January 18 deadline to apply for the Fox River Valley Community Foundation 200 scholarships


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The deadline is 4 p.m. on Tuesday, January 18, to apply for nearly 200 different scholarships, totaling over $ 1 million in scholarships, available exclusively to high school, college and graduate students in the Greater Montreal area. Fox Valley through the Fox River Valley Community Foundation.

Visit www.cfrv.org to access and submit the request. General policies, list of materials needed to apply, main eligibility requirements, types of scholarships available, and location-based opportunities are included with the application.

Completing a single application makes students eligible for one of nearly 200 different scholarship funds for the 2022-2023 academic year.

Many are based on financial need. Others reward merit and academic achievement. Some are niche scholarships for specific fields of study. Others are renewable for up to four years.

Scholarships are available for local students who live in the Greater Aurora area, the Tri-Cities, and Kendall County, Illinois.

Students apply to the Community Foundation scholarship program as a whole, not a specific scholarship, and are considered for any scholarship for which they are eligible.

“The Community Foundation is proud to support local students in their continuing education,” said Beth Christoffel, manager of the scholarship program. “Last year, 330 students from the Fox Valley area received over $ 1.4 million through our scholarship program. Since 1948, the CFFRV has awarded more than $ 20 million in scholarships.

“This scholarship will allow me to focus more on my studies instead of worrying about how to pay for my studies. I work not only to create new opportunities for myself, but also to motivate future generations.” – Recipient of the 2021-2022 scholarship program

The Community Foundation scholarship program consists of nearly 200 separate scholarship funds created by individual donors who establish specific criteria for the administration of their scholarships. One thing in common is that applicants should plan to attend an accredited post-secondary institution in the United States full-time.

Applications are reviewed by the CFFRV scholarship committee, made up of local residents who volunteer their time and skills to participate in the review process.

Although a student may be eligible for several different scholarships, only one scholarship may be received by a student in any given year to help as many students as possible.

Students who submit their applications before the January 18 deadline will receive award decisions in early May 2022.

An overview of some of the scholarships

Here are some of the more than 200 people, businesses and organizations who make these awards possible through the Community Foundation:

• The Jerry J. Murphy MSW Scholarship Fund, established in 2015, offers scholarships to students of Latin descent who are pursuing a master’s degree in social work. Murphy, now retired, served the residents of Kane County for 28 years as the executive director of the board of directors of INC, a community funding alliance for mental health.

• The Danny McCue Memorial / Aurora Firefighters Scholarship, established in 2005, provides scholarships to students who are employed by the Aurora Fire Department or to students whose parents or grandparents are employed or retired from the Aurora Fire Department. Aurora fire. McCue (1955-2005) graduated from East Aurora High School.

• The George & Elaine Hettrich Scholarship Endowment Fund, established in 2007, awards scholarships to graduate students of secondary schools located in Oswego District 308. The scholarships support students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing or in an area of ​​their choice. . George Hettrich is a resident and lifelong farmer in Oswego Township. He served in several elected offices in Oswego Township and Kendall County. Elaine Hettrich was employed by Copley Hospital and then worked as a nurse for 25 years for the Oswego School District.

• The Swami Vivekananda Scholarship was established in 2017 by the Aurora Indian Community Outreach Advisory Board to support high school students in the middle school who have demonstrated exemplary community service with financial assistance to continue their education in the field. of their choice.

• The Albert M. Zari Scholarship Fund, established in 2014, offers scholarships to students pursuing an undergraduate degree in accounting, aeronautics / aerospace sciences, agriculture, commerce, communications, computer, electronics, engineering, finance, systems. information, medicine, or pharmacy. Students continuing their studies in trade schools are also eligible. Eligibility is restricted to students graduating from public high schools in Batavia, Geneva, Saint-Charles, Oswego, Sycamore, DeKalb, Kaneland, Yorkville or Plano. Zari, founder of AM Zari Construction Company, helped build the runways at O’Hare Airport.

• The Dr. William H. Blackburn Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund, established in 1985, is intended for graduate students studying in the field of medicine. Dr Blackburn practiced at the Dreyer Medical Clinic from 1942 to 1985, was Chief of Staff at Copley Memorial Hospital and St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, and was President of the Greater Aurora Chamber of Commerce.

The Fox River Valley Community Foundation is a collection of individual funds and resources donated by local citizens to support the quality of life in Fox River Valley, Illinois.

Founded in 1948, it is a non-profit, tax-exempt public charity that allows individuals, businesses and other non-profit organizations to establish a permanent endowment and temporary funds within the limits of a large foundation. Foundation funds are used to provide grants to nonprofit organizations and scholarships to students in the area. The CFFRV serves the Greater Aurora region, the Tri-Cities and Kendall County in Illinois.

For more information, visit www.cfrv.org or follow www.facebook.com/cfrv.


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