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Pay It Forward Scholarship

Updated: Jan 5

Support for students who have demonstrated the ability to overcome obstacles in their pursuit of post-secondary education.

Applicant must:

- Currently reside in CFNIL's service area (Boone, Ogle, Stephenson, or Winnebago County); and - Have demonstrated "grit" and the ability to overcome obstacles.


Qualifying for this scholarship is simple: just fill out CFNIL’s application. Every student living within CFNIL’s service area who applies will be eligible, and our reviewers will be looking for students who demonstrate grit and the ability to overcome obstacles in the pursuit of their post-secondary education. 

Learn more about the Pay It Forward Scholarship.

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

Questions about this scholarship? Contact CFNIL at


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