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CEFS awards scholarships to students

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The C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corp. Board of Directors recently awarded $18,900 in educational scholarships to 30 individuals who are pursuing post-secondary education.
The educational scholarships were made available through funding provided by the Community Services Block Grant Program from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corp.’s Community Service Block Grant Scholarship Program was established in 1985.
The CSBG Scholarship Program is designed to provide financial assistance to limited-income individuals to pursue education and training in occupational skill areas or post-secondary education for the purpose of upgrading employability levels.
In the past 25 years of the CSBG scholarship program C.E.F.S. has awarded more than $301,000 in educational awards and has assisted 446 students.
Scholarship winners were recognized from Fayette County at the recent annual C.E.F.S. Board of Directors meeting.
The following scholarship recipients received a certificate of recognition and a monetary award to pursue educational training: Barbara Scarbrough, Brianna Horn, Christine Harre, Heather Elder, Meredith Forson, Randi Combs, Ryan Wing, Stephanie Chrisman and Tina Cottingham.
Scarbrough will be returning to Kaskaskia College this fall to continue her education as she works toward a degree in criminal justice.
Horn will be returning in the fall to Lake Land College, where she has been accepted into the nursing program.
Harre will be returning to Kaskaskia College this fall to continue her education in the radiology program. Her long-term goal is to complete additional course work that will allow her to become certified in radiation therapy.
Elder will be returning to Kaskaskia College to continue working on her general studies before applying for the nursing program. Her long-term goal is to someday become a nurse practitioner.
Forson will be returning to Kaskaskia College in the fall to complete her associate’s degree in network administration and earn a certificate in network security by December.
Combs will be returning to Kaskaskia College, where she is taking general studies. Her goal is to complete her general studies with high grades and apply to the nursing program. She hopes to one day become a LPN.
Wing will be returning to Kaskaskia College in the fall and continue her education in the radiology program.
Chrisman will return to Kaskaskia College this fall to continue her education, pursuing a degree as a radiological technologist.
Cottingham will be returning to Kaskaskia College this fall to work toward a degree that will allow her to become a social worker. She plans to eventually earn a master’s degree in counseling.
C.E.F.S.’s mission is to provide opportunities for people through education and support to achieve and maintain self-sufficiency.
C.E.F.S. Executive Officer Paul White said, “The CSBG scholarship program truly makes a difference and provides educational assistance to individuals seeking to improve their education and the pursuit of gainful employment.”
C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation has been providing effective social services for more than 45 years for low-income persons within their service delivery area.
C.E.F.S. is a comprehensive human service provider in the service delivery area, providing direct services, referrals and linkages to address the issues facing low-income residents and providing local community solutions to meet those needs.
For more information about the community action agency or program, contact the local C.E.F.S. Fayette County Outreach Office at 283-2631 or the central office at 217-342-2193 or visit the agency website at www.cefseoc.org.