Jim Boykin (left), member of the Frontiers International Springfield Club, and Lance Boozer, recipient of the first Frontiers International 1K Scholarship. PHOTO BY NEIL SCHNEIDER
Frontiers International, Springfield Club service club established it general scholarship fund in the 1990s. However, scholarships were awarded as funds were available, and not on a regular or consistent basis .In 2004 The Springfield Frontiers joined the Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln, formerly the Sangamon County Community Foundation. The Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides scholarships and donations to students, local businesses and non-profits through the foundation’s donors.
Frontiers joined the Community Foundation for the tax exemption. It was a great way to help the Club’s donors and it gave Frontiers greater credibility in the community, in terms of getting our name out to more individuals.
Frontiers Springfield Club has two scholarship funds at the Community Foundation. The Frontiers International 1K Scholarship. In 2017 this scholarship was renamed the J.D. Washington 1K Scholarship, with a maximum of 20 $1,000 scholarships awarded annually. And the Frontiers International Springfield Club General Scholarship. In 2017 this scholarship was renamed the James Forstall General Scholarship, with a maximum of 10 $500 scholarships awarded annually. Since 2005, the Frontiers have awarded more than $100,000 in Scholarships to over 110 graduating students in Sangamon County.
The J.D. Washington 1K Scholarship is for African-American males who join the club’s Positive Youth Development (PYD) program in grade 6 and, transition to the Junior Frontiers program for grades 9 through 12, and then plan to attend college, technical or vocational school. The PYD and the Junior Frontiers programs are designed to encourage and improve skills such as decision-making, self-esteem and leadership abilities, while also promoting academic achievement, and community involvement. Also in 2017 The Frontiers Club voted to award a $750.00 scholarship to African-American males who join the PYD program in grade 7 and a $500.00 scholarship to African-American males who join the PYD program in grade 8.
The James Forstall General Scholarship previously limited to African-American boys participating in the group’s youth programs is now opened to any student graduating from a Sangamon County high school.
To apply for the James Forstall General Scholarship Fund go to the Community Foundation web site www.cfll.org. Applications are available online after January 1 and the deadline for submission is March 1 of each year.