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Springfield, IL Area Scholarships

Springfield is the capital of the U.S. state of Illinois and the county seat of Sangamon County. The city's population of 116,250 as of the 2010 U.S. Census makes it the state's sixth most populous city. It is the largest city in central Illinois. As of 2013, the city's population was estimated to have increased to 117,006, with just over 211,700 residents living in the Springfield Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes Sangamon County and the adjacent Menard County.

Present-day Springfield was settled by European Americans in the late 1810s, around the time Illinois became a state. The most famous historic resident was Abraham Lincoln, who lived in Springfield from 1837 until 1861, when he went to the White House as President. Major tourist attractions include multiple sites connected with Lincoln including his presidential library and museum, his home, and his tomb at Oak Ridge Cemetery.

The capital is centrally located within the state. The city lies in a valley and plain near the Sangamon River. Lake Springfield, a large artificial lake owned by the City Water, Light & Power company (CWLP), supplies the city with recreation and drinking water. Weather is fairly typical for middle latitude locations, with hot summers and cold winters. Spring and summer weather is like that of most midwestern cities; severe thunderstorms may occur. Tornadoes hit the Springfield area in 1957 and 2006.

The city has a mayor–council form of government and governs the Capital Township. The government of the state of Illinois is based in Springfield. State government entities include the Illinois General Assembly, the Illinois Supreme Court and the Office of the Governor of Illinois. There are three public and three private high schools in Springfield. Public schools in Springfield are operated by District No. 186. Springfield's economy is dominated by government jobs, plus the related lobbyists and firms that deal with the state and county governments and justice system, and health care and medicine.

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Schools in and around Springfield, IL

University of Illinois at Springfield
Four or more years; Public; $16,117 average out-state tuition; $9,515 average in-state tuition
Lincoln Land Community College
At least 2 but less than 4 years; Public; $8,712 average out-state tuition; $5,808 average in-state tuition
St. John's College-Department of Nursing
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $20,670 average out-state tuition; $20,670 average in-state tuition
Springfield College in Illinois
At least 2 but less than 4 years; Private not for profit; $0 average out-state tuition; $0 average in-state tuition
Midwest Technical Institute-Springfield
Less than 2 years (below associate); Private for profit
HSHS St. John's Hospital School of Clinical Laboratory Science
Less than 2 years (below associate); Private not for profit; $4,750 average out-state tuition; $4,750 average in-state tuition
Capital Area School of Practical Nursing
Less than 2 years (below associate); Public