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, 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 2022. LOOK FOR WINNERS TO BE ANNOUNCED HERE IN JULY OF EACH YEAR!
We will be accepting applications FROM MARCH 1, THROUGH JUNE 1, 2023. 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 (due to incompatibility of folders/zip files).
GASTON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP, INC.
P. O. Box 51, Bloomington, IL. 61702-51
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!
This Year is dedicated in remembrance of Mr. Willie Brown who was a staunch supporter. To the family we say thanks again and we will always remember Mr. Brown with fondness and appreciation.