C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation Board of Directors recently awarded $8,000 in educational scholarships to five 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 Corporation’s Community Services Block Grant Scholarship Program was established in 1985. The CSBG Scholarship Program is designed to provide financial assistance to individuals pursuing education and training in occupational skills areas or post-secondary education for the purpose of upgrading employability levels. In the past 34 years of the CSBG scholarship program C.E.F.S. has awarded $381,376 in educational awards and has assisted 510 students.
A scholarship winner was recognized from Shelby County at the recent annual C.E.F.S. Board of Directors meeting. Scholarship recipient Amanda Walker received a certificate of recognition and a monetary award to pursue educational training.
Amanda Walker is from Shelbyville and plans to attend Lake Land College to pursue a degree in Dental Hygiene.
The mission of C.E.F.S. is to provide opportunities for people in our communities through education and support to achieve and maintain stability. C.E.F.S. Chief Executive Officer Kevin Bushur stated, “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 over 54 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 please contact the local C.E.F.S. Shelby County Outreach Office at 217/774-4541 or the central office at 217/342-2193 or visit the agency website at www.cefseoc.org or the agency Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cefseoc.