Scholarships available to help women return to college

Each year, The Conference of Women Legislators (COWL) awards college scholarships to women ages 25 years and older to help them attain an undergraduate degree. The purpose of the program is to support women who, for various reasons, have not had the opportunity to begin or complete their education at an earlier stage due to life changes and/or financial difficulties.

The one-year undergraduate scholarship will cover tuition, books and fees up to $2500 per year, including summer school.

Scholarship candidates are deserving, qualified women, 25 years of age or older, whose educations were interrupted due to family concerns and economic problems and who have shown leadership promise through community service.

Applicants also must be an Illinois resident and plan to attend an accredited on-campus school in Illinois for at least six semester hours (online colleges are not eligible).

Application materials must be postmarked no later than April 15, 2015. Awardees will be notified of the decisions by May 30, 2015. Scholarship applications may be downloaded from the COWL website and must include the following items:

Application form
• Two reference letters
• Personal background and goals essay
• Official transcripts from the last two academic years attended
• List of all institutions of higher education you’ve attended
Signed waiver form with notary public signature and seal

The Awards Committee will consider service work or volunteer activities that promote the welfare of women, families, and community as well as demonstrated leadership in creating a new approach, program, or strategy that benefits them.

COWL encourages women of all races, religions, creeds, and ethnic backgrounds to apply for the scholarship.

COWL members work in a bipartisan fashion, through legislation and advocacy, to advance the interests of all Illinois women, through state, local and federal initiatives.

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