Women's Business Council of Champaign County

WBC Scholarships


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 Ruth B. Jones Scholarship supports WBC members in pursuing opportunities to further their education and professional development. Learn more or apply!

  • WBC's Jump Start Scholarship provides two high school seniors a $500 scholarship to pursue their higher education. Learn more!

Ruth B. Jones Scholarship


Ruth B. Jones Scholarship

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.

Jump Start Scholarship


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.


  • Graduating senior enrolled in a Champaign County school
  • Identify as female gender
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher out of 4.0
  • Proof of enrollment at an accredited post-secondary education institution

2020 Scholarship Recipients

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. 


Downloadable pdfs of scholarship applications.