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Parkland College Foundation to Host Virtual "Creating Impact" Celebration

Creating Impact Virtual Celebration Scholarship Fundraiser

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The Parkland College Foundation will host its 24th annual community celebration "Creating Impact" virtually this year in the form of a week-long fundraising campaign, beginning October 25 and ending October 28. Proceeds benefit deserving students at Parkland College.

The Creating Impact Virtual Celebration will highlight the Foundation's donors and community sponsors, raise funds for students, and include videos that offer an opportunity to hear how the Parkland College Foundation creates impact throughout the district and in the lives of Parkland students. 

The Creating Impact Celebration is the only scholarship fundraiser of the year for Parkland College. At last year's event, the Foundation raised nearly $52,000 for scholarship and student emergency funds. 

To participate in the Creating Impact Virtual Celebration, please visit For more information about how to invest in the Parkland community, call 217/351-2464 or email

Longview Capital Corporation is a presenting sponsor. 

Parkland College Foundation to Host Virtual Scholarship Reception

Parkland Foundation Virtual Scholarship Reception, April 28

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The Parkland College Foundation will host a virtual Scholarship Reception on April 28 to honor those who have contributed to scholarship funds.

The Virtual Scholarship Reception will premiere a slideshow recognizing student scholarship recipients, their awards, and their testimonials.

"This is one of the highlights of the year for us, even if we can't meet in person," said Tracy Wahlfeldt, director of the Parkland College Foundation. "The Scholarship Reception is an opportunity to recognize our students for their achievements, and to thank our donors for their generosity in providing support and access to education through the gift of scholarship."

Participants can view the reception at, which will go live at 10 a.m. on April 28. The event will still be available for viewing after the premiere.

Parkland College Day of Giving is March 31

Parkland College Foundation to host Day of Giving fundraiser, March 31

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The Parkland College Foundation will be hosting the 2021 Day of Giving scholarship fundraiser on Wednesday, March 31.

Starting at 12 a.m. and running to midnight, individuals, businesses, and groups are asked to visit, search for a fund they care about (scholarships, Athletics, etc.), and donate any amount.

During the 2020 Parkland Day of Giving, the community raised over $74,000 that went directly to Parkland College and thousands of deserving students.

The 2020 #ParklandGivingDay donations provided:

  • Over $56,800 in scholarships helping students with tuition, fees, and books

  • $13,300 to the Creating Impact fund, which supports the greatest needs of the college

  • Nearly $4,500 went directly to academic programs to enhance instruction across campus


Every donation impacts a worthy student at Parkland. "As a donor, you are a part of the story of changing my life and the life of my family," said one recipient in their thank you letter. "I look forward to the day when I can give back in the same way."

"My time has been spent divided between whether I could afford time to work or study. Financially, I have managed to scrape by just barely," said another. "Now I can breathe a sigh of relief. You have my sincerest thanks, not just for the scholarship, but for the feeling that someone out there appreciates what I'm doing and is lending me a helping hand."

On Wednesday, March 31, the Foundation will once again accept donations and funds for Parkland College and its students.

Ways to give:

Parkland College Foundation Fall 2021 Scholarships Now Open

Fall 2021 scholarship application due March 15

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The Parkland College Foundation is now accepting scholarship applications for Fall 2021 through the Parkland Scholarship Manager.

The Foundation will host two virtual scholarship workshops: March 2 at 6 p.m. and March 9 at noon, via Zoom and streamed to Facebook, for current and prospective students interested in completing an application.

Current students are encouraged to apply for Fall 2021 scholarships, even if they are unsure if they'll be enrolling for fall. Prospective students must apply to Parkland College at before they can apply for Parkland scholarships. 

Current students can visit the Scholarship Manager and use their ParklandOne credentials to login. Once logged in, they will be asked to complete the main Scholarship Application, which will match them with scholarships they are eligible for through the Parkland College Foundation. Students must upload either two letters of recommendation or enter the email address for two recommenders and write an essay. Some scholarships may require additional information or essay work; students will see these additional opportunities once they have submitted the main Scholarship Application.

Once the Scholarship Application is submitted, the Parkland College Foundation committee will appoint the scholarships and notify the winners. Online notification and distribution of awards will be handled through the Scholarship Manager system.

Applications for Fall 2021 scholarships are due Monday, March 15, at 5 p.m.

For need-based scholarships, students must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at FASFAs must be submitted by March 15, 2021.

For questions about scholarships, please contact the Financial Aid and Veteran Services office at 217/351-2222 or; or the Foundation office at 217/355-3165 or

Parkland College Foundation Receives $1.5M Gift

Parkland Foundation Receives Largest Donation In Their History

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Having received its largest cash gift ever from a single donor, the Parkland College Foundation recently awarded 12 new spring 2021 scholarships to Ford County residents.

The generous $1.5 million gift, from the estate of C. Paul and Marjorie Davis of Gibson City, came as a surprise in early December to the Foundation, which had no prior connection with the Davises except a passion for education.

C. Paul Davis was a WWII veteran and UIUC graduate who settled in Gibson City to farm, where he married Marjorie. Marjorie Davis was a teacher with a lifelong dedication to the profession. Her accomplishments in the career include teaching English for 24 years, primarily at Stephen Decatur High School and Champaign Central High School; serving as co-teacher leader for high school summer abroad programs; serving as state secretary of the National Council of Teachers; and having a professional membership in Delta Kappa Gamma professional honor society for women educators.

Their gift will continue their legacy by providing scholarships to students from Ford County. Executive Director of the Parkland College Foundation, Tracy Wahlfeldt, expressed her gratitude toward the late couple:

"We are so appreciative of this amazing gift!" Wahlfeldt said. "Mr. and Mrs. Davis' memory will live on through the students whose lives and educational journey are impacted by their scholarship. I wish I had the opportunity to thank them in person."

The first recipients of the Cecil Paul and Marjorie Wilson Davis Scholarship are Katie Johnson, Gowyn Kelly, Allison Heavilin, Ashlyn McPherson, Jadrien Miles, Melissa Walker Salyards, Hannah Hein, Jordan Frederick, Paige Shelton, Lani Crim, Gracie Conover, and Breanna Brokate. The $2,000 awards for the spring 2021 semester will be used for tuition, fees, and/or books.

Please visit for more information about the Parkland College Foundation. Mr. Paul Davis and Mrs. Marjorie Davis' obituaries can be found at the