The CFNIL Scholarship Application closed February 1, 2019. Awards will be announced in late April. Save the Date for Scholarship Award Night, June 13, 2019!

Applying for scholarships from the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois is easier than ever. There is just one application and one deadline. Don’t know where to begin? Start by watching this application walkthrough or reading this step-by-step scholarship guide.

CFNIL’s scholarship funds were created by donors that recognize the importance of helping students achieve their educational goals, now and in perpetuity. The funds’ creators selected the criteria based on their interests and the community’s need. Many of CFNIL’s scholarships are memorials, which celebrate the life and passions of individuals.

The diversity of scholarship offerings reflects the diversity of CFNIL’s donors and the communities it serves. The majority of scholarships are for current college students and graduating high school seniors in Boone, Ogle, Stephenson and Winnebago Counties. Scholarships are available based on a variety of factors: community engagement; academic achievement; financial need; athletic participation; field of study; and many more. There are scholarships for non-traditional, minority, and first-generation college students. Nearly two dozen scholarships are available for students who have a high school diploma OR a GED — learn more on the Scholarship FAQs page.

The applications are read and scored by committees of volunteers who use a “blind” review process and make recommendations to CFNIL’s Board of Trustees. Scholarship recipients are announced in late April. Awards are sent directly to the recipient’s post-secondary institution.

Scenes from Scholarship Night 2018

Catch a glimpse of the celebration as donors, volunteers, family, and friends
gathered to recognize the achievements of dozens of recipients.

The majority of the scholarship funds CFNIL stewards are included in the application for the main scholarship cycle (open Dec. 1 – Feb 1). Those funds are listed in the first table below. The remaining scholarships, listed in the second table below, run on a different timeline or are administered by outside organizations. Click on the fund name for details on how to apply for these scholarships. 

In both tables, the region “Northern Illinois” refers to CFNIL’s service area of Boone, Ogle, Stephenson, and Winnebago Counties.

CFNIL Administered Scholarships

STATUSSCHOLARSHIP NAMETYPEREGIONAPPLICATIONDEADLINE

Open

Alpha Delta Kappa XI Education Scholarship

Teaching

Northern IL

Standard

February 1

Open

Amanda Reed Memorial Scholarship

Community Service

Boone, Stephenson, and Winnebago Co.

Standard

February 1

Open

Amber Huber Memorial Scholarship

Athletics

Byron High School

Standard

February 1

Open

Anna Schiller Scholarship

Community Service

Rockford Christian HS

Standard

February 1

Open

Anthony and Charlotte Kinney Scholarship

Teaching

Pecatonica HS

Standard

February 1

Open

Ashley E. Ketcher Memorial Scholarship

Arts

Auburn HS

Standard

February 1

Open

Beta Gamma Recruitment Grant

Teaching

Boone and Winnebago Co.

Standard

February 1

Open

Betty Harlan Memorial Art Scholarship

Arts

Boone, Ogle, and Winnebago Co.

Standard

February 1

Open

Billy Smith Memorial Scholarship

Athletics

Northern IL

Standard

February 1

Open

Buster Lindsay Memorial Scholarship

Athletics

Jefferson HS

Standard

February 1

Open

Carolyn Wones Recruitment Grant

Teaching

Boone and Winnebago HS

Standard

February 1

Open

Charles Lee Anderson Memorial Scholarship

Teaching

Rock Valley College and Sycamore HS

Standard

February 1

Open

Community Foundation Scholarship

Financial Need

Winnebago Co.

Standard

February 1

Open

Deborah Jean Rydberg Memorial Scholarship

Athletics

Guilford HS

Standard

February 1

Open

Dorothy Cleland Memorial NSDAR Scholarship

Academic & Financial Need

Winnebago Co.

Standard

February 1

Open

Dr. Constance L. Goode Memorial Scholarship

Teaching

Rockford Public Schools

Standard

February 1

Open

Dr. Gussie M. Ware Memorial Scholarship

African-American

Winnebago Co.

Standard

February 1

Open

Dr. Loomis / Rockton Lions Club Scholarship

Community Service

Hononegah HS

Standard

February 1

Open

Early Childhood Educators Scholarship

Teaching

Boone and Winnebago Co.

Standard

February 1

Open

Era L. and Frances L. Walker Scholarship

African-American

Rockford Public Schools

Standard

February 1

Open

Ernest and Charlene Stachowiak Memorial Scholarship

Financial Need

Boone and Winnebago Co.

Standard

February 1

Open

Frances Grant Triebel Memorial NSDAR Scholarship

Financial Need

U of I at Urbana-Champaign

Standard

February 1

Open

Gary S. Wilmer/RAMI Music Scholarship

Music

Boone, Ogle, and Winnebago Co.

Standard

February 1

Open

Gene Bradford Memorial Scholarship

Teaching or Sciences

Byron High School

Standard

February 1

Open

Geoffrey R. Laird Memorial Scholarship

STEM

Winnebago Co.

Standard

February 1

Open

Harry H. & Floy B. Chapin Scholarship

Academic

Durand, Dakota, and Pecatonica HS

Standard

February 1

Open

Hazel Mortimer Hyde Memorial NSDAR Scholarship

Conservation

Winnebago County

Standard

February 1

Open

Hegel Family Soccer Scholarship

Athletics

Hononegah HS

Standard

February 1

Open

Howard and Eithal Curry Elementary Education

Teaching

Boone and Winnebago Co.

Standard

February 1

Open

Howard D. Colman Scholarship

STEM

Boone and Winnebago Co.

Standard

February 1

Open

International Management Council (IMC) Scholarship

Business

Winnebago Co.

Standard

February 1

Open

It's Up To Me Scholarship

Students With Disabilities

Boone and Winnebago Co.

Standard

February 1

Open

Jack Lovejoy Vocational Scholarship

Vocational

Hononegah HS

Standard

February 1

Open

Janet L. Williams Mathematics Scholarship

Teaching

Hononegah HS

Standard

February 1

Open

John E. Lindley Memorial Swim Scholarship

Athletics

Rockford HS

Standard

February 1

Open

John Flynn Memorial Scholarship

Community Service

Pecatonica HS

Standard

February 1

Closed

Jouris Family Scholarship

STEM

Winnebago Co.

Standard

Not accepting applications in 2018-2019.

Open

Karen & Robert Harter Recruitment Grant

Teaching & Nursing

Northern IL

Standard

February 1

Open

Keith Maffioli Scholarship

Financial Need

Northern IL

Standard

February 1

Open

Kim and Ruth MacCloskey RAMI Music Scholarship

Music

Boone, Ogle, and Winnebago Co.

Standard

February 1

Open

Kjellstrom Women's Scholarship Initiative

Non-Traditional

Winnebago Co.

Standard

February 1

Closed

Larry & Betty McGee Scholarship

STEM

Winnebago Co.

Standard

Not accepting applications in 2018-2019.

Open

League of Women Voters of Greater Rockford Scholarship

Civic Engagement

Boone and Winnebago Co.

Standard

February 1

Open

Leonard D. Carmichael Community Service Scholarship

Community Service

Rochelle HS

Standard

February 1

Open

Lieutenant Kelli Ingardona Memorial Scholarship

Fire Science

Fire Science

Standard

February 1

Open

Margaret T. Craig Community Service Scholarship

Community Service

Winnebago Co.

Standard

February 1

Open

May-Cassioppi Scholarship

Athletics

Guilford HS

Standard

February 1

Open

Mike Lindberg Memorial Scholarship

Financial Need

North Boone HS

Standard

February 1

Closed

My Heart is in Art Scholarship

Visual Arts or Visual Arts Education

Boone, Stephenson, Winnebago Counties

Standard

Not accepting applications in 2018-2019.

Open

Nancy Kalchbrenner Scholarship

Non-Traditional

Rockford Public Schools

Standard

February 1

Open

Nettie and Jesse Gorov Scholarship

Non-Traditional

Northern IL

Standard

February 1

Open

Northwest Community Center Scholarship

Financial Need

Rockford

Standard

February 1

Open

Northwestern Illinois Building Trades Blais Family Scholarship

Trade Union

NW Illinois

Standard

February 1

Open

Paul & Ruth Neidhold Business Scholarship

Business

Harvard HS

Standard

February 1

Open

Phyllis Howard Memorial Scholarship

Firefighter

Boone, Ogle, and Winnebago Co.

Standard

February 1

Open

Pi Gamma Omega Scholarship

Community Service

Winnebago Co.

Standard

February 1

Open

Randall A. Blank Memorial Scholarship

Police Science

Winnebago Co.

Standard

February 1

Open

Richard Dopp Memorial Scholarship

Accounting or Medical

Northern IL

Standard

February 1

Open

Richard L. Bernardi Memorial Scholarship

Athletics

Rock Valley College

Standard

February 1

Open

Rockford Area Habitat for Humanity

RAHFH Residents

Greater Rockford

Standard

February 1

Open

Rockford Products Corporation Foundation

Business and Engineering

Northern IL

Standard

February 1

Open

Rockton Lions Club Scholarship

Community Service

Hononegah HS

Standard

February 1

Open

Roger L. Ekstrom Memorial Scholarship

Athletics

Guilford HS

Standard

February 1

Open

Senior Memorial Scholarship

Academic

Rockford Public Schools

Standard

February 1

Open

Sorensen Memorial Architecture Scholarship

Architecture

Boone and Winnebago Co.

February 1

February 1

Open

Sorensen Memorial Engineering Scholarship

Engineering

Boone and Winnebago Co.

February 1

February 1

Open

Sorensen Memorial Music Scholarship

Music

Boone and Winnebago Co.

February 1

February 1

Open

Sorensen Memorial Theater Scholarship

Theater

Boone and Winnebago Co.

February 1

February 1

Open

Susan Kay Munson Gilmore Memorial Scholarship

Vocational Education

Guilford or Mendota Township HS

Standard

February 1

Open

Taus Community Endowment Scholarship

African-American

Winnebago Co.

Standard

February 1

Open

Terrance Freeman Sr. Memorial Scholarship

Firefighter

Boone, Ogle, and Winnebago Co.

Standard

February 1

Open

Tyler Kinison Memorial Scholarship

Firefighter

Boone, Ogle, and Winnebago Co.

Standard

February 1

Open

University of Michigan Scholarship

Academic

University of Michigan

Standard

February 1

Open

Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 984 Scholarship

Descendant of Vietnam Veterans

Boone and Winnebago Co.

Standard

February 1

Open

Walter K. Raczynski Family Scholarship

Medical Sciences

Boone and Winnebago Co.

Standard

February 1

Open

Wilbur & William Cummings Memorial Scholarship

Medical and Dental

Belvidere

Standard

February 1

Open

William J. Galaway Library and Information Science

Library Sciences

Northern IL

Standard

February 1

Open

William Pigott Memorial Scholarship

STEM

Boone, McHenry, and Winnebago Co.

Standard

February 1

Open

William R. Durham Drama/Theater Scholarship

Theater

Boone and Winnebago Co.

Standard

February 1

Open

WOTM Scholarship

Manufacturing

Northern IL + Rock Co.

Standard

February 1

Open

Zeta Chapter Memorial Award

Teaching

Boone and Winnebago Co.

Standard

February 1

Other Scholarships

STATUSSCHOLARSHIP NAMETYPEREGIONAPPLICATIONDEADLINE

Open

Bonnie Sorenson Scudder Memorial Scholarship

Teaching

Harvard HS

Other

March 15

Open

Chief David G. Bailey Fire Science Scholarship

Fire Science

Northern IL

Other

Rolling

Closed

Diane Thompson-Wells Memorial Scholarship

Music

Phantom Regiment Members in the U.S.

Other

May 15

Open

Grennan Family Scholarship Fund

Academic

Stillman Valley HS

Other

Not accepting applications in 2018-2019

Open

Helen R. (Finley) Loescher and Stephen B. Loescher

Arts

Freeport HS

Other

February 1

Open

Joan Stonecipher Scholarship

Arts

Greater Rockford

Other

Rolling

Open

Kari Lotko Memorial Scholarship

St. Rita Graduates

Boylan Catholic HS

Other

February 1

Open

La Voz Latina Scholarship

Hispanic

Boone, Jo Daviess, Stephenson, and Winnebago Co.

Other

January 18

Open

Leopold Education Project Scholarship

Conservation

NE Illinois

Other

February 15

Open

Mark A. Reid Memorial Grant

Arts

Oregon HS

Other

February 1

Closed

Richard J. Schnell Memorial Scholarship

Dental

Illinois

Other

July 1

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