Tri-County Opportunities Council (TCOC) is providing 15 scholarships to qualifying students. TCOC is the Illinois Community Action Agency that focuses on the counties of Lee, LaSalle, Carroll. Bureau, Ogle, Marshall, Stark, Whiteside, and Putnam. Additionally, TCOC provides numerous tips on how to live within your means.

The TCOC scholarships are up to $1,250 each and were made available through the Community Services Block Grant funds of the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Development. All ethnic or racial minorities, students from low-income families, and also earlier scholarship recipients may file an application.

In order to qualify for the TCOC scholarship competition, applicants need to be members of income-eligible households, need to attend an accredited Illinois higher learning institution, and residents of a county administrated by the Tri-County Opportunities Council.

To be eligible for a full scholarship ($1,250), applicants must be full-time students with at least 12 semester hours. Part-time based students may also partake in the competition, but scholarships are pro-rated in case they come out as winners.

The competition is giving preference to applicants who wish to pursue careers that are in high demand, though students who pursue another career path are explicitly encouraged to apply as well.

New TCOC scholarship will again be offered in 2017 and publication of the competition’s winners will occur before the end of June 2017. Winners will receive scholarship checks through their schools. The checks are mailed to the institution of higher education in line with what students have indicated on their application forms.

Students who wish to apply must:

  1. Possess a high school diploma or GED certificate
  2. Be able to provide proof of their family’s income over the past 3 months (for example copies of checks, Public Aid letter, child support, wage stubs)

The scholarship application asks you to submit personal data like name, address, date of birth, and you also must provide an income statement of your family, for example number of persons in your household, each household member relations, and their income sources.

You must also answer these questions:

  • Which educational institution do you (plan to) attend?
  • Which study course do you (plan to) pursue?
  • Can you provide information on job availability in your study direction in your area?
  • Can you describe briefly your career goals?

Send all required documentation and your application to:

Tri-County Opportunities Council Scholarship Committee

PO Box 610

Rock Falls, IL 61071

Bear in mind that each year, the scholarships are awarded in June. Next year’s scholarships are open for application from January. In general, you will have four months to submit your application, so be sure your brief essay is optimally written and all documents are presented in good order.

All scholarship applications (including all required documentation) need to be postmarked ultimately April 15, 2017. Applications after that date will not be taken into consideration.

About the Tri-County Opportunities Council (TCOC)

Community Action Agencies consist of public and private local not-for-profit organizations that administer Community Action Programs (CAPs), which were founded by Economic Opportunity Act 0f 1964 in order to effectively fight poverty through empowerment of the poor. This all is part of the American War on Poverty.

Community Action Agencies such as TCOC are depending heavily on the work of volunteers, and the agencies are mainly funded by the federal Community Services Block Grant (CSBG). Like other Community Action Agencies, receives TCOC also other grants from local, state, and federal sources. The student scholarship program provided by the agency is actually one of the most costly and valuable initiatives.

Other TCOC programs include the Head Start Program, the Foster Grandparents Program, The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), and the Weatherization & Housing Program.

There is a board of directors that governs TCOC which consists for at least 1/3 of low-income community members, 1/3 public officials, and a maximum of 1/3 private sector community leaders. The structure of the governing