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Rockford Historical Society Scholarship

Supporting students who are passionate about the history and preservation of Rockford.

Winter Scholarship - Open Open 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 be:

- Be a graduating high school senior.
- Currently reside in Winnebago County.
- Intend to major in journalism or a history-related field.


For the purposes of this scholarship, history-related fields may include majors such as anthropology, museum studies, sociology, cultural studies, genealogy, and library science.

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

The Rockford Historical Society is a volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to helping preserve the history of the Rockford area. The Rockford Historical Society seeks to preserve the history of Rockford, its residents, industry, retail businesses, churches, and other aspects of the community and surrounding area through pictures, stories and artifacts from 1834 into the 21st century. The purposes of the corporation as stated in its Certificate of Incorporation are: “To serve the City of Rockford and its people in the preservation of items of historical interest; in compilation, dissemination, and distribution of local history; in owning and maintaining property for use as headquarters, to serve as archives and the preservation and display of historical materials; in creating membership of persons interested in local history and the culture of the community; and the performance of other activities incident to carrying out the purposes of the organization.”

The Rockford Historical Society sponsors programs, lectures, dinners, cemetery walks, and essay contests. They donate money each year to the Rockford Public Library. The society also researches historic events, homes and people. Although never owning a museum, the society was one of the three sponsoring organizations which began the Midway Village Museum on Guilford Road.

Learn more about Rockford Historical Society.