The scholarship application will open for the 2018-2019 school year on December 1, 2018.

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 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. The diversity of scholarship offerings reflects the diversity of CFNIL’s donors and the communities it serves.

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

Closed

Alpha Delta Kappa XI Education Scholarship

Teaching

Northern IL

Standard

February 1

Closed

Amanda Reed Memorial Scholarship

Community Service

Boone, Stephenson, and Winnebago Co.

Standard

February 1

Closed

Amber Huber Memorial Scholarship

Athletics

Byron High School

Standard

February 1

Closed

Anna Schiller Scholarship

Community Service

Rockford Christian HS

Standard

February 1

Closed

Anthony and Charlotte Kinney Scholarship

Teaching

Pecatonica HS

Standard

February 1

Closed

Ashley E. Ketcher Memorial Scholarship

Arts

Auburn HS

Standard

February 1

Closed

Beta Gamma Recruitment Grant

Teaching

Boone and Winnebago Co.

Standard

February 1

Closed

Betty Harlan Memorial Art Scholarship

Arts

Boone, Ogle, and Winnebago Co.

Standard

February 1

Closed

Billy Smith Memorial Scholarship

Athletics

Northern IL

Standard

February 1

Closed

Buster Lindsay Memorial Scholarship

Athletics

Jefferson HS

Standard

February 1

Closed

Carolyn Wones Recruitment Grant

Teaching

Boone and Winnebago HS

Standard

February 1

Closed

Charles Lee Anderson Memorial Scholarship

Teaching

Rock Valley College and Sycamore HS

Standard

February 1

Closed

Community Foundation Scholarship

Financial Need

Winnebago Co.

Standard

February 1

Closed

Deborah Jean Rydberg Memorial Scholarship

Athletics

Guilford HS

Standard

February 1

Closed

Dorothy Cleland Memorial NSDAR Scholarship

Academic & Financial Need

Winnebago Co.

Standard

February 1

Closed

Dr. Constance L. Goode Memorial Scholarship

Teaching

Rockford Public Schools

Standard

February 1

Closed

Dr. Gussie M. Ware Memorial Scholarship

African-American

Winnebago Co.

Standard

February 1

Closed

Dr. Loomis / Rockton Lions Club Scholarship

Community Service

Hononegah HS

Standard

February 1

Closed

Early Childhood Educators Scholarship

Teaching

Boone and Winnebago Co.

Standard

February 1

Closed

Era L. and Frances L. Walker Scholarship

African-American

Rockford Public Schools

Standard

February 1

Closed

Ernest and Charlene Stachowiak Memorial Scholarship

Financial Need

Boone and Winnebago Co.

Standard

February 1

Closed

Frances Grant Triebel Memorial NSDAR Scholarship

Financial Need

U of I at Urbana-Champaign

Standard

February 1

Closed

Gary S. Wilmer/RAMI Music Scholarship

Music

Boone, Ogle, and Winnebago Co.

Standard

February 1

Closed

Geoffrey R. Laird Memorial Scholarship

STEM

Winnebago Co.

Standard

February 1

Closed

Harry H. & Floy B. Chapin Scholarship

Academic

Durand, Dakota, and Pecatonica HS

Standard

February 1

Closed

Hazel Mortimer Hyde Memorial NSDAR Scholarship

Conservation

Winnebago County

Standard

February 1

Closed

Hegel Family Soccer Scholarship

Athletics

Hononegah HS

Standard

February 1

Closed

Howard and Eithal Curry Elementary Education

Teaching

Boone and Winnebago Co.

Standard

February 1

Closed

Howard D. Colman Scholarship

STEM

Boone and Winnebago Co.

Standard

February 1

Closed

International Management Council (IMC) Scholarship

Business

Winnebago Co.

Standard

February 1

Closed

It's Up To Me Scholarship

Students With Disabilities

Boone and Winnebago Co.

Standard

February 1

Closed

Janet L. Williams Mathematics Scholarship

Teaching

Hononegah HS

Standard

February 1

Closed

John E. Lindley Memorial Swim Scholarship

Athletics

Rockford HS

Standard

February 1

Closed

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.

Closed

Karen & Robert Harter Recruitment Grant

Teaching & Nursing

Northern IL

Standard

February 1

Closed

Keith Maffioli Scholarship

Financial Need

Northern IL

Standard

February 1

Closed

Kim and Ruth MacCloskey RAMI Music Scholarship

Music

Boone, Ogle, and Winnebago Co.

Standard

February 1

Closed

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.

Closed

League of Women Voters of Greater Rockford Scholarship

Civic Engagement

Boone and Winnebago Co.

Standard

February 1

Closed

Leonard D. Carmichael Community Service Scholarship

Community Service

Rochelle HS

Standard

February 1

Closed

Lieutenant Kelli Ingardona Memorial Scholarship

Fire Science

Fire Science

Standard

February 1

Closed

Margaret T. Craig Community Service Scholarship

Community Service

Winnebago Co.

Standard

February 1

Closed

May-Cassioppi Scholarship

Athletics

Guilford HS

Standard

February 1

Closed

Mike Lindberg Memorial Scholarship

Financial Need

North Boone HS

Standard

February 1

Closed

Nancy Kalchbrenner Scholarship

Non-Traditional

Rockford Public Schools

Standard

February 1

Closed

Nettie and Jesse Gorov Scholarship

Non-Traditional

Northern IL

Standard

February 1

Closed

Northwest Community Center Scholarship

Financial Need

Rockford

Standard

February 1

Closed

Northwestern Illinois Building Trades Blais Family Scholarship

Trade Union

NW Illinois

Standard

February 1

Closed

Paul & Ruth Neidhold Business Scholarship

Business

Harvard HS

Standard

February 1

Closed

Phyllis Howard Memorial Scholarship

Firefighter

Boone, Ogle, and Winnebago Co.

Standard

February 1

Closed

Pi Gamma Omega Scholarship

Community Service

Winnebago Co.

Standard

February 1

Closed

Randall A. Blank Memorial Scholarship

Police Science

Winnebago Co.

Standard

February 1

Closed

Richard Dopp Memorial Scholarship

Accounting or Medical

Northern IL

Standard

February 1

Closed

Richard L. Bernardi Memorial Scholarship

Athletics

Rock Valley College

Standard

February 1

Closed

Rockford Area Habitat for Humanity

RAHFH Residents

Greater Rockford

Standard

February 1

Closed

Rockford Products Corporation Foundation

Business and Engineering

Northern IL

Standard

February 1

Closed

Rockton Lions Club Scholarship

Community Service

Hononegah HS

Standard

February 1

Closed

Roger L. Ekstrom Memorial Scholarship

Athletics

Guilford HS

Standard

February 1

Closed

Senior Memorial Scholarship

Academic

Rockford Public Schools

Standard

February 1

Closed

Sorensen Memorial Architecture Scholarship

Architecture

Boone and Winnebago Co.

February 1

February 1

Closed

Sorensen Memorial Engineering Scholarship

Engineering

Boone and Winnebago Co.

February 1

February 1

Closed

Sorensen Memorial Music Scholarship

Music

Boone and Winnebago Co.

February 1

February 1

Closed

Sorensen Memorial Theater Scholarship

Theater

Boone and Winnebago Co.

February 1

February 1

Closed

Susan Kay Munson Gilmore Memorial Scholarship

Vocational Education

Guilford or Mendota Township HS

Standard

February 1

Closed

Taus Community Endowment Scholarship

African-American

Winnebago Co.

Standard

February 1

Closed

Terrance Freeman Sr. Memorial Scholarship

Firefighter

Boone, Ogle, and Winnebago Co.

Standard

February 1

Closed

Tyler Kinison Memorial Scholarship

Firefighter

Boone, Ogle, and Winnebago Co.

Standard

February 1

Closed

University of Michigan Scholarship

Academic

University of Michigan

Standard

February 1

Closed

Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 984 Scholarship

Descendant of Vietnam Veterans

Boone and Winnebago Co.

Standard

February 1

Closed

Walter K. Raczynski Family Scholarship

Medical Sciences

Boone and Winnebago Co.

Standard

February 1

Closed

Wilbur & William Cummings Memorial Scholarship

Medical and Dental

Belvidere

Standard

February 1

Closed

William J. Galaway Library and Information Science

Library Sciences

Northern IL

Standard

February 1

Closed

William Pigott Memorial Scholarship

STEM

Boone, McHenry, and Winnebago Co.

Standard

February 1

Closed

William R. Durham Drama/Theater Scholarship

Theater

Boone and Winnebago Co.

Standard

February 1

Closed

WOTM Scholarship

Manufacturing

Northern IL + Rock Co.

Standard

February 1

Closed

Zeta Chapter Memorial Award

Teaching

Boone and Winnebago Co.

Standard

February 1

Other Scholarships

STATUSSCHOLARSHIP NAMETYPEREGIONAPPLICATIONDEADLINE

Closed

Bonnie Sorenson Scudder Memorial Scholarship

Teaching

Harvard HS

Other

February 1

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

Closed

Grennan Family Scholarship Fund

Academic

Stillman Valley HS

Other

February 1

Closed

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

Arts

Freeport HS

Other

February 1

Open

Joan Stonecipher Scholarship

Arts

Greater Rockford

Other

Rolling

Closed

Kari Lotko Memorial Scholarship

St. Rita Graduates

Boylan Catholic HS

Other

February 1

Closed

La Voz Latina Scholarship

Hispanic

Boone, Jo Daviess, Stephenson, and Winnebago Co.

Other

January 18

Closed

Leopold Education Project Scholarship

Conservation

NE Illinois

Other

February 15

Closed

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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