Rock Valley College

Scholarships

The RVC Foundation Scholarship Application Portal for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022  scholarships  OPENS April 5, 2021 for all eligible students.

All Students Apply Now


ENGINEERS - Engineering specific application is now closed

Application Dates: February 1 - March 18, 2021

(Includes NIU@RVC Engineering students attending NIU on the RVC campus)

 

ALL STUDENTS - APPLY STARTING APRIL 5

Application Dates: April 5 - May 20, 2021


Before you apply
 

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  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. If eligible, submit the FAFSA application, then complete Form 1 through the RVC financial aid department by April 30 to be eligible for a scholarship based on financial need.

  4. NOTE: All scholarship communication will be through your Rock Valley College student email


Important Dates

Preliminary Award Notices

Preliminary award notices will be sent to your RVC student email
Engineering Applicants: April 8
All Applicants: June 3

Hard Deadlines for Outstanding Items: June 17

 

  • Financial aid file: FAFSA, Form 1, and any other requested documents
  • Registered for fall classes at RVC and/or NIU if in the NIU@RVC Engineering Program
  • Thank you letter submitted
  • Transcripts submitted, if required
     

Final Award Notices: June 24

 

Payment Due for Fall Tuition: July 6


A properly written thank you letter to your donor(s) is mandatory.  The document linked below was created to make the process as easy as possible for you. Please read the instructions and check out the sample thank you letters shown.

Donor "Thank You" Letter Instructions with Samples


 

About RVC Foundation Scholarships

RVC Foundation Scholarships are provided by donors who believe in your right to receive a good education at a quality institution. Many of them are alumni of Rock Valley College, others are your neighbors, friends and employers, and still more believe in the Rockford community as a whole and know that education is the key to economic growth. Whatever their reasons, our donors are passionate people. Some make big gifts that will fund a scholarship for years to come, others make small gifts month after month, year after year. They all have one goal in mind – to give you a chance at a brighter future.

Be a student in good standing (2.0 cumulative GPA and 67% completion rate), complete the financial aid process at RVC or NIU, and register for fall classes. That’s it. This does not mean you’ll be matched with every scholarship the RVC Foundation offers, but you will match many of them. And finally, write out your statements ahead of time. Put some thought into them. Remember, you are not writing a text message! Your statements are the way that the donor and the scholarship committee get to know you. You’ll need 3 of them: 1) What it will mean to you if you should receive an RVC Foundation Scholarship; 2) Your education and career goals; and 3) Financial information that you are willing to share.

Award notifications and other individual student scholarship information will be sent to your college issued student email.

It depends. The more information you provide, the better matched you’ll be to multiple scholarships. See above. In general, unless a donor has specified a particular dollar amount, scholarships are awarded based on how many credits you will be taking in the fall, your official student status (freshman, sophomore) and your GPA.

For engineering specific scholarships,you’ll be notified via student email by April 2 and by May 26 for all other scholarships. The email details the award you may receive and the steps necessary to turn the preliminary award into a final award.

For the most part, these are common sense steps, such as:

  1. Register for fall classes
  2. Complete the current spring semester and maintain your GPA and registered credits
  3. Complete the financial aid process if you have been offered a needs-based scholarship
  4. Write a thank you letter to the donor of your scholarship and upload it to the scholarship application
     

A few scholarships will also ask that you complete an essay or provide a reference. All instructions will be provided in your preliminary award email. The deadline to complete all of these tasks is June 17, 2020.

Your scholarship award will show on your MyRVC account prior to July 15, 2020 which is the 1st tuition payment due date. Your award will be marked with a “P” for “Pending”, which will hold all of your classes and stop you from being dropped for non-payment of your tuition.

You must make arrangements with financial aid to pay for any tuition that will not be covered by your scholarship.

Your award will be marked with an “A” for “Applied” after the 10th day of fall classes. Any refund due to you for tuition paid will be determined after the Financial Aid Course Registration Deadline, which will be towards the end of September 2020.  Refund checks will be sent during October 2020.

 

Call us at (815) 921-4500 for the Foundation office, or (815) 921-4506 to reach me directly. I’m Linda Buerger, the Scholarship and Financial Operations Manager. We all love to talk to students, and will be happy to answer your questions and help you through the process. You can also email RVC-Foundation@RockValleyCollege.edu.

Scholarship Searches


In addition to applying for an RVC Foundation scholarship, we also suggest you seek out additional scholarship opportunities. We do not recommend that you pay anyone to find a scholarship or financial assistance for you. This information is available to you for free online.

Some helpful scholarship websites include:

  • Foundation Scholarship Testimonials