urges area students to apply for scholarships
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[FEB. 16, 2005]
FORSYTH -- Applications are
available for students interested in trying for an Illinois General
Assembly Scholarship, according to state Rep. Bill Mitchell,
"Each year I am able to award eight
one-year scholarships to local students wishing to attend one of
Illinois' public universities," Mitchell said. "Applications are now
available through my office, and I would like to invite all
interested college-bound students to apply for a scholarship."
Rep. Mitchell has a panel of educators
who review the applications, coordinate and direct the competition,
and select the awardees. To qualify for the scholarship, students
must reside in the 87th District and must have been accepted at a
state university as a full-time student. They must also have
demonstrated activity in public and civic affairs and demonstrate
relative need among the applicants.
Students may apply for undergraduate
or graduate-level work. Students may apply any number of years they
wish, but scholarships cover one year only. If the scholarship
recipient does not attend the summer term, the summer portion of the
scholarship may be waived so that another recipient can be chosen
for the summer allocation.
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"Earning a college degree is very
expensive and the costs continue to rise," Mitchell said. "I urge
local students to take advantage of this program and apply for the
Students can obtain applications
through their school guidance counselors or by calling Mitchell's
district office at 876-1968 or toll-free at 1 (866) 801-1968.
Applications must be returned by April 1 to Mitchell's office at 332
W. Marion, Suite N1, Forsyth, IL 62535. Notification of scholarship
awards will be made approximately June 1.
[News release from
Rep. Bill Mitchell]