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The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois will accept scholarship applications from December 1, 2016 to February 1, 2017.

The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois is proud to announce the opening of its application for its scholarship program on Thursday, December 1. CFNIL’s scholarship program includes 80 unique scholarships and awards more than $200,000 to local students per year. The application will close on February 1.

All of CFNIL’s scholarship funds were created by individuals or organizations that recognize the importance of helping students achieve their educational goals, now and in perpetuity. The funds’ creators selected the criteria for each scholarship, based on their interests and the community’s need. Many of CFNIL’s scholarships are memorial scholarships, which celebrate the life and passions of individuals.

The majority of scholarships are for graduating high school seniors in Boone, Ogle, Stephenson and Winnebago Counties. Scholarships are available based on academic achievement; non-traditional students; students with financial need; student athletes; students of color; and students pursuing careers in education, STEM, business, fire science, and healthcare. Some scholarships are renewable for up to four years. The diversity of scholarship offerings reflects the diversity of CFNIL’s donors and the communities it serves.

CFNIL President Jon Bates: “The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois is honored to serve as the steward of scholarship endowments that fulfill the charitable intent of our donors and create a permanent reservoir of opportunity for our students.”

The applications are read and scored by committees of volunteers who use a “blind” review process. The scholarship committees then 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.

In the table below, “Northern Illinois” indicates that the named scholarship accepts applications from CFNIL’s service region of Boone, Ogle, Stephenson, and Winnebago Counties.

HDCFNILSW
STATUSSCHOLARSHIP NAMETYPEREGIONDEADLINE

Open

Alpha Delta Kappa XI Education Scholarship

Teaching

Northern IL

February 1

Open

Amanda Reed Memorial Scholarship

Domestic Violence Activism

Boone, Stephenson, and Winnebago Co.

February 1

Open

Anna Schiller Scholarship

Community Service

Rockford Christian HS

February 1

Open

Anthony and Charlotte Kinney Scholarship

Teaching

Pecatonica HS

February 1

Open

Ashley E. Ketcher Memorial Scholarship

Arts

Auburn HS

February 1

Open

Beta Gamma Recruitment Grant

Teaching

Boone and Winnebago Co.

February 1

Open

Betty Harlan Memorial Art Scholarship

Arts

Boone, Ogle, and Winnebago Co.

February 1

Open

Billy Smith Memorial Scholarship

Athletics

Northern IL

February 1

Open

Bonnie Sorenson Scudder Memorial Scholarship

Teaching

Harvard HS

February 1

Open

Buster Lindsay Memorial Scholarship

Athletics

Jefferson HS

February 1

Open

Carolyn Wones Recruitment Grant

Teaching

Boone and Winnebago HS

February 1

Open

Charles Lee Anderson Memorial Scholarship

Teaching

Rock Valley College and Sycamore HS

February 1

Open

Chief David G. Bailey Fire Science Scholarship

Fire Science

Northern IL

Rolling

Open

Community Foundation Scholarship

Financial Need

Winnebago Co.

February 1

Open

Deborah Jean Rydberg Memorial Scholarship

Athletics

Guilford HS

February 1

Closed

Diane Thompson-Wells Memorial Scholarship

Music

Phantom Regiment Members in the U.S.

May 16

Open

Dorothy Cleland Memorial NSDAR Scholarship

Academic & Financial Need

Winnebago Co.

February 1

Open

Dr. Constance L. Goode Memorial Scholarship

Teaching

Rockford Public Schools

February 1

Open

Dr. Gussie M. Ware Memorial Scholarship

African-American

Winnebago Co.

February 1

Open

Dr. Loomis / Rockton Lions Club Scholarship

Community Service

Hononegah HS

February 1

Open

Early Childhood Educators Scholarship

Teaching

Boone and Winnebago Co.

February 1

Open

Era L. and Frances L. Walker Scholarship

African-American

Rockford Public Schools

February 1

Open

Ernest and Charlene Stachowiak Memorial Scholarship

Financial Need

Boone and Winnebago Co.

February 1

Open

Frances Grant Triebel Memorial NSDAR Scholarship

Financial Need

U of I at Urbana-Champaign

February 1

Open

Gary S. Wilmer/RAMI Music Scholarship

Music

Boone, Ogle, and Winnebago Co.

February 1

Open

Geoffrey R. Laird Memorial Scholarship

STEM

Winnebago Co.

February 1

Open

Harry H. & Floy B. Chapin Scholarship

Academic

Winnebago Co.

February 1

Open

Hazel Mortimer Hyde Memorial Scholarship

Conservation

Durand, Dakota, and Pecatonica HS

February 1

Open

Hegel Family Soccer Scholarship

Athletics

Hononegah HS

February 1

Open

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

Arts

Freeport HS

February 1

Open

Howard and Eithal Curry Elementary Education

Teaching

Boone and Winnebago Co.

February 1

Open

Howard D. Colman Scholarship

STEM

Boone and Winnebago Co.

February 1

Open

International Management Council (IMC) Scholarship

Business

Winnebago Co.

February 1

Open

Janet L. Williams Mathematics Scholarship

Teaching

Hononegah HS

February 1

Open

Joan Stonecipher Scholarship

Arts

Greater Rockford

Rolling

Open

John E. Lindley Memorial Swim Scholarship

Athletics

Rockford HS

February 1

Open

John Flynn Memorial Scholarship

Community Service

Pecatonica HS

February 1

Open

Jouris Family Scholarship

STEM

Winnebago Co.

February 1

Open

Karen & Robert Harter Recruitment Grant

Teaching

Northern IL

February 1

Open

Kari Lotko Memorial Scholarship

St. Rita Graduates

Boylan Catholic HS

February 1

Open

Keith Maffioli Scholarship

Financial Need

Northern IL

February 1

Open

Kim and Ruth MacCloskey RAMI Music Scholarship

Music

Boone, Ogle, and Winnebago Co.

February 1

Open

Kjellstrom Women's Scholarship Initiative

Non-Traditional

Winnebago Co.

February 1

Open

La Voz Latina Scholarship

Hispanic

Boone, Jo Daviess, Stephenson, and Winnebago Co.

January 15

Open

League of Women Voters of Greater Rockford Scholarship

Civic Engagement

Boone and Winnebago Co.

February 1

Open

Leonard D. Carmichael Community Service Scholarshi

Community Service

Rochelle HS

February 1

Open

Leopold Education Project Scholarship

Conservation

NE Illinois

February 1

Open

Lieutenant Kelli Ingardona Memorial Scholarship

Fire Science

Fire Science

February 1

Open

Margaret T. Craig Community Service Scholarship

Community Service

Winnebago Co.

February 1

Open

Mark A. Reid Memorial Grant

Arts

Oregon HS

Rolling

Open

May-Cassioppi Scholarship

Athletics

Guilford HS

February 1

Open

Mike Lindberg Memorial Scholarship

Financial Need

North Boone HS

February 1

Open

Nancy Kalchbrenner Scholarship

Non-Traditional

Rockford Public Schools

February 1

Open

Nettie and Jesse Gorov Scholarship

Non-Traditional

Northern IL

February 1

Open

Northwest Community Center Scholarship

Financial Need

Rockford

February 1

Open

Northwestern Illinois Building Trades Blais Family Scholarship

Trade Union

NW Illinois

February 1

Open

Paul & Ruth Neidhold Business Scholarship

Business

Harvard HS

February 1

Open

Phyllis Howard Memorial Scholarship

Firefighter

Boone, Ogle, and Winnebago Co.

February 1

Open

Pi Gamma Omega Scholarship

Community Service

Winnebago Co.

February 1

Open

Randall A. Blank Memorial Scholarship

Political Science

Rockford Public Schools

February 1

Open

Richard Dopp Memorial Scholarship

Accounting or Medical

Northern IL

February 1

Closed

Richard J. Schnell Memorial Scholarship

Dental

Illinois

July 1

Open

Richard L. Bernardi Memorial Scholarship

Athletics

Rock Valley College

February 1

Open

Rockford Area Habitat for Humanity

RAHFH Residents

Greater Rockford

February 1

Open

Rockford Products Corporation Foundation

Business and Engineering

Northern IL

February 1

Open

Rockton Lions Club Scholarship

Community Service

Hononegah HS

February 1

Open

Roger L. Ekstrom Memorial Scholarship

Athletics

Guilford HS

February 1

Open

Amber Huber Memorial Scholarship

Athletics

Byron High School

February 1

Open

Grennan Family Scholarship Fund

Academic

Stillman Valley HS

February 1

Open

Susan Kay Munson Gilmore Memorial Scholarship

Vocational Education

Guilford or Mendota Township HS

February 1

Open

Senior Memorial Scholarship

Academic

Rockford Public Schools

February 1

Open

Taus Community Endowment Scholarship

African-American

Winnebago Co.

February 1

Open

Terrance Freeman Sr. Memorial Scholarship

Firefighter

Boone, Ogle, and Winnebago Co.

February 1

Open

Tyler Kinison Memorial Scholarship

Firefighter

Boone, Ogle, and Winnebago Co.

February 1

Open

University of Michigan Scholarship

Academic

University of Michigan

February 1

Open

Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 984 Scholarship

Descendant of Vietnam Veterans

Boone and Winnebago Co.

February 1

Open

Wilbur & William Cummings Memorial Scholarship

Medical and Dental

Belvidere

February 1

Open

William J. Galaway Library and Information Science

Library Sciences

Northern IL

February 1

Open

William Pigott Memorial Scholarship

STEM

Boone, McHenry, and Winnebago Co.

February 1

Open

William R. Durham Drama/Theater Scholarship

Theater

Boone and Winnebago Co.

February 1

Open

Women of Today's Manufacturing Scholarship

Manufacturing

Northern IL + Rock Co.

February 1

Open

Zeta Chapter Memorial Award

Teaching

Boone and Winnebago Co.

February 1

Open

Students with Disabilities Scholarship

Students With Disabilities

Boone and Winnebago Co.

February 1

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