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CFNIL Scholarships

Each year, the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois distributes more than $200,000 in scholarship funding to local students. 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 an individual.

Students apply through our online application, unless otherwise noted. Almost all CFNIL scholarships have a February 1 or March 1 deadline. Each deadline requires a separate application.

Multiple committees, made up of community volunteers, use a “blind” review process to assess all scholarship applications. The scholarship committees then make their recommendations to CFNIL’s Board of Trustees, which has the final vote of approval. Scholarship recipients are announced in late April.

Before starting your scholarship application, CFNIL’s scholarship staff encourages applicants to visit the How to Apply and Register and Scholarship FAQ sections of our website. We also encourage you to explore the individual scholarship pages, the links for which are found on the sortable table below.

Good luck!

We are currently accepting applications for scholarships with a March 1 deadline.

STATUSSCHOLARSHIP NAMEDEADLINETYPE

CLOSED

Alpha Delta Kappa XI Education Scholarship

February 1

Teaching

OPEN

Amanda Reed Memorial Scholarship Fund

March 1

Service

CLOSED

Amber Huber Memorial Scholarship

February 1

Athletics

CLOSED

Anna Schiller Scholarship

February 1

Service

CLOSED

Anthony and Charlotte Kinney Scholarship

February 1

STEM/Teaching

OPEN

Ashley E. Ketcher Memorial Scholarship

March 1

Arts

CLOSED

Beta Gamma Recruitment Grant

February 1

Special/Teaching

CLOSED

Betty Harlan Memorial Art Scholarship

February 1

Arts

CLOSED

Billy Smith Scholarship

February 1

Athletics

OPEN

Bonnie Sorenson Scudder Memorial Scholarship

Committee's Discretion

Business

CLOSED

Buster Lindsay Memorial Scholarship

February 1

Athletics

CLOSED

Carolyn Wones Recruitment Grant

February 1

Teaching

CLOSED

Charles Lee Anderson Memorial Scholarship

February 1

Teaching

OPEN

Chief David G. Bailey Fire Science Scholarship

Rolling

Fire Science

OPEN

Community Foundation Scholarship

March 1

Financial Need

CLOSED

Deborah Jean Rydberg Memorial Scholarship

February 1

Athletics

Closed

Diane Thompson-Wells Memorial

May 15

Arts

OPEN

Dorothy Cleland Memorial NSDAR Scholarship

March 1

Academic & Financial Need

OPEN

Dr. Gussie M. Ware Memorial Scholarship

March 1

African American

OPEN

Dr. Loomis Scholarship

March 1

Academic & Financial Need

CLOSED

Early Childhood Educators Scholarship

February 1

Teaching

CLOSED

Era L. Walker, Jr. Memorial Scholarship

February 1

African American

OPEN

Ernest and Charlene Stachowiak Memorial

March 1

General

OPEN

Frances Grant Triebel Memorial NSDAR Scholarship

March 1

Special

CLOSED

Gary S. Wilmer/RAMI Music Scholarship

February 1

Music

OPEN

Geoffrey R. Laird Memorial Scholarship

March 1

STEM

CLOSED

Harry H. & Floy B. Chapin Scholarship

February 1

General

CLOSED

Hegel Family Soccer Scholarship

February 1

Athletics

OPEN

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

March 1

Arts

CLOSED

Howard and Eithal Curry Elementary Education Recru

February 1

Teaching

CLOSED

Howard D. Colman Scholarship

February 1

STEM

CLOSED

International Management Council, Rockford Chap

February 1

Business

CLOSED

Janet L. Williams Mathematics Scholarship

February1

STEM/Teaching

OPEN

Joan Stonecipher Scholarship

Committee's Discretion

Arts

OPEN

John E. Lindley Memorial Swim Scholarship

March 1

Athletics

CLOSED

John Flynn Memorial Scholarship

February 1

General

OPEN

Kari Lotko Memorial Scholarship

Committee's Discretion

Special

OPEN

Keith Maffioli Scholarship

March 1

Academic & Financial Need

CLOSED

Kim and Ruth MacCloskey RAMI Music Scholarship

February 1

Music

CLOSED

Kjellstrom Women's Scholarship Initiative

February 1

Women

OPEN

La Voz Latina Scholarship

Committee's Discretion

Special

OPEN

Leonard D. Carmichael Community Service Scholarshi

March 1

Service

CLOSED

Leopold Education Project Scholarship

February 15

Environmental

OPEN

Lieutenant Kelli Ingardona Memorial Scholarship

March 1

Fire Science

CLOSED

Margaret T. Craig Community Service Scholarship

February 1

Service

OPEN

Margaret Wyeth Scholarship

March 1

Service

OPEN

Mark A. Reid Memorial Grant

Committee's Discretion

Arts

OPEN

May-Cassioppi Scholarship

March 1

Athletics

OPEN

Mike Lindberg Memorial Scholarship

March 1

General

CLOSED

Miss "Mal" Memorial Scholarship

February 1

General

CLOSED

My Heart is in Art Scholarship

February 1

Arts

CLOSED

Nancy Kalchbrenner Scholarship

February 1

Special

OPEN

Nettie and Jesse Gorov Scholarship

March 1

General

OPEN

Northwest Community Center Scholarship

March 1

Financial Need

CLOSED

Paul & Ruth Neidhold Business Scholarship

February 1

Business

OPEN

Phyllis Howard Memorial Scholarship

March 1

Fire Science

CLOSED

Pi Gamma Omega Scholarship

February 1

African American

OPEN

Randall A. Blank Memorial Scholarship

March 1

Criminal Justice

CLOSED

Richard Dopp Memorial

February 1

Business/Health & Medical

Closed

Richard J. Schnell Memorial Scholarship

July 1

Health & Medical

CLOSED

Richard L. Bernardi Memorial Scholarship

February 1

General

CLOSED

Rockford Area Habitat for Humanity

February 1

Special

OPEN

Rockford Products Corporation Foundation

March 1

Business/STEM

OPEN

Rockton Lions Club Scholarship

March 1

Academic & Financial Need

CLOSED

Rod MacDonald Scholarship

February 1

Arts

CLOSED

Roger L. Ekstrom Memorial Scholarship

February 1

Athletics

OPEN

Senior Memorial Scholarship

March 1

Academic & Financial Need

OPEN

Students with Disabilities Scholarship

March 1

Special

OPEN

Susan Kay Munson Gilmore Memorial Scholarship

March 1

Vocational

CLOSED

Taus Community Endowment

February 1

African American

OPEN

Terrance Freeman Sr. Memorial Scholarship

March 1

Fire Science

OPEN

Tyler Kinison Memorial Scholarship

March 1

Fire Science

CLOSED

University of Michigan Scholarship

February 1

Special

OPEN

Wilbur & William Cummings Memorial Scholarship

March 1

Health & Medical

CLOSED

William J. Galaway Library and Information Science

February 1

Vocational

CLOSED

William Pigott Memorial Scholarship

February 1

STEM

CLOSED

William R. Durham Drama/Theater Scholarship

February 1

Arts

CLOSED

Women of Today's Manufacturing Scholarship

February 1

Business

CLOSED

Zeta Chapter Memorial Award

February 1

Teaching

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