Women's Business Council is committed to supporting the growth and development of our members and young women in our community. In support of this commitment, WBC offers two scholarships:
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.
The WBC Jump Start Scholarship is an annual merit-based award open to 12th grade female students in Champaign County to pursue higher education at an accredited post-secondary education institution.
Each year, WBC awards $500 to two goal-oriented, service-minded young women continuing their education.
The Jump Start application period runs from mid-February to mid-March each year.
The Jumpstart Scholarship Committee has awarded Rianna Rothermel of Heritage High School and Dominick Fuentes of Champaign Central High School with the 2020 Jumpstart Scholarships.
Rianna will be attending Eastern Illinois University after she graduates from High School, where she plans to study Elementary Education. Rianna has diverse extra-curricular interests and is an active volunteer in her community, where she focuses on Read Across America and other organizations that promote reading to children.
Dominick Fuentes is a member of the Champaign Central girls golf team, and has been accepted to Michigan State after completing High School. Dominick is passionate about small businesses and entrepreneurship having watched her parents work towards opening their own restaurant and assisting at the business.
Each of our winners will receive a $500 scholarship for their next steps in education.