VILLA PARK, Ill. – State Rep. Deb Conroy, D-Villa Park, is reminding local students that the deadline for the Conference of Women Legislators scholarship is extended to Friday, May 1.

“The Conference of Women Legislators scholarship is unique in that it is specifically for women aged 25 and older who have had to delay their education but are working hard to lay the groundwork and build the skills necessary for a lifetime of success,” said Conroy, who co-founded and serves as the first Chair of the House Democratic Women’s Caucus. “As a woman in government, I am grateful for resources like this scholarship that help all women attain their goals.”

COWL is a non-profit, bipartisan organization comprised of current and former female legislators. The COWL scholarship is intended for women 25 years of age or older who are looking to begin or complete their education. Students must plan to attend an accredited school in Illinois for at least 6 semester hours online or on campus. The one-year undergraduate scholarship will cover tuition, books and fees for up to $2,500 for the 2020-2021 academic year. Up to ten awards will be given. The extended deadline is Friday, May 1 and applicants may submit an unofficial transcript with their application. Awardees must provide official transcripts before the granting of scholarships. Applications may be submitted online at

“These scholarship funds can be used for tuition as well as books and fees, filling a need gap as most scholarships that are limited to tuition costs,” Conroy added. “With this new extended deadline, I encourage all local women who intend to further their education this upcoming school year to apply online before May 1.”

Rep. Deborah ConroyRep. Deborah Conroy

(D-Villa Park)
46th District
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