Scholarship Resources

How to Register and Apply for CFNIL Scholarships

Unless otherwise noted on the individual scholarship page, CFNIL uses an online application system. CFNIL is migrating to a new scholarship application system for the 2019 – 2020 Scholarship Cycle (and beyond). Even if you have applied for a scholarship through CFNIL in the past, you will need to create a new account in the new system. Learn how to register for the new scholarship application portal, complete the CFNIL scholarship application, and navigate your Applicant Dashboard, in the videos below. 

View this video to learn how to register for the CFNIL scholarship web portal.
View this video to learn how to apply for CFNIL Scholarships once you've registered and created account with the new CFNIL Scholarship Application portal.
View this video to learn how to access and navigate your Applicant Dashboard within the CFNIL Scholarship Application Portal.

Additional Tips for CFNIL Scholarship Applicants

The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois believes in the transformative power of education. That is why we work with donors to create endowed scholarship funds benefiting local students. Since 2000, CFNIL has awarded over $2,800,000 to local students pursuing post-secondary education.

View the names of past scholarship recipients by clicking the links below.

2019 CFNIL Scholarship Recipients 

2018 CFNIL Scholarship Recipients 

2017 CFNIL Scholarship Recipients 

2016 CFNIL Scholarship Recipients 

2015 CFNIL Scholarship Recipients 

CFNIL Scholarship Program FAQs

No! One application, one deadline. You will, however, need to submit an additional essay for each scholarship you indicate you’re applying for in the application.

Most scholarship funds offer varying award amounts, most of which range from $500 to $10,000 depending on the size of the particular fund, the number of qualified applicants, the renewability of the scholarship, and the directions given by the donor(s) of the funds. However, our application process is competitive and not all applicants will receive a scholarship award.

CFNIL has a variety of scholarships. Some are available based on academic achievement and financial need, but many are available based on what high school you attended, your future area of study, or extracurricular activities. We encourage you to dive into our list of scholarships to see what scholarships you are eligible for.

The intent is to award scholarships to students who are or will be attending college full-time.

CFNIL appoints volunteers working in committees to review the scholarship applications. All applications are reviewed anonymously. The committees make recommendations for scholarship awards based on the purpose and specific criteria of each scholarship as established by its donor(s).

No. The last point at which you can make changes to your application is when you are matched up with the scholarship(s) for which your previous answers indicated you are eligible.

You will be notified via letter or e-mail by May 1 regarding your application status.

Scholarship awards are paid directly to the academic institution by the end of July.

What are the basic eligibility criteria?

Each scholarship has specific eligibility criteria defined by the donor when the fund is established. However, most scholarships have the following criteria:

  1. Applicants must reside within Boone, Ogle, Stephenson or Winnebago County.
  2. Applicants must be seeking an undergraduate degree (AA, BA, BS, etc.) or certification. Graduate students are only eligible when specified by the donor.
  3. Any scholarships awarded are paid directly to the recipient’s chosen school. Schools must be:
    1. Accredited institutions
    2. Private non-profit or publicly supported institutions

Additional Scholarship Resources

Overall CFNIL Scholarship Program Flyer

Step-By-Step CFNIL Scholarship Process Flyer

CFNIL Specific Scholarship Flyers

Alpha Delta Kappa Xi Scholarship Amanda Reed Memorial Scholarship Amber Huber Memorial Scholarship
Anna Schiller Memorial Scholarship Annie & Oscar Blackwell Scholarship Ashley E. Ketcher Memorial Scholarship
Athletics Scholarships Betty Harlan Memorial Art Scholarship Billy Smith Memorial Scholarship
Buster Lindsay Memorial Scholarship Charles Lee Anderson Memorial Scholarship Diane Thompson-Wells Memorial Scholarship
Dr. Constance L. Goode Memorial Scholarship Dr. Gussie M. Ware Memorial Scholarship Dr. Loomis / Rockton Lions Scholarship
Early Childhood Educators Scholarship Era & Frances Walker Memorial Scholarship Firefighters Memorial Scholarships
GED-Eligible Scholarships Geoffrey R. Laird Memorial Scholarship Guilford High School Scholarships
Harry H. & Floy B. Chapin Scholarship Hegel Family Soccer Scholarship Hononegah High School Scholarships
Howard D. Colman Memorial Scholarship International Management Council Scholarship "It's Up To Me" Scholarship
Jack Lovejoy Vocational Scholarship John E. Lindley Memorial Swim Scholarship John Flynn Memorial Scholarship
Jouris Family Scholarship Karen & Robert Harter Recruitment Grant Keith Maffioli Scholarship
Kjellstrom Women's Scholarship Initiative Larry & Betty McGee Scholarship League of Women Voters of Greater Rockford Scholarship
Leonard D. Carmichael Community Service Scholarship Margaret T. Craig Community Service Scholarship May-Cassioppi Scholarship
Mike Lindberg Memorial Scholarship Nancy Kalchbrenner Scholarship Nettie & Jessie Gorov Scholarship
Northwest Community Center Scholarship NSDAR Rockford Chapter Scholarships Northwestern Illinois Building & Trades Blais Family Scholarship
Paul & Ruth Neidhold Scholarship Pecatonica High School Scholarships Pi Gamma Omega Scholarship
RAMI Music Scholarships Randall A. Blank Memorial Scholarship Richard Dopp Memorial Scholarship
Richard Bernardi Memorial Scholarship Richard J. Schnell Memorial Scholarship R.I.S.E. Nursing Scholarship
Rockford Area Habitat for Humanity Scholarship Rockford Products Scholarship Rockford Public High Schools Scholarships
Rockton Lions Scholarship Roger L. Ekstrom Memorial Scholarship Senior Memorial Scholarship
Sorensen Memorial Scholarships Taus Scholarship Teacher Scholarships
University of Michigan Scholarships Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 984 Scholarship Walter K. Raczynski Family Scholarship
Wilbur & William Cummings Scholarship William J. Galaway Library & Information Science Scholarship William Pigott Memorial Scholarship
William R. Durham Drama & Theater Scholarship WOTM Scholarship WOTM Ruthann Gaston Women in Engineering Scholarship
Zeta Chapter Scholarship    

 

Questions? Issues with your application? Contact Ciara!

Ciara Stahly, Program Officer
Ciara Stahly
Program Officer
Phone: 779-210-8209
Email: Ciara Stahly