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COUNTRY Financial Scholars Application

In partnership with Heartland Community College, the COUNTRY Financial Scholars Program is designed to provide equitable access to enrollment at Heartland in tuition-based college courses while in high school (dual enrollment/dual credit) alongside job shadowing and career mentorship for Bloomington-Normal public high school students interested in pursuing an associate’s degree in STEM, business, or agriculture. 

Program applicants must:

  • Be current high school sophomores and juniors (applying for their junior and senior year);
  • Have a high school cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or 3.75 on a 5.0 scale;
  • Have a demonstrated financial need based on eligibility for the free-and reduced lunch program as verified by the high school; 
  • Have an interest in pursuing a degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Business or Agriculture; and
  • Meet HCC admission/course enrollment eligibility requirements and enroll in at least 3 credit hours of tuition-based college coursework through Heartland Community College during the academic year of admission

 Program applicants must also meet at least one of the following additional criteria: 

  • First-generation college student (neither parent completed a four-year bachelor’s degree)
  • Racial/ethnic minority
  • Underrepresented female in STEM, business or agriculture 

Applications will be reviewed by Heartland Community College with up to 12 students selected to the program. Juniors selected to the program will receive continued funding for their senior year, provided they maintain a 2.5 GPA in college courses, with no grades in college courses below a C, and have attended all required mentoring functions to date. 

Students selected into the program are eligible for scholarship funding to cover:

  • Tuition, universal fees, and course fees for up to 18 credit hours each academic year (Summer, Fall, Spring terms)
  • Textbook costs for college courses (including HCC tuition-free courses delivered through the high schools) 

Students selected into the program will also participate in a mentoring program through COUNTRY Financial (monthly contact with an assigned mentor) and 1-2 activities per Fall and Spring semester focused around, for example, career exploration, job shadowing, and leadership development.

The application submission window for AY 21-22 applicants is now closed.

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