the application for you, please turn it in to her by March 24, 2021. 
  • You may download and edit the scholarship application here: Westmont Rotary Academic Scholarship

Westmont Rotary Robert Bator Scholarship

  • Attend Westmont High School.
  • Have 2 years of membership in the Interact Club.
  • Have a minimum of 60% participation in activities, meetings, and events sponsored by the Interact Club.
  • DEADLINE: April 1st, 2021
  • Submit completed application to grants@westmontrotaryclub.org
  • If you would like Ms. Connolly to scan and submit the application for you, please turn it in to her by March 24, 2021. 
  • You may download and edit the scholarship application here: Westmont Rotary Robert Bator Scholarship

Westmont Rotary Vocational/Technical Scholarship

  • Reside in corporate limits of Westmont or attend Westmont High School.
  • Maintain a minimum 2.0 grade point average.
  • Be involved in service related activities at school and/or in the community (leadership roles are a plus).
  • Be enrolled (past or present) in technical or vocational coursework or have related experiences outside of school.
  • DEADLINE: April 1st, 2021
  • Submit completed application to grants@westmontrotaryclub.org
  • If you would like Ms. Connolly to scan and submit the application for you, please turn it in to her by March 24, 2021. 
  • You may download and edit the scholarship application here: Westmont Rotary Vocational/Technical Scholarship

Westmont Teachers Association

  • 2.5 GPA, attending an accredited 2-year or 4-year college or trade school, intent to enter a helping profession required. Priority given to students pursuing a career in education. Additional special consideration given to students pursuing a career field which utilizes the support of unions.
  • DEADLINE: March 24th, 2021 at 8:00 a.m.
  • Submit completed application to Ms. Connolly or by dropping it off at WHS to Ms. Grahn. 
  • You may download and edit the application here: Westmont Teachers Association Scholarship Application

Scholarship Links/Other Private Scholarships

Delventhal Law Scholarship - This scholarship is available to all high school seniors and current college students who are planning on entering the law field. They understand how difficult it can be to pay for college and law school, and want to help someone afford a better education.- $1,000 (One-time award)- Due April 15, 2021- Must be attending a 4-yr college/university or 2-yr community college for Fall 2021- Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.

Earnest Scholarship Fund - Awarding $5,000 to 50 undergrad and grad students for the 2020-2021 academic year. Now accepting applications!

  • Applicants must be enrolled, or soon be enrolled, as a full-time student at a Title IV accredited, not for profit U.S. college or university for the Fall 2020 semester.
  • There are no minimum GPA, residency, or major requirements to apply!
  • Applicants can be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident (including DACA students).

Charles “Chub” Wagner Memorial Scholarship

CAM Technologies is proud to announce the Charles “Chub” Wagner Memorial Scholarship for Industrial Automation and Controls. Graduating U.S high school seniors and current collegiate engineering students who are pursuing careers in industrial automation-related disciplines (including industrial, mechanical, and electrical engineering) are invited to apply. One awarded student will receive $1,000 and two others will each receive $500. The scholarships are merit-based, and will be awarded on the basis of the candidate’s potential for leadership and for making a significant contribution to industrial control systems within a manufacturing environment. Scholarship recipients may be eligible for an internship.

Capital Auto Auction STEM Scholarship

This scholarship was created to help provide more individuals with the opportunity to get a solid education, Capital Auto Auction is awarding a scholarship to support students pursuing STEM-related degrees. Value of scholarship: $1,000 (1 winner), $250 (2 runner ups) Qualifications: To qualify, undergraduate students must be majoring in a STEM field of study (or related field) as well as attending an accredited college or university.

Zippia's Annual Dream Job Scholarship

Anyone 18 years or older can apply.

Zonta Club of Oakbrook YWPA Award

Women, aged 16-19 on 1st April each year, studying at a secondary school, college or university in a Zonta district/region, or who are studying elsewhere but are citizens of a Zonta country, who demonstrate evidence of the following, are eligible to apply. The application deadline is February 28, 2020.

❑ Active commitment to volunteerism.

❑ Experience in local government, student government, or workplace leadership (paid or unpaid).

❑ Volunteer leadership achievements.

❑ Knowledge of Zonta International and its programs.

❑ Support for Zonta International’s mission of empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy

The Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling

The Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling (IACAC) is offering ten $1,000 scholarships ($500 each semester, non-renewable) to students who exhibit a commitment to learning and have demonstrated leadership skills and/or community service involvement.

Illinois School Counseling Association Scholarship

The Illinois School Counseling Association (ISAC) scholarship program began in 2018, awarding more than $4,000 in scholarship money to high school seniors throughout the State of Illinois. Beginning with the Class of 2020, ISCA will award 7 ($1,000) scholarships to students throughout the State of Illinois. A student from each ISCA region will receive a $1,000 scholarship. Students who will be completing high school in 2020 are eligible for this non-renewable $1,000 scholarship. The scholarship can be used to support the following post-secondary options: 4 year college/university, 2 year college/university, trade school or apprenticeship program

Palumbo Family Foundation Scholarship

The Palumbo Family Foundation is a local foundation that offers scholarships to local high school seniors and college undergraduates. Please click HERE for the rules and requirements for 2020. The scholarship application is available online from January 1 – March 31st.

ITCCCA Scholarship

The Illinois Track and Cross Country Coaches’ Association proudly sponsors this College Scholarship to help participating student-athletes in the sports of Track and Field and / or Cross Country defray the cost of their education.WHO CAN APPLY AND WHAT ARE THE EVALUATION CRITERIA?Senior athletes who are participating in an Illinois high school Track and Field and / or Cross Country program and who are planning on attending college or a career school are eligible for the non-renewable ITCCCA Scholarship of $2000. Four (4) scholarshipswill be awarded to two (2) boys and two (2) girls based on academic, athletic, and non-athletic achievements, as well as an original essay composed by the applicant. Applicants will additionally need to submit a letter of recommendation and an official high school transcript.

Recovery Village Health Care Scholarship

The Recovery Village® is dedicated to maintaining exceptional service at our alcohol and drug rehab facilities while providing unique opportunities for education and personal development. As part of this commitment, The Recovery Village® is offering a $1,000 scholarship to students pursuing a medical-related course of study.To enter to win a $1,000 scholarship, simply submit a short essay (no more than 500 words) describing why you are passionate about substance use disorder and mental health treatment. Essays can be in the form of a personal narrative with a medical perspective or focus specifically on clinical experience.

Protoly Scholarship

Throughout life, people that encourage us can come in various forms – a teacher, religious leader, parent, or an athletic coach. With this in mind, Protoly has created a scholarship for an undergraduate student that best articulates how they were motivated to achieve their goals by their own personal coach.

Eligibility

  • All applicants must be enrolled, or due to be enrolled, as a full-time student at an accredited college or university for the semester they are applying to receive the scholarship.
  • Applicants are not required to have a minimum GPA.
  • Domestic, international, and undocumented students may apply.
  • Students attending online universities are welcome to apply.

Scholarship for Latin American Students

Are you an undergraduate Latin-American student who has an interest in technology? We’d love to hear from you, and give you the opportunity to win a $1,000 scholarship towards your education!

Eligibility

  • All applicants must be enrolled, or due to be enrolled, as a full-time student at an accredited college or university for the semester they are applying to receive the scholarship.
  • Applicants are not required to have a minimum GPA.
  • Domestic, international, and undocumented students may apply.
  • Students attending online universities are welcome to apply.
  • Students must be Latin-American.
  • Technology and computing interest desirable but not necessary to apply.

Young Entrepreneur Scholarship

The Economic Secretariat is a blog for aspiring entrepreneurs who are looking for in-depth reviews on popular network marketing companies, franchises, and other business opportunities.From years of experience, we break down their business models and practices to see if they are a worthwhile opportunity for those who are trying to get their foot on the home business ladder.This blog offers clear advice, transparent facts, and sincere viewpoints on various businesses to inform, motivate, and provide aspiring entrepreneurs with need-to-know information so they can make an intelligent and informed decision about where to invest their time, money, and skills.Since a huge part of being a successful entrepreneur is investing in yourself and your education, we are offering one motivated undergraduate student a scholarship to help them on their entrepreneurial journey.

  • All applicants must be enrolled, or due to be enrolled, as a full-time student at an accredited college or university for the semester when they are applying to receive the scholarship.
  • Applicants are not required to have a minimum GPA.
  • Domestic, international, and undocumented students may apply.

Vandomian Scholarship for Women

Vandômian would like to present a new scholarship opportunity available to your female students at Westmont High School.As we revere the quality and richness of education your institution provides its students, we are accepting applications from female students of all backgrounds, regardless of major or academic level. The application is due January 5, 2019.

Responsify Scholarship

  • Application is due on October 5th, 2019
  • All applicants must be enrolled, or due to be enrolled, as a full-time student at an accredited college or university for the semester they are applying to receive the scholarship.
  • Applicants are not required to have a minimum GPA.
  • Domestic, international, and undocumented students may apply.

CardRates Financial Futures Scholarship

CardRates.com is proud to offer the Financial Futures Scholarship to future and current college students majoring in Business, Accounting, Finance, Mathematics, Management, and otherspreparing for a career in the personal finance industry.Applicants will be judged based on outstanding academic achievement and submission of an essay. The scholarship award amount is $1,000.

LendEDU's Guide to College Scholarships

In an effort to help students afford their higher education, our team at LendEDU recently updated their guide to college scholarships to help students find relevant opportunities specifically for them. Within this update, they have added a new search tool where students can filter scholarship opportunities based on their grade level, GPA, the scholarship amount, and the requirements of the scholarship. On top of this new tool, their resource teaches students and families the importance of searching for scholarships when figuring out how to pay for college.

Zip Recruiter Scholarship

They are looking for one page submissions that are creative, with use of visual media as well as text, describing a past job and an ideal post-graduation job. A winner is selected every six months for a $3,000 scholarship. Runner ups will receive the honorable mention of "ZipRecruiter Scholar Finalist."

Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe LLP Annual Scholarship

This scholarship is open to high school seniors who plan to attend college and first-year college students in 2 or 4-year colleges. The scholarship application and essay is due on April 2nd.

Atnet Sports Recruiting Scholarship

This scholarship is available to high school athletes who aplan to enroll as a full-time student at a two or four-year college. You do NOT have to play a sport in college to apply for this scholarship.

Black Note Boost Scholarship

As part of Black Note’s goal of giving back to the community, they award scholarships of $2,000 per student on an ongoing basis. To be considered, students must meet their eligibility requirements, complete an online application and submit an essay that impresses them.

Secure Care65 Scholarship

They are offering a scholarship to one undergraduate student who can best express in words, their thoughts regarding the planning for the future of their loved ones, in an engaging written piece.