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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A 12-year member of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus (ILBC), state Rep. Chuck Jefferson, D-Rockford, has announced that the organization is accepting applications for their annual scholarship opportunity.
“Unlike the tarnished and rightly abolished General Assembly Scholarship, which unfortunately diverted dollars from state universities towards, many times, political favors, the ILBC Scholarship is comprised solely of private dollars that ILBC members raise throughout the year,” Jefferson said. “This is a unique opportunity for Illinois students to access additional financial support towards their college tuition.”
Eligible applicants must be African-American, an Illinois resident, seeking an undergraduate degree, and accepted or enrolled at an Illinois accredited institution of higher learning, including community colleges, private institutions and certified vocational training programs. Immediate relatives of ILBC members are ineligible.
Applications should be mailed by May 1 to the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus Scholarship Selection Committee, P.O. Box 12104, Springfield, IL 62791. Applications can be requested from Jefferson’s office. The scholarship recipients will receive $1,000 toward tuition.
“The cost of living is rising in addition to tuition costs, making it harder for families and students to save for college,” Jefferson said. “I believe we should do all we can to offer children a chance to reach their potential.”
Jefferson was acknowledged by the ILBC at their annual soiree for being an outstanding member of their organization, mentoring new legislators, and advocating for issues important to ILBC, such as education.
For more information, contact Jefferson’s full-time constituent service office at (815) 987-7433, or call the ILBC office at (217) 544-0444.
Posted April 24, 2013