BCMW Community Services Block Grant Program

February 20, 2015

The BCMW Community Services Block Grant Program will be awarding ten $500 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 2015-2016 school year at anIllinois 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 $500 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- $14,712.50; 2- $19,912.50; 3- $25,112.50; 4-$30,312.50; 5- $35,512.50; 6- $40,712.50; 7-$45,912.50 and 8-$51,112.50.

Applications my 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 Monday, February 23, 2015 and must be returned by 3:00 p.m. on Monday, March 23, 2015. Please contact LeAnn Speiser at BCMW,(618) 532-7388, ext 127 for further information.