Rock Valley College


"Last Chance" for an RVC Foundation Scholarship!

CNC Machining Students ONLY apply here

Apply for CNC Machining Scholarships ONLY

All other students apply below

  • Applications accepted 9/7-9/14 ONLY
  • Preliminary awards will be posted 9/15-9/20
  • Offer emails will be sent on 9/21

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Starting Sept. 7, you can apply (at this link)!

Dates to Remember

  • Application period September 7 through September 14, 2022 at 11:59 PM
  • Preliminary offers emailed September 21, 2022
  • Offers accepted and thank you letter uploaded by September 28 at 11:59 PM
  • Final offers emailed October 6, 2022


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Scholarship Application Information

When the scholarship application closes, you can still access information about the scholarship process.

Applying for a scholarship?

Here's how to get ready:

1. Wait for the date! Do not apply early.

All applicants – DO NOT APPLY EARLY. Your submitted application must fall on or after the opening date of your application period. In other words, applications submitted before February 14 for engineering careers and before April 11 for all other careers and trades will not be included in the pool of qualified applications.

2. File the FAFSA, complete the process!

All applicants – complete the FAFSA for the 2022-2023 academic year as soon as possible, even if you know you don’t qualify for a Pell Grant.  We base need on your ability to complete the process, NOT on your Pell Grant eligibility. For those who cannot qualify for federal financial aid, there are questions on the application for you to indicate your situation. Once you complete your FAFSA, complete the RVC Financial Aid office’s Form 1. Check your MyRVC account for items in your “Financial Aid Missing Documents” folder.

3. Those in engineering careers can apply beginning February 14

Engineering careers ONLY – applications open February 14, 2022. If you are an RVC engineering student, complete the engineering application’s required fields. We have plenty of scholarships available for ALL engineering careers. NOTE: Students pursuing a career in Electrical or Manufacturing Engineering Technology, or any other Technology focused career should apply April 11, unless you plan on transferring to NIU your junior year for the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

If you are an NIU@RVC Mechanical Engineering student and have been accepted at NIU, you must also provide your NIU “Z” number, NIU student email address, a copy of your Financial Aid letter from NIU, and a copy of your letter of acceptance if starting the program fall of 2022, or NIU transcript if you have completed at least 1 semester in the program. Please note that the NIU@RVC program is only for students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and who will be attending classes on the Rock Valley College campus. No other engineering degree is acceptable, including the “online only” BS in Applied Manufacturing Technology.

4. Those in health careers can apply beginning April 11

Health careers ONLY – applications open April 11, 2022. If you are planning a career in a health field, you will now have an additional application with questions pertaining to health careers only. At this time, the conditional application is still under development.

5. Those in all other careers and trades can apply beginning April 11

All other careers and trades – applications open April 11, 2022. Complete the General Application, reading all questions carefully, and paying particular attention to the Personal and Education Statements. If you're not sure, contact the Foundation! We're always willing to answer any question you may have.

Thank You Letters

  • A properly written thank you letter to your donor(s) is mandatory. 
  • Donor "Thank You" Letter Instructions with Samples (PDF) – This document 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.

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.

Both the preliminary award email and the final award email will be sent to your RVC student email account. It is your responsibility to monitor your RVC student email account. Any email we send will come from Please all our email to your contacts lost. We also require that you provide a textable cell number for notification purposes. You may also provide a personal email address. 

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.

At the top of the RVC Foundation scholarship web page is a list of important dates. Check your RVC student email account when those dates occur. NOTE: Even though we make every attempt to get all notices out to applicants as stated, there is a chance that our scholarship provider will hold the emails in a queue and release them in the middle of the night. You may not see your notice until the next day.

Your scholarship award will be posted to your financial aid account when first awarded in July. This allows you to see the balance of tuition owed and make arrangements for payment. However, the funds will not be released to you until after the 10th day of classes, in either fall or spring semester. As long as your scholarship shows as "pending", you have nothing to worry about. If there's any other message by the scholarship name, please contact the Foundation office at RVC-Foundation so that we may investigate and make sure your funds go through.


Call us at (815) 921-4500 for the Foundation office, or (815) 921-4506 to reach the scholarship 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:
  • Foundation Scholarship Testimonials