Scholarship Information

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Scholarships for Harper College Students

Over 9,700 students were awarded $27 million in scholarships, grants and tuition waivers through Harper College in 2018-2019.

Harper College Donor Sponsored Scholarships:

The Harper College Educational Foundation provides funding for more than 160 scholarships thanks to the generosity of Harper College donors and alumni. These scholarships are awarded based on the detail and quality of your essays, and the scholarship criteria. Many scholarships for the following Fall and Spring semesters open in early March and may close in early May. 

Criteria for each scholarship varies and has been established by the sponsor. Examples of scholarship criteria include: financial need, residency, enrollment status (e.g., full-time: 12 or more hours; part-time: 6-11 hours), grade-point average, earned college credit, or pursuit of particular college majors. Regardless of citizenship status, we encourage all students to apply for scholarships.

Harper College Institutional Scholarships:

Many institutional scholarships are offered by Harper in recognition of students who exhibit academic excellence, artistic talent, strong leadership skills or service to their communities. These scholarship programs may pay for part or all of your first two years of college.

External Scholarships:

External scholarships are awarded to students by community organizations, workplaces, faith institutions, local businesses and others. Students must apply for these scholarships individually and they are awarded by the scholarship sponsors.

Private Scholarship Donors:

As a private scholarship donor, please complete the Private Scholarship Funder Form for the applicable academic year

Completing this required form provides valuable information to ensure the scholarship funds are applied to the selected student's account in an accurate and timely manner. The Private Scholarship Funder Form may be downloaded by clicking the link below.

Please submit the private scholarship check and the Private Scholarship Funder Form to:

Harper College Business Office
Building A, Room A214
1200 West Algonquin Road
Palatine, Illinois 60067

Other Resources

Many free scholarship search tools on the web provide detailed information about scholarships available nationwide.

Unfortunately, there are some companies that offer scholarship search services without the best interests of students in mind. The Federal Trade Commission has prepared resources to protect consumers against scholarship scam services. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Federal Trade Commission
Information about scholarship scams and the six warning signs.

File a Complaint
Guidelines on how consumers can file a scholarship scam complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.