Since 1948, the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley has awarded more than $14 million in 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.
Obtaining an Application
Applications for our 2018 Scholarship Program will be available on our website from late November through early February. Please visit the 2018 Scholarship Program Page for more information. Be sure to find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for all the latest news and updates.
Primary Eligibility Requirements
- Students must attend an accredited institution of higher education on a full‑time basis.
- Students must maintain a 2.0 grade point average or higher to be considered for a scholarship.
- With few exceptions, students must have their permanent address located within the Community Foundation service area. A permanent address is one where a student receives legal documents and correspondence. It is most likely NOT their school address.
The Community Foundation Scholarship Program service area includes the school boundaries of:
Kane County portion of Central High School 301
Kane County portion of Sycamore High School 427
Kane County portion of Hinckley-Big Rock High School 429
Kendall County portion of Plainfield North High School 202
Kendall County portion of Minooka Community High School 111
Kendall County portion of Sandwich Community High School 430
All of St Charles North High School 303
All of St Charles East High School 303
All of Kaneland High School 302
All of Geneva High School 304
All of Batavia High School 101
All of West Aurora High School 129
All of East Aurora High School 131
All of Metea Valley High School 204
All of Waubonsie Valley High School 204
All of Plano High School 88
All of Oswego and Oswego East High Schools 308
All of Plainfield South High School 202
All of Yorkville High School 115
All of Newark Community High School 18
Types of Applicant
High School Seniors
- Students who will receive their high school diploma from a high school during or at the conclusion of the current academic year and are immediately continuing their education at the beginning of the next academic year.
- Students who will complete their high school education as a home-schooled student during or at the conclusion of the current academic year and are immediately continuing their education at the beginning of the next academic year.
- Students who have completed their high school education prior to the current academic year and are furthering their education at the undergraduate level of study at the beginning of the next academic year.
- Students who have obtained a General Education Development (GED) certificate prior to, during, or at the conclusion of the current academic year and are furthering their education at the undergraduate level of study at the beginning of the next academic year.
- Students who have attained a bachelor’s degree and are undertaking advanced studies at the graduate level at the beginning of the next academic year.
Types of Scholarships
The majority of 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.
The monetary value of each scholarship varies depending upon the available income in each individual scholarship fund.
Scholarship awards are designated as 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 our scholarship funds and their donors, please view the various scholarship fund profiles available.