Community Bank Awards Champion Grant to the Academy of Scholastic Achievement

Oak Park, IL, November 4, 2011 … Community Bank of Oak Park River Forest is pleased to announce that the Academy of Scholastic Achievement (ASA) is the recipient of Community Bank’s Champion Grant. The purpose of the Champion Grant is to assist organizations in providing community outreach programs for low or moderate income individuals.

ASA is a nonprofit, public alternative high school committed to providing quality education to high school dropouts and students who are disconnected from traditional public schools.  With Community Bank’s Champion Grant, ASA will provide up to 50 students and their families with job readiness training via online courses.  ASA will also conduct three workshops focused on resume writing, effective interviewing and financial literacy.  Their goal is to ensure that students, parents and families are prepared to launch effective job searches and that they have the skills, knowledge and resources to manage their money, avoid debt, establish positive credit, and build asset wealth.  ASA is located at 4651 W. Madison in Chicago and serves the residents of the Austin neighborhood.  More information about ASA is available on their website at

A grant in the amount of $2,000 was presented to Gladys Simpson, Founder and Chief Administrator for ASA, on Thursday, November 3.  Bernard D. Headley II, Community Lending Specialist for Community Bank, presented the grant.  Through the Champion Grant, Community Bank of Oak Park River Forest encourages growth and support in economically challenged communities.  Champion Grants will be awarded to qualifying organizations throughout the year.  The Champion Grant application is available on the Community Bank website at

Left to right: Gladys Simpson, Founder and Chief Administrator, Academy of Scholastic Achievement; Bernard D. Healey II, Community Lending Specialist, Community Bank

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