Lincoln Land Community College Foundation
Before you begin, please note the following:
1. You will need to attach a PERSONAL STATEMENT, which is an essay (of no less than 500 words) addressing the following:
2. You will need to upload a copy of your most recent, complete TRANSCRIPT such as high school/GED scores, LLCC or other institution. (LLCC transcripts may be printed from your WebAdvisor account – for example, while using Mozilla Firefox to view your Transcript-Unofficial in WebAdvisor, choose print from your browser file menu, select Adobe PDF or Microsoft Print to PDF, and then choose print again. This allows you to save a PDF document of the transcript, with all formatting intact.)
3. You will be required to enter the name and email address for two REFERENCES. References will receive an automated email from the application system requesting them to answer a few brief questions about you as well as share their thoughts on your potential for academic and career/professional success. References should be teachers, faculty, staff, mentors, coaches, employers, etc. Relatives and friends ARE NOT acceptable references.
4. Other documents may be required.
When are scholarship applications accepted? What is the deadline to apply?
Each year, the scholarship application period typically begins December 1 with a deadline of March 1. Be sure to check our website for the most accurate information. In fairness to all applicants, we do not accept applications after the deadline.
Do I have to be admitted to LLCC to apply for scholarships?
Yes. You must have an active LLCC email address to apply for LLCC Foundation scholarships. In order to receive a LLCC email address, you must first apply to, and be accepted at, Lincoln Land Community College.
Do I need to choose which scholarships I apply for?
No. There is one application for all scholarships. By submitting a complete scholarship application, you will be automatically matched and considered for all scholarships for which you are eligible. This simply means you will be automatically considered for these scholarships, and that there is nothing further you need to do.
What makes a complete scholarship application?
An application is complete when all of the following have been submitted on or before the deadline:
Who can I ask for the two required references?
We suggest you ask individuals who are familiar with your educational goals/career plans and can rate your character, such as teachers, faculty, staff, mentors, coaches, employers, etc. Do NOT ask family members or friends.
Do I have to be a top student to get a scholarship?
No. Almost all LLCC Foundation Scholarships have a minimum required grade point average (GPA) base on a 4.0 scale established by the donor. Our scholarships range from a 3.25 GPA to a 2.00 GPA. Some scholarships do not require any minimum GPA but may have other requirements.
What is financial need? Do I have to apply for federal financial aid?
While all applicants are encouraged to apply for federal assistance, the Foundation uses a broader definition of need. If you have a special circumstance that hinders your ability to pay for college, you have financial need. You are not required to apply for federal financial aid to be eligible for a Foundation scholarship. Many people who do not qualify for federal aid may qualify for a Foundation scholarship.
Who can apply?
Any LLCC student, or any student who plans to attend LLCC, can apply. We have scholarships available for both full-time and part-time students, students in all types of programs and students of all ages.
When will I know if I will receive a scholarship for the 2019-2020 academic year?
After the March 1 deadline, all complete scholarship applications are carefully reviewed. We will have no additional information until mid-May when we will notify applicants if they have been awarded or not.
Do I have to submit my high school transcript again if I already submitted it to the LLCC Admissions Office?
Yes. You must submit your high school transcript (7th semester) with your online application.
What if I graduated from high school a long time ago (or from an out-of-state high school) and can’t get my transcript submitted?
You will not be eligible to be considered for most scholarships because we will not have documentation of your high school GPA. We suggest you do well in your LLCC classes and apply next year as a continuing college student. Your LLCC GPA will be considered for eligibility.
Can I complete a paper application?
No. We require everyone to complete the online scholarship application. If you need assistance or have special needs, contact Michelle Burger at 217.786.4502 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
How will I receive my scholarship award?
Scholarship awards will be applied to your LLCC account and will be divided equally between the fall and spring semesters.
I didn’t know about the application deadline. What should I do?
In fairness to all applicants, we do not accept applications after the deadline.
When applying for Lincoln Land Community College Foundation scholarships, you will be asked to submit a personal statement. Your personal statement is a very important part of your application for scholarships and should be given special time and attention.
Why is a Personal Statement important?
The purpose of the personal statement is to give you an opportunity to tell us important things about yourself that are not addressed or apparent in the application. In making decisions about scholarships, we want to consider your personal attributes and gain some sense of who you are; your experiences, accomplishments, and a variety of qualities such as motivation, self-discipline, leadership, commitment to others, your intended program of study and your career goals.
Each year, the LLCC Foundation receives applications from many more students than we can award, and the academic records of these students are usually very similar. In order to discover and evaluate the distinctions among these applicants, scholarship selection committees look closely at an individual's entire application. The personal statement, the recommendations from references, and academic record help us gain insight into a student's level of achievement and character. In some cases, the personal statement can be a critical factor in the selection process.
Tips for a strong Personal Statement
For questions about applying for LLCC Foundation scholarships, please contact Michelle Burger at email@example.com or 217-786-4502.
Expand your scholarship search
In addition to scholarships offered by the LLCC Foundation, make sure you are exploring scholarship opportunities from local, regional, and national agencies. A great way for students to investigate outside scholarships is by using a scholarship search on the web. You can also contact businesses, civic and fraternal organizations, parents' employers, churches, high school guidance offices, and public libraries for scholarship opportunities. Please visit our list of sources. The posting of these scholarships is not an endorsement but a means of providing students with as many opportunities as possible.
Establishing a Scholarship
The gift of education is one of the greatest one can make. LLCC Foundation scholarships are made possible by supportive individuals, community businesses and organizations, as well as through the annual faculty and staff giving campaign. Scholarships are a great way for you to honor a loved one, promote specific career fields, or simply fulfill a lifelong passion for helping others.
There are two types of scholarships that you may establish:
This is a scholarship fund in which you contribute the award amount annually. Contributions can be added to the fund by you and/or others who may wish to contribute to the fund (i.e., family, friends, employers, etc.).
This is a permanent and perpetual scholarship fund created with a gift or gifts totaling at least $10,000. The principal of the fund is invested to produce income, and scholarships are awarded using the net income. You may build an endowment over a period of time.
As a donor, you are entitled to several benefits:
Both annual scholarships and scholarship endowments can be funded in many ways including cash, stocks and bequests. Our scholarship program is flexible and varied enough to allow you to achieve your philanthropic goals. The LLCC Foundation staff is happy to work with you to customize your scholarship and to discuss a wide variety of options regarding donations and gifts.
To learn more about establishing a scholarship with the LLCC Foundation, please contact us at
Donor Frequently Asked Questions
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Is the scholarship a one-year or two-year scholarship?
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Who will select the recipient?
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