Since 1948, the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley has awarded more than $16 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 the 2019 Scholarship Program are available on our website November 20, 2018 through January 15, 2019. Deadline date and time to submit an application is January 15, 2019 at 4:00 PM CST. Please visit the 2019 Scholarship Program Page for more information. Be sure to find us on Facebook for all the latest news and updates.
Primary Eligibility Requirements
- Students must attend an accredited institution of higher education within the United States of America on a full‑time basis.
- With few exceptions, students must have their permanent address located within the Community Foundation Scholarship Program service area.
- A permanent address is where one receives legal documents and correspondence. It is most likely NOT one’s address at school.
- The Community Foundation Scholarship Program service area includes the following areas within the State of Illinois:
- City limits of Aurora
- Kendall County
- Townships in Kane County:
- Aurora Township
- Batavia Township
- Big Rock Township
- Blackberry Township
- Campton Township
- Geneva Township
- Kaneville Township
- St. Charles Township
- Sugar Grove Township
- Virgil Township
- Attendance boundaries of the following high schools:
- (These schools are physically located within the above named areas, but their attendance boundaries extend beyond.)
- Kaneland Senior High School
- Metea Valley High School
- Newark Community High School
- Oswego East High School
- Plainfield South High School
- St. Charles East High School
- St. Charles North High School
- Waubonsie Valley High School
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) credential 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 obtained a bachelor’s degree and are undertaking advanced studies at the graduate level at the beginning of the next academic year.
Types of Scholarships
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.
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.