TISKILWA — In May, the Tiskilwa Scholarship Association will once again award education grants up to $1,000 to one or more high school graduates living within the boundaries of the former Tiskilwa School District 300.
The purpose of the scholarship is to offer encouragement and financial support to a community member who wishes to pursue advanced training or a college education as a full-time student.
Since the Association began making grants in 1998, more than $30,000 has been awarded to Tiskilwa residents. Before that, from 1960 to 1997, this civic group loaned tuition funds to more than 50 qualified students pursuing an education beyond high school.
Applicants may be current high school graduates (Class of 2014) or earlier graduates who will be full-time students in the fall. The eligibility requirement is based upon a minimum of one year’s residence in the former District 300 at the time of high school graduation.
In the week following the May 2 application deadline, the TSA Board will review all submissions. Before the review meeting, the names and addresses of the students as well as their parents/guardians will be removed by the non-voting chairperson.
Selection of one or more grant recipients is based on an applicant’s character as shown by community and school service, his/her record of academic achievement indicating success in further studies, and his/her sincerity of effort as evidenced in application responses. Priority consideration will be given to applicants who have not received previous grants from the TSA.
Applications for this year’s TSA grants may be obtained at the Tiskilwa Public Library or the Princeton High School guidance office. The grant committee suggests that applications be sent by certified mail to the Tiskilwa Scholarship Association, in care of Ms. Helen Kenney, 7885 -1725 East Street, Tiskilwa, IL 61368. Applications must postmarked no later than May 2 for consideration this year. All applicants will be notified of selection results by mail.