The Rend Lake College Foundation awards more than 300 scholarships each year totaling $165,000 to $185,000. Do not miss the chance to make financing a college education easier -- apply for these numerous awards by February 27.
RLC Foundation scholarships are provided by local businesses and individuals assisting Rend Lake College in maintaining its margin of excellence. Awards are based on scholarship criteria and will be divided between fall and spring semesters.
According to Pat Mitchell, Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation, scholarship applicants are matched with the criteria set forth by the contributor. Other factors in determining scholarships include academics, locality, choice of major and others. Many of these awards are memorial scholarships.
Scholarships are not limited to high school students, Mitchell said. Non-traditional students also are eligible for awards. Regulations require that the Foundation not award scholarships to students with below a "C" average.
In turn, scholarship winners are required to attend the annual RLCF Scholarship Dinner, at which they will be seated with the contributor of the scholarship.
A single application makes a student eligible for any of the numerous scholarships offered through the Foundation. Applications are available at high school counselor offices, the RLC Foundation Office, the RLC Financial Aid Office, or on the Internet at www.rlc.edu.
To apply, students must designate Rend Lake College as their college choice, submit a completed application and transcripts to the RLC Foundation Office and apply for student assistance through the Financial Aid Office. Applicants also are asked to send at least one letter of recommendation.
The first group of scholarship winners will be announced before the respective high school honors programs. Other winners will be notified by mail.
Applicants are asked to have their applications returned to the Foundation Office by February 27. The RLCF will accept scholarship applications at any time, but those who meet the deadline have more opportunities to receive awards, Mitchell said.
Also available are Rend Lake College Presidential Scholastic Awards, which recognize outstanding academic achievements of graduates from in-district high schools by offering tuition waivers at RLC for up to two years. The college’s most prestigious award is given only to students in the top 10 percent of their classes based on class rank covering seven semesters. The student must attend Rend Lake College on a full-time basis. This full-tuition scholarship can be renewed for a second semester if the student maintains at least a 2.5 grade-point average.
Also provided with a Presidential Scholastic Award is $200 for the purchase or rental of textbooks or the payment of lab fees.
High school students interested in applying for Presidential Scholastic Awards should contact their respective counselors. Applications are due by February 27.
Another initiative offered by RLC for academic success is the High Achiever Scholastic Award. This award covers the cost of tuition, fees and books for two years at Rend Lake College for in-district high school students scoring a 27 or higher composite on their ACT tests.
To claim this award, students must complete the High Achiever’s Scholastic Award Application, available at the RLC Counseling Department, and must submit their ACT scores. Winners must maintain a 3.0 grade-point average to remain eligible for the award.
Last year, 450 students shared approximately $600,000 in scholarships and awards through the Foundation and institutional funds.
For more information, contact Lori Ragland, RLCF Assistant Director, at (618) 437-5321, Ext. 1213, Mitchell at Ext. 1324, or the RLC Financial Aid Office at Ext. 1385.