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Legislators Help Women Pursuing a Return to Education [04/11/2019]

Submitted by the Illinois House of Representatives


(Springfield) The Conference of Women Legislators (COWL), a bipartisan, bicameral, nonprofit organization of women legislators in the Illinois General Assembly, announce their 2019-2020 Scholarship Award Program. COWL created the scholarship program as part of its mission to promote economic independence, community service and leadership development.  
 
Rep. Kathleen Willis, the Chair of the Scholarship Committee, announces that scholarships of $2,500 each will be awarded. These college scholarships are aimed at helping women who are earning their college degrees, in some cases, later in life.
 
“One of the gaps in the state college aid programs is assistance for women, 25 years of age or older, who may have had their education interrupted or who never had a chance to start college until later in life. These non-traditional students don’t fit neatly into any programs,” Willis said. “Rather than pass a law to create a new grant, we started raising money to fund scholarships on our own. This scholarship program has made a difference in the lives of many women by enabling them to achieve their educational dreams.”
 
Scholarship applicants are required to enroll in an Illinois accredited college or university for a minimum of six credit hours to qualify, making the scholarships available to part-time and online students. Applications must be postmarked by April 30, 2019. Awardees will be notified by May 31, 2019. Application materials may be downloaded from www.cowlil.com