Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley
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Scholarship FAQs

When are applications available?

Scholarship applications are generally available beginning near the week of Thanksgiving and due early to mid-January.

What materials are needed to complete the application?

1. Grade Transcript(s)

2. SAT and ACT Test Scores - if available

3. Expected Family Contribution (EFC) number from a processed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) - if available

4. Email addresses of individuals from whom you will request a recommendation

How do I obtain my transcript(s)?

Contact or visit your guidance secretary, transcript service, or high school/college website.  Unofficial transcripts are accepted.

What is an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) number and how do I get one?

Your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is an index number that colleges use to determine how much financial aid you are eligible to receive. Your EFC is calculated according to a formula established by law and the information you provided on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Further information about the FAFSA is available at:

Why should I provide my Expected Family Contribution (EFC) number on my application?

Most scholarships offered through the Community Foundation Scholarship Program are based on academic ability and financial need. A few scholarships are based on academic ability without consideration of financial need.


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  • Students who provide their EFC number are considered for 100% of the scholarships available through the Community Foundation Scholarship Program.
  • Students who do NOT provide their EFC number are considered for only 20% of the scholarships available through the Community Foundation Scholarship Program.
Will I need to indicate that I would like to apply for specific scholarships?

No.  Students apply to the Community Foundation Scholarship Program as a whole, not for a particular scholarship, and are considered for any scholarship in which they are eligible.

Note: Although a student may be eligible for several different scholarships offered, only one scholarship may be received by any one student in any given year.  This policy is in keeping with the philosophy of the Community Foundation Scholarship Program to help as many individual students as possible.

How do I edit or view my application?

You can view your application at any time as instructed below. However, once you submit your application, it can no longer be edited by you. Therefore, take your time and review your whole application before submitting.

If you realize your application needs to be edited after submission, send the updated information to as soon as possible.  The CFFRV Scholarship Team will edit your application with the updates.

1. Visit the CFFRV Scholarship Portal at: n you established your account.

2. Click on the "Log On" button to access your account.

3. Once you are logged on, you will be navigated to the Applicant Dashboard.

4. Click on the "Active Requests" tab.

5. In the "CFFRV Scholarship Program - 20__ Application" section, click on the blue words "Edit Application" or "View Application" depending on whether you have submitted your application.

Who reviews the scholarship applications?

The CFFRV Scholarship Committee consists of local residents who volunteer their time and skills.

How much is a scholarship award?

The monetary value of each scholarship award varies depending upon the amount available in each individual scholarship fund.  The most common scholarship award amount is $1,000 for a single year.

Are scholarship awards renewable?

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.

When and how will I know if I am selected to receive a scholarship?

Notices regarding application decisions will be sent to all applicants via email in early May each year.

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