Academic scholarships available for Will County Students

Up to $3,000 for government-oriented scholars

2/22/2017, 11 a.m.

The Will County Board is encouraging local high school students to apply for the 2017 Illinois Counties Association (ICA) Scholarships before the deadline on April 28.

"This is a great opportunity for local Will County students to benefit from the hard work they put into high school as they go into college," said Suzanne Hart (R-Naperville). "Will County has many academically competitive high schools, and I'm sure students could win a few scholarships."

There are up to 15 scholarships worth $3,000, which can be put towards tuition and fees, up for grabs. These academic scholarships are open to incoming college freshmen for the 2017-2018 school year who have been accepted into an accredited college or university. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, and be both a U.S. citizen and Illinois resident.

A board from the ICA will determine finalists based on academic record, leadership, participation in school and the community, honors, work experience, and goals. Special consideration will be also be given to applicants that demonstrate a dedicated pursuit towards a career in government, public service, or public administration, and to applicants with immediate family members enrolled in the Nationwide Retirement Solution 457 program.

"It's important that we spark a passion for government in the younger generations," Hart said. "Hopefully some future leaders from Will County will apply and win these scholarships."

Applicants must submit a resume, two letters of recommendation, a personal statement, and an essay on an issue facing local government by midnight on April 28. More information is available at illinoiscountiesassociation.org. Scholarship recipients will be notified in June.