CFNIL’s scholarship funds were created by donors that recognize the importance of helping students achieve their educational goals, now and in perpetuity. The funds’ creators selected the criteria based on their interests and the community’s need. Many of CFNIL’s scholarships are memorials, which celebrate the life and passions of individuals. The applications are read and scored by committees of volunteers who use a “blind” review process and make recommendations to CFNIL’s Board of Trustees. Scholarship recipients are announced in late April. Awards are sent directly to the recipient’s post-secondary institution.
To apply for the Dr. Gussie M. Ware Memorial Scholarship, the applicant must be an African-American female; a graduating high school senior or GED recipient who has been accepted into a two- or four-year college or university, or a past Dr. Gussie M. Ware Memorial Scholarship recipient who is currently enrolled in college, and a 2.5 GPA. Applicants must have a permanent address in Winnebago County or is a relative of Dr. Gussie M. Ware. Dollar amounts will vary.