Scholarships

Scholarships

Most scholarships listed are awarded annually. Students interested in applying for scholarships may find scholarships through:

The Financial Aid Office

Scholarship notices are posted on the Financial Aid Office bulletin board.  In addition, students may apply to the Financial Aid Office for the following competitive scholarships.

KC Academic Achievement Award

Who is Eligible? Value & Duration When & How to Apply
Awards are available to in-district high school graduating class. Students must rank in the top 25% of their senior class. In-district tuition and mandatory fee waivers each year.  Recipients must complete 12 semester hours with a 3.100 GPA each term the award is received The Financial Aid Office (FAO) will notify the high school counselors when the application cycle opens. Student should get the information from their counselors office. Official high school transcript and letters of recommendation are required. Students are also required to complete FAFSA and all Kishwaukee College required documents each year. Awards are made after high school graduation. Send completed application with letters of recommendation to the FAO during last semester of high school.

KC Athletic Achievement Award

Who is Eligible? Value & Duration When & How to Apply
Member of: Men's Baseball or Basketball; Women's Basketball, Softball or Volleyball Awards pay toward tuition, fees, and/or books.  Contact Athletic Director, team coach, or FAO.

KC Kaleidoscope Achievement Award

Who is Eligible?
Value & Duration
When & How to Apply
Students on the Kaleidoscope (School Newspaper)
Awards pay toward tuition, fees, and/or books. 
Applications are available from the Kaleidoscope Advisor.

KC Forensics Achievement Award

Who is Eligible? Value & Duration When & How to Apply
Students on the Forensics Team. Award pays toward in-district tuition and fees for the fall and spring semesters Applications are available from the Communications Department.

KC Horticulture Club Achievement Award

Who is Eligible?
Value & Duration
When & How to Apply
Students in the Horticulture Program
Pays toward in-district tuition and fees for the fall and spring semesters
Applications are available in the Horticulture Department.

KC Student Government Award

 Who is Eligible?
Value & Duration
When & How to Apply
Student Government President
Pays toward in-district tuition and fees for the fall and spring semesters
Applications are available from Coordinator of Student Life

Illinois Community College Trustees Association/ Kishwaukee College Paul Simon Essay Contest

Who is Eligible? Value & Duration When & How to Apply
Any student currently enrolled at Kishwaukee College during the spring semester of the application year. Scholarship for tuition and fees for the spring semester and possibility to win from the state tuition for subsequent fall term. Applications are typically due in March. The essay topic is typically, "How my community college has changed my life." View myKC for more information.

Chris and Katherine Boulos Foundation Scholarship

Who is Eligible? Value & Duration When & How to Apply
Applicants must be a graduate of DeKalb High School or Sycamore High School who will attend Kishwaukee College full time. $100-1,000. Scholarships are awarded for one academic year only. A student who has received a previous Foundation scholarship must submit an application for each succeeding year. Applications are typically due April 1st of each year. Applications are available from the FAO or The National Bank & Trust Company of Sycamore.

The Kishwaukee College Foundation

The Foundation offers more than 50 scholarships to new and incoming students through its online application process. More information available on the Foundation webpage.

Additional Scholarships

Students are encouraged to check out local civic, service, and fraternal organizations for possible awards. Students usually have to be considered at least half-time (6 semester hours per term) to qualify for scholarships. In addition, various Internet scholarship search sites are available. Remember NEVER pay someone for a scholarship search.

The Following are a few scholarship search sites that are legitimate:

The College Board
College Toolkit Scholarship Search
CollegeNET’s MACH 25 Scholarship Database
FastWeb Scholarship Search
FinAid Scholarship Search
Illinois Student Assistance Commission
Sallie Mae Scholarship Search
Scholarship Experts

Financial Aid Resources for Minority Students

American Indian College Fund
Bureau of Indian Education
Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
National Urban League
Thurgood Marshall College Fund
United Negro College Fund