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Spain campaigns to create scholarship program to bring young professionals back to Illinois

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By James Ledbetter | Mar 22, 2020

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House Resolution 646, a measure that would create a joint post-graduation scholarship program funded by the Alliance of Community Foundations and the state in an effort to draw young professional to Illinois, recently cleared the House Higher Education Committee.

“Illinois must be creative and aggressive in attracting and retaining the next generation of leaders for our state,” Rep. Ryan Spain (R-Peoria) said in presenting the resolution to the committee. “HR 646 will give our communities additional tools to build a talented workforce with deep roots and long-lasting commitment."

The Alliance of Community Foundations hopes to help Illinois residents get college degrees by attracting young professionals with expertise in Illinois trades. These trades include agribusiness and food processing, biotechnology, energy, healthcare, professional services, information technology, financial activities.

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