Private Scholarships

For New and Current Harper Students

A private scholarship can be awarded to a student by an organization other than Harper College. Students are eligible to use private scholarships by enrolling at Harper College and meeting all of the requirements that the private scholarship donor has placed on the scholarship.

If you are receiving a private scholarship, the scholarship check must be submitted to the Business Office with a Private Scholarship Funder Form. Scholarship checks that are not accompanied by a Private Scholarship Funder Form will not be accepted and/or returned to the sender if received in the mail. You will find the Private Scholarship Funder Form in the "For Private Scholarship Donors" section below.

Community organizations, workplaces, faith institutions, and even local businesses may provide scholarships. In addition to using the links below, research opportunities at the library and ask family, friends and counselors.

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.

As a private scholarship donor, please complete the Private Scholarship Funder Form for either the 2017-2018 or the 2016-2017 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.

  • Fall 2017 thru Summer 2018*: For scholarships to be awarded for fall 2017, spring 2018 or summer 2018, please fill out and submit the 2017-2018 form.

    *Note: If any portion of the scholarship must be returned to the donor, Harper College requires an IRS W-9 Form be completed by the donor so that we may return these funds.

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


For questions regarding your private scholarship please email or contact the One Stop at 847.925.6710.