The McLean County Scholarship

High school students who are residents of McLean County and an accepted student at Illinois Wesleyan University will be offered a total scholarship package (including the McLean County Scholarship and other IWU scholarships) of at least $34,000 per year.

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Local students. National support.

The Illinois Wesleyan Associates, a group of local community business leaders and IWU alumni, established the McLean County Scholarship fund in 2018. Because of extremely generous donor contributions toward this fund, Illinois Wesleyan has seen an increase of 56% in McLean County student enrollment since the launch of the McLean County Scholarship and the number of applications continues to increase.

Even better? Those students are achieving at an elite level. Take Kendall Sosa ’21 for example: After attending Normal Community High School, Kendall double-majored and graduated with a 3.9 GPA. Outside of the classroom, she was an Academic All-American and National Player of the Year for the Titan women’s basketball team. 


Kendall Sosa headshot"I chose Illinois Wesleyan because family is very important in my life. I play basketball here at IWU and knew it would be awesome if they could come to all of the home games. Also, I knew I would have a whole community supporting me if I came here as well. The campus was also a big positive in my decision making. The smaller campus was appealing but it is accompanied by a large campus vibe with ISU being so close. For that reason, staying in town was never a negative. Academically, IWU was a great fit as well. Overall, IWU was a great decision."

Kendall Sosa, '21
Major: Business Administration
Hometown: Bloomington, IL


Support amazing McLean County students like Kendall, and make a gift today. 

Interested in learning more? You can find McLean County Scholarship eligibility, frequently asked questions, and how to apply here.