Dollars Make Sense Scholarship | Junior Achievement of Central Illinois

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Sophia Kennedy
Congratulations to Sophia Kennedy, a Dunlap High School student and the winner of the Dollars Make Sense $1,000 Scholarship sponsored by Commerce Bank!

The Dollars Make Sense Scholarship has been postponed and will resume in 2021

 Students in grades 9-12 in Logan, McLean, Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford counties are invited to answer an annual question (see below) with an essay of 250-500 words. One eligible applicant will be selected by the panel of judges to be awarded a $1,000 college scholarship. Applicants do not have to be Junior Achievement students, and involvement in JA will not directly impact chances of earning the scholarship.


Applicants Must:

  • Be a student in grade 9, 10, 11, or 12 (freshman through senior)
  • Currently attend school in Logan, McLean, Peoria, Tazewell, or Woodford County
  • Complete and submit an application by April 30 answering the question. "What actions can young people take now to be financially literate in the future? Of those actions, which are the most important, and why?"

To Apply: 

The Dollars Make Sense Scholarship will resume in April of 2021

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