The Community Scholarship Fair Dec. 9 at Mendelssohn Hall

Staff Report

Rockford Public Library (RPL) and the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois (CFNIL) will host The Community Scholarship Fair from 5 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 9, at Mendelssohn Hall, 406 N. Main St., downtown Rockford.

Free and open to the public, this event will offer information about more than $400,000 in available scholarships.

Throughout the evening, take time to speak with representatives of more than 100 local scholarships. Spanish-speaking staff will be on hand to assist with questions.

Some scholarships are based on financial need and some on academic excellence, community involvement or many other factors. Representatives from the CFNIL, Illinois Student Assistance Commission, Rock Valley College Foundation, RPL and many other local organizations will be on hand to answer questions.

Hear presentations on financial aid, FAFSA, and scholarship applications from Rock Valley College, the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, the CFNIL and the RPL at 5:15 and 6:45 p.m.

James Patterson, director of grants and scholarships for the CFNIL, said: “This event is a tremendous opportunity for students and parents of all backgrounds to learn more about the financial aid process and specifically, the scholarships that are available in our region. What they will learn is that the purpose of these scholarships are as varied as the donors who’ve created them. Some consider financial need, but many don’t. There are opportunities for future teachers and engineers and opportunities for students pursuing any field of study. Over $400,000 in scholarship opportunities will be represented at this scholarship fair.”

Zoe Norwood, event co-chairman from the RPL, said: “While the costs of higher education rise, many local organizations rise to the occasion by offering generous scholarships. This fair is for persons of all ages seeking an affordable higher education — both teens looking beyond high school and nontraditional students seeking further education later in life. It is the hope of Rockford Public Library and the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois that this event helps people in pursuing their educational goals.”

For more information, visit www.cfnil.org and www.rockfordpubliclibary.org.

Posted Dec. 4, 2014

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