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Foundation Scholarship Opportunities

ECC Scholarship Applications are accepted year-round, with the initial round of awards beginning in April. These scholarships for community college students can cover various expenses, such as tuition, books, childcare, school supplies, and transportation, tailored to each scholarship's criteria. Even with an ECC scholarship, applicants remain eligible for other financial aid forms. During the 2023-2024 academic year, over 370 students benefited from these scholarships, enhancing their educational pursuits.

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What types of student scholarships does ECC offer?

At ECC, scholarships help pay for college and are available to all qualifying students. Annually, the ECC Foundation provides over $350,000 in scholarship awards for financial support across categories such as Financial Need, Academic and Leadership Excellence, Career Areas of Study, and Overcoming Obstacles. Here’s a brief overview of our offerings.

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General Scholarships

  • Adult students over the age of 26
  • Community service
  • First in the family to go to college
  • Forensics
  • Full- or part-time students
  • Graduates of U46, Elgin High School, Larkin High School, St. Edwards Catholic High School
  • And more!
  • Honors course tuition waiver
  • Illinois High School Diploma Students
  • International students
  • Residents of District 509, Hampshire, Elgin, St. Charles, South Elgin, and other area communities
  • Single parents
  • Students with disabilities
  • Studying abroad
  • Tuition waivers
  • Veterans or their dependents
  • Young musicians

Academic and Leadership Excellence Scholarships

These scholarships require a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

  • Intention to transfer for a Bachelor's degree completion
  • Attending college part-time, degree-seeking residents of District 509
  • Members of a college club or service organization

Career Areas of Study Scholarships

  • Art and Visual Arts
  • Automotive
  • Business
  • Career Tech
  • Computer-aided design
  • Criminal Justice
  • Culinary Arts
  • Dental Assistant
  • Electronics
  • EMT
  • Engineering
  • Fire Science
  • Health Professions
  • Human Resources
  • HVAR
  • Industrial Manufacturing Tech
  • IST/Maintenance Tech
  • Law-Paralegal
  • Marketing
  • Massage
  • Math
  • Music
  • Nursing
  • Pre-med
  • Radiography
  • Science
  • Teaching
  • Welding

ECC Foundation Scholarships

See a searchable list of scholarships from the ECC Foundation.

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Estimate Your Residency

These scholarship funds may only be available to students who live in district 509. Use the district 509 map to estimate your residency.

District 509 Map

District 509 Board of Trustees Scholarship Opportunities

Get more help paying for college! You may be eligible for additional scholarships set forth by the District 509 Board of Trustees for residents. 

Apply for Trustee Scholarships


Financial Aid & Scholarships

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