IVCC Foundation Scholarships for the 2024-25 school year

The scholarship application is closed.
Students will be notified of award decisions via postal mail by mid-June 2024.

The IVCC Foundation scholarship application is open Friday, Dec. 8, 2023 and will close at 9 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024.

Please read this important information before clicking the "Apply Now" button below.
This one application is for all general and program-specific scholarships awarded by the IVCC Foundation, and is only for students attending or planning to attend IVCC for the 2024-25 school year, starting August 2024.

The information you provide in your submitted application determines your eligibility for award consideration.

If you have questions, need more information or special accommodations to complete the application, please contact Donna Swiskoski in the IVCC Foundation Office at donna_swiskoski@ivcc.edu or call (815) 224-0551.

Once you click the "Apply Now" button you cannot save it and return to complete it later. The application must be completed all at one time.

You will be required to complete a series of answers for the three areas below. Prepare your answers before accessing the application.
Suggestion - Type your answers in a document and then copy and paste into the application.

Section #1 Educational and Professional Goals:
Tell us why you are attending IVCC, and describe in detail the reasons you chose your specific area of study. If it applies, what or who inspired your decision. In addition, tell us about your future educational and professional goals beyond IVCC.
NOTE: This answer must be a minimum of 950 characters with a maximum of 3,000 chararacters.

Section #2 Involvement in School and Community Service:
Tell us about your participation in school events, clubs or activities and any honors you received. Also tell us of any non-school related volunteerism or community service. If none of these apply to you, please explain.
NOTE: This answer must be a minimum of 400 characters with a maximum of 1,100 characters.

Section #3 Financial Need and Special Circumstances:
Tell us why you are applying for scholarships. Explain your financial need, concerns or special circumstances you would like us to consider.
NOTE: This answer must be a minimum of 400 characters with a maximum of 1,100 characters.

Eligibility Requirements

* An application for admission to IVCC must be on file.
* Applicants are encouraged to submit the 2024-25 FAFSA, Free Application for Federal Student Aid, but it is not required.
* A majority of scholarships awarded require full-time enrollment status (12+ credit hours) for the 2024-25 school year, fall & spring semesters, unless otherwise indicated on the award letter.
* GPA scores that we use for eligibility are based on the 4.00 system.
NOTE: Each scholarship has its own criteria designated by the donor. You can view each individual scholarship and award criteria below.

Funding & Award Notification
* Scholarship award amounts vary based upon available funds; minimum award is $500.
* The IVCC Foundation has the authority to not award scholarships posted on the IVCC website or listed in any publication.
* The IVCC Foundation will notify all applicants of award decisions in June 2024 via mailed letter.

* Current high school seniors OR students enrolling at IVCC for the first time must request that a copy of their high school transcript be sent to the IVCC Records Office by Feb. 8, 2024. The Foundation will accept unofficial transcripts.
* Current high school seniors: your transcript must include grades posted through the end of fall semester, December 2023.
* Current IVCC students do not need to submit a transcript.

If you are interested in being considered for any of the following three scholarships, an additional one-page essay is required for each scholarship.
NOTE: Prepare your essay prior to filling out and submitting the application.
NOTE: You will upload the essay at the end of the application. It must be submitted as a PDF (max. 16MB)

Kristyne K. Curley Memorial
Describe how animals have enriched your life through either pet fostering/adoption, volunteer work at an animal shelter, rescue organization or rehabilitation center.

Earl Fester Diversity
Describe your life as a LGBTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, queer or questioning, intersex, asexual or ally), and/or how a LGBTQIA+ person has influenced your life.

Trevor Melvin Wehner Memorial
How has your family background affected the way you see the world?


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You can view each individual scholarship with award criteria within specific and general areas of study.
CAD, HVAC, industrial maintenance or electrician, machinist tool & die, manufacturing, welding, etc.
Computer Technology
Criminal Justice
Music / Theatre / Art
General awards no specific program of study required
Law / Government
Natural Sciences
Political Science

Scholarships available to IVCC students transferring to NIU in Fall 2024
William & Dian Taylor Awards

A list of all the 2024-25 Foundation scholarships are available in a convenient PDF.
Scholarship Booklet 2024-25 will be available soon.