Scholarship and Award Opportunities Available to Area Students

February 25, 2019 2:14 PM | Guest Blogger (Administrator)

Quincy organizations are offering scholarship opportunities and distinguished awards for area high school students this spring.

Quincy Preserves is offering two $1,000 scholarships for Adams County high school seniors. Applicants must plan to attend an accredited college, university, technical school or community college in the fall of 2019. Applicants are asked to submit an essay relating to a local building and why it is worthy of preservation. Essays may include the building’s history, interesting facts, current preservation efforts and what future preservation efforts could look like.

Download the application here and return it with transcripts by Sunday, March 3 to Brandon Smith, Scholarship Committee Chairperson, at or by mail to Scholarship Committee, Quincy Preserves, PO Box 1012, Quincy, IL 62303.

John Wood Community College’s Fine Arts Department will hold auditions for music scholarships and portfolio reviews for visual arts scholarships on Friday, April 5.

High school seniors, first-time college students and transfer students from other colleges interested in auditioning for full or partial instrumental or vocal scholarships to JWCC for the 2019-20 academic year are encouraged to register before April 4 for priority appointments. Students may also audition on the day of the event without an appointment.

Students should prepare at least two contrasting vocal or instrumental pieces for the audition. An accompanist will be provided, but students may bring their own if preferred.

For information and to set an appointment for a music audition, contact Dr. Steven Soebbing, JWCC instructor of music and theatre, at 217.641.4999 or

Visual arts scholarships are also available for high school seniors, first-time college students and transfer students from other colleges who major in art or graphic design at JWCC during the 2019-20 academic year. Students may have portfolios reviewed on the day of the event without an appointment.

Portfolios should include 10 to 20 completed pieces of students’ very best work. Students should be prepared to discuss the thought process behind their work as well as the methods used and time spent on each piece.

For information and to schedule an appointment, contact Chris Wiewel, JWCC chair of fine arts, at 217.641.4517 or Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins will be accommodated.

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