Rockford, Illinois

Rock Valley College Foundation Scholarships for Fall 2015

Scholarship Applications available April 1- June 5 for the 2015 – 2016 school year.

Due to a technical malfunction, all Scholarship Applications that were submitted online between April 1 and April 20 need to be submitted again.  Due to a database failure, even if the student received a confirmation, their information was not saved.  Rock Valley College apologizes for the error, but wants to make sure all students know to resubmit so they can be considered for scholarships.

The deadline to apply for scholarships has been extended to Friday, June 5.

Scholarship Opportunities for Rock Valley College Students

The Rock Valley College Foundation offers a wide variety of scholarships to students attending RVC. 

You must submit the online scholarship application by June 5, 2015 and be registered for fall classes by June 5, 2015 to be considered for scholarships.

5 Easy Steps to complete your Scholarship Application

Please read carefully: All applications must be filled out and submitted online. No exceptions. Printed applications will not be accepted.Applications cannot be saved, but must be completed in one sitting. Have the necessary information available before starting the process. If changes need to be made after completion, you must submit a new application. Only the last application submitted will be accepted.

1. Know your RVC student ID number. You will need it to apply.

2. To be considered for scholarships based on financial need, complete the RVC financial aid process by June 5, 2015. If you have any questions about your financial aid file status, check with the Financial Aid Office (Main Campus Student Center, 2nd floor).

3. To be considered for scholarships based on GPA, new high school and transfer students must submit official transcripts (through fall semester 2014) to the Records and Registration Office (Main Campus Student Center, top floor) by June 5, 2015. Returning RVC students do not need to submit transcripts.

4. To be considered for scholarships based on other criteria such as program of study or high school attended, submit any supporting documentation listed on the application to the RVC Foundation (Main Campus, adjacent to the Spring Brook Road entrance) by June 5, 2015.

5. You must register for Fall 2015 classes by June 5, 2015. No exceptions.

Remember: 1) complete your online scholarship application; 2) complete your financial aid file; 3) turn in transcripts if needed; 4) submit any additional information requested; and 5) register for classes.

Print or save your application confirmation!

Apply now for an RVC scholarship!

Detailed Information on Rock Valley College Foundation Scholarships

RVC Foundation Scholarships are awarded for the academic year, and cover fall and spring semester classes only. All scholarships focus on: 

1) the student's program of study; 

2) academic standing; and/or 

3) financial need. 

One or all of these main criteria may apply to a particular scholarship. Other criteria may also be considered based on the individual scholarship guidelines.

Award amounts vary based on student status. Funds are dispersed to the student's RVC Financial Aid account, and are applied to tuition first, then fees, books and mandatory supplies. Funds not used will be returned to the RVC Foundation.

Student Status is determined through the RVC Student Record System. Full- and part-time status is determined by the number of credit hours an applicant is registered for as of June 5, 2015. Second-year (sophomore) status is determined by the completion of a minimum of 32 credit hours. New or returning student status is determined by the number of credit hours completed as of May 18, 2015. Dual-credit or Running Start student status will be determined by the actual/pending high school graduation date as entered on the application form and the number of credit hours earned prior to graduation.


General Eligibility Requirements

All applicants are asked to: 1) supply general biographical information; 2) write a brief statement on what receiving a scholarship will mean to them; and 3) write a brief statement about their education and career goals. These statements will be shared with the donor of the scholarship awarded, and quotes may be used in publications and news media.

  • Applicants intending to obtain a transfer degree (Associate of Arts, Associate in Science, and Associate in Engineering Science) must indicate their area of concentration in the space provided on the application. Please note: Nursing is not available as an area of concentration. Please choose biology, chemistry, or any other applicable area, and then include Nursing as a career goal when you write your education statement.
  • Applicants intending to pursue a career degree (Associate of Applied Science, Associate Degree Nursing, and Associate of General Studies) or certificate must choose their particular program in the space provided on the application.
  • Applicants intending to transfer before obtaining an Associate Degree must include their future career goals when writing their education statement.
  • Applicants who are unsure of their education goals have the option to choose "I don't know yet" on the application. They may not qualify for a program-based scholarship, but need- and merit-based are still open to them.

Program-based scholarship eligibility is for those applicants who have already determined their education goals at Rock Valley College.Some programs have a separate admissions process and are considered "limited admissions" programs. Your program admission will be confirmed with the program director prior to determining final eligibility. For more information on career programs and certificates offered, please click here.

Merit-based scholarship eligibility is for those applicants with a GPA of 2.5 or higher. New high school and transfer students must turn in their official transcripts to the Records and Registration office by June 5, 2015.

Need-based scholarship eligibility is for those applicants who complete their RVC Financial Aid File by May 18, 2015. Note: A student does not have to receive financial aid in order to qualify for a need-based scholarship; they just have to complete the process. Please click here for more information on the RVC financial aid process.

Your initial scholarship award is based on the information provided on the application and the information in the RVC Student Record System. If your information changes, you may lose your scholarship funding. For instance, if you register for 15 credit hours in the fall, and only 7 in the spring, you may lose funds based on the number of hours you are registered for. You also must remain a "student in good standing" by maintaining your GPA and completing all of your classes. Failure to do either one could cause you to lose your scholarship.



Mailing address for all college offices:

Rock Valley College | 3301 N. Mulford Rd. | Rockford, IL 61114 | 815.921.7821

Physical locations:

RVC Foundation | 815.921.4500 | RVC-Foundation@rockvalleycollege.edu

Main Campus adjacent to the Spring Brook Road entrance (6250 Spring Brook Rd.)

RVC Financial Aid | 815.921.4150 | RVC-FIA@rockvalleycollege.edu

Main Campus Student Center (SC), 2nd floor

RVC Records and Registration | 815.921.4250 | RVC-Records@rockvalleycollege.edu

Main Campus Student Center (SC), top floor

Apply now for an RVC scholarship!
Kris Leake

Scholarship Searches

Rock Valley College does not recommend that you pay anyone to find a scholarship or financial assistance for you. This information is available to students for free on the internet. Some helpful web sites and links include: