Women’s Business Council of Champaign County
Ruth B. Jones Scholarship Fund

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 a WBC member 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 conferences, seminars and workshops that are career related.


Applicant must be an active member of WBC for a minimum of two calendar years prior to the scholarship application. An active member is defined by having paid membership dues and attended WBC meetings and events.

  • Applicant must be a regular member and employed within the community (Champaign county) and 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 also attend a minimum of eight meetings and/or events during 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 will 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. A member 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.
  • For further information, please¬†email us.

To apply for the WBC Scholarship, please complete the application in its entirety


and mail applications to:

Women’s Business Council
Ruth B. Jones Scholarship Fund
Attn: Scholarship Committee
PO Box 3323
Champaign, IL 61826