LOMBARD – State Rep. Terra Costa Howard, D-Glen Ellyn, is urging women in the 48th district to apply for the Conference of Women Legislators (COWL) scholarship, which provides up to $2,500 in funding to help women over 25 who are going back to college.
The deadline to apply for the COWL scholarship is May 1. Applications may be submitted online at www.COWLIL.com.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating financial impact on many older college students who were working to complete their educations,” Costa Howard said. “We hope that the COWL scholarship will make it easier for women in Illinois to get back on track, return to school, and achieve their career ambitions.”
COWL is a non-profit, bipartisan organization of current and former female legislators. The COWL scholarship is intended for undergraduate women 25 years of age or older. The one-year scholarship provides up to $2,500 in funding for tuition, books, and fees. Up to 10 COWL scholarships will be awarded for the 2021-2022 academic year.
Scholarship applicants are required to enroll in an Illinois-accredited college or university for a minimum of six credit hours; scholarships are available to part-time and online students. Scholarship awardees will be notified by Tuesday, June 1. Awardees must provide official transcripts before the scholarship funds will be released.
“As a member of COWL, I am so proud that we are helping to open the classroom doors for Illinois women,” Costa Howard said. “I hope women in our communities who are heading back to school will apply for these scholarships and get valuable assistance as they work toward their goals.”