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Herscher High School, along with the Community Unit School District #2  Board of Education, has established a partnership with the Community Foundation of Kankakee River Valley to streamline the local scholarship program at HHS. Expected to launch in January 2020, scholarship applicants will have the opportunity to apply through one online application, and be considered for multiple scholarships and grants. Local scholarship donors will be receiving detailed information about gift options in the fall.  We look forward to enhancing the scholarship program for our students and donors. 




Senior of the Month - Two $100 awards are offered each month during the school year, one from the State Bank of Herscher in conjunction with The Herscher Foundation and the other one from a local business or community member(s).  Deadline: the 5th of the month following the month you are applying for (i.e. October 5th is the deadline for September Senior of the Month)


Albert A. & Elizabeth Wheeler Mau Memorial Scholarship - Agriculture/Illinois public university or junior college.  Committee will choose the winner.

Alumni Scholarship- Any Herscher High School senior whose parent or grandparent attended Herscher High School. Deadline: April 1.

Bob and Thelma Webber Scholarship Two $500 scholarships, funded by the family, are given to students who will be going into the business or secretarial field.  This scholarship honors Thelma Webber, who was a HHS secretary from 1957 - 1999 and Bob Webber, who has kept score for multiple sports at HHS from 1965 -present. Deadline: April 1.

Bonfield Lions Award - HHS students who demonstrated good academic achievement, volunteered, and was involved in extra-curricular activities. Deadline: April 1.

Caitlin Poppie Memorial Scholarship- In memory of the late Caitlin Poppie, her family is proud to honor her memory by offering a $750 scholarship to a deserving graduating senior volleyball player who exhibits the same love for the game that Caitlin truly lived for. Deadline: April 8.

Christopher Sims Memorial Scholarship - In memory of Christopher Sims, his family sponsors a four-year renewable school scholarship to a student who will be attending an Illinois Public University. The scholarship will be determined by a selection committee based on the following: Academics, Character, Citizenship, Financial Need, and School Involvement. Deadline: March 13.

Diane and Dr. Jeff Long Health Related Scholarship $250 scholarship awarded to a high school senior who will be majoring in pre-med, nursing, or a health related field.  DEADLINE: APRIL 1

Dr. Lawerence T. Jacobson Leadership Memorial Scholarship In memory of Dr. J, Herscher CUSD#2 superintendent:  2.5 GPA or higher, letters of recommendation, essays.  Deadline: April 1

Essex Township Resident Scholarship - One $500 scholarship will be awarded to a Herscher High School graduate that resides in Essex Township.  DEADLINE: April 12, 2019.

Herscher FFA Alumni Foundation Scholarship -  Herscher FFA Alumni and Boosters will fund five $500 scholarships awarded to students involved in the Agriculture Department and FFA. Two scholarships will be awarded to a FFA student with an agriculture major. As well as two scholarships awarded to an FFA student with any major. The one remaining scholarship will be awarded to a college student majoring in an agricultural field. Deadline: March 1.

HHS Class of 1998 Memorial Scholarship - Senior pursuing a career as a First Responder: Police Officer, Fire Fighter, EMT, 911 operator, etc.  DEADLINE: April 1, 2019

Marlow Zehr Memorial Scholarship - This $300 scholarship will be awarded to a HHS student who has participated in both HHS music and athletics.  Students who qualify will be invited to write a short essay to determine the winner. Deadline: April 1.  

Music Boosters Scholarship - Three $500 awards are given each year to students within the HHS music department based on their essay applications. Deadline: April 1.

Otto A. and Lucile Wagner Fritz Memorial Scholarship   - The $1000 scholarship is awarded to a student based on class rank, character, leadership, citizenship, and financial need.  This scholarship is renewable for four years. Deadline: April 1.

Randy Lehnus Vocational Scholarship- Two $500 scholarships are being offered in proud memory of Randy Lehnus to students who are pursuing a vocational/technical field.  Deadline: April 1. 

Richard Cotter Memorial FFA Presidental ScholarshipFFA membership and officer.  No Application. Committee will determine winner.

Sports Fan Scholarship - Four $1000 awards for HHS seniors who demonstrated need, good attitude, academic and athletic excellence. Deadline: April 1.

Stephen Jensen Memorial Scholarship   - In proud remembrance of Stephen Jensen, his family is offering a $500 scholarship to a deserving graduating senior who will be pursuing an agriculture related field. Deadline: March 13.

U2CT - Unit 2 Classroom Teachers Memorial Scholarship   - A $1000 scholarship will be awarded honoring Unit 2 teachers who have passed away.  This scholarship is available for students who will be entering the field of Education.  Scholarships will be distributed during the winner's student-teaching experience.  Deadline: April 1

U2CT Classroom Teachers Scholarship - 4 $1000 scholarships for Herscher High School seniors who will be continuing their education in any major. DEADLINE: April 1st

Village of Herscher - Police Department Scholarship - A $1000 scholarship will be awarded to a senior who is planning on attending Kankakee Community College in the fall and studying Law Enforcement or Paralegal.  Deadline: April 1.

Wisner Scholarship   - Approximately $10,000 a year is awarded to multiple winners from the interest on the $120,000 trust fund set up after Mr. Wisner passed away in 1977.  Scholarships are based on class rank, grade point average, and primarily character, as judged by a scholarship committee within the school. Deadline: March 28.

Zayla Ann Mitsdarffer - Culinary Arts Scholarship$2,500 scholarship for a HHS senior who has been accepted into a culinary arts program. Deadline: April 1.


Other Area Scholarships


Kankakee Elks Lodge 627 Most Valuable Student Scholarship - enf.elks.org/mvs - DEADLINE: Nov. 5, 2019

State Bank of Herscher sponsoring CBAI Foundation for Community Banking Scholarship Preliminary Judging Deadline: - February 25, 2020.

Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program  DEADLINE: December 6, 2019

John Locke Memorial Scholarship -  Varsity Athletes with a B average or above - DEADLINE: March 1, 2020

Kankakee Community College Scholarships - Students will have access to multiple scholarships through one application. This application intended ONLY for those who will attend KCC during the 2019-2020 school year.  DEADLINE: March 1, 2020  

Soy Capital Bank and Trust - Ethan Allen and Caroline Johnson Scholarship - GPA and Financial Need DEADLINE: Received by March 1, 2020



Class of 2019 

Illinois Amvets Scholarships Illinois AMVETS Service Foundation Scholarship, Illinois AMVETS Junior ROTC Scholarship, Illinois AMVETS Trade School Scholarship, and Illinois AMVETS Sad Sacks Nursing Scholarship - Applications available in November - Varied Deadlines 

Zip Recruiter Scholarship - Write a follow-up email template for after a job interview - $3,000 scholarship - Seniors or College Students 18 years old or older. DEADLINE: December 31, 2018

HomeStar Bank Customer ScholarshipDEADLINE: February 8, 2019

HomeStar Bank NAACP ScholarshipDEADLINE: March 8, 2019

HomeStar Bank Kankakee County Hispanic Partnership Scholarship - DEADLINE: March 8, 2019

Kankakee County 4-H Youth Foundation Scholarship - participated in Kankakee County 4-H DEADLINE: received by April 12, 2019

Illinois MIA/POW Scholarship - IDVA-VETS Scholarship for dependents of veterans who were MIA, POW, died while on active duty, or 100% disabled due to service.  Download application - www.veterans.illinois.gov/pdfs/  

Kankakee-Iroquois Educational Office Professionals (KIEOP) Scholarship - business education major or office related field DEADLINE: December 28, 2018

Zonta Club of Kankakee - female/leadership/volunteer DEADLINE: March 4, 2019

Kankakee County Farm Bureau - Agriculture major with leadership and service - Deadline: April 1, 2019 

The Township Officials of Illinois - 2019 Scholarship -  Seniors with a B average or above, extra-curricular activities and leadership.  DEADLINE: March 1, 2019

Associated Orthodontist Scholarship Program 5 $1000 scholarships will be awarded to current and former patients who received full braces from Associated Orthodontists.  DEADLINE: March 1, 2019

CRCA - Chicago Roofing Contractors Association - Engineering, Architecture, or Business Majors with an ACT of 29 or higher. www.crca.org DEADLINE: March 1, 2019

American Legion - 2019 Americanism Essay Contest  - "What are my responsibilities as a U.S. Citizen?" DEADLINE: February 1, 2019 

Illinois Federation of Teachers - IFT/AFT Scholarships - various scholarships~ son or daughter of an IFT/AFT member.  https://www.ift-aft.org/your-benefits/scholarships

http://www.workkankakee.org/grants-and-scholarships - Listing of various scholarships in the Kankakee county area.

DKG Education Recruitment Grant  - female education majors - Deadline: March 1, 2019

GFWC Woman's Club of Kankakee Scholarship - Senior in the top 25% of class, with leadership and financial need.   DEADLINE: April 1, 2019

Illinois Sheriff's Association Scholarship - $500 scholarship Deadine: March 15, 2019, submit to: Sheriff Mike Downey - Attn: ISA Scholarship 3000 South Justice Way Kankakee, IL 60901  

Kiwanis Club of Kankakee Scholarship - (8) $1000 scholarships to students who will be entering a field working with children.  Deadline: April 3, 2019

Lee Braford Scholarship For Dedication to Community ServiceSenior with service and/or volunteer projects.  DEADLINE: April 1, 2019

Americian Legion of Illinois Scholarships  - various awards and scholarships

American Legion Auxiliary of Illinois Scholarships  - various awards and scholarships

James F. Carlson Fine Arts Scholarship - $300 scholarship to attend a summer camp in the field of dance, music, drama, visual art, creative writing, or other fine arts discipline. Eligible students are currently in grades 7-12 and live in Kankakee County. DEADLINE: March 22, 2019. 

Fred Drendel Memorial Scholarship - $1000 scholarship to Agriculture major with a B average or higher. DEADLINE: April 25, 2019

IKGSL Scholarship Award Program - Iroquois Kankakee Girls Softball League will award $500 to 2 athletes during their junior or senior year who participated in the IKGSL league.  DEALDINE: April 29, 2019

Kankakee County Hispanic Partnership, Inc. Education Awards - Senior of Hispanic or Latino heritage with a 3.0 GPA or higher.  DEADLINE: April 19, 2019