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Scholarship Program Details

Students apply to the Community Foundation Scholarship Program will complete only one application as a whole, not for a particular scholarship, and are considered for any scholarship in which they are eligible.

The philosophy of the Community Foundation Scholarship Program is to help as many individual students as possible, therefore only one scholarship may be received by any one student in any given year although they may be eligible for several different scholarships offered.

The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley reserves the right to amend or to modify the scope of the Scholarship Program.

Primary Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must complete their high school education during, at the conclusion of, or prior to the current academic year as follows.

  • High School Diploma from a public, private, parochial, or online school
  • Home-Schooled High School Education
  • General Educational Development (GED) certificate or state certificate

Applicants must attend an accredited post-secondary institution within the United States of America during the upcoming academic year.

Applicants must pursue studies (career/technical/vocational, undergraduate, graduate, etc.) on a full-time basis during the upcoming academic year.

Applicants must maintain a permanent address located within the Community Foundation Scholarship Program service area (a few exceptions apply).

  • A permanent address is usually a parent’s home or the address listed on a driver’s license, voters registration card, FAFSA, etc. It is most likely NOT a temporary on/off college campus address.
  • The Community Foundation Scholarship Program service area includes the following areas within the State of Illinois:

Types of Scholarships

The Community Foundation Scholarship Program consists of separate scholarship funds created by individual donors who establish specific criteria for the administration of their scholarships. Such criteria must be consistent with overall Community Foundation policy.

Most scholarships are based on academic ability and financial need. A few scholarships are based on academic ability without consideration of financial need.

The monetary value of each scholarship varies.

Scholarships are designated as non-renewable one-year awards or renewable multi-year awards depending upon the scholarship fund criteria, as established by the donor of the scholarship fund.

To learn more about the various scholarship funds administered by the Community Foundation and its donors, please visit the Scholarship Fund profile pages.

Application Information

The scholarship application for a 2022-2023 school year is now open! Deadline for applications is Tuesday January 18th at 4:30 p.m.

Students who applied for a 2021-2022 scholarship should regularly check the email address associated with their CFFRV Scholarship Portal.

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

Marianne Renner

Past Scholarship Recipient & Current Leadership Coach

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

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

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

Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley

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