Wheeler: COWL Scholarship is Great Opportunity for Women Wishing to Continue Education

Representative Barbara Wheeler (R-Crystal Lake) is sending a notice to all women looking to purse their college education. The Conference of Women Legislators (COWL), a not-for-profit and bipartisan coalition of women legislators in the Illinois General Assembly recently announced their 2016-2017 Scholarship Award Program. COWL created the scholarship program as part of its mission to promote economic independence, community service, and leadership development. Scholarships of $2,500 each will be awarded. The scholarships are for women 25 and older seeking to complete or continue their undergraduate education.

“The COWL scholarship program is a great opportunity for women who weren’t able to attend college immediately following high school, or are interested in going back to school,” said Wheeler. “Advancing the educational development of women is not just a great way for them to improve their own career opportunities, but also our communities as a whole. I hope those working on their undergraduate studies, or hoping to begin studying, will take advantage of this opportunity.”

Scholarship applicants are required to enroll in an Illinois accredited college or university for a minimum of six credit hours to qualify, making the scholarships available to part-time students. In addition to academic achievement, the scholarship committee also considers volunteer or paid community service work that benefits women in transition. Applications must be postmarked by April 15, 2016. Awardees will be notified of the decisions by May 31, 2016. Scholarship applications may be downloaded from the COWL website at www.cowlil.com.

The majority of the charitable funds raised by the group come from COWL’s annual fundraisers, such as “Capitol Capers,” featuring performances by lawmakers from around the state.