Foundation and Institutional Scholarships

Scholarships have been established through the generosity of businesses, associations and individuals. These scholarships reward student achievement, encourage student leadership and accomplishment, and provide financial assistance.

All awards are based on the availability of funds. Some scholarships provide partial funding for tuition and fees; others provide for additional expenses.

Scholarship Eligibility
Criteria for each scholarship varies and has been established by the sponsor. Examples of scholarship criteria include: residency, enrollment status (e.g., full-time: 12 or more hours; part-time: 6-11 hours), academic achievement, grade-point average, earned college credit, or pursuit of particular college majors. Regardless of citizenship status, we encourage all students to apply for scholarships. International students on an F1 or other student visa may only apply for the Excellence Scholarship (International). The Enrollment Center staff is available to assist you in determining eligibility.

Scholarship Selection
The Scholarship Selection Committee notifies all scholarship applicants of award decisions by July. Oakton scholarships are generally awarded for two semesters (fall and spring). Scholarship recipients must maintain eligibility requirements for each semester the scholarship is awarded. Current scholarship recipients may reapply for subsequent awards as long as eligibility requirements are met and funds are available.

Scholarship recipients who are contacted by Educational Foundation staff with regard to their scholarship award are expected to respond promptly by telephone, email, return mail, or in person. Recipients may be required to attend fundraising and donor appreciation events, including the annual Oakton Donor Recognition Banquet in fall 2017, which is an opportunity for students and donors to meet and for recipients to thank their scholarship sponsor.

Scholarships for High School Seniors
High school seniors who wish to be considered for Oakton Foundation scholarships for the 2017 academic year (beginning in fall 2017) should review the available scholarships and apply at Students must have already applied and been accepted to Oakton Community College. On the academicworks website, go to the “Sign In” button in the upper right-hand corner, then the “Sign In With Your Institution” button.  Students must use their myOakton username and password to complete the general scholarship application.  

The deadline to apply to the Academic Merit, Honors, and High School Senior Scholarship is March 1, 2017.  For questions, contact the Office of Student Recruitment and Outreach at 847.635.1835.

High school seniors may also apply for our Wentcher Foundation Scholarship. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2017. Students must submit a completed application and all required documents to the Enrollment Center, Room 1860 (Des Plaines) or Room A100 (Skokie). Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. 

Wentcher Foundation Scholarship

For donors interested in establishing a scholarship, contact the Educational Foundation at 847.635.1813 or