Jefferson to begin accepting General Assembly Scholarship applications

State Rep. Chuck Jefferson (D-Rockford) has announced he will begin accepting applications for his General Assembly Scholarships Jan. 1, 2007.

“A college education is an important part of a student’s development and crucial for success in a number of careers,” said Jefferson. “Too many of our qualified students cannot afford a college education, and I am proud to do my part to give them an opportunity to succeed.”

Every year, members of the General Assembly have the option to award eight years of free tuition credit to students living in their districts. Some legislators choose to award two four-year scholarships instead of eight one-year scholarships. However, Jefferson will award eight one-year scholarships to help more students continue their education.

The General Assembly Scholarship is equivalent to a tuition payment for the length of the scholarship, and must be used for higher education at a state-funded public university. There is no age requirement to receive the scholarship, and Jefferson encourages students completing graduate degrees, as well as undergraduate degrees, to apply.

Jefferson has formed a diverse committee to review the scholarship applications. He has directed the committee to award scholarships on the basis of both merit and demonstrated financial need.

“We are looking to reward academic merit, but we also know that financial need is a major consideration for students and their parents,” Jefferson said. “This scholarship is intended to reward deserving students on the basis of both academic merit and financial need. We will look at all applications on an equal basis, and will reward the most deserving students who apply.”

Applications for Chuck Jefferson’s General Assembly Scholarship will be accepted until April 1, 2007. For more information or to request an application, contact Rep. Jefferson’s constitutent service office at 987-7433 or the scholarship Web site, relations/html/scholarships.htm.

From the Dec. 13-19, 2006, issue

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