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Pay It Forward Scholarship

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

Applicant must:

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

There is no essay requirement for this scholarship.

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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