What are the criteria by which the Foundation chooses the recipients of scholarships?
The Foundation chooses scholarship recipients primarily based on academic achievement and financial need.
How do I know if I live in an area served by the Foundation?
Click on Application Information to see if you live in the Foundation's coverage area.
When can I apply?
Applications may be requested after February 1st and must be submitted by May 1st.
What information do I need to provide in order to apply?
You must provide a completed Application Form, a Parents' Financial Statement, and the FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) page showing the Expected Family Contribution (EFC). In addition, you must submit an official high school or college Transcript of Grades.
Can I receive aid from the Foundation for more than one year?
Scholarship recipients are eligible for annual renewals. If you are currently receiving a Mellinger Scholarship, it is not necessary to reapply. You will automatically receive information in May about renewal of your present scholarship.
Do I have to attend a college or university in Illinois or Iowa to receive aid from the Foundation?
Students who receive awards may attend any accredited institution within the United States.
What are the annual award amounts?
Currently, annual awards range from $600 to $1,700.
Do I need to attend college full-time to be eligible?
Part-time students may receive scholarship awards, which will be pro-rated according to the number of credit hours taken.
When do I find out if my application has been accepted?
The Scholarship Committee meets in late June, and applicants are notified about awards in early July.
Is there any application fee?
No, there is no application fee.
Is there a deadline for submitting applications?
Yes, applications for scholarships must reach our office by May 1 or be postmarked no later than May 1. Late applications will not be considered.
If I receive financial aid from another source, does this affect my eligibility for additional aid from the Foundation?
No, aid from other sources does not affect your eligibility for aid from the foundation.
Are awards available to students who are not U.S. citizens?
Non-citizens who are permanent residents of the United States living within our geographic area are eligible for awards.
If my application is denied, can I apply again the following year?
Yes, unsuccessful applicants may re-apply the following year.