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Applying for a CFFRV Scholarship Amid COVID-19


With all the changes COVID has created for the school year, applying for a CFFRV scholarship is still a fantastic step toward reaching your academic goals – 54.8 percent of students who applied to the CFFRV Scholarship Program for a 2020-2021 scholarship received an award.

If you know a college-bound student, we encourage you to share these helpful application tips just for them.

  • Start early! Once you begin the application, be sure to take note of the items you’ll need to enter or attach. This will include your most recent grade transcripts, ACT/SAT Composite Score(s), and more.
  • Think (now!) about whom you would request a recommendation. You will need to enter their email address into the application, which will auto-generate an email recommendation request.
  • Complete your FAFSA as soon as possible. Experts recommend filing a FAFSA as early as possible once it becomes available on October 1, 2020, as some programs have limited funding and therefore award on a first-come, first-served basis. The Federal Student Aid website is a great resource should you have questions.
  • Look into your school’s plan for standardized testing. Large assessments like the ACT and SAT will likely look different because of COVID. While optional, including this information on your application is encouraged.
  • “Pad” your submission time. As this year’s influx of Zoom meetings and online-only connections have taught us, faulty Wi-Fi can be a make-or-break. Do your best to finish your application well before the due date – you’ll be thankful you mapped out that “just in case” time.

Want to learn more about the Scholarship Program and possible volunteer opportunities? Contact us at or 630-896-7800. 

Thank you very much for supporting my college education for these four years. I will never be able to repay you for the opportunity that this scholarship has given to me.

Julia H.

[Renewing Scholarship Recipient] Graduate of Hinkley-Big Rock High School

We chose the Community Foundation because of its reputation. It’s well known, established and we can trust them to do the job for us.

Dick Schindel

Richard and Susan Schindel Scholarship Funds

…you can always start small, even $25 can make a difference. Remember we can’t take our money with us. Even if it’s just your gift of time. Volunteer and get involved.

Cris Anderson

Cristina & Thomas S. Anderson Endowment Fund | Tom & Cris Anderson Colonial Advisory Fund

As a first-generation college student from a low-income family, I was worried about how I was going to pay for books and supplies. This scholarship will allow me to focus more on my studies instead of worrying about how to afford college. I am working to not only create opportunities for myself but to motivate future generations. Thank you so much for helping me along this journey!

Moises J.

Claude & Alice Allen Memorial Scholarship Recipient

A community foundation is a donor-driven organization that helps donors custom-design funds that reflect their charitable interests. Through the years, grants from these funds have made a significant impact on our local communities.

Sharon Stredde

President Emeritus

There’s no question in my mind that the scholarship I received opened up possibilities.

Marianne Renner

Past Scholarship Recipient & Current Leadership Coach

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