In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the DuPage County is extending the deadline for the annual Community Services Block Grant scholarship program to Sept. 25.
Every year, the Community Services department offers college and occupational training scholarships for low-income individuals with high academic potential. The scholarship supplements the cost of tuition, books, supplies and other school-related items for a semester or a quarter to offset the student’s needs. This scholarship is funded and designed in cooperation with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
Applicants are required to provide proof of DuPage County residency, gross household income for the past 30 days and information about members living in the household. Income for the household must be at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level. Applicants must also include a 500-word original essay or personal statement, official school transcripts, two letters of recommendation, a Financial Aid Audit (financial aid award letter) and proof of enrollment in an Illinois accredited institution.
The scholarship award amounts will vary this year from $500 to $2500 and special consideration is given to students interested in STEM fields or other occupations in emerging fields.
Applications are available online at www.dupageco.org/CSBG or can be mailed by request by calling the DuPage County Department of Community Services Office at (630) 407-6500, or call the toll-free number at (800) 942-9412. Completed applications and support documents must be received by 4:30 p.m. Friday, September 25, 2020.
For more information, contact the DuPage County Department of Community Services at (630) 407-6500, or call the toll-free number at (800) 942-9412. TTY access is available at (630) 407-6502.