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IVCC scholarship application deadline Feb. 8

Current Illinois Valley Community College students, high school seniors and any individuals planning to enroll at the college in the fall have until Thursday, Feb. 8, to apply for more than 160 IVCC Foundation scholarships.

The application is available at, from the Foundation office in Room C202 or from IVCC’s Ottawa Center at 321 W. Main St. Applicants must also file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid online by Feb. 8.

Scholarships are available in specific disciplines ranging from agriculture to health care to science, technology, engineering and math fields. In addition, there are nearly 40 “open scholarships” available to students in any program.

Foundation administrative assistant Donna Swiskoski said, “We encourage students to get started on their application and essay early. Our team of readers scores on content and formatting and sometimes there’s a close margin between a winning and nonwinning essay. Following the guidelines, proofreading and seeking help from the IVCC Writing Center increases the chance of a higher score.”

Awards range in value from $500 to $2,000 and more. For information, call Swiskoski at 815-224-0551.

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