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Private Scholarships

Illinois Sheriff's Association Scholarships

The Illinois Sheriff's Association announces that it will be awarding over $53,000.00 in college scholarships throughout the State of Illinois to students wishing to pursue higher education during the 2015-2016 academic year. The scholarships are to be applied to tuition, books, and fees only. The student must be enrolled full-time at a certified instituion of higher learning within the State of Illinois.

Sherriff Bustos, Rock Island County, will be awarding one scholarship in the amount of $500.00. There will be no restruction on any applicant by reason of race, age, creed, color, sex or national origin. The only limitations are as follows:

  • applicants must be permanent Illinois residents
  • must be a resident of Rock Island County (for a Rock Island County scholarship)
  • scholarship must be utilized at institutions of higher learning within the State of Illinois
  • students must be enrolled as a full-time student during the 2015-2016 school year (excluding summer session).

Applications are now available at the Rock Island County Sheriff's Office or online at www.ilsheriff.org.
You can also print out the application HERE.
Students must complete the applications; answer the essay question and return all documentation to the:

Rock Island County Sheriff's Office
ATTN: Administration
1317-3rd Avenue
Rock Island, Illinois 61201

Deadline: March 15, 2015 (must be postmarked by this date). You may also bring your application to the Rock Island County Sheriff's Office Monday through Friday from 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM.

For more information, please contact you local sheriff's office, Illinois Sheriffs' Association, high school advising center or college financial aid office.

Faculty and Staff:

Please forward any additional outside Scholarship information to the WIU-QC Scholarship Office:
Curtis Williams


Private Scholarships are scholarships offered by providers who are not directly affiliated with Western Illinois University and the recipients may or may not be WIU students. There are many private scholarships available, as well as national scholarship search organizations. However, it is important that you educate yourself with the scholarship provider ensure the company is reputable before completing an application. Because these scholarships are through private sources, the WIU Scholarship Office cannot always verify their validity.

Avoid Scholarship Scams

Be aware of financial scams when researching and applying for private scholarships. Avoid scholarship agencies and applications that require a fee, guarantee financial assistance, or require attendance at a seminar. Be wary of completing an application or process that asks for personal information such as bank account number, credit card number, or Social Security number. Read the fine print!