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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.) 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. Increase your chances by completing the RVC financial aid process. Doing that triples your matches. Check the section on Scholarship Criteria and mark those that pertain to you on the application form. Don’t skip this section, it’s important to the donor. And finally, write out your statements ahead of time. Put some thought into them. 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) How will you pay for school?
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.
You’ll know by May 1, 2018 if you have been awarded a scholarship. You’ll receive a notification letter in the mail. Then, all you have to do to keep your award is follow the instructions in the letter. 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 classes), 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.
Yes, you do. Number 1 requirement: write a thank-you letter to the donor. It must be received by the Foundation office no later than June 25, 2018. No exceptions. Other instructions will be based on the scholarship you receive. Are you required to be in a particular class? Be sure you’re registered for it. Do you need to be accepted into a particular program, such as Nursing, or Aviation Maintenance, or the NIU@RVC Engineering program? Did you complete the financial aid process? Remember, for any scholarship that has a financial need preference, the financial aid process must be finalized.
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 RVC-Foundation@RockValleyCollege.edu.
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:
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