Workforce Development Scholarships

The Heart of Illinois Community Foundation's Workforce Development Scholarships provide designated support for workforce development programs in Macon County. These programs are administered by the partner agency.

$10,000 annual workforce grant to support CDL participant scholarships at Richland Community College.

Richland Community College - Workforce Development Division - CDL - Truck Driver Training

For scholarship information, contact: Tara Mata, RCC Director, Scholarships and Alumni Relations, 217-875-7211, Ext. 6203,

$10,000 Michael T. Carrigan Solidarity Scholarship program provides annual funding to support Macon County (Ill.) union members in good standing or workers with a path of entry into a union.

The Michael T. Carrigan Solidarity Scholarship is named for a four-term Decatur councilman and union leader who rose to serve as president of the Illinois AFL-CIO from 2007-2019.

The scholarship funding supports: tools, essential work clothing such as boots and gloves, school tuition, General Education Diploma expenses, apprentice application fees and certifications.

For scholarship information, contact Amy Rueff, Decatur Trades & Labor Assembly treasurer and Illinois AFL-CIO resource director, at, or contact your union leadership.