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There are many scholarship resources beyond what you will find through your University.

If you are an incoming freshman, 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. 

Explore the current external scholarships in the Saluki Scholarship Portal. These opportunities are scholarships offered through community clubs and organizations, national organization or businesses throughout the world.

In addition, there are a variety of free national scholarship search databases that can assist you in identifying additional scholarship resources. We have 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
Student Services Building
Mail Code 4702
Southern Illinois University
1263 Lincoln Drive
Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, IL 62901

Inquiries regarding outside scholarship checks to:

Kathy Abney