MacMurray Foundation and
From 1846 to 2020 MacMurray College scholarships helped students pursue their college education. MacMurray students were frequently supported by generous college scholarships, often given to first generation college students. The MacMurray Foundation is making scholarships for recent students and the descendants and relatives of alums, faculty, and staff, a central offering of its scholarship program. Also, in recognition of MacMurray's long and historic relationship with the Jacksonville community, the Foundation will provide an annual scholarship to a local student in coordination with the Jacksonville Promise Organization. We invite applications for scholarships for classes beginning in Fall 2021 and welcome contributions to new scholarship funds. We are now accepting applications, but will not review or award any scholarships until after the March 15 deadline for submissions. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, please review the criteria below and complete and submit an application. All awards are for one year only, but awardees may apply for additional years through this process.
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The MacMurray Foundation and Alumni Association is making the following scholarships available to select qualified applicants for the school year 2021-2022. Each scholarship awarded will be for $1000.
SCHOLARSHIPS (MacMurray Scholars):
How, when, and criteria for applying:
- Primary Criteria. To be considered for a MacMurray Foundation and Alumni Association scholarship, an applicant must be either of the following and meet one or more of the additional criteria listed in paragraph 2 below:
- Be a member of MacFam. For this purpose and in keeping with the theme of MacFam, a member of MacFam is considered to either be a descendant or relative of, or be anyone who attended or graduated from MacMurray College, a former employee, a faculty member, or a board member of MacMurray College; or
- Be an awardee of a Jacksonville Promise scholarship and meet the Foundation's general scholarship requirements.
- Initially, those persons who were students at MacMurray College at the time of its closure will be given first priority, so that they may have assistance in finishing their college experience.
- Be a first-generation College student.
- Be a high school graduate who will attend a private liberal arts college in the Midwest (Illinois and neighboring states).
- Be a college applicant or attendee who will major in one of the programs where MacMurray was historically prominent.
- Be pursuing an advanced degree in a helping profession.
- Be a member of a low-income household as defined by the US Department of Health and Human Services (https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/trio/incomelevels.html) and demonstrate financial need (See Financial Need Form).
- Applications must be submitted by March 15th, 2021 using the Scholarship Application Form to be considered for an award for the following academic year. Applications must be filled out completely and all application materials must be submitted by March 15th or they will be rejected without further consideration.
- An applicant must have maintained a 3.0 average on a 4-point high school grade scale if applying for an undergraduate scholarship or on a 4-point college grade scale if applying for an advanced degree scholarship. If awarded a scholarship, a recipient must maintain a 3.0 average on a 4-point college grade scale to be considered for possible continuation of the scholarship award.
- An applicant must include a 500 to 1500-word essay describing how the values of Knowledge, Faith, Service, and Wisdom, Duty and Reverence have impacted the applicant or the applicant's future plans, and what these values mean to the applicant. (See page 3 of the Scholarship Application Form for information about MacMurray values).
- An applicant must also submit a letter of reference from a teacher, pastor or other adult of their choice.
If you have questions or want more information, please contact the Foundation Scholarship Committee Chair at MacScholars@MacAlumFoundation.org and/or leave a message at 217-291-4234.