Student Scholarship Information

The PPS Foundation's Scholarship Program

Thank you to all the high school seniors who applied to a scholarship this year!  The application window is now closed.  Our evaluation committees are working hard on reading through each application.  We will notify recipients for each scholarship award by the end of April.  Please note that if your are a Peoria High student, we will notify you on your Honors Day on May 12th.

The scholarship window for next year will open on November 1, 2022.  Check back then for links to the online applications.  Questions about our scholarship program?   Please e-mail Jen Adler at


PPS Middle School Students - Check out the scholarship opportunities available for you below!


PPS Middle School Student Scholarships:


Congrats to the 2022 Deirdre Purcell College Math Award Recipients!

  • Click HERE to apply for a scholarship to this summer's ICC's College for Kids 
  • Look for the full list of this year's recipients to be posted here soon!
  • RSVP by email HERE to this year's award reception on April 20th at 6:30 pm


Information About Our Scholarships:


Scholarships Available for any PPS Graduating Senior

Kenny M. Ward III Scholarship - (for those in the Culinary Arts program) - ($1,000 award available)

H.E.A.R. Scholarship for Graduating Seniors -  (up to $3,500 award available)

H.E.A.R Scholarship Renewal for Past Recipients -  (up to $3,500 award available)

Elizabeth Rasmussen Scholarship - ($1,000 award available)

John W. Gift Scholarship -  (multiple $1,000 awards available)

Urban Forestry Scholarship - ($850 award available)

John K. Garrett Scholarship -  ($500 award available)

Edward N. Woodruff Scholarship -  ($900 award available)

Laurie and Gregory Beard Scholarship - ($1,000 award available)

NEW THIS YEAR! John Dismuke Scholarship -  ($500 award available)


Additional Scholarships Opportunities for PPS students through CFCI:

Dr. Valentine Jobst III Educational Fund Scholarship -  (up to a $2,500 award available)

Epilepsy Scholarship Fund -  ($500 award available)

Peoria Chiefs Scholarship -  ($2,000 award available)

Sue Aplington Kreutz Scholarship -  ($1.000 award available)

Vietnam Veterans Moving Wall Fund Scholarship -  ($250 award available)

For a complete scholarship list of CFCI awards or more information on their program, CLICK HERE


Scholarships Available for Richwoods Seniors Only:

Wayne Macomber Scholarship - ($800 award available)

Diane Thannert Scholarship -  (multiple $1,500 awards available)

Peoria Public Schools School Board Scholarship for Richwoods High School -  ($1,000 award available)

Randy Simmons Scholarship for Richwoods High School -  ($1,000 award available)

Lynn Pastucha Scholarship: no online application, must be nominated by a teacher ($1,000 award available)

Jamie Epstein Memorial Scholarship: must be nominated by a teacher to receive the online application link ($2,500 award available)

NEW THIS YEAR!  Rick Snarr Enduring Spirit Scholarship: no online application, must be nominated by an athletic coach (multiple $1,000 award available)

NEW THIS YEAR!  Zeb Gardner Memorial Scholarship: no online application, must be nominated by the Girls Golf Coach (multiple $500 award available)


Scholarships Available for Manual Seniors Only:

NEW THIS YEAR!  Chase White Memorial Scholarship -  ($1,000 award available)

Nevada Buckley Manion Scholarship -  (up to $5,000 available, may be split into multiple awards)

Manual High School/Eureka College Scholarship -  ($1,000 award available)

Peoria Public Schools School Board Scholarship for Manual High School -  ($1,000 award available)

Randy Simmons Scholarship for Manual High School - ($1,000 award available)

Genevieve Kroepel Cahail Award: no online application, must be nominated by teacher ($3,000 award available)


Scholarships Available for Peoria High Seniors Only:

Peoria Public Schools School Board Scholarship for Peoria High School -  ($1,000 award available)

NEW THIS YEAR!  Lieutenant Colonel Norman E. Emery (Ret) Scholarship - ($1,000 award available)

Randy Simmons Scholarship for Peoria High School - ($1,000 award available)


Scholarships Available for Students Enrolled at Woodruff Career & Technical Center:

Peoria Public Schools School Board Scholarship for WCTC Students -  ($1,000 award available)


    Congratulations to our 2022 PPS Foundation Scholarship Recipients!

    The full list of the 2022 scholarship recipients can be found by clicking HERE.  All recipients have been notified by mail and at their high school's Honors Day.  Please contact Jen Adler at with any questions. Thank you to all who applied!  The PPS Foundation wishes the best of luck to everyone in pursuing your goals for your continuing education.   


    2022 Scholarship Request Form

    If you have been awarded one of the 2020 PPS Foundation Scholarships, please print a copy of the 2021 Scholarship Request Form HERE and mail to the Foundation office when ready.  All request forms, along with an official letter of enrollment verification can be turned into the Foundation office between May-August to make sure the scholarship funds arrive at the university before the beginning of Fall semester.  We must have a letter of enrollment verification before we can begin to process the scholarship check.