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CSBG SLICE Scholarship Program



Adult Application | High School Senior Application 


  • Scholarship applications are available from Community Resources in February and due by the first Friday in May for July-August awards.
  • Scholarships are awarded in July of each year.
  • Awards range from $500 to $3,000 per year. 
  • Funding may be used for tuition, and books and fees.


  • Be a resident of Sangamon County
  • Be determined income-eligible.  Guidelines are 125% of the Federal Poverty level.  This means a family of 4 cannot exceed $29,437.50 in annual income.  (See CSBG income guidelines.)
  • Must submit all required documents 
    • Application,
    • Photo ID
    • Social Security Cards
    • Household income for the past 90 days. 
  • Be accepted for full time enrollment at an accredited Illinois College, University, or vocational school.


  • Be accepted by an accredited Illinois College
  • Awards only for Associates or Bachelor degrees.
  • Maintain a “C” Average
  • Be a full-time student
  • Three letters of reference
  • Written paragraph about most rewarding experience.
  • ACT Score if available
  • Second interview – meet with scholarship committee.

Application Process

  • Applications available in January – call 535-3120
  • Two categories of applications – Graduating  H.S. seniors and Adults
  • Completed applications due to SCCR by the second Friday in May.
  • Applicant is called by staff to attend an appointment determine if income eligible.
  • Applicant is called again to schedule and attend an interview with the CSBG Scholarship committee.


  • Based on GPA and need.  Other funding also considered such as MAP (tuition) and PELL (tuition and room and board) grants from your Student Aid Report (SAR).
  • Funding levels per year are $500 - $3,000 in increments of $500.
  • Must submit grades each semester.

Scholarship Application Outreach

  • Applications are sent to all H.S. and colleges in Springfield
  • Press release published in local media outlets.