Scholarship application


The women of the Central Illinois Chapter of The Links, Incorporated are pleased to present the scholarship application for the 2021-2022 school year. We plan to award monetary scholarships to graduating high school students.

The Links, Incorporated is an international, not-for-profit organization, established in 1946. The membership consists of nearly 16,000 professional women of color in 292 chapters located in 41 states, the District of Columbia, Commonwealth of the Bahamas, and the United Kingdom. The organization is continuously sharpening its focus and expanding its program dimensions in order to make the name "Links" not only a chain of friendship, but also a chain of purposeful service.

Scholarship Criteria:

1. Applicant must be an African American graduating senior planning to attend an accredited post-secondary institution for the
2021-2021 school year.

2. Applicant must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale or a 4.0 cumulative GPA on a 5.0 scale.

3. Applicant must reside in the Bloomington/Normal, Peoria, Champaign-Urbana, or Decatur areas.

4. Applicant cannot be a relative of any member of the Central Illinois Chapter of The Links, Incorporated.

5. Applicant must be a United States citizen.


1. An official high school transcript of courses must be sent by a school administrator to this link, https://centralillinoislinksinc.org/scholarship_transcript. If you are selected for the scholarship, you will be directed to provide a letter of acceptance and a copy of your official registration of first semester courses before funds are dispersed.

2. Attach a typewritten Personal Statement. [400 words] addressing the following:

Describe yourself as a student and tell us about your aspirations.  We are
also interested in your impressions of, and/or the impact that the Covid-19
pandemic has had on you.

Your Personal Statement will be judged on the following:

* The Personal Statement is double spaced using Times New Roman font size 12.
* The Personal Statement is 400 words.
* Comprehension - The Personal Statement reflects a thorough comprehension of the essay topic.
* Organization - The Personal Statement should exhibit clarity of thought. 
* Writing - Correct grammar, good sentence structure, spelling, and punctuation.

3. When completing the DOCUMENTATION section, use the full name of awards, clubs or organizations (no acronyms). Attach additional sheets as necessary to complete the DOCUMENTATION section. Please identify your name on each additional sheet.

4.  Applicant is responsible for confirming that a school administrator submitted his/her official school transcript to https://centralillinoislinksinc.org/scholarship_transcript on, or before Friday April 9, 2021.

5. If you are selected for one of the “Students of Distinction” scholarships, you will need to provide a head shot picture of yourself [jpeg ONLY] by Friday May 14, 2021, for publication by the Central Illinois Chapter of The Links Incorporated on their social media sites, and by local media outlets in recognizing your accomplishments.

Applications must be postmarked on or before Friday, April 9, 2021.


* Completed application - submitted on or before Friday April 9, 2021
* Attached personal statement
* Official high school transcript submitted to https://centralillinoislinksinc.org/scholarship_transcript no later than Friday, April 9, 2021.

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