Sandburg students have multiple opportunities to help pay college expenses. We encourage you to check out the scholarship opportunities outlined below.


Foundation Scholarships

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. Apply between October 1 and March 15 for the upcoming year.  We encourage all students to apply. 

Check out Foundation Scholarships


Other Scholarships

Check out these scholarships offered through the College, Foundation, and External Sources. 

Athletic Scholarships for students with exceptional talent in athletics.

Galesburg Promise for students who attended school in Galesburg, IL. 

Presidential Scholarships based on academic excellence.

Sampson Promise for students who have graduated from UUnited High School or Monmouth-Roseville High School in Illinois.

Study Abroad Scholarships for students who qualify for Pell to participate in Study Abroad. 

Talent Scholarships for students with exceptional talent in music, theatre, art, creative writing, and journalism. 

Discover Scholarships 

Offered to non-traditional students who enroll in academic programs selected by the college.  These scholarships provide $1500 to selected students to pay toward tuition and fees.  The priority application date is April 30 and the final deadline is July 31.  To apply, 1.  Complete the FAFSA. 2. Apply for the Discover Scholarship (Login to mySandburg, Go to "Student Apps", Click on the "Scholarship Application" button and complete the form).  For more information contact the Welcome Center at 309.345.3500.

Dual Credit Success Scholarships

Offered to students who participated in Dual Credit during high school. To be eligible for the scholarship, students are required to complete at least six dual credit hours, complete the FAFSA, have a grade point average at Sandburg of a 2.0 or higher, and complete the DC Success Scholarship application. The college selects and awards these students to promote enrollment following high school. Awards are $1,500 for the first year of full-time enrollment following high school graduation.   

Academic Challenge Scholarship (ACES)

Academic Challenge Scholarships are offered to area high schools that will take part in the Academic Challenge competition.  Each high school that enters a team of at least six students will receive a one-year, full-tuition, scholarship for one of the participating students to enroll at Sandburg following high school completion.  For more information, contact the Welcome Center at 309.345.3500. 

Mellinger Foundation Scholarships

The Mellinger Foundation provides scholarships that range from $800 - $1700 annually to prospective college students.  The application period runs from February 1 - May 1 each year.  The award can be renewed as long as the student is in good standing.  Applicants eligible to apply for a Mellinger Scholarship must be undergraduate students and live in one of the following Illinois counties: Warren, Henderson, Knox, Mercer, Fulton, or McDonough.