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Colleen Maher Inspirational Scholarship

Supporting individuals with intellectual disabilities to enhance their lives through employment and independent living skills.

Applicant must:

- Be between the ages of 18-25 as of the application deadline;

- Have an intellectual disability as defined in the Scholarship Specifications section;

- Be a current student in or a graduate of Rockford Public Schools;

- Be enrolled or intending to enroll in a post-secondary program that will enhance his or her life through employment and/or independent living skills for the upcoming academic year;

- Provide verification that they receive services for their intellectual disability, such as a reference from their primary care physician or school case manager.

This scholarship is administered by the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois (CFNIL). CFNIL's scholarship application opens March 1 and closes April 15 every year. Learn more about CFNIL's scholarship program and application process at

Questions about this scholarship? Contact CFNIL at


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