The Ultimate Guide to Winning the ISL Midwest Senior Scholarship

Each year, ISL Midwest awards an annual scholarship to one high school senior from the area of our offices. The student must plan on attending and pursuing studies in one of the following fields: Law, Business Administration, Computer Science, or Engineering.

ISL Midwest want to encourage and support our future leaders in these areas, so they provide this $1,000 award to a great student! Here’s everything you need to know about the ISL Midwest Senior Scholarship and how to apply!

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What is the ISL Midwest Senior Scholarship?


ISL is a premier provider of innovative, award-winning solutions for managing business information. They are dedicated to creating and delivering what their customers need now and in the future.
ISL provides solutions that meet the company’s needs today, so they can focus on tomorrow.

Their products include: a wide variety of document management solutions; information governance and data protection services; SharePoint integration solutions; and an enterprise search engine (ISLES).
The ISL Midwest Scholarship awards $5,000 for those who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement, leadership qualities and an interest in the IT field or document management.

The scholarship is open to high school seniors graduating in June 2022 from any high school within Illinois or Indiana as well as current college undergraduates attending college within Illinois or Indiana.

The Ultimate Guide to Winning the ISL Midwest Senior Scholarship -

Who is eligible for the scholarship?


Any student currently enrolled in an accredited institution of higher education who has a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and is a graduating senior from an Illinois high school is eligible. The scholarship will be awarded on March 17, 2023. To be considered for this scholarship, applicants must submit the following items:
1) A one page essay on Why I deserve this award

2) A copy of their unofficial transcript as of December 15th 2022

3) One letter of recommendation

4) Two letters of recommendation

5) Student’s photo ID

6) A completed application form signed by your advisor or principal.

How do I apply for the scholarship?


To apply for the scholarship, you must submit a 1,500 word essay on one of three topics: What are your goals in life?, What is your favorite quote? or How do you spend your time outside of school and what do you enjoy doing?.

What are the requirements for the scholarship?


In order to be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must be a graduating high school senior and reside in one of these counties: Adams, Brown, Butler, Clark, Clermont, Clinton, Fayette, Greene, Hamilton or Warren. Applicants must also have a minimum 3.0 GPA and demonstrate involvement in at least one of these categories: Career Exploration/Planning; Volunteerism; Sports/Extracurricular Activities; Community Service/Leadership.

What are the benefits of winning the scholarship?

  • $10,000 scholarship award, an all-expenses-paid trip to Chicago for one day, and a $250 Visa gift card.
  • $10,000 scholarship award, an all-expenses-paid trip to Chicago for one day, and a $250 Visa gift card.
  • $10,000 scholarship award (in the form of a check), an all-expenses-paid trip to Chicago for one day (including hotel stay), and a $250 Visa gift card.
  • $10,000 scholarship award (in the form of a check), an all-expenses-paid trip to Chicago for one day (including hotel stay), and a $250 Visa gift card.

How can I increase my chances of winning the scholarship?


-Research the company and determine which scholarship is most applicable to your personal situation.
-Be proactive in your outreach efforts and be persistent with follow up emails, phone calls, etc.
-Apply for more than one scholarship—the more chances you have at winning, the better!
-Focus on how your personality, skillset, and goals can contribute to a nonprofit organization’s mission. -Ask yourself what you can do for them before they ask what they can do for you.

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What are some tips for writing a great essay?


Writing a great essay is much more difficult than it seems. In order to do that, you need:
*An attention-grabbing introduction that captivates your reader’s interest
*A thesis statement that informs your reader of what you’re going to talk about
*Explanations or examples that back up your claim and provide evidence for why you think this is true
*A conclusion, which summarizes what you talked about in the body of the essay

When is the deadline for the scholarship?


Don’t let the deadline sneak up on you! The ISL scholarship application is open until November 15th, 2018.

In order to be eligible for this award, students must be graduating high school seniors from an Illinois school and entering a four-year college or university in the United States.

Applicants are required to have at least a 3.0 GPA and must have completed their senior year of high school by June 1, 2019.

The applicant must also write an essay about themselves as well as share three teacher recommendations and one parent recommendation on their scholarship application.

How will I know if I’ve won the scholarship?


If you’re a senior at a high school in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, or Wisconsin and want to win a scholarship for college, then here are some tips for how you can win!
Start by making sure you’re eligible. You have to be graduating from high school in one of the four states listed above and plan on going to an accredited four-year university or two-year community college in the fall. Then make sure that you’ve taken all of your exams and are ready to turn them in.

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Additional resources


There are four parts to this scholarship: a presentation, portfolio, transcript and personal essay.

The purpose of this scholarship is to help provide financial aid for an ISL student looking at graduate school who would otherwise not be able to afford it.

There is also a recommendation letter from a professor in your department required.

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