SPRINGFIELD – Since 2002, the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus Foundation has given deserving students scholarships to assist them in advancing their academic and career goals. This year, the ILBCF will give 62 students $1,000 scholarships, which brings its total over $420,000 scholarship since the organizations inception. In light of Illinois current budget situation, the ILBCF believes that our scholarship program is pivotal in helping provide students with resources for achievement.
“Our budget situation has put some students behind and forced several thousand to drop out of college,” said Assistant majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford, Joint Chairman of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus. “It’s a shame that there are groups within government who feel college assistance is a luxury.”
The ILBCF has raised the bar by providing more scholarship this year than ever before. One of the requirements to apply for the scholarship was having an updated voter registration file, which registered over 340 students to vote.
“This year, the ILBCF nearly matched its record for scholarship applications received, which shows a growing need for tuition assistance,” said Larry Luster, Executive Director of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus Foundation. “It is our responsibility to ensure our future generations have the tools they need to advance our community.”
Awardees will receive their scholarships at the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus Foundation’s scholarship golf outing on July 19th at Harborside International Golf Course.
Below is a list of scholarship awardees. See who is from your community.