Gaston Memorial Scholarship, INC.
P. O. Box 51
Bloomington, IL 61702-51
GMS was founded in 2006, with the goal of proudly serving the community through various philanthropic endeavors that advance the idea of continued education, leadership, family and community service.
Robert and Gloria were the caring parents of twelve children and always a host of neighborhood children, yet they found the time to give back to and be active in the community. Robert was the owner and proprietor of Gaston's Barber Shop for more than 30-years. Gloria, best remembered for her cooking, wit, and poetic writings, served on the Human Relations Commission in the 60's and worked for years at the Illinois Soldiers and Sailors Children's School (ISSCS), as a night Administrator where she was dearly loved.
Both instilled the importance of education in their children as well as the many children who were a constant fixture in their home. They touched so many lives and made positive, indelible impressions on many.
The Gaston Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to a graduating Senior from Illinois who exemplifies family, leadership and community service, and who has been accepted to an accredited college or university.
Each year an awards ceremony is held in honor of the recipient, with a featured speaker who is there to encourage and inspire all in attendance.
DUE TO COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS, AND OUR DESIRE TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE, WE HAVE CANCELLED THE SCHEDULED CEREMONY FOR 2021. LOOK FOR WINNERS TO BE ANNOUNCED HERE IN JULY OF EACH YEAR!
We will be accepting applications FROM MARCH 1, THROUGH JUNE 1, 2022. Please follow directions and Print the application, complete it,send any and all attachments and mail by the deadline above. Please note: electronic applications will not be accepted.
GASTON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP, INC.
P. O. Box 51, Bloomington, IL. 61702-51
Dear Friends and Supporters:
Thank you for your generous support during 2020. We were able to increase our giving this past year, and since we still have many challenges ahead of us we look to you to help us make a statement with our giving this year as well.
This has been a difficult year for students and instructors, navigating the virtual world of education and attempting to stir young minds and promote interest, in the absence of tactile inspiration. However hope abounds as we look to leadership local and national to help us get back on track in the very near future.
We can do our part by saying to our youth “I see you, and I recognize the effort you have put forth,” by giving to Gaston Memorial Scholarship, Inc.
As we look toward our18th year of awarding scholarships, consider what our Youth may be up against and help us to increase our giving this year. We want you to know that your gift is a major part of what allows Gaston Memorial Scholarship to be part of making dreams come true in the lives of so many young people. We are proud to honor worthy high school graduates who have excelled in their class, value family, show leadership, and give back in ways that touch the heart and serve the community. Thank you in advance for your generosity, care and concern. We are a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization serving the community.
Treyce’ L Gaston-Spears, Chairperson- GMS
GMS would like to extend a special thank you to our loyal supporters for helping us to continue to uplift youth within the community for 17 years!