Illinois Federation of Business Women's Clubs, Inc.

State Scholarship Program

To further expand our commitment to education, our membership approved funding for a state scholarship program with specific eligibility criteria for returning students and high school students. For 2020, we hope to award six $2000.00 scholarships to qualified applicants. 

Scholarship winners must be willing to participate in our Virtual Speak-Off Competition to be held in May 2021. Our Speak-Off provides an excellent developmental opportunity for our scholarship winners to get valuable public speaking experience, learn more about our mission, and introduce themselves to our member network. Competition details are included below.

Listed below are the applications and requirements for returning students and for incoming freshmen students.  If you meet the criteria and are willing to compete in our Young Professional/Career Professional Speak-Off Competition, please download the appropriate application and follow the instructions.

Applications must be received electronically or postmarked by March 15, 2021, to be considered. Winners should be notified by phone and email by April 1, 2021.

RETURNING STUDENTS SCHOLARSHIP

Eligibility criteria for returning students:

1. Applicant must be female, a U.S. citizen, and a resident of the state of Illinois.

2. Applicant must possess a high school diploma or GED and be currently enrolled in an accredited trade school, college, or university with a minimum of six (6) credit hours.

3. Applicant must hold a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4-point scale as of the completion of the Fall 2020 semester.

4. While not a sole determining factor, preference may be given to qualified applicants demonstrating financial need.

5. Successful applicants must be willing and available to compete in the Virtual Young Professional/Career Professional public speaking competition scheduled for May 2021. Competition results will not affect the scholarship award; however, failure to participate will result in forfeiture of the award.

6. Application must include the following:  

  • a cover letter requesting consideration of application;
  • a completed application form with all requested information, signatures, and dates;
  • a 200-300 word essay (typed) identifying her career objectives and explaining how she plans to use this scholarship to achieve those objectives (if applicant is enrolled in a Master’s program, her essay should include how this additional education will assist her in the employment world);
  • a high school transcript, proof of graduation or GED completion, and a higher education transcript that includes all grades received through the Fall 2020 semester; and
  • two (2) signed letters of recommendation from professional, advisory, or education references (may include, but not limited to, teachers, coaches, sponsors, mentors, or advisers; avoid personal references like relatives, neighbors, or friends).

INCOMING FRESHMAN SCHOLARSHIP

Eligibility criteria for incoming freshmen:

1. Applicant must be female, a U.S. citizen, and a resident of the state of Illinois.

2. Applicant must be a graduating senior in 2021 or earlier who has been accepted to attend an accredited trade school, college, or university as a full-time incoming freshman for the Fall 2021 semester.

3. Applicant must hold a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4-point scale as of the completion of the Fall 2020 semester.

4. While not a sole determining factor, preference may be given to qualified applicants demonstrating financial need.

5. Successful applicants must be willing and available to compete in the Virtual Young Professional/Career Professional public speaking competition scheduled for May 2021. Competition results will not affect the scholarship award; however, failure to participate will result in forfeiture of the award.

6. Application must include the following:  

  • a cover letter requesting consideration of application;
  • a completed application form with all requested information, signatures, and dates;
  • a 200-300 word essay (typed) stating the applicant’s future educational plans and goals, including the profession she hopes to enter and an explanation as to why she has chosen this field of study;
  • a high school transcript that includes all grades received through the Fall 2020 semester; and
  • two (2) signed letters of recommendation from professional, advisory, or education references (may include, but not limited to, teachers, coaches, sponsors, mentors, or advisers; avoid personal references like relatives, neighbors, or friends).

For more information on the Speak-off competition, please click on the links below:


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