Student Scholarships

Program guidelines

Eligible recipients must:
  • Reside in Illinois and attend school in grade 9 through post-secondary.
  • Have demonstrated significant ability, initiative or achievement involving money management.
  • Submit a completed application, along with a written recommendation on organization letterhead from a teacher, counselor or other non-family member.
  • Not be prior ILJC scholarship recipients, or family members of current ILJC Directors.

Recipients receive reimbursements of up to $500.00Graduate

  • If awarded, scholarship funds will be paid directly to the student’s post-secondary school.
  • Scholarships may used for tuition, books and fees at any post-secondary institution in which the recipient is currently enrolled.
  • If a school application or enrollment is pending, the funds will be held and disbursed to the institution upon receipt of a Verification of Enrollment on school letterhead.

Other guidelines

  • Recipients’ financial knowledge or skills may be self-taught, learned at home or through an employer, or acquired through school or a non-profit, community or faith-based organization.
  • Recipients will be notified directly. When possible, scholarship awards will be presented at an upcoming ILJC public event.
  • If not selected initially, eligible applicants will be considered again in the following cycle. Those not selected in 2 consecutive cycles may reapply with new or additional information.
  • Recipients will be expected to update ILJC periodically on their progress and how the scholarship has helped further their education and/or better their lives or their community.
  • Applicants authorize Illinois Jump$tart to use their name, and their answers in the “Tell Us About Yourself” section of this application, online and in promotional materials.
  • Illinois Jump$tart will never disclose applicant contact information without permission.
Mario Gage
Mario Gage University of Chicago, Senior
This scholarship is helping me pay for school so that I can in the future go back to the community and show that not only is it important to be financially literate, but you can build a career out of your financial knowledge and find success in that.

To apply for a Student Scholarship, please fill out the form below. If you have questions about scholarship opportunities, contact us.

The application deadlines for the three 2018 Award Cycles are shown below.

  • Spring – March 2
  • Summer – June 1
  • Fall – August 31

2018 ILJC Student Scholarship Application

  • Recommending Party

  • Tell Us About Yourself

  • Attestation

    I hereby certify that I have read and understood the program guidelines above, and that the information I have provided is accurate to the best of my knowledge. I also authorize Illinois Jump$tart to use my name, and my answers in the "Tell Us About Yourself" section of this application, on their website and in promotional materials. I understand that Illinois Jump$tart will never disclose my contact information without my permission.
  • Upload your recommendation letter on organization letterhead here.
    Drop files here or
    Accepted file types: doc, pdf.