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Trustees Scholarship Eligibility


Paper applications are required for the Board of Trustees Scholarships. Download the District 509 Board of Trustees Scholarship Application - PDF or obtain one from the Financial Aid & Scholarships Office, Room B156, Spartan Drive Campus.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Reside in Community College District 509 for at least 30 days immediately before the start of the first semester to which the scholarship applies; enroll at ECC as a freshman in the fall or spring semester immediately following your high school graduation; rank in the upper 10 or 20 percent of your graduating class (using weighted ranking, if used by your high school); and attend one of the high schools listed below:
    • Bartlett
    • Burlington-Central
    • Dundee-Crown
    • Elgin
    • Hampshire
    • Jacobs
    • Larkin
    • St. Charles East
    • St. Charles North
    • South Elgin
    • Streamwood
  2. Private high schools: Residents of Community College District 509 who graduate from an accredited private high school located in District 509 are eligible.
  3. Home-schooled students: Submit ACT® scores for evaluation. A minimum ACT composite score of 26 is required to be considered for Top 10 Percent Scholarship eligibility. A minimum ACT composite score of 24 is required to be considered for Top 20 Percent Scholarship eligibility.
  4. Attend ECC’s online new student orientation session and provide official seventh-semester high school transcripts to the Admissions Office. Contact the Admissions Office to arrange an orientation date and time: call 847-214-7385 or email
  5. Submit a final/official high school transcript to the ECC Admissions Office. The official transcript must list graduation date with weighted class ranking and be on file before the scholarship is awarded.
  6. Enroll in a minimum of 12 credit hours and be accepted in an associate degree program at ECC, unless a vocational certificate is the only available option. Non-credit courses do not satisfy the credit requirement.
  7. Be in good financial standing with all ECC departments (no outstanding balances or financial restrictions).
  8. Submit a one-page essay (personal statement) that details your educational plans, career goals, and past involvements in high school and community activities. Include your first and last names on the essay.
  9. Complete an academic scholar orientation as indicated in the award letter.

It is your responsibility to follow up on the status of your application to ensure it is approved. Incomplete applications will not be processed. Second-year scholarship recipients do not need to reapply but are expected to confirm their continued scholarship eligibility.

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

ECC Foundation Scholarship Opportunities

Get more help paying for college! You may be eligible for additional scholarships through the ECC Foundation, which awards over 200 merit and/or need-based scholarships annually.

Apply for Foundation Scholarship


Financial Aid & Scholarships

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Fax: 847-608-5460

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