Adult Scholarships

Fall 2024 Adult Scholarship Applications will open Jan. 1, 2024 and close Apr. 1, 2024.

The Community Foundation of Macon County’s Adult Scholarship Fund provides adults and nontraditional students with the opportunity to earn their degrees. The Community Foundation of Macon County encourages individuals who interrupted their schooling to pursue completion of their education. This scholarship supports two- and four-year degrees, or a master's degrees at Richland Community College, Millikin University or any other regionally accredited college/university by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) nationwide in person or online. However, the applicant still must reside in Macon County. In addition, individuals participating in Macon County union apprenticeship programs also are eligible for adult scholarships to cover fees, books, and equipment.

Meet Chelsi

"Being a recipient of the Community Foundation of Macon County’s Adult Scholarship gave me the opportunity to prioritize my education. The scholarship removed financial burdens and allowed me to focus on completing my studies. Because of this, I was able to graduate with a 3.9 GPA, high honors, and retained enrollment in elite academic honor societies.

Adult Scholarship Testimonials

Eligibility requirements

    • Applicants must be Macon County residents age 22 or older.
    • Applicants must demonstrate legal residency in Macon County for at least the past year. Documentation such as housing receipts, utility bills, tax forms or a voter's registration card may be used to verify residency.
    • Selected applicants may attend Richland Community College, Millikin University, or any other regionally accredited college/university by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) nationwide in person or online. However, the applicant must reside in Macon County. In addition, applicants participating in Macon County union apprenticeship programs are eligible for adult scholarships to cover fees, books, and equipment.
    • Applicants must have earned a high school diploma or GED.
      • For applicants pursuing an associate or bachelor’s degree: Applicants must have a gap of at least three years before pursuing an associate or bachelor’s degree. Applicant’s three-year break must be reflected through transcripts. Currently enrolled college students are eligible if a three-year break occurred at some time, or the student previously received a CFMC Adult Scholarship and is therefore eligible to renew for consecutive semesters.
      • For applicants pursuing a master’s degree or PhD: Applicants do not have to have a 3-year gap in education. For example, if the applicant received a bachelor’s degree in Spring 2023 and is immediately pursing a master’s in Fall 2023, they are eligible to apply for an adult scholarship.
    • Financial need is considered when determining award recipients. Applicants must provide relevant financial documents for The Community Foundation of Macon County to review, including a completed FAFSA form (available at fafsa.gov).

Available funding

Scholarship awards range up to $2,500 per individual and may be used for tuition, course/program-related fees and books. The Community Foundation of Macon County will provide total funding for the adult scholarship program of up to $100,000 annually over two scholarship cycles, spring and fall.

Selected applicants may apply for successive semesters of scholarship support.

Meet Amanda

"I want to express my gratitude to the Macon County Community Foundation for believing in me and awarding me an adult scholarship. It helped me achieve my goal of getting my Master’s degree in Nursing. To have the personal and financial support of the Macon County Community Foundation is humbling. "

Adult Scholarship Testimonials

Chasity Casey

Questions

If you have a question about the application process, contact Chasity Casey, CFMC Director of Finance, by calling 217.429.3000 or by email at ccasey@maconcountygives.org