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ILJC Scholarships & Grants

To recognize individual achievement, support professional development and facilitate financial education, the Illinois Jump$tart Coalition is proud to provide financial support in the form of scholarships and grants for selected students, educators and institutions.  Prospective recipients must complete and submit an application in order to be considered. All applications are reviewed by our Board and whenever possible, awards are presented at quarterly Education & Networking events hosted by the Coalition around the State. Complete program informations and applications are provided below.

 

The application deadlines for 2014 Awards are shown below.

  • January 20
  • March 10
  • September 1
    • Note: 9/1 is the final deadline for 2014 educator applications
  • October 20
    • Note: 10/20 is for student and library applications only.

Whenever possible, awards will be presented at quarterly ILJC events. If you have questions about scholarship and grant opportunities, email us at Turn on JavaScript!, or call 800-237-4958 ext 9.

Educator ScholarshipsTeacher
Program Guidelines
  • Eligible recipients must:
    • Reside and work in Illinois, and be public or private school teachers, professional trainers, or volunteers working in financial or economics education or a related field.
    • Have demonstrated significant ability, initiative or achievement involving personal finance or economics education.
    • Submit a written recommendation from a Principal or Supervisor who is not a family member.
    • Not be prior ILJC scholarship recipients, current ILJC Directors or their family members.
  •  Scholarship recipients will receive reimbursements of up to $750.00 for either:
    • Registration, accommodations, meals and travel expenses incurred attending the National Jump$tart Coalition’s Annual Educator Conference (jumpstart.org), or
    • Expenses incurred participating in another accredited continuing education program related to personal finance or economics instruction.
  • Recipients will be notified directly. When possible, scholarship awards will be presented at an upcoming ILJC education and networking event.
  • If not selected initially, eligible applicants will be considered again in the following quarter. Those not selected in 2 consecutive quarters may reapply with new or additional information.
  • Recipients will update ILJC periodically, on their progress and how the scholarship has helped further their education, or improve the capabilities of their students.
Student Scholarships
Program Guidelines
  • Eligible recipients must:
    • Reside and attend school in Illinois in grade 9 through post-secondary
    • Have demonstrated significant ability, initiative or achievement involving money management.
    • Submit a written recommendation from a teacher, counselor or other non-family member.
    • Not be prior ILJC scholarship recipients, or family members of current ILJC Directors.
  • Recipients’ financial knowledge or skills may be self-taught, learned at home or through an employer, or acquired through school or a non-profit, community or faith-based organization.
  • If awarded, scholarship funds will be paid directly to the student’s post-secondary school.
  • Scholarships may used for tuition, books and fees of up to $500.00 at any post-secondary institution in which the recipient is currently enrolled.
  • If a school application or enrollment is pending, the funds will be held and disbursed to the institution upon receipt of a Verification of Enrollment on school letterhead.
  • Recipients will be notified directly. When possible, scholarship awards will be presented at an upcoming ILJC education and networking event.
  • If not selected initially, eligible applicants will be considered again in the following quarter. Those not selected in 2 consecutive quarters may reapply with new or additional information.
  • Recipients will update ILJC periodically, on their progress and how the scholarship has helped further their education, and/or better their lives or their community.

Financial Education Library (FEL) Grants
Teacher
Program Guidelines
  • Eligible recipients must:
    • Be based in Illinois, and be public schools, public libraries, or NFP institutions that provide youth services in a low or moderate-income community.
    • Have suitable facilities and/or capacity to maintain and disseminate financial education content and materials.
    • Submit an application.
    • Not be prior ILJC grant recipients, or family members of current ILJC Directors.
  • Chosen candidates will receive a selection of print and digital materials valued at $500.00 for the establishment of an onsite financial education library.
  • Recipients will be notified directly. When possible, Grant awards will be presented at an upcoming ILJC education and networking event.
  • If not selected initially, eligible applicants will be considered again in the following quarter. Those not selected in 2 consecutive quarters may reapply with new or additional information.
  • Recipients will update ILJC periodically, on their progress and how the grant has helped improve the financial capabilities of their communities they serve.