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January 24, 2023

Announcing the newly-established Del Willison Scholarship available to Mattoon High School students and graduates

(MATTOON, Illinois – January 24, 2023) The Del Willison Scholarship is open for current seniors and graduates of Mattoon High School pursuing higher education. The scholarship application is available online at and the deadline to apply is 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14, 2023. To complete the application process, applicants must first complete the Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation Common Scholarship Application.

Applicant must be a Mattoon High School graduate and aim to complete a certification program, a two-year associate degree, a four-year college degree, or vocational/technical school. The scholarship is available for graduate school and will be determined on an annual basis. The financial need of the applicant will be considered. A recipient of the scholarship from a prior year may reapply and will not be excluded from consideration. Applicants are limited to 4 years for the scholarship.

Delbert Willison was involved in the Mattoon School district from 1964 – 2019 in various ways and numerous associations.  He taught high school, was an adjunct professor at EIU and assisted in writing and administering an alternative education program for certifying teachers. The Del Willison Scholarship honors his legacy in Mattoon, Illinois.

To apply, visit to begin the Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation Common Scholarship Application.  For more information, contact Kristen Bertrand, Program Officer, at 217.342.5413 or

Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation was established in 2009 as a result of a merger between Effingham County Community Foundation (est. 1999) and Mattoon Area Community Foundation (est. 1980). Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization managing permanent and non-permanent assets for the long-term benefit of communities in southeastern Illinois.

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