Adult Scholarships

The online portal to apply for adult scholarships for spring semester 2023 will be open Sept. 1 through Nov. 1, 2022.

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, a master's degrees as well as vocational training at Richland Community College and/or Millikin University.

Eligibility requirements

  • Applicants must be Macon County residents age 24 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 must attend Richland Community College or Millikin University.
  • Applicants must have earned a high school diploma or GED and have a gap of at least three years before pursuing an associate degree or continuing with a bachelor's or master's degree. Applicant must have three-year breaks between degrees reflected through transcripts. Currently enrolled students are eligible as long as a three-year break exists and all other eligibility requirements are met. Each applicant who previously received a CFMC adult scholarship is eligible to apply for consecutive semesters.
  • 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

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 $38,000 annually over two scholarship cycles, spring and fall.

Selected applicants may apply for successive semesters of scholarship support.

Kathy Carter


If you have a question at the application process, contact Kathy Carter, Scholarship Coordinator, by calling 217.220.1363 or by email at