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Foundation Scholarships

The mission of Carl Sandburg College is to provide all students with opportunities for success. Part of making education an opportunity is making it affordable. 

Thanks to our generous donors, Carl Sandburg College Foundation is able to award over $100,000 each year in scholarship dollars to Sandburg students. High school, adult learners, and returning students - everyone is eligible to apply. 

The Foundation welcomes donations to any of our established scholarship funds. If you would like to contribute to a specific scholarship, please visit our Give Now page to make a donation. 

 

Browse or apply for scholarships

You must be an enrolled student planning to attend Sandburg to apply for scholarships. The scholarship applications open on October 1st. Priority consideration deadline is March 15. Students can continue to apply through June 15 for secondary awarding. The scholarship applications will close on June 15. Apply by March 15th for priority consideration.

Further Information

Annual & Endowed Scholarships

Annual scholarships are awarded each year funds are available. Endowed scholarships are available each year. The number of scholarships offered, as well as the elements in each, may vary from year to year. Scholarships are available to students who are currently attending and plan to attend Sandburg. 

Scholarships are awarded for an entire academic year. Please note that you do not need to apply for each scholarship individually. All annual and endowed scholarships are housed under the Carl Sandburg College Scholarship Application

The scholarship applications open on October 1. The priority consideration deadline is March 15. Students can continue to apply through June 15 for secondary awarding. The scholarship applications will close on June 15. Apply by March 15 for priority consideration. 

Full and Part-Time Attendance

Certain scholarships are based on full-time enrollment (12 or more credit hours per semester). Scholarships requiring full-time attendance are noted as such within the scholarship's criteria. There is no minimum amount of credit hours unless the scholarship specifies. Students planning to attend Sandburg as a Dual Credit Student do NOT qualify for Foundation Scholarships. 

GPA (Grade Point Average)

A minimum GPA (grade point average) of 2.0 is required unless a scholarship criterion specifies higher. 

The scholarship applications open on October 1. The priority consideration deadline is March 15. Students can continue to apply through June 15 for secondary awarding. The scholarship applications will close on June 15. Apply by March 15 for priority consideration. 

Do I Need to Accept or Deny My Scholarship Award

Yes. Scholarship awards are sent through your Sandburg email. You must log in to the scholarship portal and accept or deny your scholarship award by the deadline shown on your award notice. If you do not accept by that date, your scholarship could be re-awarded. 

Donor Thank You Letters

Scholarship recipients are required to write a thank you letter to receive Foundation scholarship funds. Scholarships that require thank you letters are annual scholarships, endowed scholarships, Ann Asplund Discover Scholarships, and Mortuary Science annual scholarships. Donor thank you letters must be submitted through the Carl Sandburg College Scholarship Portal in your mySandburg account. The thank you letter(s) must be submitted by the date set by the Foundation Committee. Failure to submit your letter by the assigned date will automatically withdraw your awards. 

Foundation Scholarship Reception

The Foundation Scholarship Reception is held annually in the fall for all Foundation scholarship recipients. Attendance is required for this event. Student recipients will be honored and share appreciation with the donors that made their scholarships possible.

Carl Sandburg College offers a wide variety of scholarships to qualified students. The following suggestions will make sure you are considered for all of the awards for which you qualify: 

  • Complete a Carl Sandburg College application for admission. You must have a current application on file to attend Sandburg and be considered for a scholarship
  • Complete the Carl Sandburg College Scholarship Application and all other applicable applications
  • Fill out the scholarship application completely. Missing information may disqualify you for awards
  • Be sure to include all information that demonstrates how you match the criteria for all scholarship(s) of interest
  • Take your time to fill out the essay about why you deserve a scholarship
  • Please include up to three references
  • The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid is necessary for the scholarship awards that require documented financial need
  • International students: Please contact our office at 309.341.5327 for specific requirements

Several scholarships are based on financial needs. The scholarship review committee will take into consideration a student's financial needs as documented on the FAFSA. Any scholarships that are based on financial need will have a listed criterion of demonstrated financial need. 

To Apply Online: 

Go to www.sandburg.edu

Login using mySandburg

Go to "Student Apps"

Click on the "Scholarship Application" button

Donor Thank You Letters

Scholarship recipients are required to write a thank you letter to receive Foundation scholarship funds. Scholarships that require thank you letters are annual scholarships, endowed scholarships, Ann Asplund Discover Scholarships, and Mortuary Science annual scholarships. Donor thank you letters must be submitted through the Carl Sandburg College Scholarship Portal in your mySandburg account. The thank you letter(s) must be submitted by the date set by the Foundation Committee. Failure to submit your letter by the assigned date will automatically withdraw your awards.

Scholarship Recipients Must:

  • Take the time to write more than just a few sentences
  • Submit a separate thank you for each scholarship received
  • Thank the donor(s) for the specific scholarship(s) you receive
  • Explain how the scholarship(s) will help you pursue your educational goals
  • Share your long-term goal of achieving your college degree
  • Sign your name (do NOT include your address)

Options to Submit Your Letters

The preferred method to submit your thank-you letter:

  • Log into your mySandburg account
  • Locate the "Student Apps" section
  • Click "Scholarship Application"
  • Log into the Scholarship Portal
  • See awards under the "My Awards" tab
  • Submit a thank-you to each scholarship received

If you must mail your thank you letter, please direct them to:

Scholarship Coordinator

Carl Sandburg College

2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd.

Galesburg, IL 61401                                                                                                             

Are all scholarships based on academic excellence?

Some scholarships are based on academic excellence. Others are based on other factors such as financial need, residency, leadership, the program of study, or other requirements.

How many scholarships are available each year?

Endowed scholarships are awarded every year. Other scholarships are available as long as the donor contributes funds.

What is the max amount of funds that I can receive from the Foundation?

A student can receive up to $3,000 in scholarship funds from the Foundation.

When can students apply for Carl Sandburg College Foundation Scholarships?

The scholarship applications open on October 1 and close on June 15th. There is a priority deadline of March 15. Preference will be given to students who apply by March 15.

When are scholarship awards made?

Recipient selection is completed by mid-April for priority applicants. All other applicants will be reviewed and notified after June 15th. Students will be notified by their Sandburg email if they are selected to receive a scholarship. Students must log in and accept their scholarship awards. If a student does not accept their awards by the date assigned, the Foundation reserves the right to award their scholarship to the next qualified candidate.

Who selects the scholarship recipients?

A scholarship review committee comprised of Carl Sandburg College Foundation Board of Directors volunteers screens the applications. The committee reviews the scholarships once the application closes. 

Do I need to accept or deny my scholarship award?

Yes. Scholarship awards are sent through your Sandburg email. You must log in to the scholarship portal and accept or deny your scholarship award by the deadline shown on your award notice. If you do not accept by that date, your scholarship could be re-awarded. 

How is financial need determined?

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form is required for scholarship awards that are based on documented financial need. You can file online at www.fafsa.gov/. Please call the financial aid office for assistance, 309.341.5283. 

If I am awarded a scholarship, how long will I receive funding?

Scholarship awards begin in the fall semester immediately following your notification and acceptance of the award(s) and will also be available in the spring semester. Once the academic year concludes, your scholarship funding will cease. You must reapply for scholarships each year. The scholarship application will open on October 1 of each year.  

 

 

For more information about scholarships, contact the Foundation Office at 309.341.5215.