Rock Valley College



RVC Foundation scholarship application period



Engineering Applicants ONLY

CLOSE: March 20, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

All other applications

CLOSE: April 10, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.
♦ Applications submitted outside of this time frame will not be considered

To make the application process easier, know your:

RVC student ID number and password. You must have both to apply. Students who have never attended RVC but have been accepted into the NIU@RVC Engineering Program must enroll at RVC in order to receive an RVC student ID and password. Only then can you apply for an engineering scholarship.

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About RVC Foundation Scholarships


Where do they come from?

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.

How do I qualify for the most scholarships?

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.

How will I know if I received a scholarship?

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

How much will my award be?

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.

When will I get my award?

You’ll know by May 2019 if you have been awarded a scholarship. Then, all you have to do to keep your award is follow the instructions in the email. If you do that, your scholarship will show on your MyRVC account with a “P” for “Pending” the beginning of July. We do not officially release the scholarship funds until after the 10th day of classes for the semester. Once the census is done (that’s when your instructors verify that you’ve shown up for class), that “P” on your account will change to an “A”, and the funds will be applied. If you’ve already paid all of your tuition, you will receive a refund around the beginning of October for the fall semester and March for the spring semester.


What if I still have questions?

Call us. (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


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: