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C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation is offering Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) scholarships for income eligible individuals who wish to continue their education in an Illinois Institution approved full-time post-secondary course of study.  The course of study must lead up to a degree and/or employment, with particular consideration given to a field of study in high technology areas or other growth occupations.

            The scholarship program, which began in 1986, has awarded 433 scholarships in the amount of $300,306 to individuals who continued their education.  Also in 2009 and 2010, C.E.F.S. received CSBG American Recovery Reinvestment Act (ARRA) money, which awarded 33 scholarships in the amount of $27,840 to individuals who were continuing their education.  Applications are available at any C.E.F.S. Outreach Office, High School Counselor, IETC and DHS offices, Community Colleges and their web site www.cefseoc.org.  Completed applications with all necessary documentation, must be received in the County Outreach Office by May 2nd at 4:00 p.m.

            Applicants are screened for eligibility after the deadline and a committee of C.E.F.S. Board of Directors and Staff will interview the eligible applicants prior to choosing the winners.  Scholarship funds will be available for the FY14/2015 school year.

            For further information contact:  C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation, 1805 S. Banker St., PO Box 928, Effingham, IL  62401 or call (217) 342-2193 Ext. 126 or 130.

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