Scholarships at the Community Foundation
Since 1993 the Community Foundation has successfully partnered with philanthropists to benefit organizations and communities throughout DeKalb County. Many of our donors who care about education create Scholarship Funds to help individuals with rising education costs. The Foundation offers over 75 different scholarships to high school students across DeKalb County.
A majority of the scholarships offered through Funds at the Community Foundation are specific to local high schools and can be applied for using the Foundation's Universal Scholarship Application. Scholarships that fall under this universal application process have a deadline of April 1 each year.
Scholarships that do not fall under the universal application process will vary in the application deadline, requirements, and guidelines. Please review eligibility and requirements before applying for any scholarship at the Foundation.
Applying For a Scholarship
With the Universal Scholarship Application, students can fill out ONE single application to apply for a variety of Community Foundation scholarships that they are eligible for. It's that easy! Applications open in January and are due by April 1 each year.
Students interested in applying for a scholarship must complete an online application. Scholarships that require supplemental materials (i.e. letter of recommendation, additional essay, etc.) will have additional instructions emailed to the applicant. Please note, not all scholarships fall under the universal application process.
How to Apply - Single Scholarships
- To begin, select the Apply/Login For a Scholarship button
- Create an account using your email address
- Review the scholarship listings to identify any scholarships that you are eligible for
- Review the application deadlines and guidelines before applying (requirements vary)
- Follow the instructions to complete the online application and submit when finished
- Complete and submit your application before the deadline. All sections must be complete, and all supporting documents must be provided. Partially completed applications will not be considered.
Need Help With Applying?
Review the tutorials below for assistance with creating an account and completing the application. Applicants can also download a written tutorial with detailed instructions on how to register and apply.
If you have any questions about scholarship opportunities with the Community Foundation, please contact Tiffany McQueen Lewis, Grants Director, at 815-748-5383 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frequently Asked Questions
You can view your application at any time as instructed below. However, once you submit your application, it can no longer be edited by you. Therefore, take your time and review your whole application before submitting.
If you realize your application needs to be edited after submission, send the updated information to email@example.com as soon as possible. Foundation staff will edit your application with the updates.
Click on the Apply/Login For a Scholarship button on the Foundation website. Enter the logon credentials you created during the registration process when you established your account. Click on the "Log On" button to access your account. Once you are logged on, you will be navigated to the Applicant Dashboard. Click on the "Active Requests" tab. In the "DeKalb County Community Foundation High School Scholarships" section, click on the blue words "Edit Application" or "View Application" depending on whether you have submitted your application.
DeKalb County and Beyond Scholarship Opportunities
There are a variety of Scholarship Funds at the Community Foundation and not all are specific to a local high school or who is eligible to receive them. Below are scholarships administered by the Community Foundation that vary in their requirements, application guidelines, and deadlines. Applicants are encouraged to thoroughly review the guidelines and eligibility requirements for each prior to applying. For questions or additional information, please contact Grants Director Tiffany McQueen Lewis, at 815-748-5383 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
DeKalb County Opportunities
Donald and Patricia Pritchard Scholarship(DeKalb County)
The Donald and Patricia Pritchard Scholarship benefits a graduating high school senior in DeKalb County OR a current college student who graduated from a DeKalb County high school and plans to attend or is already enrolled at the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana, majoring in any agriculture related field. Current college students must be currently enrolled in the ACES Program at the University of Illinois. Applications are available January 1 - April 1 each year.
Ed and Kim Kapper Physical Therapy Scholarship(DeKalb County)
The Ed and Kim Kapper Physical Therapy Scholarship provides support for a high school graduate of a DeKalb County school who is attending an accredited physical therapy program at an accredited college or university. Applications are available April 1 - June 1 each year.
Jeffrey A. Trail Memorial Scholarship(DeKalb County)
The Jeffrey A. Trail Memorial Scholarship provides an initial monetary award every year to a recent high school graduate from DeKalb County who is in the first year at one of the five U.S. service academies and who has been chosen from among that year’s applicants. The selected student will receive an additional stipend each year that he or she continues at the academy. Completion of the four-year undergraduate program would result in total assistance amounting to $5,000. Applications are available January 1 - April 1 each year.
Palmer Family Music Education Scholarship(DeKalb County)
The Palmer Family Music Education Scholarship is available for high school graduates of a DeKalb County high school planning to pursue a career in the field of music. The scholarship is awarded by a committee composed of several individuals from various musical backgrounds and representing many communities throughout DeKalb County. Applications are available January 1 - April 1 each year.
Renaissance Scholarship(DeKalb County)
The Renaissance Scholarship offers a $1,000 initial scholarship renewable for up to three years to an individual returning to school for his or her undergraduate degree after being a part of the work force. Applications are available April 1 - June 1 each year.
Spinoso Masters Scholarship(DeKalb County)
The Spinoso Masters Scholarship provides a scholarship for up to $10,000 to a deserving student to cover tuition costs of post-undergraduate or master's studies. Eligible applicants must have graduated from a DeKalb County high school but do not need to currently live in DeKalb County. Applications are available April 1 - June 1 each year.
- 2020 scholarship recipients - Karrigan Cowan, David Long, Margaret Meyer, Paul Un, Taylor Volk, and Lauren Zaeske
- See past recipients of the Spinoso Masters Scholarship
DeKalb County and Beyond Opportunities
CHS Elburn Scholarship(DeKalb County and Beyond)
The CHS Elburn Scholarship is available for high school graduates and current undergraduate students at an accredited college or university. Applicants must be a family member of an eligible CHS Elburn customer or a family member of a CHS Elburn employee. Applications are available January 1 - April 1 each year.
Dr. and Mrs. Harold P. Wells Scholarship Fund(DeKalb County and Beyond)
The Dr. and Mrs. Harold P. Wells Scholarship is available to employees and family members of the employees of the DeKalb Fire Department and graduates of the Kishwaukee Education Consortium's Fire Science Program. The Wells Scholarship can be used to offset expenses for any educational purpose. Some examples include college tuition, any fire course, educational short courses, conferences and camps, such as music and space camp, etc. Applications are available January 1 - April 1 each year.