EDWARDSVILLE — Madison County Community Development is offering college and occupational training scholarships for low-income students who plan to attend school during the upcoming school year starting this fall.

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The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) scholarships will be awarded to low-income students who are or will be attending an accredited Illinois university, community college, technical or vocational school. The CSBG will select five students to receive a $4,000 ($2,000 per semester) scholarship for the 2023-2024 school year.

Those interested in applying for the scholarship should contact the college’s financial aid offices, their high school guidance counselor or visit Community Development’s website at https://www.madisoncountyil.gov/departments/community_development/community_services.php.

To be eligible, students must meet the block grant income guidelines as well as the other requirements as follows:

  • Candidates must provide proof of Madison County residency.
  • Candidates must meet income criteria Candidates must provide proof of gross income for the last 30 days for all household members ages 18 and older.

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For families with more than eight members, add $857 for each additional member.

  • Candidates must complete the College Application and CSBG Intake form.
  • Candidates must provide photo identification and social security card.
  • Candidates are required to submit a copy of college transcripts, or if just entering college, high school transcripts.

Candidates are required to submit a letter.

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