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WoTM Ruthann Gaston Women in Engineering Scholarship

Updated: Jan 8

Supporting women pursuing a career in the manufacturing industry.

Applicants must:

- Be female;

- Currently reside in the WOTM service area (Boone, Ogle, Stephenson, Winnebago, and Rock County as of the fund establishment date).

- Be currently enrolled or plan to enroll in a college, university, or technical school within the WOTM service area; students at Kishwaukee Community College or the NIU@RVC Engineering Program are eligible to apply.

- Intend to enroll in manufacturing-related courses in the upcoming school year.

- Plan to enter a field related to industrial manufacturing.


For the purposes of this scholarship, industrial manufacturing refers to the processing of raw materials or parts into finished goods through the use of tools, machinery, or labor in a timely and cost-efficient manner.

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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