Scholarships for Students

Scholarships for Students

Each year through the generosity of our donors, scholarships valued at more than $700,000 are available to DACC students. These scholarships are primarily administered by the DACC Foundation through the financial support of friends of the College, and are based on financial need and other criteria established by the donors.

Scholarship Information

  • Scholarships are available for full-and part-time students in various areas of study.
  • Although some restrictions may apply, scholarship dollars can be used for tuition, fees, and course related books.
  • All awards are for the full academic year
  • Scholarships may be renewed if they are so designated.
  • Students seeking scholarship awards are asked to also complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) through the DACC Financial Aid Office.

How to apply

Applications are available from the first of January through mid-February. An on-line application is available at https://www. This will provide a link to the on-line application.


For most awards, the Danville Area Community College Foundation’s Scholarship Committee selects recipients. This committee is comprised of members of the Foundation’s Board of Directors, and friends of the Foundation. Scholarship applicants are notified approximately 60 days after the application deadline on the status of any awards. Scholarship awards are recognized at the Honors Program held annually in September.

If you are interested in contributing to the Danville Area Community College Foundation scholarship fund, or would like to establish a named scholarship, please contact the DACC Foundation at (217) 443-8843. Contributions can also be made online at

DACC Presidential Scholarships

DACC Presidential Scholarships are awarded only to students in the top 15% of their high school graduating class. Each scholarship provides full tuition at DACC for two years, with a value of almost $8,500. Presidential Scholarships are funded by Danville Area Community College, Danville Area Community College Foundation and the Estate of Mr. Frank Brittingham.

Selection as a DACC Presidential Scholar is one of the highest honors the College and Foundation can bestow upon an entering first-year student. Terms of the scholarship include a service learning component requiring the recipients to provide up to 8 hours of volunteer service to the College each year.

DACC Emergency Fund

Administered by the DACC Foundation, the DACC Emergency Fund was established to help students at DACC when unforeseen circumstances hinder their pursuit of education. A limited amount of funds are available to be given on an as needed basis. This is a one-time award, it is not renewable. Applications can be obtained through the Office of Financial Aid, Vermilion Hall, first floor, west wing.