Your achievements in class and outside the classroom can earn you scholarship money for educational expenses. Scholarships are “gift aid,” meaning they are a free resource you do not repay. They are awarded for any number of reasons (academic standing, leadership, specialized talents, ethnic origin, etc) and are available whether you are just beginning your ECC studies or are near graduation. Applications are required for scholarships funds. Some scholarship funds are available for in-district students only. Verify your residency.
Scholarship Opportunities at ECC
ECC Foundation Scholarships
The ECC Foundation raises funds to improve lives through learning for students at ECC. Thanks to the generosity of its donors and supporters, the ECC Foundation currently offers more than 200 student scholarships each year in three primary categories:
- Career areas of study
- Academic and leadership excellence
- Financial need
ECC Foundation Scholarship applications are screened for a potential match to every available foundation scholarship. This means it is possible to receive more than one, simply by applying with a single application. The key to getting an ECC Foundation Scholarship is to apply early! Each year, the first round of awards is made starting in April. All foundation scholarships require a minimum 2.0 GPA.
District 509 Board of Trustees Scholarships
Set forth by the District 509 Board of Trustees for in-district residents, these scholarships recognize superior individual achievement in the following:
- Academic Top 10 or Top 20 Percent Scholarship - A non-competitive award for high school seniors graduating in the upper 10 percent or 20 percent (using weighted ranking) of their classes.
ECC Research Fellow Scholarship
Ten ECC students will be selected as ECC Research Fellows. Fellows will conduct research as part of the Latino Oral History Project and will receive $4,000 in scholarship money! It doesn't matter what your major is — if you're interested in Latino history and would like to transfer to Northern Illinois University after completing your degree at ECC, you can apply for this amazing scholarship/research opportunity. The scholarship is contingent upon maintaining program requirements from semester to semester.
ECC Tuition Waivers
GED Tuition Waiver
Open to students who live in-district, successfully complete a GED class at ECC, and successfully pass the GED test. Students are eligible for free in-district tuition for up to three (3) credit hours of college credit. Use within one year from the date requirements are completed.
English as a Second Language Tuition Waiver
Open to students successfully completing ESL 019, ESL 099 or the college's Intensive English program. Students are eligible for free in-district tuition for up to three (3) credit hours of college credit. Use within one year from the date requirements are completed.
Honors Course Tuition Waiver
Open to students who earn an A or B in an honors course and maintain a 3.25 or higher cumulative grade point average. Students may use the Honors Course Tuition Waiver for their next honors class. Honors course tuition waivers are issued at the in-district tuition rate and are valid for one year from date of successful completion of honors class.
- African-American Scholarships
- College Board’s Fund Finder
- College Illinois
- Gates Millennium Scholars
- Higher Ednet/ISAC
- International Students
- Peterson’s CollegeQuest
- Scholarship Help
- Student Loan Network Scholarship Search
- US Dept. of Ed
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