IVCC Foundation Scholarships for the 2022-23 school year

The IVCC Foundation scholarship application process for the 2022-23 school year is closed.
**March 18, 2022 - Music & Theatre scholarships are still available by audition.
See below.
The six awards listed below require an audition. For information on eligibility and audition dates you must contact IVCC music instructor Michael Pecherek, 815-224-0430, michael_pecherek@ivcc.edu
Dr. Joan McGuire Memorial
The Open Court
William & Ethyl Strong
William & Marge Strong
Dr. Mary Margaret Weeg Music
Malcolm & Doris Ann Whipple

The five awards listed below require an audition. For information on eligibility and audition dates you must contact IVCC Theatre instructor Dr. David Kuester, 815-224-0352, david_kuester@ivcc.edu 
Matt Boehm Memorial Theatre
Duguid-Muhich Theatre
Giacomo R. Leone
Frances Rabenstein Memorial
Dr. Mary Margaret Weeg Theatre

Contact Donna Swiskoski in the IVCC Foundation Office at donna_swiskoski@ivcc.edu or (815) 224-0551 if you have questions or need more information about the scholarship program.

2023-24 School Year - The online application will be available Friday, Dec. 9, 2022.
The deadline to submit all documents:
Thursday, February 9, 2023
* Online scholarship application & uploaded essay must be submitted by 9 p.m.
* 2023-24 FAFSA or alternate application must be submitted online

* An application for admission to IVCC must be on file.
* All applicants are required to submit online the 2023-24 FAFSA, Free Application for Federal Student Aid at https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa or the alternate application at https://studentportal.isac.org/alternativeapp 
* Scholarships are awarded on the assumption the recipient will be enrolled at IVCC full-time (12+ credit hours) for the 2023-24 school year, fall and spring, unless otherwise indicated.
* 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.

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 within the website or listed in any publication.
* The IVCC Foundation will notify all applicants of award decisions in June 2023 via mailed letter.

* Current high school seniors OR students enrolling at IVCC for the first time, you must request a copy of your high school transcript be sent to IVCC Records Office by Feb. 9, 2023.
* Current high school seniors: your transcript must include grades posted through the end of fall semester.
* Current IVCC students do not need to submit a transcript.

→You must write an essay for your application to be complete. Your essay should be finished and ready to upload in order to submit the application for consideration.
→Your essay is a critical part of your application. Use careful thought and your best language skills when preparing your essay.
→The application and your essay are for all general and program-specific scholarships awarded by the IVCC Foundation.

A committee reviews and scores your essay as a whole based on:
**Following the essay guidelines:
**Content of your essay: you must address all 3 areas listed below;
**Quality of your essay should be focused and structured;
**Your spelling and grammar will be scored.

Essay Guidelines
Length - 2 full typed pages, but no more than 3 pages
Font Style - Times New Roman
Font Size - 12
All Margins - 1 inch
Put your first and last name on each page, top right corner
Do not put a title on the essay
Save document as Last Name.First Name Essay (ex. Smith.Joe Essay)
Must be submitted as as a PDF (max. 16MB)

Please address all 3 areas listed below in your essay
1. Educational and Professional Goals
* Reasons you are attending IVCC and why you chose your specific major or area of study.
* If applicable, what or who inspired your decision.
* Describe your educational and professional goals beyond IVCC.

2. Involvement and Community Service (if none, please explain)
* Participation in school events, clubs or activities.
* Examples of non-school related volunteerism or community service.
* Honors received.

3. Financial Need and Special Circumstances
* Reasons you are seeking a scholarship.
* Concerns or special circumstances you would like us to consider.

If you are interested in being considered for any of the following three scholarships, an additional essay is required for each one.
NOTE: Prepare your essay(s) prior to continuing filling out and submitting the application.
NOTE: You will be able to upload the essay(s) at the end of the application.

Kristyne K. Curley Memorial
One-page essay describing 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
One-page essay describing 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
An essay (minimum 500 words) addressing both 1 & 2:
1. Areas in your life where you overcame an obstacle either in your school, social or family life and how you demonstrated leadership.
2. Traits you possess which will enhance your education or career.

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After you type in your information and upload your essay, you MUST CLICK 'SUBMIT' TWICE for the application to be processed.

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 2022
William & Dian Taylor Awards

Scholarship available to IVCC students transferring to Eureka College in Fall 2022
Steven W. Rigazio Scholarship

A list of all the 2022-23 Foundation scholarships are available in a convenient PDF.
Scholarship Booklet 2022-23