100 South Main Street

Palestine, IL  62451

Phone:  618-586-2713

Fax:      618-586-2905

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Jessica Rich


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    This Month's Events   

 Dec. 3rd-5th: Think Link testing for Freshman,                          Sophomores, and Juniors

Dec. 11th: Pre-K- 4th grade Christmas program

Dec. 17th-19th: Semester finals




Big bulbWondering about Dual Credit????

1. Do you qualify?

    Talk to Mrs. Rich ASAP....you may have to take the Compass Test at LTC!


2. Make an appointment with an advisor at LTC before the semester begins to sign up! I cannot sign up for you unfortunately : (


Let me know if you need help with anything!!  When in doubt, please ask!













Mrs. Rich's Lunch Bunch

 Students are invited to eat lunch with me in my office. This is a way to reach out to students while they get to know me and my role at school. I also get to know them!! Sign-ups have been given to teachers and I will assign a small group of students on different days.






 What is a FAFSA?

  • When you file The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), it provides some basic information that will help you estimate your eligibility for federal student aid. Your estimate will be shown in the College Cost Worksheet where you can also provide estimated amounts of other student aid and savings that can go towards your college education.
  • If you are going to college, you must fill out the FAFSA
  • You may submit the FAFSA anytime after January 1st of each year. Remember: the earlier the better as federal and state funds are awarded on a first come basis!!
  • http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/index.htm



Does the thought of paying for college freak you out??



↓ Take a look at these scholarships ↓

 (Due dates are based on last year and may change slightly)

Also check out www.scholarships.com to research scholarships and other valuable financial aid information!


Acorn Equaility Fund: Designed to provide academic financial support for gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered students, allies or the children of LGBT parents

Need: application


Deadline: September 27, 2013 

Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans Scholarship: Any Senior

Need: application


Deadline: October 25



Rex Buntain Tribune Star Scholarship: Pursuing a career in journalism

Need: Application, transcript


Deadline: November 15

James F. Jackson Scholarship: Students demonstrating excellence in math and science

Need: Application, transcript


Deadline: November 15




 Elks Most Valuable Student: Students in the top 5-10% of class

 Need: Application, transcript

Deadline: December 1



Principal's Leadership Awards: Student leader in the top 20% of the senior class

Need: Nomination, personal essay

Deadline: Nominations by December 1




Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC): Seniors who are exemplary role models in thier communities  and have the initiative to fulfill thier educational goals


Deadline: December 20




Thomas H. Moore Illinois Electric Cooperatives (IEC) Memorial Scholarship: Must be a son or daughter of an electric cooperative member

Need: Application, essay, transcript

Deadline: December 31




National Wild Turkey Federation Conservation Scholarship (NWTF): Must hold a current NWTF membership; hold a current hunting license, and a GPA of 3.0 or higher

Need: Essay and autobiography, three letters of recommendation, application at www.nwtf.org/jakes

Deadline: January 1



GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program: Must demonstrate leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship

Need: Application

Deadline: January 10



Marathon Scholars: Child of a regular full or part-time employee of Marathon Oil Company, Marathon Petroleum, or Speedway, GPA of 3.0 or higher

Need: Application, transcript

Deadline: January 15


Crawford County Home and Community Education (HCE) Scholarship: LTC student with a GPA of 2.0

Need: application, two letters of recommendation, personal letter, transcript

Deadline: January 15th, 2014



Washington Crossing Foundation: Seniors pursuing a degree in history, politics, or government and/or planning to serve in the military


Deadline: January 15


Greenhouse Scholar: GPA of 3.5 or higher, leadership skills, commitment to the community, household income less than $70,000/year


Deadline: January 21


Effingham Equity Agronomy Scholarship: any senior pursuing a degree in an argronomy related program

Need: essay, letter of recommendation

more information at www.effinghamequity.com

Deadline: Feb. 1


Norris Electirc Cooperative: Son or daughter of Norris Electric members who are currently receiving services

Need: Work and volunteer experience, school and community activities, knowledge of electric cooperatives, essay, transcript, application

Deadline: February 1



CBAI Foundation For Community Banking: Any senior (Cannot be employed by or have a parent that works at Farmers and Merchant Bank, Hutsonville or First Robinson Savings Bank)

Need: Complete an essay highlighting the importance of community banking to the local economy

Deadline: February 4

Application in guidance office


Scholarships for military children: Must be a child or a verteran or military personnel, must be enrolled in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS), GPA of 3.0 or higher

Need: Application, personal essay

Deadline February 1



IHSA All-State Academic Team: GPA of 3.50 or higher, participated in at least two IHSA sponsored activities during each of the last two years

Need: Transcript, IHSA activity participation record, essay, two letters of recommendation

Deadline: February 12


Illinois PTA: Any Senior pursuing a degree in an Education or Education-related degree program, upper 33% of class

Need: Application, transcript


Deadline: February 15


Mediacom World Class Scholarship: Must live in an area serviced by Mediacom-you do not have to be a customer.


Deadline: February 15


NOVOTNI College Scholarship Fund: Must have a diagnosis of ADHD by a licensed physician or mental health professional.

Need: Application, 500 word essay


Deadline: March 1


AMVETS Scholarships: (1) Service Foundation: any senior (2) Trade School: accepted into a trade school (3) Ladies Auxiliary Memorial: child or grandchild of Veteran who served after September 15, 1940 or presently serving in the military (4) Sad Sacks Nursing: accepted into a nursing program

Need: Application, transcript, grading scale


Deadline: March 1


 Michael Hindman Teacher Education Scholarship: Pursuing a degree in education

Need: Application, recommendation letter, transcript

Deadline: March 1



“We Understand” Agriculture Scholarship: Any senior pursuing in agriculture major or career

Need: Application, personal essay, recommendation letter, transcript, photograph

Deadline: March 1


National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA) Scholarship: Preference given to those pursuing a degree in Business, Transportation Logistics, and Physical Distribution

Need: Application, transcript, 2 recommendation letters, personal essay

Deadline: March 1


Elks Physical and Occupational Therapy Majors: Must be enrolled as a full-time student in a physical or occupational therapy program

Need: Application, 4 recommendation letters, transcript, personal essay, and income tax forms

Deadline: March 12



 Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (DCCW): Any senior Catholic female may apply

Need: Cover sheet, resume, recommendation letter

Deadline: March 13


Illinois Sheriffs’ Association Scholarship: Any senior attending college in Illinois

Need: Application, personal essay


Deadline: March 14


Wal Mart Scholarship:must be employed or has a parent employed by Wal Mart

Need: Application

Deadline: March 15




Gary Carter Elks Scholarship: must be a child or step-child or an Elk member, participation in community service

need: application

Deadline: March 15, 2013


Sons of Confederate Veterans: Must be a descendant of a male who served in the army, navy, judicial, executive, or civil service of the confederate states

Need: Application, genealogical chart, essay, transcript

Deadline: March 15


Cellular One Scholarship: B average, enrolling in Lake Land CC, LTC, OCC, Eastern Illinois University, must be customer (or child or grandchild of customer) of Cellular One

Need: Application, transcript, recommendation letters, senior picture

Deadline: March 26


Crawford County Farm Bureau Scholarship: Any senior that plans to pursue a degree in agriculture, must be a child of member of Crawford County Farm Bureau

Need: Application

Deadline: March 27


James Halstead Scholarship: Female, mother or grandmother is/was a member of James Halstead Sr. Chapter NSDAR, 50 mile radius of Crawford County

Need: Application, transcript

Deadline: March 31


Wanda M. Hart and Willis Edward Hart Memorial Scholarship: Enrolled at a 2 or 4 year college with intent to earn a Bachelor’s Degree

Need: Application, transcript

Deadline: March 31


Illinois Lumber and Material Dealers Association Educational Foundation: Trade school, 2-year/4-year college pursuing industry-related course work

Need: Application, personal essay, program of study, 2 recommendation letters, transcript

Deadline: April 1


American Legion Post 69: Preference given to family members of Post 69

Need: Application

Deadline: April 1


Crawford County University Women, Glenadine Weaver Scholarship: Any female senior enrolling in a 4-year university

Need: Application, two recommendation letters, transcript

Deadline: April 3


Stephanie Lynn Conrad Memorial Scholarship: Any graduating senior attending an accredited college or university

Need: application, letter of recommendation, transcript

Due: April 14, 2014


Roy and Ann Shaner Memorial Scholarship: Senior enrolling in a 4-year university

Need: Check the box at the top of the Grant in aid application

Deadline: April 15

Grant in Aid application


Palestine Education Association Scholarship: Any senior

Need: Application, personal letter

Deadline: April 15



Grant in Aid: Any senior ranking in the upper two-thirds

Need: Application, personal letter, recommendation letter, transcript

Deadline: April 15

For Seniors and First time applicants: First time applicants application

For Previous applicants:Previous applicants application


Leo A. Herning Science and Math Scholarship: Any senior ranking in the upper half enrolling in a program leading to a Bachelors Degree in Math, Engineering, Teaching (in one of those fields), or a Scientific-related field of work

Need: Application, personal essay, transcript, recommendation letter from a current math or science teacher and recommendation letter from a community member

Deadline: April 15


T. Harvey Memorial Scholarship: Any Senior that has participated in at least one extra-curricular activity each year during high school

Need: Application, two recommendation letters, personal essay

Deadline: April 15

Tanner Harvey application


Stephanie Lynn Conrad Memorial Scholarship:

Deadline: April 15

Application in Guidance office


Fraternal Order of Police Memorial Lodge 122: Any senior

Need: Application, transcript, college acceptance letter, two letters of recommendation, personal biography, essay

Deadline: May 10


BRL Scholarship Program: Must have played Babe Ruth baseball or softball previously.

Need: Application, 100 word essay


Deadline: June 1 


American Legion Baseball Scholarship: Must be a participant in the American Legion baseball program.

Need: Application, transcript, nomination form from coach


Deadline: July of each year 

Specific School Scholarships

**Many specific school scholarships are awarded based on information obtained in an admission application and do not require a seperate application.



LTC Foundation Scholarships: Any Senior attending LTC may apply

Need: Application, personal letter, transcript

Deadline: March 1


LTC Tuition Waiver: Any Senior attending LTC may apply

Need: Application, recommendation letter, personal letter, transcript

Deadline: March 1


Business and Professional Women Scholarship: GPA of 2.5 or higher

Need: Application, transcript, personal letter, letter of recommendation

Deadline: March 30


James Jones Literary Society/Lincoln Trail Writing Award: Attending LTC at least part-time

Need: Original story of at least 1500 words

Deadline: June 30


Vincennes University: www.vinu.edu/foundation

Dorothy Waters Foundation Scholarship: Education majors, scored at least a 25 on ACT, top ten percent of class, extra-curricular activities

Deadline: February 2


Children of the Alumni: Any

Need: Application

Deadline February 2


Saint Mary-of-the-Woods

Top Ten on 10: Any female attending Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College

Need: application, transcript, two letters of recommendation, essay

Deadlines: October 1, November 5, December 3, January 7, February 4


Indiana State University: www.indstate.edu/admissions/funding.htm

You must be admitted to the university to qualify for all scholarships; applications available through the web address above


President’s Scholarship: 3.7 GPA or higher, scored at least a 24 on the ACT, participated in extra-curricular activities

Deadline: December 1


University Honors Program Scholarship: 3.7 GPA or higher, scored at least a 24 on the ACT, participated in extra-curricular activities

Deadline: December 1


Dean’s Scholarship: 3.5 GPA or higher

Deadline: February 1


Gongaware Scholarship: 3.5 GPA or higher, scored at least a 21 on the ACT, top 10 percent of class, majoring in Financial Services, participated in extra-curricular activities

Deadline: February 1



Creative and Performing Arts Scholarship: Majoring in Art, Creative Writing, Dance (minor), music, Theatre

Deadline: March 1


University of Illinois

Fred S. Bailey Scholarship: any senior that has demonstrated community service, community involvement, and leadership

apply online at www.universityymca.org/bailey

Deadline: February 7 


Kathryn G. Hansen Scholarship: Any Senior pursuing a degree in an office professional, secretarial, or business-related field. Preference given to University of Illinois

Need: Application, essay, two letters of recommendation, transcript

Deadline: February 12


Children of Veteren's Tuition Waiver: Waiver may be used at any U of I campus. Up to 6 waivers per Illinois county are awarded each year, one for each of the following conflicts: World War II, Korean Conflict, Vietnam Conflict, Southwest Asia Conflict, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom

Due: March 1, 2012 


Any questions can be directed to the Office of Student Financial Aid, Ph 217-333-0100


Magill University of Illinois Scholarship: Admitted as a first year student at University of Illinois-Champaign-Urbana

Need: Application, personal essay, transcript

Deadline: April 27


Eastern Illinois University


Merit Scholarships: Academically talented students will automatically be considered for merit scholarships based on ACT scores and GPAs


Presidential Scholars Award: Must be in the top 10% of the class and have atleast a ACT of 28 and GPA of 3.5


Panther Promise: Available to students form houselhold with an annual income ranging from $33,000 to $67,000.


Ray C. and Evelyn B. Duncan Teaching Scholarship: Must attend Eastern Illinois University and majoring in education. At least a 2.65 GPA

Need: Application, 3 recommendation letters, transcript, statement of intent to become a teacher

Deadline: April 15


 Wabash Valley College www.wabashvalley.cc

Freshman Scholarship: Any senior attending WVC

Need: Application, letter of recommendation, completed FAFSA, transcript

Deadline: March 12




























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