picture of a girl carrying books with a description of the community scholarship fair

2 weeks and counting until the 2023 Community Scholarship Fair

Rockford Public Library (RPL), the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois (CFNIL), and Rock Valley College Foundation (RVCF) are excited to announce the annual Community Scholarship Fair is bigger and better than ever!

On Tuesday, December 5, 2023, from 5:00 – 9:00pm at Embassy Suites in downtown Rockford (416 S Main Street) students, parents, and interested community members can meet face-to-face with dozens of local scholarship providers who collectively award more than $1.5 MILLION in scholarships annually to students right here in Northern Illinois. Scholarship seekers of all ages, backgrounds, educational aspirations, and from Boone, Ogle, Stephenson, and Winnebago Counties should attend! Scholarships are available for students of all ages and citizenship status.

In addition to visiting scholarship provider’s booths, attendees may join THREE informational seminars, each presented thrice during the event:

  1. The FAFSA process is changing. But don’t panic! Rock Valley College and the Illinois Student Assistance Commission will present on the FAFSA, financial aid programs, and how to apply for RVC Foundation Scholarships.
  2. Writing for Scholarships: Learn tips and tricks for writing a compelling essay and personal statement to use for scholarship and school applications, and beyond!
  3. CFNIL Scholarships: 125+ Awards, ONE STOP – CFNIL staff will provide a deep dive into how to apply for dozens of awards created specifically for students in Northern Illinois with just ONE application.

The fair will also include a variety of booths featuring organizations, programs, and resources that support students and their families right here in our community.

Learn more at www.scholarshipsni.com/communityfair