A Scholarship Endowment is an excellent way to invest in the future through deserving students.


  • A Scholarship Endowment gives you an opportunity to memorialize a special person or persons; support aspiring students; encourage students in a particular field of study; or support your favorite school.
  • Your Scholarship Endowment becomes a perpetual resource for generations of students to come.


  • You name the Endowment and establish the selection criteria with our help.
  • You contribute to and grow the Scholarship Endowment at any time.
  • If you wish, you may serve on the Scholarship Selection Committee.


  • The Community Foundation documents your intent in a formal agreement that governs the administration of the Scholarship Endowment, so your wishes will be honored in perpetuity.
  • The Community Foundation promotes the availability of scholarships from your endowment through social media and area schools, reaching thousands of students every year.
  • Students apply online and our application system automatically identifies students fitting your scholarship criteria based on their application answers.
  • The Community Foundation takes care of all aspects of scholarship review, award, and administration.
  • There is no cost to you to establish a Scholarship Endowment.

 The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  Contributions to a Scholarship Endowment are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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