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There are many scholarship resources beyond what you will find through your University.  As a new or continuing student you may also use our Online Scholarship Opportunity Manager (also known as your General Scholarship Application Account) to search for outside scholarship opportunities.  The Scholarship Office receives multiple notifications each week about new scholarship opportunities throughout the world.  The database is updated weekly, so be sure to check back regularly.  If you are an incoming freshman, remember to check with your high school counselor as he/she may know of scholarship opportunities in your region.  Also, check with your parents/grandparents.  Their employers or organizations of which they are members may provide scholarship opportunities to children/grandchildren of employees or members.  If you are a current/continuing student at SIU, be sure to check with your major department or college as they sometimes find out about scholarship opportunities from professional organizations and industries related to your major.

In addition, there are a variety of free national scholarship search databases that can assist you in identifying additional scholarship resources. Below is a list of sites that provide scholarship information. Please keep in mind that some of these websites may sell your profile information to marketing companies, but most, if not all, offer ways to ‘opt-out' of receiving unwanted solicitations. There are also scholarship searches that will charge you a fee. Since there are plenty of online services that don't charge, we suggest that you use the free ones. Stay alert to possible scams. If the guarantee or offer sounds too good to be true, you should probably avoid it.

Please remember that Southern Illinois University does not endorse any specific website, nor is SIU responsible for the content on the various websites. We are simply providing these links as a courtesy to you.

Where do I send an outside scholarship check?

If you receive an outside scholarship, please submit the following information to the Financial Aid Office. 

  • Student Name
  • Student Dawg Tag Number
  • Name of Scholarship
  • Amount of Scholarship
  • Disbursement Schedule (If not specified, the amount will be split evenly between the fall and spring semesters)
  • List of any Scholarship Requirements or Stipulations
  • Name and phone number of Scholarship Contact Person
  • Scholarship billing address
  • Scholarship checks should be made payable to Southern Illinois University. 

If the check is payable to SIU and the student, the scholarship will not be posted to the student’s account until the student goes to the Financial Aid Office to endorse the check.

Mail Scholarship Checks to:
Kathy Abney
Financial Aid Office
Mail Code 4702
Southern Illinois University 
Carbondale,  IL  62901

Inquiries regarding outside scholarship checks to: 
Kathy Abney
618/453-4627 
kabney@siu.edu