Community Foundation accepting scholarship applications

Staff Report

The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois (CFNIL) has announced it is accept­ing scholarship applications with Feb. 1 and March 1 deadlines. CFNIL will grant more than $200,000 in scholarships to local students this academic year.

CFNIL offers more than 80 different scholarships to students in the community. The scholarships were created by many generous donors who wished to make a lasting impact through the power of edu­cation.

CFNIL Grants & Scholarship Associate Laura Schweitzer explained: “Our scholarships cover a wide range of focus areas — academic merit, financial need, community service, specific field of study, and many more. We have scholarships for local graduating high school seniors, current college students, and people re­turning to college. Our free online application is great — based on how you answer the questions, the ap­plication matches you with any scholarships for which you meet the criteria. We encourage applicants to start early and take their time. It’s a competitive process, but if you don’t apply, you’ll never know.”

Most CFNIL scholarships have an online application accessible through its website, Students will find information about the individual scholarships, how to apply and register using CFNIL’s online application system, scholarship FAQs, and additional scholarship resources intended to match students to available federal, state and private scholarship funding.

There is one application for scholarships with a Feb. 1 deadline and one application for schol­arships with a March 1 deadline. Students who wish to apply for both deadlines will need to submit two applications. Most scholarship deadlines are at 5 p.m. on either Feb. 1 or March 1. If the deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, applications are due by 5 p.m. on the next business day. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.

For questions about CFNIL’s scholarships, contact Laura Schweitzer, grants & scholarships associate, at (815) 962-2110, ext. 17, or

From the Jan. 14-20, 2015, issue

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