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Incoming Freshman Foundation Scholarships

By completing the Scholarship Application for Entering Freshman, you are automatically applying for the scholarships listed below. A separate application is not necessary to be considered for these scholarships.

Scholarship GPA, ACT, etc Major/other requirements $ Awarded each year Comments
Diane Decker Scholarship Minimum 2.5 to receive full disbursement Intent to major in Physical Education; Preference to Cuba HS, IL graduate; 2nd preference to Fulton or McDonough Co. graduate; Upper 1/3 of graduating class; Financial need Up to Tuition While priority is given to incoming freshmen who meet the criteria, students in their 2nd or 3rd year at WIU, majoring in Kinesiology, are eligible to receive the scholarship. Contact the Scholarship Office.
Willis Kinley & Alan Baise Memorial  Minimum ACT 23 Central Illinois graduate with preference to Morgan County; Study in the Liberal Arts with preference to Arts and Sciences major $1,000 Renewable for one year based on good academic standing
Frank W. Banks Memorial Scholarship Top 15% of graduating class Graduate of McDonough County school district or adjacent county; academic performance $1,000 Renewable up to 3 years with a 3.0 GPA; Financial need
Delbert and Olive Bussan Memorial Scholarship Minimum 28 ACT and top 15% of graduating class Pre-Business Major; demonstrated leadership activities $1,000 per year awarded Renewable up to 3 years, must maintain a 3.0 GPA & continue to major in Business
Foundation Four Year Scholarship Minimum 28 ACT and competitive class rank Community service $1,000 Renewable - maintain 3.0
William S. Gillidette Memorial Scholarship Top 33% of graduating class, but not over 10% Must attend Macomb High School, IL for all four years; financial need, academic performance and extra-curricular activities considered $1,000 Renewable - maintain 3.0 
Ishikawa-Fullmer Family Trust Alumni Scholarship   Resident of Fulton County  $1,000  
Clarence and Josephine L. Johnson Scholarship Minimum 27 ACT and top 15% of graduating class Residents of Bushnell, Knoxville, or Galesburg; Education Major Award amount varies; up to the amount of tuition and fees  
Matthew Kieffer Memorial Fund Average student Rock Island, Mercer, Henry, or Scott County $250 Preference given to a student pursuing education in the field of conservation
William Harris Kiwanis Scholarship Minimum 22 ACT; prefer 24 or higher Majoring in Pre-Law $450 Renewable up to 3 years with a 3.0 GPA
Burdette & Kathryn Knappenberger Scholarship Top 25% of graduating class Resident of McDonough County, IL with preference to West Prairie High School graduate $2,000 Renewable up to 3 years - must maintain a 3.0 GPA
A.L. & Muriel Knoblauch Scholarship Valedictorian or salutatorian of graduating class   $500  
Herman R. Koester Scholarship   Son or daughter of a deceased veteran who was honorably separated from the Armed Forces $850 Renewable up to 3 years - must maintain academic progress and be full-time student
Leon L. and Marion B. Lamet Scholarship   Hancock and surrounding counties; Financial need is a consideration $1,000 Renewable up to 3 years - must maintain a 3.0 GPA
Clifford B. Latherow Scholarship Minimum 28 ACT and top 15% of graduating class Preference to residents of LaHarpe, Illini West, and Hancock County; demonstrate academics or community service  $500 Renewable up to 3 years - maintain a 3.0 GPA
Michael J. Litwin Scholarship Minimum 25 ACT and top 20% of graduating class Pre-Business Major; Minority student from Chicago $1,000 Renewable up to 3 years - maintain a 3.0 GPA & continue to major in Business
MidAmerica National Bank Scholarship Minimum 25 ACT and top 20% of graduating class Resident from Fulton or McDonough County, IL $1,500  
Minority Achievement Scholarship Minimum 20 ACT, top 1/3 of graduating class, or 3.5 GPA U.S. citizen; Ethnic minority; Leadership, community service, and extracurricular activities may be considered $500 Preference given to a student who is not receiving the Western Centennial or another Foundation Scholarship
George and Lucile Pittard Scholarship Minimum 25 ACT and top 25% of graduating class Incoming freshman with preference to Alexis High School or Mercer County graduate $1,000 Renewable up to 3 years - must maintain a 3.0 and remain in good standing
Harry & Anna Paulsen Scholarship Minimum 22 ACT or upper 25% of high school graduating class Teacher Education, Art, LEJA, or Business major; Extracurricular activities and community service $1,000 1st preference to Zion Benton Township High School graduate; 2nd preference to any high school graduate from Lake County, IL
Dr. Gordon A. & Constance Taylor Scholarship Minimum 22 ACT or upper 25% of high school graduating class Business major; evidence of extracurricular activities and community service $1,000 1st preference to Hinsdale Central High School student; 2nd preference to Hinsdale South High School; 3rd preference to graduate from any high school in DuPage County, IL
Betty & Henry Ruebush Scholarship   McDonough County, IL resident; community involvement/extra-curricular activities $400 Financial need is considered
Dr. L.R. & Leatha Bain Scholarship Minimum 3.0 GPA and upper 25% of graduating class Pre-Veterinary Medicine major; resident of McDonough, Hancock, Schuyler, Warren, or Knox IL counties $400 Renewable with minimum 3.0 GPA
Alice Irene Gardner Schulze & Irene M. Wilcox Scholarship Competitive GPA Hancock County or surrounding county graduate with preference to a Durham Township, IL resident $1,000  
Keith F. Scott Scholarship  Minimum 28 ACT and top 15% of graduating class  Preference to an English or Business major; Must have community involvement/extra-curricular activities $900 Renewable up to 3 years - must maintain a 3.0 GPA
Grove B. & Olive Tyson Scholarship   McDonough County high school graduate; Good character, scholarship, leadership, etc $500 Renewable for one academic year - must be in good standing with WIU
Dorothy E. Watson Scholarship Minimum 21 ACT McDonough County graduate; Preference for 23-27 ACT $200  
John H. & Mary E. Watson Scholarship Minimum 21 ACT McDonough County $200  
James and Beatrice Wehrly Book Fund Minimum 24 ACT, minimum cumulative 3.2 GPA Financial need; Leadership, community service, and employment may be considered; U.S. citizen Amount varies Preference given to a student who is not receiving another Foundation Scholarship
Western Heritage Program Minimum 24 ACT Must have financial need; Exceptional commitment to public service, volunteering, work, etc.; U.S. citizen or permanent resident $2,000 Renewable up to 3 years - must maintain a 2.5 GPA
Western Illinois Now (WIN) Alumni Scholarship   Child or grandchild of a WIU alumnus $750 Financial need; student activities may be considered
Western Illinois Now (WIN) Gordon Taylor Scholarship   Child or grandchild of a WIU alumnus $1,000 Financial need; student activities may be considered; renewable up to 3 years with 3.0 GPA
Western Illinois Now (WIN) Alumni Council Scholarship   Child or grandchild of a WIU alumnus $1,000 Financial need; student activities may be considered; renewable up to 3 years with 3.0 GPA
Western Illinois Now (WIN) Quad Cities Alumni Club Scholarship   Child or grandchild of a WIU Quad Cities alumnus $750 Financial need; student activities may be considered
Collins S. & Irene Schulze Wilcox Scholarship   Hancock County, IL with preference to Durham Township, IL resident $750  
Phi Sigma Sigma Textbook Scholarship Minimum 24 ACT or 3.25 GPA or top 1/3 of high school class Female; incoming freshman; financial need Varies Community service and extracurricular activities will be considered