Two Weeks Left to Apply for CFNIL Scholarships

The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois’ (CFNIL) scholarship application deadline is a little over two weeks away. While the deadline is closing in, there’s still time for students to complete the application. Yes, even if you haven’t started yet.

CFNIL will accept scholarship applications until 5 p.m. on February 1, 2018. CFNIL has 84 different scholarships that will award more than $225,000 to local students this year for a wide range of students including, graduating high school seniors and current college students in Boone, Ogle, Stephenson and Winnebago Counties; non-traditional students; students with financial need; student athletes; students of color; and students pursuing careers in teaching, STEM, business, fire science, and healthcare. Some scholarships are renewable for up to four years. The diversity of scholarship offerings reflects the diversity of CFNIL’s donors and the communities it serves.

CFNIL encourages all students to apply, but it is specifically seeking applicants for the following scholarships:

Applications are read and scored by committees of volunteers who use a “blind” review process. The scholarship committees then make recommendations to CFNIL’s Board of Trustees. Scholarship recipients are announced in late April. Awards are sent directly to the college or university the recipient will be attending.

All scholarship applications must be submitted through CFNIL’s Web Portal. (You can learn about using the Web Portal by watching this video.) Once registered, students answer questions about their academics, background, and extracurricular activities. From these answers, applicants will be automatically matched to all scholarships for which they are eligible. Last year, the average applicant was eligible for more than 3 scholarships. Most scholarships award between $500 and $2,500, but a few award significantly more. For example, the Howard D. Colman Scholarship awards up to $32,500 over four years for students pursuing careers in engineering, computer science, applied science or a comparable technology field.

Interested students should visit to learn more.