Scholarships

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Scholarships are awarded for a variety of achievements, including academic performance, community engagement and more. Scholarships are available to new and returning Sauk students from many sources, including the generous donors who support the Sauk Valley College Foundation.

How to Apply

Scholarships may be awarded for Summer, Fall and/or Spring semesters and most of them must be used during the school year awarded. Students only complete one online application and will be matched to scholarship opportunities available specifically for them.

Fill out general application – make sure to include transcripts or other supporting documents. Make sure to answer all parts of the application even if you feel they don’t apply to you. Once completed any scholarships you are eligible for will show up on your dashboard asking you to “Complete Followup”.

Scholarships are available on the first of most months and will only show up on your dashboard at that time. You will not be able to submit after the due date on the scholarship.

Notification by email is usually done by the end of the month and you should check your dashboard at that time to find out what tasks you need to complete, prior to actual receipt of funds on your student account. All awards require a thank you letter which will be shared with the donor.

In addition to a variety of privately funded scholarships available directly through the Foundation, there are a number of external awards you may apply to throughout the year directly through the SVCC Financial Assistance Office.

While students are not currently required to complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Student Aid) to qualify for privately-funded Foundation scholarships, students must submit a FAFSA to be considered for state or federal grants, scholarships or student loans. Visit the Financial Assistance page or the Federal Student Aid website.

When are scholarship applications accepted? 

Applications are accepted any time but available scholarships will only show up on the first through the fifteenth of most months. 

Which scholarships are best for me?

When you apply, students are automatically matched to all scholarships for which they qualify. 

Do I need to do anything else once I have filled out the general application?

You will need to submit the follow up which is usually an essay, but may include letters of recommendation, or proof of service in the military. These items must be received prior to the due date or you will not be eligible.

What is the deadline to apply for scholarships I am eligible for?

Specific scholarships may have different due dates which are shown on the dashboard.

Do I have to be registered at Sauk to apply?

No, you do not have to be registered to apply but if any scholarships are awarded they will not be applied to your student account until after the add/drop period at the beginning of the semester. 

If I have money left at the end of the school year can I take it with me if I transfer to another school?

Awards must be used during your time at Sauk, any leftover funds will be returned to the Sauk Valley College Foundation. 

If I have money left at the end of the school year, can I use it for the following year?

Scholarships are to be used for the school year awarded (Ex: fall 2020, spring 2021 and summer 2021 semesters) and will not roll to the next year without prior approval from the Foundation.

What can scholarship funds be used for?

Typically, funds are placed on the students account to be used for tuition, books, fees, and class supplies. Other expenses, such as computers or travel expenses, may be reimbursed with prior approval from the Foundation and paid receipts.

When and how are scholarship awards announced?

Emails will be sent for both awards and denials, usually by the end of the month.

Scholarship Recipient

Jade Martinez

With this award you have granted me, I am that much closer to accomplishing my goal.

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Scholarship Recipient

Johnel Nual

This scholarship has also brought me one semester closer to my dreams of becoming a nurse.