SPRINGFIELD —State Senator Doris Turner (D- Springfield) is encouraging teens who are currently or previously under the care of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services to apply for the 2022 DCFS Scholarship Program.
“This scholarship program provides a life changing opportunity to our most disadvantaged youth,” said Turner. “With the necessary tools being provided, students are able to take control of their destiny without the burden of student loans weighing them down.”
Former and current DCFS youth who are between the ages of 16 and 21 are eligible to apply. Applicants must submit a personal statement along with three letters of recommendation from non-relatives. The selection committee also requests that applicants submit their scholastic record, community involvement and extracurricular activities for further evaluation. Applications will be accepted until March 31, 2022.
The DCFS Scholarship Program covers up to five consecutive years of tuition and provides academic fee waivers for its DCFS scholarship recipients. The program includes other benefits such as a monthly grant to aid in additional expenses and a medical card.
“This scholarship program is a chance to break out of the unfortunate situation children in DCFS care are in. I strongly advise eligible students to take the time to apply and allow the opportunity to present itself,” Turner said.
Applications are available at any DCFS regional office and on the DCFS website, www2.illinois.gov/dcfs. The application will be titled Form CFS 438and you may find it under DCFS Features on the homepage.