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Lake County Women’s Coalition Scholarship

Scholarship Information

The College of Lake County Foundation announces the Lake County Women’s Coalition Scholarship in honor of Coalition founder Barbara Richardson. The scholarship fund will be distributed as needed to one or more eligible students, to be applied to tuition, fees, books, transportation and/or on-site childcare. Students should submit applications to the CLC Financial Aid Office, which will forward them to the Coalition scholarship committee to arrange personal interview with applicants. After they are notified, recipients must meet with the Coalition Steering Committee to inform them of the scholarship's affect on their educational and occupational aspirations in order to have the monetary award applied to their CLC accounts.

Applicant requirements:

  • At least half-time enrollment
  • Woman age 30 or over
  • Lake County resident
  • Minimum 2.5 grade point average
  • Financial need

Interested students should submit the following to the Financial Aid Office:

  • A College of Lake County Scholarship Application
  • One page double-spaced essay describing educational and career goals and community involvement
  • FAFSA for current school year must be on file in Financial Aid Office

Application Deadline: November 17, 2017 (Award will be applied to Spring 2018 and Fall 2018 semesters). Application materials are available in the Financial Aid Office.

2017 Scholarship Awardees

Sabah Othman; pursuing a degree in Health Information Technology.

Maria Elizarraraz; pursuing a degree in Social Work.

2015 Scholarship Awardees

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Neeru Kaur Singh is a single mother who has worked to overcome emotional and financial struggles.  Although she has a prior degree in accounting, Neeru found that the best way to care for her young son on her own was to find part-time work at his school.  She also decided to return to school and pursue dual certificate courses for medical billing specialist and massage therapy at CLC.  While studying and working, when has also devoted an extraordinary amount of time voluntarily helping to run the condo association where she lives, and has served three years as treasurer on its board of director.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Renata

Renata Zikeviciute, a 33-year old single woman, came to the United States on her own from Lithuania at the age of 20.  After working as a cleaning lady and babysitter, she finally found work as a deal assistant, which opened her eyes to her dream goal of pursuing a career in dental hygiene.  While working, studying, and maintaining a high GPA, Renata manages to find time to raise funds for a foundation she and her cousin created after her aunt’s death from cancer.  Although she is on course to obtain her license and Associates Degree, she would also like to pursue a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene in the future.

2013 Scholarship Honoree  Tracy Castro

Dear Lake County Women's Coalition,

My final class at the College of Lake County wrapped up at the end of July and last week I received my Associate in Arts degree.

As a 2013-14 recipient of the Lake County Women’s Coalition Scholarship, I hope to share this update with its members. Along the way, the daily duties weighing upon me and fellow mature students can make our educational goals seem out of reach. These scholarships mean more than dollars — they offer encouragement that helps us push forward when we want to stop. Please send my thanks to the membership, again, for doing that for me.

I am now two weeks into Southern Illinois University’s Workplace Education and Development program and looking forward to receiving my Bachelor of Science!

Have a wonderful day.

Tracy Castro

2012 Scholarship Honorees

Angela Kelly grew up in Chicago. After graduating from Notre Dame High School for girls, she decided to join the United States Navy. As a U.S. Veteran she feels lucky to have served our Country in a time of peace. She is the single mother of three teenage children and currently attends CLC taking three courses this semester. Her goal is to receive a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and continue to pursue her education in Nursing. She would like to be a nurse and work at a Veterans Hospital. She believes that supporting the Veterans who have served in conflicts is very important. She hopes to one day make a difference in the lives of these most important Veterans.

Melissa Jurik

Melissa Jurik is a wife, mother of three, and a full-time college student in the Paralegal Studies Program at CLC. She returned to college in 2010 after an eleven-year break, when her oldest daughter told her that her aspiration in life was to become a bartender just like Melissa.  At that moment she realized it was time to become a better role model to show her children that college is very important and it is never too late to secure your future by going to college.  In addition to her family, homework and two part-time jobs (as a bartender and a Student Ambassador at CLC), she has completed the Emerging Leaders Program offered at CLC; she is the acting co-president of the Pupils of Paralegal Studies Club, and a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

Teresa Williams

When Teresa Williams was but a girl, she imagined a future filled with hope and promise, but then her life took an unexpected turn and she was forced to put her dreams on hold.  Her story is not unique as it tells the story of women all over the world. Throughout her struggle she never lost sight of the desire to pursue education. In 2004, she began the 6-year commitment to obtain an Associates Degree as a non-traditional student.  Teresa achieved that goal, with honors from CLC, in 2010. She is now pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration with minor in Non-Profit Management at the University Center in Grayslake, IL through satellite classes offered by North Park University. She would like to encourage all those seeking to improve their lives to hold on to your dreams, no matter what comes your way.  Someone, like the angels at the Lake County Women's Coalition, will find their way into your life. She wants to thank all the organizations that make up the Lake County Women's Coalition for the blessings they   provide. This monetary award allows her to move forward, reaching for the hope and promise she lost as a girl.

 

 


 

2011 Scholarship Honorees

June Maguire with Carrie Effinger - 2011 Scholarship Honoree

 

Carrie Effinger is a divorced mother of a son and hopes that her college aspirations provide a good example for him. Carrie started factory work when she was 16. When she lost her job at that company she knew she wanted to get into a field with a better career outlook. She is now involved with the Surgical Technology program at CLC.

Leslie Jackson

Leslie Jackson also a divorced mother is pursuing a degree in Office Applications. She was in that business with her husband who left the family in 2007. Leslie lost her home, her car, the family's income. She is concerned about employment to provide for her children.