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CLC scholarships available for High School Equivalency grads

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published May 19, 2020

In an effort to help students pursue further educational goals, the College of Lake County’s Adult Education and ESL Division along with the Lake County Regional Office of Education offer up to $1,000 scholarships to High School Equivalency (HSE) graduates.   

Students who completed their HSE exams (GED, HiSET or TASC) from May 1, 2019 to May 1, 2020 are eligible. Scholarships are available to students who completed an HSE certificate in the United States and reside in Lake County, Illinois.

The scholarship is a monetary award for tuition and fees for credit classes that are part of a degree or certificate program offered at CLC. The award can be used for any of the following terms in the academic year: fall 2020, spring 2021 or summer 2021. Scholarships will be awarded to the best essays submitted for consideration.

“GED scholarship winners are so inspirational,” said Mary Lynn Carver, ABE/ASE faculty chair. “In each year's scholarship contest, I read about families whose lives have changed because someone has finished their high school equivalency. It is motivating to hear how far they have gone. Applying for a scholarship can really change people's lives because it helps them pay for courses they might not have been able to afford to continue their successful path.”

If you are interested in applying and are eligible for the scholarship award, you will need to complete the application and submit a 300-word essay about your educational and career goals, and the effect earning your HSE had, or will it have on your life.

Apply online by June 12, 2020. Scholarship winners will be announced by phone and email before June 30.

If you have any questions, call Jennifer Cordova at (847) 543-2445 or email:

About College of Lake County:

The College of Lake County is a comprehensive community college committed to equitable high-quality education, cultural enrichment and partnerships to advance the diverse communities it serves in northeastern Illinois. Offered at three campuses in Grayslake, Vernon Hills and Waukegan or online, college classes are affordable and accessible to help each student achieve academic, career and personal goals. More than 70,000 students graduated with degrees and certificates since the college opened in 1969. The College of Lake County is the only higher-education institution ranked among the top 15 best places to work in Illinois by Forbes and is a national leader in many areas, including sustainability and conservation.