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R.I.S.E. Nursing Scholarship

Updated: Oct 6, 2021

To support current Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) who want to continue their medical education.

Applicants must:

- Have a nursing aid certificate (CNA) and be currently employed as a CNA at a long-term care facility* in the northern Illinois region;

- Be planning to take classes at an accredited institution in the upcoming school year, working towards a degree or certification in a medical field such as nursing; and

- Have a permanent residence in Boone, Winnebago, Ogle, or Stephenson counties.

Preference will be given to applicants who currently work as a CNA at Fairhaven Christian Retirement Center in Rockford, IL. Secondary preference will be given to applicants who work with seniors.

*For the purposes of this scholarship, a long-term care facility is defined as a facility that provides rehabilitative, restorative, and/or ongoing skilled nursing care to patients or residents in need of assistance with activities of daily living. This can include assisted living facilities, nursing homes, or skilled nursing facilities.

Learn more about the R.I.S.E. Nursing 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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