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Arab American Academic Excellence Scholarship

Established by the Arab Student Union to benefit an Arab student enrolled at Moraine Valley Community College, this scholarship can be used towards tuition, fees and/or textbooks purchased at MVCC Bookstore for the semester in which the award was received.

Amount: $1000

Eligibility: Must be of Arab descent, remain a district resident and be enrolled at Moraine Valley. Applicant must have completed nine credit hours of college level work, maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher and carry a minimum of six credit hours at Moraine Valley during the semester in which the award is received.

Essay: Submit a 300-500 word essay outlining the importance of pursuing higher education, along with the applicant’s future academic and career goals.

Applications Available: Starting fall 2013 semester for next academic year (fall 2014)

Deadline: March 7, 2014

More Information: Foundation Office (708) 974-5740

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Astro-to-Cyclone Scholarship

This scholarship can be used for tuition, fees, and books at Moraine Valley.

Amount: $1,000

Eligibility: Must be a graduate of Alan B. Shepard High School. Applicant must also be and remained a district resident and currently enrolled at Moraine Valley Community College. Applicant must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above, carry a minimum of twelve credit hours at Moraine Valley during the semester in which the award is received and demonstrate financial need.

Essay: General Essay

Applications Available: Starting fall 2013 semester for next academic year (fall 2014)

Deadline: March 7, 2014

More Information: Foundation Office (708) 974-5740

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Adjunct Faculty Organization Scholarship

Established by the Moraine Valley Adjunct Faculty Organization (M.V.A.F.O.), these scholarships provide money for education-related expenses at Moraine Valley Community College.

Amount: $250-$500, dependent on funds and number of qualified applicants

Eligibility: Open to part-time students (less than 11 credit hours per semester) who have attended Moraine Valley for at least two semesters, excluding summer school, and have accumulated six credit hours; are currently enrolled at Moraine Valley and have maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Applications Available: fall and spring

Location: Financial Aid Office (S107)

More Information: Moraine Valley Adjunct Faculty Organization (708) 974-5494 or Bob Russell (708) 906-0574

Arab American Women Scholarship

Established by a Moraine Valley Community College Foundation Board member, this scholarship can be used for tuition, fees and books at Moraine Valley.

Amount: $1,500

Eligibility: Must be a female Arab student enrolled at Moraine Valley, have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher, carry a minimum of three credit hours during the semester(s) in which the scholarship is awarded, and demonstrate financial need.

Essay: Applicant must submit a 500-word, typed, essay that expresses her thoughts and/or feelings about what a college education means to her.

Applications Available: Starting fall 2013 semester for next academic year (fall 2014)

Deadline: March 7, 2014

More Information: Foundation Office (708) 974-5740

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Blue Island Education Center Scholarship

This scholarship is funded by the Moraine Valley Foundation and can be used towards tuition, fees and/or textbooks purchased at MVCC Bookstore for the semester in which the award was received.

Amount: $1,000

Eligibility: Must be enrolled at the Blue Island Education Center of Moraine Valley during the semester in which the award is received, be first or second generation student of Latino/Hispanic or African American /Black descent, maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5. Applicant must carry a minimum of six credit hours at Moraine Valley (Blue Island Education Center) in the semester(s) during which the scholarship is awarded.

Essay: General Essay

Applications Available: Starting fall 2013 semester for next academic year (fall 2014)

More Information: Foundation Office (708) 974-5740

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Michael J. and Sally W. Cannon

Established by Michael J. and Sally W. Cannon, this scholarship is intended to benefit students who attend classes at Moraine Valley Community College Blue Island Educational Center.The scholarship can be used for tuition, fees and books at Moraine Valley.

Amount: $1,500

Eligibility: Must be currently enrolled at Moraine Valley, and have a cumulative G.P.A. of at least 2.8. Applicant must carry a minimum of 6 credit hours at the Blue Island Education Center during the semester (s) in which the scholarship is awarded, and demonstrate financial need.

Essay: Submit a 500- word, typed , essay explaining the student’s financial challenges, what drives the student to pursue his/her degree and why receiving this scholarship is important to the student. The essay must cite two specific examples.

Applications Available: Starting fall 2013 semester for next academic year (fall 2014)

Deadline: March 7, 2014

More Information: Foundation Office (708) 974-5740

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Center for Disability Services Scholarship

Established by the Moraine Valley Community College Foundation, this scholarship recognizes and supports students with disabilities.

Amount: $1,000

Eligibility: Must be enrolled at Moraine Valley, be and remain a district resident, be utilizing the Center for Disability Services, have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5, have completed six credit hours prior to the semester in which the award is received, and carry a minimum of six credit hours during the semester in which the award is received.

Essay: General Essay

Applications Available: Starting fall 2013 semester for next academic year (fall 2014)

Deadline: March 7, 2014

More Information: Foundation Office (708) 974-5740

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John and Patricia Coleman Scholarship

Established by Moraine Valley Trustee John Coleman, this scholarship can be used for tuition, fees, and books at Moraine Valley.

Amount: $1,000

Eligibility: Must be a visually impaired student who uses the Center for Disability Services. Applicant must be and remain a district resident and be enrolled at Moraine Valley Community College. Applicant must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above, carry a minimum of six credit hours at Moraine Valley during the semester in which the award is received and demonstrate financial need. Preference will be given to students who are graduates or clients of one of the following: Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind, Mount Carmel High School or Reavis High School.

Essay: General Essay

Applications Available: Starting fall 2013 semester for next academic year (fall 2014)

Deadline: March 7, 2014

More Information: Foundation Office (708) 974-5740

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Developmental Education Scholarship

This scholarship is funded by the Moraine Valley Foundation, and can be used for tuition and education-related expenses at Moraine Valley.

Amount: $1,000

Eligibility: Must be enrolled in a course offered through Moraine Valley's Developmental Education department. Students who are registered for more than one developmental education course will be given preference for the scholarship. Must be and remain a district resident, have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5, and carry a minimum of six credit hours during the semester in which the award is received.

Essay: General Essay

Applications Available: Starting fall 2013 semester for next academic year (fall 2014)

Deadline: March 7, 2014

More Information: Foundation Office (708) 974-5740

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Jim and Terry Douglas Memorial Scholarship

Established by Phil and Kathy Foster in memory of Jim and Terry Douglas, this scholarship will benefit students enrolled at or planning to attend Moraine Valley Community College. This scholarship can be used towards tuition, fees and/or textbooks purchased at MVCC Bookstore for the semester in which the award was received.

Amount: $1,000

Eligibility: Must be a high school senior planning to attend Moraine Valley Community College or current student, plan to or currently utilize Moraine Valley’s Center for Disability Services, maintain a 2.5 GPA , carry a minimum of six credit hours at Moraine Valley during the semester in which the award is received and demonstrate financial need

Essay: General Essay

Applications Available: Starting fall 2013 semester for next academic year (fall 2014)

More Information: Foundation Office (708) 974-5740

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Espresso Love Scholarship

Established by Espresso Love, this scholarship can be used for tuition, fees, and books at Moraine Valley.

Amount: $1,000

Eligibility: Must be currently enrolled in Moraine Valley Community College and completed 12 credit hours. Applicant must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher, carry a minimum of six credit hours during the semester(s) in which the scholarship is awarded and demonstrate financial need.

Essay: General Essay

Applications Available: Starting fall 2013 semester for next academic year (fall 2014)

Deadline: March 7, 2014

More Information: Foundation Office (708) 974-5740

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Faculty Association Scholarships

These scholarships are funded by Moraine Valley's Faculty Association and can be used for tuition, books and fees at Moraine Valley. Several scholarships are awarded each semester.

Amount: $500-$1,500, dependent on funds and number of qualified applicants

Eligibility: Open to full- or part-time students who have completed 25 credit hours in a transfer or career program at Moraine Valley, maintained at least a 3.6 GPA, are currently enrolled, have obtained the signature of a full-time faculty member, and are enrolled at Moraine Valley during the semester the scholarship is awarded.

Applications Available: Year-round

Location: Financial Aid Office (S107) and online for download

More Information: Nicholas Hackett (708) 608-4235, (C200)

Fay Fischer Memorial Scholarship

Established in memory of Fay Fischer, this scholarship can be used towards tuition, fees and books purchased at the MVCC Bookstore for the semester in which it is received.

Amount: $1000

Eligibility: Must be under the age of 23 when the scholarship is first awarded and have recently suffered the loss of a parent. Applicant must plan to enroll or be currently enrolled at MVCC, maintain a 2.0 or higher GPA, carry a minimum of six credit hours at Moraine Valley during the semester in which the award was received and demonstrate financial need.

Essay: Submit a 300-500 word essay memorializing the loss of the parent, outlining financial need, discussing the impact the scholarship will have on the student and identifying the student’s educational goals.

Applications Available: Starting fall 2013 semester for next academic year (fall 2014)

Deadline: March 7, 2014

More Information: Foundation Office (708) 974-5740

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Jody Gaunt Scholarship

Established by the Alliance of Latin American Students in honor of Jody Gaunt, this scholarship award can be used toward textbooks and classroom supplies purchased at the Moraine Valley Bookstore for the upcoming academic year.

Amount: $200-$400

Eligibility: Applicant is currently enrolled at Moraine Valley Community College and an active member of the Alliance of Latin American Students. Applicant must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above, carry a minimum of six credit hours at Moraine Valley during the semester in which the award is received, demonstrate financial need and participate the Autism Speaks Walk Now 5k in May 2013.

Essay: Submit a 500-word, typed, essay that describes the following:

  1. What inspires the individual to be an advocate for Autism Speaks
  2. How the applicant plans to be and remain an active member of the Alliance of Latin American Students
  3. Why the individual is applying for the award

Applications Available: Starting fall 2013 semester for next academic year (fall 2014)

Deadline: March 7, 2014

More Information: Foundation Office (708) 974-5740

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Dr. James D. Koeller - Founders Scholarship

Established by the Moraine Valley Community College Foundation in honor of Moraine Valley's second president, this scholarship is intended to benefit a speech student at Moraine Valley Community College. It can be used for tuition, fees and books at Moraine Valley.

Amount: $1,000

Eligibility: Must be and remain a member on the Moraine Valley Community College Forensics (speech) Team, have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher, be and remain enrolled as a full-time student at Moraine Valley and be and remain a resident of the Moraine Valley Community College district.

Essay: Submit a typed, personal statement outlining financial need and addressing what communication skills the student has gained from being a member of the Forensics (speech) Team and how these skills will be useful in the student's life.

Applications Available: Starting fall 2013 semester for next academic year (fall 2014)

Deadline: March 7, 2014

More Information: Foundation Office (708) 974-5740

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Jesse J. Lopez Give A Kid A Chance Scholarship

Established by the Jesse J. Lopez Give A Kid A Chance Foundation, this scholarship can be used for tuition, fees, and books at Moraine Valley.

Amount: $1,000

Eligibility: Must be a first- or second-generation students of Irish and/or Mexican descent and currently enrolled in Moraine Valley Community College. Applicant must be a full-time student, have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, carry a minimum of 12 credit hours during the semester(s) in which the scholarship is awarded and demonstrate financial need.

Essay: General Essay

Applications Available: Starting fall 2013 semester for next academic year (fall 2014)

Deadline: March 7, 2014

More Information: Foundation Office (708) 974-5740

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Moraine Valley Alumni Scholarship

This scholarship, funded by the Moraine Valley Foundation, can be used by an immediate relative (son, daughter, mother father, brother, sister) of a Moraine Valley graduate for tuition or education-related expenses at Moraine Valley.

Amount: $1,000

Eligibility: Must be an immediate relative (son, daughter, mother father, brother, sister) of a Moraine Valley alumnus or alumna, submit a letter of verification from the alumnus or alumna that states year of graduation and a statement of nomination for the candidate, be currently enrolled, be and remain a district resident, have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5, and carry a minimum of six credit hours.

Essay: General Essay

Applications Available: Starting fall 2013 semester for next academic year (fall 2014)

Deadline: March 7, 2014

More Information: Foundation Office (708) 974-5740

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Moraine Valley GED Graduate Scholarship

Established by Dr. Phil Bobich at his retirement from Moraine Valley, this scholarship can be used for tuition, fees and books at Moraine Valley. The scholarship can be applied to any credit class including developmental classes like COM-090, MATH-095 and/or RDG-091.

Amount: $500

Eligibility: Must have participated in and attended at least 60 percent of the enrollment hours in the GED Preparation Program at Moraine Valley Community College and plan to continue at Moraine Valley Community College, have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher, be and remain a district resident, and carry a minimum of three credit hours during the semester in which the scholarship is awarded.

Essay: General Essay

Applications Available: Starting fall 2013 semester for next academic year (fall 2014)

Deadline: March 7, 2014

More Information: Foundation Office (708) 974-5740

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Moraine Valley Leadership Award

This award is given to an outstanding student leader involved in Moraine Valley's student activities, community volunteer groups or other outside interests. The winner speaks to graduating students at the commencement ceremony held in May.

Amount: $900

Eligibility: Must be a graduating student with a GPA of at least 3.0 and be receiving an associate's degree, submit an essay (three-page maximum) on the topic "What is a Leader?", submit two letters of recommendation from persons who are able to validate your leadership skills and experiences, complete a brief form detailing your leadership experience during the time you have been a Moraine Valley student, and complete a personal interview with the award selection committee.

Applications Available: Starting March 2013

Location: Student Life Office (U115)

More Information: Demetrius Robinson (708) 974-5353

Bill Opelka Scholarship

Established in memory of past Moraine Valley Foundation Board member Bill Opelka, this scholarship can be used for tuition, fees, and books at Moraine Valley.

Amount: $1,000

Eligibility: Applicant is currently or will be enrolled as a full-time student at Moraine Valley Community College. Applicant must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above, carry a minimum of 12 credit hours at Moraine Valley during the semester in which the award is received, and demonstrate financial need. Preference will be given to students who is and remains involved in one of the following areas:

  • Moraine Valley Forensics Team
  • Moraine Valley Percussion Ensemble
  • Moraine Valley Student Government
  • Moraine Valley Student Newspaper
  • 22 hours of documented community service during the preceding semester

Essay: Submit a 500-word, typed, essay that expresses the motivation and drive behind the student pursuing and completing his/her education. The essay must cite two specific examples that reflect Bill Opelka’s values which include faith, family, community service, unique character and or personality traits.

Applications Available: Starting fall 2013 semester for next academic year (fall 2014)

Deadline: March 7, 2014

More Information: Foundation Office (708) 974-5740

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Nancy M. Pearson Memorial Scholarship

Established in memory of Nancy M. Pearson, former International Student Housing Specialist. This scholarship can be used for tuition, fees, and books at Moraine Valley.

Amount: $1,000

Eligibility: Must be an international student who has completed two semesters of participation in Moraine Valley’s International Host Home Program. Applicant must also be currently participating in Moraine Valley’s International Host Home Program, maintain a legal F-1 student visa status as verified by the Office of International Student Affairs, and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.75.

Essay: Submit a two page, typed, essay that expresses his/her thoughts and/or feelings about the importance of the International Host Home Program at Moraine Valley Community College and how it benefits international students

Applications Available: Starting fall 2013 semester for next academic year (fall 2014)

Deadline: March 7, 2014

More Information: Foundation Office (708) 974-5740

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Kevin Pressley Memorial Scholarship

Established in memory of Kevin Pressley, this scholarship is intended to benefit theater students. It can be used for tuition, fees, and books at Moraine Valley.

Amount: $300

Eligibility: Must be currently enrolled at Moraine Valley, have completed one theater course and participated in a theatrical production at the college. Applicant must also have completed 12 credit hours, have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5, carry a minimum of six credit hours at Moraine Valley during the semester in which the award is received, and demonstrate financial need. Applicant must submit one letter of recommendation from a theater professional with whom student has worked, and complete an interview with the scholarship selection committee.

Essay: General Essay

Applications Available: Starting fall 2013 semester for next academic year (fall 2014)

Deadline: March 7, 2014

More Information: Foundation Office (708) 974-5740

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Southwest Education Center Scholarship

This scholarship is funded by the Moraine Valley Foundation and can be used towards tuition, fees and/or textbooks purchased at MVCC Bookstore for the semester in which the award was received.

Amount: $1,000

Eligibility: Must be enrolled at the Southwest Education Center of Moraine Valley during the semester in which the award is received, be under the age of 23 when the scholarship is awarded, maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5, and carry a minimum of six credit hours at Moraine Valley (Southwest Education Center) in the semester(s) during which the scholarship is awarded. Recipient must participate in the annual Open House (Southwest Education Center) to discuss how receiving the scholarship improved your experience at MVCC.

Essay: General Essay

Applications Available: Starting fall 2013 semester for next academic year (fall 2014)

Deadline: March 7, 2014

More Information: Foundation Office (708) 974-5740

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Standard Bank and Trust Company Scholarship

Established by Standard Bank and Trust Company, this scholarship can be used for tuition, fees, and books at Moraine Valley.

Amount: $2,500

Eligibility: Must be a graduating senior from Brother Rice, Marist or Mount Carmel High School and plan to enroll at Moraine Valley. Applicant must have a high school GPA of 2.5 or above and carry a minimum of 12 credit hours at Moraine Valley during the semester in which the award is received.

Essay: General Essay

Applications Available: Starting fall 2013 semester for next academic year (fall 2014)

Deadline: March 7, 2014

More Information: Foundation Office (708) 974-5740

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Student Government Association Book Scholarship

This scholarship, available every semester, is sponsored by Moraine Valley's Student Association and can be used to purchase books for college. Full- or part-time students may apply.

Amount: $200

Eligibility: Must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 and be currently enrolled at Moraine Valley. Complete essay questions and submit one letter of recommendation from faculty member or Moraine Valley staff.

Applications Available: Year-round

Location: Student Life Office (U115) and online for download

Deadline: Varies by semester. Contact Student Life Office.

More Information: Demetrius Robinson (708) 974-5353

Student Life Award of Excellence

This scholarship is awarded to an outstanding participant in Moraine Valley's Student Life programs.

Amount: $750

Eligibility: Must be involved in Student Life Office program(s) and have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA, with completion of at least six credit hours per semester. Must complete essay and complete a personal interview with award selection committee.

Applications Available: Starting March 2013

Location: Student Life Office (U115)

More Information: Demetrius Robinson (708) 974-5353

Support Staff Association Scholarships

These scholarships provide money for academically excellent students pursuing all avenues of education. Awards are funded by Moraine Valley's Support Staff Association.

Amount: $200-$300, dependent on funds and number of qualified applicants

Eligibility: Must have completed 15 credit hours at Moraine Valley, maintained at least a 3.0 GPA, and have obtained a recommendation by a Moraine Valley faculty member.

Applications Available: Year-round. Only this form will be accepted for this scholarship.

Location: Financial Aid Office (S107)

More Information: Bonnie Keating (708) 608-4156

Matthew P. Walsh Scholarship

Established by the Moraine Valley Community College Foundation Board of Directors and friends to honor the founding president of the Foundation upon his retirement from that position following 18 years of service. This scholarship can be used for tuition, fees, and/or textbooks at Moraine Valley.

Amount: $2,500

Eligibility: Must be enrolled or accepted into classes at Moraine Valley Community College, be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States and reside in the Moraine Valley Community College district, have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0, carry a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester, and provide documented evidence of community service

Essay: General Essay

Applications Available: Starting fall 2013 semester for next academic year (fall 2014)

Deadline: March 7, 2014

More Information: Foundation Office (708) 974-5740

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Deb and Bart Weldon Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

Established by Deb and Bart Weldon for Phi Theta Kappa students, this scholarship can be used towards tuition, fees and books purchased at the MVCC Bookstore for the semester in which it is received.

Amount: $1000

Eligibility: Must be and remain enrolled at Moraine Valley Community College and be and remain a member of Phi Theta Kappa. Applicant must maintain a 3.5 GPA, carry a minimum of six credit hours at Moraine Valley during the semester in which the award is received and demonstrate financial need.

Essay: Submit a 300-500 word essay outlining financial need, discussing why being a member of Phi Theta Kappa is important and the impact the scholarship will have the student’s educational goals.

Applications Available: Starting fall 2013 semester for next academic year (fall 2014)

Deadline: March 7, 2014

More Information: Foundation Office (708) 974-5740

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For informational purposes only and should not be regarded as an irrevocable contract between the student and the college. Moraine Valley Community College reserves the right to change, without notice, scholarship eligibility requirements, award amounts, deadlines, application materials, and other matters within its control.

It is the policy of Moraine Valley Community College not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, sex religion, national or ethnic origin, disability, creed, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, arrest record, military status or unfavorable military discharge, citizenship status or other legally protected characteristics or conduct in its educational programs, activities or employment practices.