Our Opportunities

Welcome to the RVC Foundation online scholarship opportunities portal!

To “Sign Up”
Select “Sign Up” above, and follow the instructions if this is your first time here since January 1, 2020. Remember to use your “s” number as your email address, not your name. If you’ve already created an account, click “Sign In”.

Before you start:
1. DO NOT USE Internet Explorer. Switch to any of the newer browsers, such as: Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Apple Safari.
2. Enroll at Rock Valley College. Only then will you receive an RVC student ID number and access to your RVC student email account. All applicants must have an active RVC email, even 3rd and 4th year NIU students in the NIU@RVC Engineering Program.
3. NOTE: All scholarship communication will be through your Rock Valley College student email.

To Apply:
“Sign In” and complete the General Application. That’s it. You’re done once you select “Submit”.
If you’re an engineering student, there’s an additional application especially for you.

What to Expect:
General and Engineering applications open February 3rd
Engineering applications due March 11th
General applications due April 30th

After you have completed your General Application:
1. The system will automatically match you to ALL opportunities where you meet at least the basic criteria.
2. You will not see these opportunities on your application dashboard.

You may also be recommended to apply for certain additional opportunities.
• Review the scholarship selection criteria to make sure you can qualify. If not, don’t apply.
• These scholarships will show on your application dashboard.

Your application status will show on your dashboard.
If your status is not listed as “submitted”, you have not fully completed your application.
Log back in to see what is missing.

If you are selected to receive a scholarship:
• You will receive a preliminary offer sent to your RVC student email. “Accept” or “Decline” as instructed.
You must complete additional steps to by June 17th to change a preliminary offer into an award.
If you miss the June 17th deadline, you will not receive the scholarship.

Below is a comprehensive list of all active RVC Foundation opportunities, with brief information about the selection criteria. All opportunity criteria are auto-matched to your General Application (and Engineering Application, if applicable), and the system adds you to the qualifying pool for each opportunity matched. Note: Qualifying/Matching does not guarantee you will receive a scholarship.

Opportunities Table
Award Name Actions
varies Dr. Harold J. Palm Memorial Scholarship
December Graduate – Applicant is to be a December graduate with a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Preference given to those with financial need as shown by...
December Graduate – Applicant is to be a December graduate with a 3.0...
  • Deadline: 04/30/2020
  • Award: varies
Deadline04/30/2020
Varies Fred E. Machesney Memorial Scholarship
Aviation Technology – Awarded to a new or returning student enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours in Aviation Technology, Mechanical...
Aviation Technology – Awarded to a new or returning student enrolled in...
  • Deadline: 04/30/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline04/30/2020
Varies Independent Accountants Association of Illinois Scholarship
Accounting – Awarded to a resident of the college district majoring in accounting who has completed 3 credit hours of accounting, earned a minimum...
Accounting – Awarded to a resident of the college district majoring in...
  • Deadline: 04/30/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline04/30/2020
Varies Thomas A. Bullen #1 Scholarship
Engineering – Awarded to an applicant who shows a significant improvement in GPA over that attained in high school. GED applicants also qualify....
Engineering – Awarded to an applicant who shows a significant...
  • Deadline: 04/30/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline04/30/2020
Varies A J Johnson Scholarship
Belvidere District HS Graduate – Awarded to a recent Belvidere, Belvidere North or Endeavor high school graduate with a minimum 2.4 GPA. Must be...
Belvidere District HS Graduate – Awarded to a recent Belvidere,...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: Varies
Varies Albert S. Wrate Memorial Scholarship
Automotive – Awarded to an applicant who is enrolled full-time in the second year of the Automotive Program with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5....
Automotive – Awarded to an applicant who is enrolled full-time in the...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: Varies
Varies AMCORE Scholarship
Accounting, Business or Marketing – Awarded to an applicant that has completed 32 credit hours at RVC and is pursuing a degree in accounting,...
Accounting, Business or Marketing – Awarded to an applicant that has...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: Varies
Varies Ann Miller Waddell Memorial Scholarship for Nursing
Nursing – Awarded to an applicant who is a continuing student enrolled full-time in the RVC Nursing program and has a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.
Nursing – Awarded to an applicant who is a continuing student enrolled...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: Varies
Varies Association of Latin American Students Scholarship
Association of Latin American Students Member – Awarded to an applicant who is an active member in the Association of Latin American Students...
Association of Latin American Students Member – Awarded to an applicant...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: Varies
Varies Auburn Class of '65 Legacy Scholarship
Auburn High School Graduate – Awarded to an applicant who will graduate from Auburn High School in the spring and has a stated career path. Must...
Auburn High School Graduate – Awarded to an applicant who will graduate...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: Varies
Varies B.W. "Sandy" Sandberg Memorial Scholarship
Aviation Maintenance – Awarded to an applicant enrolled in Aviation Maintenance. May be a new or continuing student with a minimum 3.0 GPA. ...
Aviation Maintenance – Awarded to an applicant enrolled in Aviation...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: Varies
Varies Betty and Art Sadtler Memorial Scholarship
English – Awarded to an applicant who has a minimum 2.5 GPS. May be a new or continuing student. Preference is given to a student studying English.
English – Awarded to an applicant who has a minimum 2.5 GPS. May be a...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: Varies
Varies Betty Fernandez Memorial Scholarship
Student Worker – Awarded to an applicant who is an RVC student worker pursuing a degree in any discipline. Must earn a minimum 2.5 GPA in the fall...
Student Worker – Awarded to an applicant who is an RVC student worker...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: Varies
Varies Blaine Auker Memorial Scholarship
Byron High School Graduate (Education) – Awarded to an applicant who will graduate from Byron Hiigh School in the spring and plans to major in...
Byron High School Graduate (Education) – Awarded to an applicant who...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: Varies
Varies Bob Hawkins Memorial Scholarship
RVC Athletics – Awarded to a continuing student with 32 or more earned credit hours and a minimum 2.7 GPA. Must have significan involvement in...
RVC Athletics – Awarded to a continuing student with 32 or more earned...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: Varies
Varies Boyd and Marilyn Johnson Memorial Scholarship
Belvidere High School Graduate – Awarded to a recent Belvidere high school graduate with a minimum 2.4 GPA. Must be enrolled in 12 or more credit...
Belvidere High School Graduate – Awarded to a recent Belvidere high...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: Varies
Varies Brian Robert Peterson Memorial Scholarship
Aviation Maintenance – Awarded to an applicant enrolled in Aviation Maintenace who has completed 32 or more credit hous with a minimun 3.0 GPA. ...
Aviation Maintenance – Awarded to an applicant enrolled in Aviation...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: Varies
Varies Caryl Jean Brown Memorial Scholarship
Mass Communication – Awarded to an applicant pursuing a degree in Mass Communication with an emphasis on speech communication. Applicant must have...
Mass Communication – Awarded to an applicant pursuing a degree in Mass...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: Varies
Varies Catherine Manzullo Memorial Scholarship
GED Graduate – Awarded to an applicant who is a first time student who earned a GED. May be enrolled in developmental classes.
GED Graduate – Awarded to an applicant who is a first time student who...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: Varies
Varies Chase Shott Memorial Scholarship
Massage Therapy – Pursuing a certificate in Massage Therapy at RVC. Must submit an essay stating why they chose Massage Therapy and the impact this...
Massage Therapy – Pursuing a certificate in Massage Therapy at RVC. Must...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: Varies
Varies Christopher L. Peppers Memorial Scholarship
Film/Videography – Awarded to an applicant intending to pursue a career in film or videography. Must be a returning student who has earned a...
Film/Videography – Awarded to an applicant intending to pursue a career...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: Varies
Varies Dale Gulbrantson Memorial Scholarship
Criminal Justice – Awarded to a student enrolled in the Criminal Justice Program with financial need. May be a new or continuing student enrolled...
Criminal Justice – Awarded to a student enrolled in the Criminal Justice...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: Varies
Varies Dale Oij Scholarship
RVC Activities – Awarded to a student with a minimum of 12 earned credit hours and a minimum 2.5 GPA. Needs to be enrolled in a 12 or more credit...
RVC Activities – Awarded to a student with a minimum of 12 earned credit...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: Varies
Varies Danny Eytalis Memorial Scholarship
Financial Need – Awarded to a student who has financial need with a minimum 2.0 GPA. May be a new or continuing student. Completing the Financial...
Financial Need – Awarded to a student who has financial need with a...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: Varies
Varies David Madden Memorial Photography Scholarship
Photography or PhotoJournalism – Awarded to a new or continuing studentinterested in photography or photojournalisam as a career or hobby. Must be...
Photography or PhotoJournalism – Awarded to a new or continuing...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: Varies
Varies Dee Ann Taylor Memorial Scholarship
Art – Awarded to an applicant interested in art. May be a new or continuing student enrolled either full-time or part-time.
Art – Awarded to an applicant interested in art. May be a new or...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: Varies
Varies Dominick Cashatt Memorial Scholarship
Rockford High School Graduate – Awarded to a new student who graduated from one of the Rockford Public High Schools.
Rockford High School Graduate – Awarded to a new student who graduated...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: Varies
Varies Donald H. Wrork, M.D. Memorial Scholarship
Financial need – New or continuting student enrolled full or part-time, regarless of their academic achievement or perceived academic potential....
Financial need – New or continuting student enrolled full or part-time,...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: Varies
Varies E. Clarence Ahlgren Memorial Scholarship
Financial need – Awarded to an applicant who completes the RVC Financial Aid process. Preference given to December graduates with a 3.0 or higher...
Financial need – Awarded to an applicant who completes the RVC Financial...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: Varies
Varies Edward and Kathryn Way Memorial Scholarship
Pursuing an AA or AS degree – Awarded to an applicant who is a new or returning student enrolled either full-time or part-time, and pursuing an AA...
Pursuing an AA or AS degree – Awarded to an applicant who is a new or...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: Varies
Varies Eloise K. Eshbaugh Scholarship
Education – Awarded to an applicant pursuing a career in Education. May be a new or continuing student enrolled full-time with a minium 2.5 GPA . ...
Education – Awarded to an applicant pursuing a career in Education. May...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: Varies
Varies Eugene and Ruth Kyle Scholarship
Aviation/Manufacturing Technology – Awarded to a student pursuing a degree or certificate in manufacturing technology or aviation maintenance. May...
Aviation/Manufacturing Technology – Awarded to a student pursuing a...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: Varies
Varies Evelyn Abrahamson Memorial Scholarship
Nursing – Awarded to an applicant who has been accepted into the RVC Nursing program. Must be a continuing student with a minimum of 12 completed...
Nursing – Awarded to an applicant who has been accepted into the RVC...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: Varies
Varies George and Lucille Pollnow Scholarship
North Boone HS Graduate – Awarded to an applicant who is a recent graduate of North Boone High School with demonstrated academic ability enrolled...
North Boone HS Graduate – Awarded to an applicant who is a recent...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: Varies
Varies George E. Seidler Scholarship
Journalism – Awarded to an applicant with demonstrated financial need who displays academic ability (minimum 3.0 GPS). May be a new or continuing...
Journalism – Awarded to an applicant with demonstrated financial need...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: Varies
Varies Golden Futures Award
By Invitation Only – Awarded to students who are nominated for their outstanding support of Rock Valley College through additional volunteer...
By Invitation Only – Awarded to students who are nominated for their...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: Varies
Varies Golden Futures Scholarship
Financial Need – Awarded to a student in good standing with demonstrated financial need. Completing the Financial Aid process is mandatory.
Financial Need – Awarded to a student in good standing with demonstrated...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: Varies
Varies Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois Scholarship
Documented Disability – Awarded to an applicant who has a DSS documented disability. May be a new or continuing student in good academic standing...
Documented Disability – Awarded to an applicant who has a DSS documented...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: Varies
Varies Happy Amy Scholarship
Financial Need – Awarded to a continuing student with a minimum of 7 earned credit hours and financial need. May be full-time or part-time. ...
Financial Need – Awarded to a continuing student with a minimum of 7...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: Varies
Varies Harold Peterson Police Science Scholarship
Criminal Justice/Police Science – Awarded to an applicant who is majoring in Criminal Justice or Police Science. Must have completed 6 or more...
Criminal Justice/Police Science – Awarded to an applicant who is ...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: Varies
Varies Hazel M. McColl Nursing Scholarship
Nursing – Awarded to a full-time or part-time nursing student with a minimum 2.5 GPA. Preference given to those accepted into the RVC Associate...
Nursing – Awarded to a full-time or part-time nursing student with a...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: Varies
Varies Heidi Hutchison Memorial Scholarship
Athletics – Awarded to a female, continuing student with 24 or more earned credit hours with a minimum 2.5 GPA who has financial need. Any major...
Athletics – Awarded to a female, continuing student with 24 or more...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: Varies
Varies Heins "Second Chance" Scholarship
Career Advancement – Single parent residing in the College’s district; earned a High School diploma or GED only, wishing to advance in the...
Career Advancement – Single parent residing in the College’s district;...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: Varies
Varies Herbert J. Boetcher Memorial Scholarship
Financial Need – Awarded to an applicant who completes the RVC Financial Aid process. Preference given to December graduates with a 3.25 or higher...
Financial Need – Awarded to an applicant who completes the RVC Financial...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: Varies
Varies Holly Sylvester Scholarship for Students with Disabilities
Documented Disability – Awarded to an applicant who has a DSS documented disability. May be a new or continuing student in good academic standing...
Documented Disability – Awarded to an applicant who has a DSS documented...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: Varies
Varies Holly Sylvester Scholarship for Students with Disabilities from the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois Rubin Education Fund
Documented Disability – Awarded to an applicant who has a DSS documented disability. May be a new or continuing student in good academic standing...
Documented Disability – Awarded to an applicant who has a DSS documented...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: Varies
Varies Ina M. Cholke and Olga Dean Bullard Scholarship
Health Science – Awarded to an applicant who is pursuing a career in one of the health sciences. Must be a Winnebago County resident in good...
Health Science – Awarded to an applicant who is pursuing a career in one...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: Varies
Varies ISRT Chapter VI Brad Raney Memorial Scholarship
Respiratory Therapy – Awarded to a second year, full-time respiratory therapy student who is active in the Illinois Society for Respiratory Care...
Respiratory Therapy – Awarded to a second year, full-time respiratory...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: Varies
Varies Jack Becherer Presidential Scholarship
Developmental Coursework – Awarded to an applicant who is enrolled in at least one 3-credit college-level (100 or above) course. Must have taken,...
Developmental Coursework – Awarded to an applicant who is enrolled in at...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: Varies
Varies James & Shirley Waddell/SwedishAmerican Health System Scholarship
Nursing – Awarded to an applicant who has been accepted into the RVC Nursing program. Full or part time, continuing student with a cumulative GPA...
Nursing – Awarded to an applicant who has been accepted into the RVC...
  • Deadline:
  • Award: Varies