Contact Us

Callie Cummings
Extension Program Coordinator, 4-H and Youth Development - McLean County
University of Illinois Extension
1615 Commerce Parkway
Bloomington, IL 61704
Phone: 309-663-8306
FAX: 309-663-8270
ccummngs@illinois.edu

Leah Street
Extension Program Coordinator - 4-H Youth Development, McLean County
University of Illinois Extension
1615 Commerce Parkway
Bloomington, IL 61704
Phone: 309-663-8306
FAX: 309-663-8270
lpstreet@illinois.edu

Scholarships Available Locally

Scholarships Available Locally

Esposito Scholarship

MARGARET ESPOSITO SCHOLARSHIP

MCLEAN COUNTY EXTENSION SERVICE FOUNDATION

The Margaret Esposito Scholarship was established in August, 1992 to assist McLean County residents who are nontraditional students attending one of the colleges, universities or technical/vocational schools located within the McLean County area. The scholarship can be used for educational expenses including books, fees, transportation, dependent care, tuition and room and board.

Recipients are selected by the Margaret Esposito Scholarship Executive Board of Trustees. Scholarship funds will be disbursed to the recipient through the Financial Aid Office of the college, university or technical/vocational school of attendance.

Selection Criteria

1. The applicant must have been a resident of McLean County for at least one year prior to applying for the scholarship.

2. The applicant must be:

a) The custodial parent providing half or more of the financial support of at least one child, or

b) 24 years of age or older at the time the application is completed.

3. The applicant must demonstrate financial need as determined by his/her institution's Financial Aid Office. Applicants must file the "Free Application for Federal Student Aid" (FAFSA), available in January for the following academic year. Applicants can file online at www.fafsa.ed.gov . By completing this scholarship application, applicants agree to allow the Margaret Esposito Executive Board access to their Financial Aid information to determine eligibility.

4. The applicant must show commitment to a plan for completion of either an academic or technical program at one of the colleges, universities, or technical/vocational schools located within the McLean County area. Each applicant must meet the following criteria by submitting official college transcript(s) indicating:

a) Successful completion of at least 12 credit hours of academic or technical work leading to degree requirements with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or above, and

b) Current enrollment of at least 6 credit hours required for that degree or program.

5. The completed application and supporting documentation must be submitted by June 15th for the fall semester, October 15th for the spring semester or March 15th for the summer semester.

6. An interview with the selection committee will be required if you are one of the finalists. A photograph will be taken and used for publicity purposes.

THE MARGARET ESPOSITO SCHOLARSHIP WILL BE AWARDED REGARDLESS OF THE APPLICANT'S RACE, RELIGION, NATIONAL ORIGIN, SEX OR HANDICAP (DISABILITY).

RECENT SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

SUMMER 2009 RECIPIENTS

YaRoni Prather will graduate from Heartland Community College this July with an Associate of Science degree in Nursing. She has been involved in student government and the RISE program at HCC. This summer, YaRoni will take classes at HCC to earn CAN certification, and will begin nursing school at Methodist Hospital in Peoria in January. Her goal is to obtain a master's degree in nursing, specializing in geriatric care.

Remigius Mbah is a student at Heartland Community College. He and his wife are the parents of two year old twins. Remi plans to become a high school math teacher, and is already putting his math skills to good use as a peer tutor with HCC. He intends to complete an Associate of Science degree in Engineering Science at HCC and then transfer to Illinois State University to pursue a bachelor's degree in mathematics education.

SPRING 2009 RECIPIENTS

Diana Lynn Prince has taken classes at Heartland Community College and Illinois State University, and is working toward a bachelor's degree in English. She volunteers with the Domestic Violence Impact Panel for the McLean County Probation Department, speaking to first time offenders convicted of domestic violence. Diana is a foster parent, and received a Community Action CEA Award for the Empowerment of Women.

Kristin Fink is a graduate of Heartland Community College. She is currently working toward a marketing degree at Illinois State University, and works two part-time jobs. An active advocate for victims of domestic violence, Kristin won a Community Action Award in 2008. She is a caring individual who always helps people in need, while balancing work, home, and school.

FALL 2008 RECIPIENT

Mary Thomas, the Fall 2008 scholarship recipient loves working with children and is studying Early Childhood Education working toward a degree in Social Work. Mary attends Illinois State University.