Entrepreneurial Scholarships

NW Illinois Economic Development (NWILED) annually offers the Build it • Grow it Entrepreneurial Scholarship. All high school seniors in Jo Daviess and Carroll Counties are eligible to apply for a $1,000 scholarship. The 2021 award was presented to Kaitlin Kilgore, a graduating senior from River Ridge High School, on May 20, 2021.

Check out our press release on Kilgore for more details on this year's award. 

The 2022 application will be posted and sent to area high school guidance counselors' offices when the window opens. The scholarship application does not include G.P.A. or financial need requirements. Students will explain why they believe they would like to own their own business and any product or service they would like to create.