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Hilda M. Padgett Scholarship
Application status: Closed

The Hilda M. Padgett Scholarship has been established to assist students who attended a high school in Bloomington or Normal, IL and plan to continue their education in college or vocational school programs.

The program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals. Eligibility for individual programs is determined at the sole discretion of the sponsor, and eligible applications are reviewed by Scholarship America’s evaluation team.

Applicants to the Hilda M. Padgett Scholarship must:

  • Be high school seniors or graduates or current college undergraduates who attend or attended a high school in Bloomington or Normal, IL
  • Plan to enroll in fulltime undergraduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school for the entire upcoming academic year

PNC Employees, children of PNC employees or Trust committee members are ineligible.


If selected as a recipient, the student will receive an award that varies based upon funds available for distribution.

Awards may be renewed for up to three additional years or until a bachelor’s degree is earned, whichever occurs first. Renewal is contingent upon satisfactory academic performance (maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale) and full-time enrollment. Renewal award amounts will be adjusted annually based on the recipient’s annual financial need and funds available for distribution.

Awards are for undergraduate study only.

Selection of Recipients

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of:

  • Academic record
  • Demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities
  • Work experience
  • A statement of educational and career goals and objectives
  • Unusual personal or family circumstances
  • An online recommendation
  • Responses to two character essays.


All applicants will be notified in late July.

Payment of Scholarships

Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of PNC Bank, N.A.  Payment is made in August.

Financial need, as calculated by Scholarship America, must be demonstrated for the student to receive an award. Scholarship America will evaluate all eligible applicants and provide results to PNC Bank, Trustee with recommended recipients and award amounts. The Trust committee will select recipients and determine award amounts. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.

Preference will be given to students who attended a parochial high school or one of the schools listed below and/or students who will be attending a parochial college or university.

  • Bloomington High School
    1202 E. Locust Street

    Bloomington, IL 61701
  • Calvary Christian Academy
    1017 North School Street

    Normal, IL 6176
  • Central Catholic High School
    1201 Airport Road

    Bloomington, IL 61704
  • Cornerstone Christian Academy
    22017 E. 1200 N. Rd.
    Bloomington, IL 61705
  • Normal Community High School
    3900 E. Raab Road

    Normal, IL 61761
  • Normal Community West High School
    501 North Parkside Road

    Normal, IL 61761
  • University High School
    500 West Gregory Street

    Normal, IL 61761



As part of your application, you must upload the following:

  • A current, complete transcript of grades. Grade reports are not accepted. Transcripts must display student name, school name, grades and credit hours for each course and term in which each course was taken.

NOTE: If you are uploading a high school transcript, you must also upload a copy of your official SAT or ACT test scores if the test scores are not available on your high school transcript.

One online recommendation form must be submitted on your behalf no later than March 6, 2024 3:00 pm Central Time.

Your application is not complete unless all required materials are submitted electronically.

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