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Foundation Scholarships

Information about Scholarships

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Scholarships available to part-time students (less than 12 hours)

Alumni Association Scholarship

  • Scholarship for tuition, awarded to all majors.
  • May be full- or part-time. A GPA of 2.75 is required. Amount determined by number of gifts received from Alumni.

American Legion Post 105 Book Scholarship

  • Scholarship for books awarded to veterans recently returning from overseas duty.
  • Recipients may be full- or part-time with a cumulative GPA of 2.50.

Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) Agribusiness Scholarship

  • Scholarship for tuition or books awarded to a student attending Richland and pursuing a degree in Agribusiness
  • Recipients may be enrolled full- or part-time with a minimum of 6 credit hours of 100-level courses or above. A cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required. Recipients must complete all courses for the semester in which funding is approved

Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) Engineering Technology Scholarship

  • Scholarship for tuition, fees or books awarded to those pursuing a degree or certificate in Engineering Technology.
  • Recipients may be enrolled full- or –part-time with a minimum of 6 credit hours of 100-level courses or above. A cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required. Recipients must complete all courses for the semester in which funding is provided and reapply prior to each semester.)

Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) Information Technology Scholarship

  • Scholarship for tuition or books awarded to a student attending Richland and pursuing an AAS degree or a certificate in Programmer/Analyst, Network Technology, or Desktop Support Technician.
  • Recipients may be enrolled full- or –part-time with a minimum of 6 credit hours of 100-level courses or above. A cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required. Recipients must complete all courses for the semester in which funding is provided and reapply prior to each semester.

Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) Physical and Natural Sciences Scholarship

  • Scholarship for tuition, fees or books awarded to those pursuing a degree or certificate in Engineering Technology.
  • Recipients may be enrolled full- or –part-time with a minimum of 6 credit hours of 100-level courses or above. A cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required. Recipients must complete all courses for the semester in which funding is provided and reapply prior to each semester.)

Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) Welding Scholarship

  • Scholarship for tuition fees, books, and supplies awarded to those pursuing a basic 30 credit hour welding certificate with ASME certification at RCC.
  • Must be a high school or GED graduate with a letter of recommendation. May be enrolled full- or part-time with a minimum of six credit hours and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0. Recipients must complete all courses for the semester in which funding is approved.

Donald and Joanne Baird Scholarship

  • Scholarship for tuition, fees, or books for a student attending Richland and majoring in the Agricultural Program. If sufficient requests for agricultural scholarships are not met, students majoring in the Nursing Program may be considered. The next priority would be natural science majors.
  • Recipients may be enrolled full- or part-time with a minimum of 6 credit hours of 100-level courses or above. A cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required. Recipients must complete all courses for the semester in which funding is approved.

Barbara Jean Bechtel Scholarship

  • Scholarship for tuition, fee or books awarded to a student attending Richland and enrolled in any of the Richland nursing programs.
  • Recipients may be enrolled full or part-time. A cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required.

MedScript David L. Benner Scholarship

  • A scholarship for tuition or books awarded to a student attending Richland with a Healthcare Documentation Discipline
  • Students may be enrolled full- or part-time. Recipients must maintain a 3.0 GPA to be eligible for the scholarship.

Wayne J. Birschbach Scholarship

  • Scholarship for tuition, books, or fees to recent high school graduates who are employed by McDonald's and planning to attend Richland Community College or an Illinois public or private university. These scholarships will be awarded to one student at each of the three McDonald's locations - Forsyth, Pershing Road/US Route 51, and Pilot Travel Center at Route 48/I-72.
  • Student may be enrolled full- or part-time with a minimum of 6 credit hours beginning with the summer or fall semester following graduation. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required. In addition, a 100-word essay is required on how the student would benefit from this scholarship. Funds may be used at Richland or when transferring to a four-year college or university.

Boys and Girls Club Scholarship

  • Scholarship to be used for tuition, fees, or books for a degree-seeking student.
  • Scholarship provided by Mr. and Mrs. George Prust. First preference is given to any current or former member in good standing with the Boys and Girls Club. If no members of the Boys and Girls Club apply, preference will be given to a minority student or a student with financial need. Open to full- or part-time students at Richland Community College with a cumulative GPA of 2.5. Student must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours of 100 level courses or above. Amount of award will be determined by endowment income.

Brandon Scholarship

  • Scholarship for tuition, fees, or books.
  • Students may be enrolled full- or part-time but must complete all courses for the semester in which funding is provided. Scholarships to be awarded to students based on need and to those who do not qualify for Federal Pell Grant or Illinois MAP Grant. Students must maintain a 2.75 GPA. Amount of award will be determined by endowment income.

Gilbert Breighner Scholarship

  • Scholarship for tuition to a student pursuing an Associate Degree in Nursing (RN) or a Practical Nursing (PN) or Certified Nursing Assistant Certificate (CNA). Students must be accepted into the Richland Community College Nursing Program or enrolled in the CNA program.
  • Students may be enrolled full- or part-time and must maintain a 2.75 GPA. Amount of award will be determined by endowment income.

Howard E. and Helen R. Brown Scholarship

  • Scholarship for tuition, fees, or books, awarded to a recent graduates of Meridian High School who will be attending Richland Community College.
  • Must be a full- or part-time student with a minimum of 6 credit hours of 100-level courses or above per semester beginning the fall semester following graduation. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 is required. Amount of award will be determined by endowment income.

Violet Buchter-Goken Memorial Scholarship

  • One year scholarship for tuition, fees, or books.
  • For those accepted in the nursing program at RCC; preference given to residents of small towns in Macon County. Students may be enrolled full- or part-time, and should have a 3.0 GPA. Amount of award will be determined by endowment income.

Dell and Evelyn Carroll Scholarship

  • Scholarship for standard tuition and basic fees for up to 60 credit hours awarded to students attending Richland Community College who are graduates of Meridian, Macon or Blue Mound High Schools.
  • The scholarship covers classes that could lead to the completion of a degree or certificate. Students may be enrolled full or part-time. Recipients must maintain a 2.0 GPA to be eligible for the scholarship in subsequent semesters.

Marilyn Casey Scholarship

  • Scholarship for tuition, fees, books, study guides, or expenses directly related to a health-related field. Student may be full- or part-time (minimum of 6 credit hours) enrolled in a health care program that provides direct medical care to individuals.
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.75 is required. Student also must plan to practice in Illinois. Preference will be given to students with demonstrated financial need.

Caterpillar Scholarship

  • Scholarship for tuition and books, awarded to those who are pursuing any of the engineering technology degrees at Richland.
  • May be full- or part-time with a minimum of 6 credit hours of 100-level courses or above. A cumulative GPA of 2.8 is required. Preference given to former IMO (Industrial Manufacturing Occupations) students, minority and female applicants, and to family members of CAT employees. Scholarship amount will be determined by annual company donations, number of applicants, and the financial need of applicants.

College Book Stores of America Scholarship

  • Scholarship for books.
  • Priority will be given to students who are not eligible for financial aid. Students may be enrolled full- or part-time and must have a 2.5 GPA.

Bhadra Daftary Scholarship

  • Scholarship for tuition, fees, or books for a student attending Richland. Preference for students planning to major in health related sciences.
  • Recipients may be enrolled full- or part-time with a minimum of 6 credit hours of 100-level courses or above. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required for entering freshmen. Recipients must complete all courses for the semester in which funding is approved.

Decatur Area Women's Network Scholarship

  • Scholarship for tuition, fees or books, open to all majors.
  • May be full- or part-time. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 is required. Preference given to women who are reentering the workforce with financial needs due to family obligations.

William T. Eichenauer Scholarship for Culinary Arts

  • Scholarship available to full- or part-time Culinary Arts Students.
  • Scholarship provides for the purchase of required supplies and equipment including but not limited to knives, uniforms, and textbooks. Student must maintain a 2.5 GPA.

Elliott Hospitality Management Scholarship

  • Scholarship for tuition, fees or books to a hospitality management major.
  • May be full- or part-time. A cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required.

First Presbyterian Book Scholarship

  • Scholarship for books; for all majors. Must be a resident of Macon County.
  • May be full- or part-time with a minimum of 6 credit hours of 100-level courses or above. A cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required. Amount of award will be determined by endowment income.

Dr. Thomas Fulbright Scholarship

  • Scholarship for tuition, fees, or books available to students majoring in science/research, health sciences, or other related fields.
  • May be full- or part-time with a minimum of 6 credit hours of 100-level courses and above. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required.

Garden Club of Decatur Scholarship

  • Scholarship for tuition or books.
  • Student must be pursuing a degree in horticulture or agribusiness. Student may be enrolled full- or part-time, and should have a 2.75 GPA.

Glenn Family Scholarship

  • Scholarship for full tuition at Richland Community College (no summers). Student must plan to transfer to the Millikin University PACE Program to pursue an accelerated degree in the areas of Accounting (B.S.), Criminal Justice (B.S.), Early Childhood Education (B.S.), Elementary Education (B.S.), Nursing (R.N. to B.S.N.), Organizational Leadership (B.S.) or other future accelerated degree programs.
  • Richland student must be 24 years of age or older, have 3 years of work experience, and have earned at least 30 transferable credits at Richland, and plan to transfer to Millikin immediately following graduation. Student must also maintain a GPA of 3.0 while enrolled at Richland. Tuition assistance at Millikin University also will be awarded; up to $2000 per year. Student must be continuously enrolled in one of the accelerated programs offered. Student must continue to maintain a GPA of 3.0. Scholarship does not cover courses outside the accelerated program, books, academic/technology fees, or out-of-district fees.

Helphinstine Family Scholarship

  • Scholarship for tuition, fees or books.
  • For all majors. May be enrolled full- or part-time with a 2.5 grade point average or above. Amount of award determined by available endowment income.

Captain William J. Horve Memorial Scholarship

  • Scholarship for tuition, books, or fees to a student majoring in fire science with plans to become a firefighter.
  • Students may be enrolled full- or part-time with a minimum of 6 credit hours of 100-level courses or above and must maintain a 2.75 GPA. Amount of award will be determined by available funds.

William H. "Bill" Hudson Memorial Scholarship

  • Scholarship for tuition or books to a student enrolled in the HVAC program at Richland Community College.
  • Student may be full- or part-time with a minimum of 6 credit hours of 100-level courses or above. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required. Amount of award will be determined by available funds.

Illinois Health Improvement Association Scholarship

  • Scholarship for tuition, fees, books, study guides, or expenses directly related to the health field curricula.
  • Student may be full- or part-time enrolled in a health care program that provides direct medical care to individuals. Student must also plan to practice in Illinois. Preference given to students with demonstrated financial need.

Robert Ingram, Jr. Scholarship

  • Scholarship for books available to all majors.
  • Student may be full- or part-time with a minimum of 6 credit hours of 100-level courses or above. A cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required.

Scott Stevens Jack Scholarship

  • Scholarship for tuition or books.
  • May be full- or part-time. For all majors. Recipient must have completed 30 credit hours of study at Richland Community College with a minimum 2.75 GPA. Amount of award determined by endowment income.

Brian Johnson Memorial Scholarship

  • Scholarship for books awarded to a male minority student.
  • May be full- or part-time with a minimum of 6 credit hours of 100-level courses. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 is required.

Myung C. Kim Scholarship

  • Scholarship for tuition, fees, or books for a student attending Richland and enrolled in a health profession, business or engineering technology program.
  • Recipients may be enrolled full- or part-time with a minimum of 6 credit hours of 100-level courses or above. A cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required. Recipients must complete all courses for the semester in which funding is approved.

Livasy Family Scholarship

  • One year scholarship for tuition, available for all majors.
  • May be full- or part-time with a minimum of 6 credit hours of 100-level courses. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 is required. Amount of award determined by available endowment income.

Macon County Medical Society Scholarship

  • Scholarship for tuition, fees or books.
  • Available for students studying in the medical fields; preference given to those with proven financial need. May be full- or part-time. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 is required. Amount of award determined by available endowment income.

Military Order of the Purple Heart

  • Scholarship for fees and/or books.
  • May be enrolled full- or part-time and must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5.  Scholarship is for any Illinois Veterans with DD214 or DD215, regardless of discharge date - preference given to Purple Heart Recipients and disabled veterans.

James Millikin Estate Tuition or Book Scholarship

  • Tuition or book scholarships will be available each semester for full or part-time students (enrolled in a minimum of two classes - one of which must be 100-level or above) who are residents of Decatur, ineligible for full gift aid as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
  • GPA of 2.5 is required. Courses below the 100-level may be funded. However, repeats of course below 100-level will not be considered. The Foundation encourages recipients enrolled in courses below the 100-level to discuss with their RCC counselor the benefit of enrolling in ED 101, C DEV 112, P DEV 100, P DEV 101, or P DEV 100. Please see your RCC counselor for a scholarship referral.

James Millikin Estate Special Fund for Nursing Essentials

  • One time award for students in the Registered Nursing Program for non-book essentials and other learning supplements.
  • Student must be a resident of Decatur, ineligible for full gift aid as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. A GPA of 2.5 is required.

Mueller Company Scholarship

  • Scholarship for tuition, fees, or books.
  • Students must be a son or daughter of a Mueller Company employee. Student must have already completed 12+ semester hours of accredited college work and must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 semester hours of 100-level or above courses to receive the scholarship. Open to all majors. Student may only receive scholarship once during his/her tenure at RCC. Applicants must be pursuing a two-year degree. Scholarship recipient based on academics, financial need, and other scholarships awarded to applicants.

Chuck and Mary Jo Novak Scholarship

  • Scholarship for tuition to a Richland Community College student majoring in education.
  • Must be a full- or part-time student with a declared major in education. Student must have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 out of 4.0 and enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours of 100-level courses or above each semester. Amount of award will be determined by endowment income.

P.E.O. Roundtable Scholarship, P.E.O. Decatur Chapter BC, P.E.O. Decatur Chapter IF

  • Scholarship for tuition, fees, or books; awarded to a female living in Macon County, with preference given to those with proven financial need.
  • May be full- or part-time with a minimum of 6 credit hours of 100-level courses. A cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required. Please contact the Foundation Office for further information and forms.

Periman Scholarship for Accounting

  • Scholarship for tuition, fees or books for a student majoring in accounting or business.
  • May be full- or part-time student and must maintain a 2.5 GPA. Preference given to students with financial need. Amount of award will be determined by endowment income.

PrairieLand Kiwanis Scholarship

  • Scholarship for tuition, fees, uniforms, or books awarded to students pursuing a degree in Culinary Arts at Richland.
  • May be enrolled full- or part-time with a minimum of 6 credit hours of 100-level courses. A cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required.

Restaurant Association Book/Tuition Scholarship

  • Scholarship for books or tuition. Designed specifically for students enrolled in hospitality management courses at Richland Community College.
  • May be a full- or part-time student, but must have a minimum of 6 credit hours and a GPA of 2.0. Must be enrolled in at least one hospitality management course.

John Rogers Memorial Scholarship

  • Scholarship for tuition, awarded to a recent graduate of Clinton, Maroa-Forsyth, Argenta-Oreana or Warrensburg-Latham High Schools.
  • May be full- or part-time with a minimum of 6 credit hours of 100-level courses or above for the fall semester following graduation. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 is required. Amount of award will be determined by endowment income.

Frank Rolf Memorial Scholarship

  • Scholarship for tuition, fees or books, awarded to an Ag/horticulture student committed to continuing at the U of I in the College of ACES transfer program.
  • May be full- or part-time with a minimum of 6 credit hours of 100-level courses. A GPA of 2.5 is required. Amount of award will be determined by endowment income.

Roy O. Schilling Scholarship

  • Scholarship for tuition, fees, or books for a student attending Richland. Preference for students planning to major in education.
  • Recipients may be enrolled full- or part-time with a minimum of 6 credit hours of 100-level courses or above. A cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required for entering freshmen. Recipients must complete all courses for the semester in which funding is approved.

Dr. Joseph and Martha Schrodt Nursing Scholarship

  • Tuition scholarship for a student pursuing an Associate Degree in Nursing (RN) or a Practical Nursing (PN) or Certified Nursing Assistant Certificate (CNA).
  • Students must be accepted into the Richland Community College Nursing Program or enrolled in the CNA program. Students may be enrolled full- or part-time and must have a 2.75 GPA. Amount of award will be determined by endowment income.

Schwarze Family Nursing Scholarship

  • Scholarship for tuition available to nursing students. The scholarship is for a student who is already employed by DMH or St. Mary's for at least a year and plans to stay in Decatur and work at either hospital in direct patient care.
  • May be full- or part-time with a minimum of 6 credit hours of 100-level courses. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 is required. Amount of award will be determined by endowment income.

Curtis and Patricia Sears Scholarship

  • Scholarship for tuition.
  • Student may be enrolled full- or part-time. A minimum of six semester hours is required. Students must complete all courses in semester for which funding is provided, and must maintain a 2.75 GPA. Amount of award will be determined by endowment income.

Jacqueline Scott Severns Nursing Scholarship

  • Scholarship for tuition, fees and/or books.
  • Applicants must be accepted into the Richland Community College Nursing Program. Student may be enrolled full- or part-time, and must maintain a 2.75 GPA. Amount of award will be determined by endowment income.

Senator Penny Severns Memorial Scholarship

  • Scholarship for tuition, fees or books for a student pursuing a degree.
  • For all majors. Open to full- or part-time students, but a minimum of six credit hours is required. Student must have 2.75 GPA and be enrolled in 100-level or above courses. Amount of award will be determined by endowment income.

Decatur Area SHRM Chapter #0555 Scholarship

  • Scholarship for tuition, fee or books awarded to a student attending Richland with a Human Resource Specialty.
  • Scholarship for tuition, fee or books awarded to a student attending Richland with a Human Resource Specialty

Richland Chapter of SUAA Book Scholarship

  • Retirees from Richland Community College, who are members of the State Universities Annuitants Association (SUAA) retirement system, established this book scholarship in 2010 to assist current Richland employees who are pursuing a certificate or degree.
  • May be full- or part-time. A 2.5 cumulative GPA is required.

Al and Anne Swartz Scholarship

  • Scholarship for tuition, available to all majors.
  • May be full- or part-time with a minimum of 6 credit hours of 100-level courses. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 is required. Students must be residents of Macon county or DeWitt county. Amount of award will be determined by endowment income.

John Ullrich Foundation Scholarship

  • Scholarship for tuition, fees, or books.
  • Scholarship for those in the Macon, Moultrie, and Piatt counties. Recipients must maintain a 3.0 GPA.

John Wagner / Intermet Scholarship

  • Scholarship for tuition, fees and books, for a person demonstrating a past working relationship with the former Wagner Castings / Intermet plant in Decatur.
  • May be full- or part-time. For all majors. Scholarship to be awarded to former Wagners employees or their descendants. Recipients must have a 2.0 GPA. Amount of award will be determined by endowment income.

Waverly N. Waller Scholarship

  • Scholarship for tuition, fees, or books, available for all majors.
  • Student may be full- or part-time. A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher is required.

David P. and Eileen A. Wetzel Scholarship

  • Scholarship for tuition, fees, or books for a student attending Richland. Scholarship is designed for students in the mathematics, sciences, technology, social science, education, or child development areas of study.
  • Recipients may be enrolled full- or part-time with a minimum of 6 credit hours of 100-level courses or above. A cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required. Recipients must complete all courses for the semester in which funding is approved.

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