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WIU-Quad Cities Scholarships and Resource Information
Things to do before you get started:
- Write a short (1-2 page) general essay explaining your educational goals and how obtaining a scholarship would help you to meet those goals. Many scholarship applications request an essay of this sort, so having one ready to go will put you one step ahead! make sure to type the essay and save it as an electronic document that can be edited as needed for various scholarship apllications.
- Identify some people you know who would be in a good position to write Letters of Recommendation. Scholarship applications oftern request "letters of recommendation" from sources who have been involved in your educational history, so it is helpful to think of who you would ask to write these letters. Good sources include past or present teachers, guidance counselors, and other sources qualified to provide such a letter.
You can make applying for a new scholarship a quick and easy process by having these items ready to go ahead of time. However, you will want to carefully read the essay and recommendation letter criteria for each scholarship that you wish to pursue, so that you may shape the content of the essay to fit the scholarship for which you are applying.
For more information about how to give your scholarship application essay and recommendation letters an edge, please visit www.scholarshiphelp.org, a site dedicated to helping you make the most of your scholarship application.
Search for Scholarships or Grants
Scholarships and grants are basically gifts which you don't have to pay back. However, they are often awarded based on financial need or on some type of merit. The trick is to figure out what you're skilled at, and seek out scholarships that find merit in that particular skill. In addition, scholarships and grants may also be awarded based on the career that you are pursuing (for instance teaching or science). Lastly, your local community, associations and organizations may award scholarships because you happen to live in their geographical area.
Scholarship Search Web Sites:
2013-2014 Scholarship Recipients
The Scholarship Awards Breakfast was held October 2, 2013.
Many thanks to the donors and congratulations to scholarship recipients!
WIU Scholarship Sources
Western Illinois University oversees many of its own scholarships through our Scholarship Office, and applying for most of these can be as easy as submitting just one scholarship application form. This is a chance to file one single scholarship application that could put you into consideration for a wide range of scholarships with one easy step.
You can submit the application online or download a paper copy of the application forms:
For Entering Freshman: http://www.wiu.edu/student_services/scholarship/incomingProcess.php
For Transfer Students: http://www.wiu.edu/student_services/scholarship/transferProcess.php
Completed applications can be returned to the Scholarship Office at the address listed on the application form. Please contact the Scholarship Office with any questions about the applications (309)298-2001 or email SC-Office@wiu.edu .
WIU-Quad Cities Contact Information
Contact the WIU-QC Financial Aid Office below with your questions about eligibility, scholarship search, loan request processing and other opportunities for educational funding.
Alex Hall - Financial Aid Advisor
WIU - Quad Cities
3300 River Drive
Moline, IL 61265
Fax: (309) 762-8980
Monday - Friday: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm at Riverfront Building
WIU Title IV School Code: 001780
For General Questions, Contact:
Curtis Williams - Associate Director of Student Services/Admissions
Western Illinois University - Quad Cities
3300 River Drive
Moline, IL 61265