Picture of Daniel Edwards in graduation cap and gown, holding Byron High School diploma.

Daniel Edwards Memorial Scholarship

Supporting students who have a passion for working in the skilled trades.

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

Applicant must:

- Currently reside in Ogle County.
- Intend to pursue a career in a skilled trade that typically does not require a bachelor's degree. 
- Demonstrate financial need.


For the purposes of this scholarship, skilled trades can include fields such as automotive repair, diesel mechanics, plumbing, electrical, carpentry, and welding.

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

Daniel Joseph Edwards 1998 - 2018

This scholarship was established in memory of Daniel Edwards. From a young age he enjoyed working with his hands, disassembling and reassembling his long boards to find the perfect skateboarding ride. His passion for adventure and curiosity for how things work was always at the center of his activities. 

Like all of his siblings, Daniel was homeschooled by his parents through middle school. As time went on his passion for auto mechanics became apparent. Following his graduation from Byron High School in 2017, he attended classes at Kishwaukee Community College, working toward his General Auto Mechanic certification.

Daniel was a friend to many, always there to listen and support when needed. He was a selfless person, with a good heart and a generous disposition. Daniel lost his battle with depression and passed away on September 16, 2018. He never got to fulfill his dreams; therefore, his family would like to honor him by awarding this scholarship to an individual in pursuit of theirs.