Lake Land College recognizes donors, scholarship recipients at annual Foundation Scholarship Reception
Lake Land College recently held its annual Foundation Scholarship Reception recognizing scholarship recipients as well as the donors who contribute financially to scholarship funding. The Foundation Scholarship Reception gives students and donors a time to meet and get to know more about one another.
“I’d like to thank each and every one of you, donors for your generosity and students for your efforts to pursue higher education,” said Debbie Benefiel, Foundation Board member. “We know that today more than ever, students at Lake Land College face challenges like raising families, the cost of living and transportation, and in many cases, maintaining employment while attaining education. It is through organizations like the foundation that we can all help contribute to the betterment of our communities by helping to support those around us.”
For the 2013-2014 academic school year alone, the Lake Land College Foundation has awarded more than $409,000 through more than 430 scholarships. However according to Benefiel, each year the foundation receives three times the amount of scholarship applications than can be awarded.
Foundation Board members include:, Bob Pancoast, president, Shelbyville; Nanci Huels, vice president, Altamont; Paul Glenney, secretary, Mattoon; Tom Wright, Dieterich; Debbie Benefiel, Paris; Michael Bohannon, Charleston; Steve Childers, Mattoon; Chad Faller, Charleston; Dave Frisse, Paris; Jennifer Jansen, Effingham; Garth Jones, Mattoon; John Livesay, Pana; Linda McCabe, Bethany; Jeff Mefford, Effingham; Deana Nuxoll, Effingham; Preston Smith, Mattoon; Chad Thompson, Effingham; Meg Yargus, Marshall; Doris Reynolds, Board of Trustees liaison, Mattoon; Nancy Wurtsbaugh, Neoga; Madge Shoot, treasurer, Mattoon; Amy Borntrager, honorary board member, Mattoon; Ray Rieck, Foundation CFO, Mattoon; and Josh Bullock, ex-officio and Foundation CEO.
Brooke Homann of Charleston, who is studying pre-med, said that the scholarship she received through the foundation is allowing her pursue her college education.