Twelve Riverbend residents are starting the school year with some financial assistance from the Madison County Community Development. The organization recently awarded Community Block Grant Scholarships worth $1,500 to students who display a need for financial assistance and are studying at Illinois colleges, universities and participating in vocational training programs.
Walter Hunter, Director of Madison County Community Development says they work with a couple of other Riverbend organizations to create a list of nominees.
Funds from the scholarship can be used to cover tuition, study-related fees and books.
Hunter says that Community Development is also committed to helping various groups of people in the county. He says they provide transportation services, help fund local food pantries, and offer emergency assistance to help people with rent and prescription drug costs.