The BCMW Community Services Block Grant Program will be awarding ten $750 scholarships to low-income residents of Bond, Clinton, Marion and Washington Counties. This program is funded by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. BCMW will also award a $500 scholarship in memory of C. Russell Rose, former director of BCMW and a $500 scholarship in memory of former board chair, Doris Clark. The scholarships are open to low-income residents desiring to further their education during the 2016-2017 school year at an Illinois accredited two year college, vocational school, or four your college or university.
All applicants must be permanent resident of Bond, Clinton, Marion and Washington Counties. Award recipients may use the scholarship award for education expenses and payments will be sent directly to the school. Eligibility criteria will be based on income, grade point average, a 100-200 word career goals statement, three letters of recommendation and an interview with the scholarship committee. Income guidelines, which are based on 125% of federal poverty and number in household, are as follows: 1 – $14,850; 2 – $20,025; 3 – $25,200; 4 – $30,375; 5 – $35,550; 6 – $40,725; 7 – $45,912; and 8 – $51,112.
Applications may be picked up at BCMW, 909 E. Rexford in Centralia or at the BCMW outreach office in the county in which you reside. Applications will be available beginning Tuesday, February 23, 2016 and must be returned by 3:00p.m. On Thursday, March 24, 2016. Please contact Tammy Chmielewski at BMCW, (618) 532-7388, ext. 127 for further information.