The Illinois Advisory Board of Dollars for Scholars reminds residents the month of May is National Scholarship Month. Rend Lake College continues to offer multiple forms of scholarships and financial aid to assist its students.
Setting aside a month to underscore the need for community support to help prepare, advise and financially assist students seeking post-secondary education throughout the state has never been more important, says a statement from Illinois Dollars for Scholars. Across Illinois, 150 Dollars for Scholars chapters will be participating in scholarship awards programs in 2004, providing more than $1 million for scholarships for deserving students.
"We are proud that Rend Lake College Foundation and Rend Lake College have so many opportunities and avenues for financial assistance," said Pat Mitchell, Chief Executive Officer of the Rend Lake College Foundation. "The Foundation has many partnerships with area industries, which result in employee scholarships or loan forgiveness programs."
Mitchell added, "This year, the college has instituted the new High Achievers Scholastic Award for students who achieve a composite score of 27 or higher on their ACT. Rend Lake College also has added 14 Tech-Prep tuition waivers for vocational students enrolled in Tech-Prep high school programs.
"Rend Lake College Foundation scholarship awards have increased based upon the $1 million scholarship endowment fund," Mitchell said. "Most of this perpetual scholarship fund is a result of family memorials honoring a special person. The nursing programs are currently receiving the most financial opportunities due to the demand within this vocation and due to the care that RLC graduates give to the community."
National Scholarship Month was initiated by Scholarship America in 1998 to celebrate the level of scholarship support from the private sector, to call for broader participation and renewed commitment from the private sector and to emphasize the importance of post-secondary education to help fill jobs in the future with a prepared workforce and educated citizens.
Dr. Hazel Loucks, chairperson for the Illinois Dollars for Scholars Advisory Board, challenges each Illinois community to establish its own Dollars for Scholars chapter and help make a college education more affordable to students in their communities. Dollars for Scholars is a national network of nearly 1,200 grassroots scholarship foundations in 40 states and the District of Columbia that raise funds and provide financial and academic support to local students.
In its 45-year history, Dollars for Scholars chapters have raised approximately $1 billion and have distributed one million scholarships to students.
For more information on National Scholarship Month, visit www.nationalscholarshipmonth.org or www.illinoisdollarsforscholars.org. To learn about scholarship opportunities at Rend Lake College, contact the Rend Lake College Foundation at (618) 437-5321, Ext. 1213 or 1324, or the RLC Financial Aid Office at Ext. 1385 or 1298, or call toll-free (in-district only) at 1-800-369-5321.