The Women’s Business Council (WBC) Scholarship Fund was established in 1985. It was named the Ruth B. Jones Scholarship Fund in 1987 in recognition of Mrs. Ruth B. Jones, an outstanding member of the local business community.
The Ruth B. Jones Scholarship Fund is available to assist WBC members in continuing their education to either build upon their skills for a present career or to pursue a new career. WBC members may also apply for a scholarship to attend career-related conferences, seminars and workshops.
Applicant must be an active member of WBC for a minimum of two calendar years prior to applying for a scholarship. Active membership is defined as having paid membership dues and attended WBC meetings and events.
Applicant must be a regular member employed within Champaign county working a minimum of 25 hours per week.
Applicant must maintain their WBC membership while pursuing additional education and/or attending a conference, seminar or workshop.
Applicant must attend a minimum of eight meetings and/or events the year the scholarship is received.
The treasurer will issue a check to the college or institution to be attended by the applicant (workshops, seminar, etc., also apply).
The applicant must remain a regular member of WBC for a minimum of one year after receiving said scholarship; otherwise, scholarship funds are forfeited.
All applicants will be reviewed and voted by the Women’s Business Council Board of Director within 30 days of receiving application.
Members may apply for a scholarship for a second year, however, new applicants will be considered first.
Recipients will be announced at WBC’s monthly luncheon meetings.