BCMW block grant program to award five scholarships

March 12, 2019

The BCMW Community Services Block Grant Program will be awarding five $1 ,000 scholarships to residents with low income residing in Bond, Clinton, Marion, and Washington Counties.

This program is funded by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. The scholarships are open to residents with low income desiring to further their education during the 2019-2020 academic year at an Illinois accredited two-year college, vocational school, or four-year college or university.

All applicants must be permanent residents of Bond, Clinton, Marion or 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- $15,613; 2- $21 ,138; 3- $26,663; 4- $32,188; 5- $37,713; 6- $43,238; 7-$48,763, and 8- $54,288.

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 may also be obtained at www.bcmwcommunityservices.org. Applications will be available beginning Wednesday, February 20, 2019, and must be returned by 3:00 p.m. on Friday, March 22,2019. Please contact Tammy Chmielewski at BCMW, 618-532-7388, ext. 127 for further information.