Moraine Valley Community College || Admissions || Distinguished Scholar

Distinguished Scholar

This award is presented to academically excellent district high school students. It can be used for in-district tuition, the college activities fee, technology fee, construction/infrastructure fee, and student ID fee.

Eligibility Requirements

Distinguished Scholar Award Application

You must

  • apply for admission at MVCC
  • be a resident of Moraine Valley Community College District 524;
  • graduate from high school in Dec. 2014 or June 2015;
  • have a cumulative class rank in the top 10 percent of your high school graduating class.

Application Procedures

You must

  • complete admission form at
  • Complete the 2015-16 FAFSA at, as well as the verification process with the MVCC Financial Aid Office. The college will send an email to your MVCC student email asking for required documentation.
  • have your high school counselor complete section B of the application;
  • forward the completed application and verification to Moraine Valley Community College, Admissions Office, by Nov. 20 for midyear graduates and April 8 for June graduates.
  • request that your high school forward your seventh or eighth semester transcript (whichever is most current) to Moraine Valley Community College, Admissions Office, as soon as it is available.

The Award

Students graduating in the top 10 percent of their graduating class are eligible to apply for Distinguished Scholar Awards at Moraine Valley Community College. Award recipients receive free tuition, except for courses taken at Christ Hospital. Some fees are also covered.

The number of awards granted shall not exceed five percent of the total number of graduates or 50 percent of the top 10 percent of a graduating class.

Distinguished Scholar Awards are limited to residents of Moraine Valley Community College District 524 at time of application and payment. Students must be enrolled at least half-time.

Distinguished Scholar Award is active up to two years from the starting date of the first semester following a student's graduation from high school. The award can only be renewed for a second year if a student has at least a "B" (3.0) grade point average and has earned at least 24 credit hours.

A Distinguished Scholar Award remains in effect only as long as a student enrolls in the semester immediately following high school graduation and continues to re-enroll each consecutive semester for a two-year period. Summer semesters are optional, but the award does not cover the summer immediately following June graduation from high school.