Anna Schiller

Anna Schiller Scholarship

Supporting Rockford Christian students who bring happiness to those around them.  

Winter Scholarship - Closed Closed This scholarship is part of the Winter application cycle. The application is open December 1st to February 1st every year. How to Apply

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must:

- Be a graduating senior from Rockford Christian High School.
- Demonstrate a strong commitment to improving the quality of life of others.
- Demonstrate the same joyful spirit, kind and compassionate love for others that Anna exemplified through her life.


Academic performance will be given moderate consideration in the selection process.

Strong preference will be given to applicants who provide a reference from someone familiar with their efforts to improve the quality of life of others. References from outside the school community will be given additional consideration.

Written Prompt

Each CFNIL scholarship is created with a specific purpose in mind. As you complete the application, the system automatically matches you with every scholarship for which you are eligible and will present you with a specific written prompt for each. You're encouraged to craft a unique response to each prompt to show the reviewers why you're the best candidate for that scholarship.

Scholarship Background and Intent

Anna Louise Schiller was born in Guatemala City, Guatemala. She entered Rockford Christian as a kindergartner and was a sophomore at RCS at the time of her death. As one of her friends said, “Anna was pretty, funny, passionate, caring, determined and an amazing friend.” She approached all aspects of life with exuberance, passion and intensity. An honors student, Anna won the JV diving conference her sophomore year, was a starter on the JV basketball team, and shared starting goalie duties on the Varsity soccer team. Anna’s enthusiasm for everything she did brought happiness to all those who knew her.

Anna touched many different individuals and organizations during her life. She served at the information desk one Sunday per month at SwedishAmerican Hospital, cooked and served breakfast each month at the Grounds for Life Soup Kitchen, and prepared dinner each month at the Rockford Rescue Mission Women’s Crisis Center. She also went on several mission trips to Guatemala. Her family hopes that her kind and compassionate heart will never be forgotten. Anna will be remembered for accomplishing much in her short lifetime, but her greatest legacy will be her selfless love for God, family, community, and future students that she will never know, but who will benefit from the love and generosity of so many who were impacted by her life. Anna always had time for others and the ideal candidate for this scholarship will share her enthusiasm for others and her benevolent spirit.