NORTHERN ILLINOIS — The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois (CFNIL) announced its 2022 scholarship recipients recently. 180 scholarships worth up to $372,651 will be given to local students. The scholarships will support the post-secondary educational aspirations of 140 local students from 25 high schools.
Six students from Rochelle Township High School were awarded scholarships. Angel Cruz (RTHS 2020) won the Leonard D. Carmichael Community Service Scholarship, Riley Flanagan (RTHS 2022) won the Betty Harlan Art Memorial Scholarship, James Hart (RTHS 2019) won the Leonard D. Carmichael Community Service Scholarship, Madison Ost (RTHS 2022) won the In Youth We Trust Award, Devansh Patel (RTHS 2022) won the Rockford Products Scholarship and Ayah Sbeih (RTHS 2021) won the Leonard D. Carmichael Community Service Scholarship.
CFNIL administers over 100 scholarship endowments. The endowments were created by individuals and organizations that recognize the importance of education. Donors establish the criteria for each scholarship, based on their interests and the community’s need. Many of CFNIL’s scholarships are memorials, which celebrate the life and passions of individuals. Thanks to the generosity of scholarship fund creators, since 2000 CFNIL has awarded over $4,000,000 to local students.
Most of the recipients are graduating high school seniors in Boone, Ogle, Stephenson and Winnebago Counties. Scholarships are awarded to many kinds of students: academic achievers; non-traditional; those with financial need; athletes; all races and ethnicities; pursuing careers in education, STEM, business, fire science and healthcare and many more. Some of the scholarships are renewable for up to four years. The diversity of the recipients reflects the diversity of CFNIL’s donors and the communities it serves. Learn more about the CFNIL scholarship class of 2022 at www.cfnil.org/2022-scholarship-recipients
Scholarship applications are reviewed and scored by community volunteers. A “blind” review process assures that scholarships are awarded objectively to students who best fit the scholarship criteria. This year over 110 volunteers read and scored over 1,100 scholarship applications.
“A scholarship is more than a check, it is a down payment on the future of our community,” said CFNIL President Dan Ross. “Each year we are reminded that the past generosity of donors, the present commitment of volunteers, and the ongoing exceptional efforts of local students are all part of building our future. If the CFNIL Scholarship Class of 2022 is any indication, that future will be very bright!”
After a two-year pandemic hiatus, the in-person CFNIL Scholarship Award Night returns Thursday, June 16, 5:30 p.m. at Klehm Arboretum! This celebration of scholarship honors all recipients and welcomes families, donors and community members. Watch for more details on this event to come.