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January 24, 2023

Applications available for Arland D. Williams, Jr. Scholarship

(MATTOON, Illinois – January 24, 2023) Applications are now being accepted for the 2023 Arland D. Williams, Jr. Scholarship. Applicants must be graduates of Mattoon High School, exhibit high qualities of character, and must be a college junior, senior or graduate student in good academic standing at the time of the award. Applicants must be majoring in the fields of business, finance, banking, accounting, economics, or computer sciences in order to be considered.

The Arland D. Williams, Jr. Scholarship application is available online at Applications and references must be completed by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14, 2023, for consideration.

This scholarship honors the memory of the late Arland D. Williams, Jr. who grew up in Mattoon. Mr. Williams became a well-known example of extraordinary heroism when his actions saved five people after a 1982 airplane crash in Washington D.C. His selfless actions cost him his life.

The Arland D. Williams, Jr. Scholarship Fund was established in May 1983 by Mrs. Virginia Williams, mother of Arland D. Williams, Jr. Since 1985, 39 scholarships have been awarded totaling more than $92,000.

To apply, visit to begin the Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation Common Scholarship Application.  For more information, contact Kristen Bertrand, Program Officer, at 217.342.5413 or

Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation was established in 2009 as a result of a merger between Effingham County Community Foundation (est. 1999) and Mattoon Area Community Foundation (est. 1980). Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization managing permanent and non-permanent assets for the long-term benefit of communities in southeastern Illinois.

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