Lincoln Land Community College Foundation

2018-2019 Scholarship Recipients

2019-2020 Scholarship Application Deadline: March 1, 2019

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:

  • Tell us about your involvement in school or community organizations, teams, work/employment, etc., listing honors, recognitions, awards, and positions held. What did you learn about yourself from this involvement?
  • What is your career goal and educational plan to meet this goal?  What inspired you to choose this field of study and career?
  • Explain why you are applying for a scholarship and how you will benefit. Be sure to discuss how you are financing your college education and include any special personal or family circumstances affecting your need for financial assistance.

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:

  • Completed online application with personal statement
  • Recommendations from two references
  • High school transcript, college transcript or GED scores

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 michelle.burger@llcc.edu.

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

  • Read the instructions and make sure you understand them before you start writing.
  • Think about what you are going to write and organize your thoughts before you start writing.
  • Begin the writing process by writing an outline.
  • Make sure your outline touches on every aspect required per the instructions.
  • Write your statement by elaborating on each of the points in your outline.
  • Use clear, concise and simple language throughout the statement.
  • Be sure to check your grammar and spelling.
  • Read the requirements for the statement again and then read your statement to be certain that it addresses every point.
  • Have someone proofread the statement before you submit it.

For questions about applying for LLCC Foundation scholarships, please contact Michelle Burger at michelle.burger@llcc.edu 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.  

For Donors...

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:

  • Name Your Scholarship - You may honor your loved ones or promote your business or organization by personally naming the scholarship.
  • Determine Scholarship Criteria - This is where you set the goals and standards that students must meet.  Examples of criteria may include specific majors and career fields, grade point average, or specific county residencies.
  • Meet Your Recipient - You will be invited to our annual Scholarship Reception to give you an opportunity to meet your recipient.  If you or your student cannot attend, we will sometimes be able to arrange another time for you to meet.

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

217-786-2785 or via e-mail at LLCCFoundation@llcc.edu.

Donor Frequently Asked Questions

Who do I pay for the scholarship? 

  • You make payment to the LLCC Foundation and the gift is kept in a separate account.
  • Endowed scholarship funds are invested and the net income of the fund will be used to pay the annual scholarship. 
  • Scholarship payments can be made with a check or major credit card.  A donation of stock to the LLCC Foundation is another way to pay for the scholarship.  Gift planning in your will is a way to give to future LLCC students.

How much will the scholarship be worth? 

  • Standard tuition and fees at LLCC are currently $132 per credit hour.  A full-time student takes a minimum of 12 credit hours each semester.  Some courses have a variable tuition rate in excess of the standard tuition rate.
  • Based on a student taking 12 credit hours each semester, the annual cost for standard tuition and fees is $3,168.  This is a portion of the cost of attendance at LLCC.  This cost does not include books. Students may also incur other related educational expenses (transportation, supplies and miscellaneous living expenses).

Is the scholarship a one-year or two-year scholarship? 

  • A one-year scholarship is awarded each academic year from the annual applicant pool.
  • A two-year scholarship allows the recipient to continue the scholarship for a second year as long as the student meets all of the eligibility requirements. 

What costs will the scholarship cover? 

  • The scholarship is first applied directly to the student’s tuition and fee expense and paid to LLCC. 
  • Should you designate other expenses eligible, the student may use the scholarship at the LLCC Bookstore to purchase books.  Any remaining money will be issued to the student after they are attending classes.

How will the scholarship be disbursed? 

  • The recipient will receive one half of the annual award each semester:  fall and spring.
  • The recipient must maintain the minimum grade point average and complete the enrolled hours required each semester as stated in the established criteria to maintain the scholarship.
  • Recipients who have a two-year scholarship may choose to use the scholarship for the summer and fall semester the second year.

Who will select the recipient? 

  • The LLCC Foundation Scholarship Selection Committee selects recipients. 

How will I be notified of the recipient? 

  • You will be sent a letter after your scholarship is awarded, which will include a thank you letter from the recipient. 
  • Each year, the LLCC Foundation hosts a Scholarship Reception to give you an opportunity to meet your recipient.  If your recipient cannot attend, you will still have a chance to meet other recipients and hear their appreciation for scholarship support.

What type of publicity will the scholarship receive?

  • With your permission, a press release to all area newspapers can be made announcing the establishment of the scholarship.  In addition, a news item can be published in the LLCC Foundation publication Circle of Friends.
  • Press releases are made each year announcing LLCC Foundation scholarship recipients.
  • The scholarship will be listed in the Scholarship Reception program and on the Foundation scholarship web page.

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