Rock Valley College


RVC Foundation General Scholarship Application Period


The scholarship application will reopen on February 3, 2020 at 8:00 a.m.

To make the application process easier, know your:

RVC student ID number and password. You must have both to apply. Students who have never attended RVC but have been accepted into the NIU@RVC Engineering Program must enroll at RVC in order to receive an RVC student ID and password. Only then can you apply for an engineering scholarship.

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About RVC Foundation Scholarships


Where do they come from?

RVC Foundation Scholarships are provided by donors who believe in your right to receive a good education at a quality institution. Many of them are alumni of Rock Valley College, others are your neighbors, friends and employers, and still more believe in the Rockford community as a whole and know that education is the key to economic growth. Whatever their reasons, our donors are passionate people. Some make big gifts that will fund a scholarship for years to come, others make small gifts month after month, year after year. They all have one goal in mind – to give you a chance at a brighter future.

How do I qualify for the most scholarships?

Be a Student in Good Standing (2.0 cumulative GPA and 67% completion rate), complete the financial aid process at RVC or NIU, and register for fall classes. That’s it. This does not mean you’ll be matched with every scholarship the RVC Foundation offers, but you will match many of them. And finally, write out your statements ahead of time. Put some thought into them. Remember, you are not writing a text message! Your statements are the way that the donor and the scholarship committee get to know you. You’ll need 3 of them: 1) What it will mean to you if you should receive an RVC Foundation Scholarship; 2) Your education and career goals; and 3) Financial information that you are willing to share.

How will I know if I received a scholarship?

Award notifications and other individual student scholarship information will be sent to your college issued student email.

How much will my award be?

It depends. The more information you provide, the better matched you’ll be to multiple scholarships. See above. In general, unless a donor has specified a particular dollar amount, scholarships are awarded based on how many credits you will be taking in the fall, your official student status (freshman, sophomore) and your GPA.

When will I know if I will receive and award?

For engineering specific scholarships,you’ll be notified via student email by April 2nd and by May 26th for all other scholarships. The email details the award you may receive and the steps necessary to turn the preliminary award into a final award.

For the most part, these are common sense steps, such as: 1) Register for fall classes; 2) Complete the current spring semester and maintain your GPA and registered credits; 3) Complete the financial aid process if you have been offered a needs-based scholarship; 4) Write a thank you letter to the donor of your scholarship and upload it to the scholarship application.

A few scholarships will also ask that you complete an essay or provide a reference. All instructions will be provided in your preliminary award email. The deadline to complete all of these tasks is June 17, 2020.


When will I get my funds?

Your scholarship award will show on your MyRVC account prior to July 15, 2020 which is the 1st tuition payment due date. Your award will be marked with a “P” for “Pending”, which will hold all of your classes and stop you from being dropped for non-payment of your tuition.

You must make arrangements with financial aid to pay for any tuition that will not be covered by your scholarship.

Your award will be marked with an “A” for “Applied” after the 10th day of fall classes. Any refund due to you for tuition paid will be determined after the Financial Aid Course Registration Deadline, which will be towards the end of September, 2020.  Refund checks will be sent during October, 2020.


What if I still have questions?

Call us. (815) 921-4500 for the Foundation office, or (815) 921-4506 to reach me directly. I’m Linda Buerger, the Scholarship and Financial Operations Manager. We all love to talk to students, and will be happy to answer your questions and help you through the process. You can also email

Scholarship Searches

In addition to applying for an RVC Foundation scholarship, we also suggest you seek out additional scholarship opportunities. We do not recommend that you pay anyone to find a scholarship or financial assistance for you. This information is available to you for free online.

Some helpful scholarship websites include: