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[FEB. 5, 2007]  FORSYTH -- It is once again the time of year for students to apply for the Illinois General Assembly scholarships, according to state Rep. Bill Mitchell, 87th District.

"Every year I am able to give eight lucky students the opportunity to receive a one-year scholarship to the Illinois public university of their choice," said Mitchell.

Mitchell has a panel of educators review the applications and select the most deserving eight students to receive the scholarships. To be eligible as a recipient of a scholarship, the student must reside within the 87th District, which consists of parts of Christian, DeWitt, Logan, Macon, McLean, Sangamon, Logan and Tazewell counties. A student also has to be accepted to a state university as a full-time student. As part of the qualification criteria the student must have demonstrated activity in public and civic community affairs, as well as be able to show a relative need for the scholarship.

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"These scholarships are a great opportunity for the students of the district, to help reduce the ever-rising cost earning a college degree," said Mitchell. "The goal of this program is to give students who otherwise may not be able to attend college this valuable opportunity."

Students can acquire their applications from their high school guidance counselors or from Mitchell's district office, 332 W. Marion, Suite N1, Forsyth, IL 62535; or by phone at 217-876-1968 or toll-free at 1-866-811-1968. Applications are due by April 2 and must be returned to Mitchell's district office. Notification of the scholarship recipients should be approximately June 1.

(Text copied from file received from Rep. Bill Mitchell)

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