Invest in Our Future
Transforming Lives and Communities through Education
What if every child in our community who qualifies for college could afford to attend? Research demonstrates when communities support graduates, communities benefit in the long-term with increased economic growth and opportunity. As we look to the future of Jacksonville, how can we empower our graduates and our community?
Our mission is to provide the financial support necessary for all graduates to thrive. Modelled after the successful Kalamazoo PROMISE, we expect similar long term benefits including increased academic performance in primary grades, college enrollment and college retention as well as decreased truancy and juvenile crime.
By donating to the Jacksonville Promise, you are investing in the foundation of an economic engine for your community and giving hundreds of students the opportunity to reach their potential. Please help us grow this program into a full place-based scholarship program today!
The Jacksonville Promise is fully supported by donors like you, who are committed to the economic growth of the Jacksonville area and student development.
The Jacksonville Promise is continuously accepting applications for the upcoming school year. Depending on fundraising efforts, this year's recipients are projected to receive up to $1250 for up to 4 semesters in last-dollar scholarship money.
Any student that attended school in the geographic boundaries of Jacksonville, Franklin, Meredosia-Chambersburg, Triopia, and Waverly school districts are eligible for this place-based scholarship. Public, private and home-schooled students are eligible. Students must plan to attend Illinois College or Lincoln Land Community College in Jacksonville.
MACMURRAY FOUNDATION & ALUMNI ASSOCIATION AGAIN OFFERS OPPORTUNITY FOR ADDITIONAL ASSISTANCE
The MacMurray Foundation and Alumni Association, the foundation established to maintain the history and legacy of MacMurray College, as well as to provide a vehicle for alumni to connect, and to fund scholarships for higher education, has provided funding for a $1000 additional scholarship for a Jacksonville Promise award recipient. The Foundation has additional criteria for the scholarship, including requiring a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and submission of a short essay. The application deadline for the MacMurray Foundation is March 15, and the MacMurray Foundation scholarship will not be awarded until after that date. If you are interested in applying for this additional scholarship, check out the application criteria and application forms at www.MacAlumFoundation.org.
For more information or to access the application, please visit http://www.macalumfoundation.org/scholarships
2016 Jacksonville Promise Scholarship Recipients
2017 Jacksonville Promise Scholarship Recipients
2018 Jacksonville Promise Scholarship Recipients
2019 Jacksonville Promise Scholarship Recipients
About the Jacksonville Promise
Jacksonville PROMISE is a place-based scholarship program dedicated to ensuring every graduate in the geographical region who qualifies for college (and elects to attend a local college) gets financial support equal to a Pell grant.
Here is the breakdown of scholarships awarded to date:
2016-2017 - 17 $2000 scholarships
2017-2018 - 19 $2000 scholarships
2018-2019 - 35 $2500 scholarships
2019-2020 - 29 $2500 scholarships
2020-2021 - 28 $3750 scholarships
2021-2022 - 41 $3750 scholarships
2022-2023 - 33 $3750 scholarships
Please contact us for a brochure that details the scholarship availability and process.
How can you help?
The program is sponsored fully by donors like you, and local organizations and businesses who believe in the power of education to transform lives and communities. You can donate by using the link at the top of this page, send a check to the address below, or participate in the Amazon Smile partnership program. Thank you!
To mail a donation send to:
PO Box 334, Jacksonville, IL 62651
We would love for you to get involved! We grow through donations and accept volunteers for community service. Reach out to us! We welcome your support!