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90+ Unique Scholarships, nearly $300K in awards, just ONE Application! Application open December 1 - February 1.
Members of the CFNIL Scholarship Class of 2019 share their insights and tips for students considering applying for scholarships, whether through CFNIL or any other source!
The CFNIL Scholarship application is open each year from December 1st - February 1st.
On June 13, 2019, the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois (CFNIL) welcomed scholarship recipients and their families, scholarship donors, application reviewers, educators, and community members to celebrate the CFNIL Scholarship Class of 2019. 134 students from 27 high schools in northern Illinois were awarded 154 scholarships totaling over $260,000.

CFNIL's scholarship application opens December 1st each year.