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Parkland Foundation Receives Endowment for Veterans' Scholarship

Parkland College receives $10,000 scholarship endowment

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The Parkland College Foundation will be creating a new scholarship fund thanks to a generous donation from the Royal American Legion and Sons of the American Legion Post 996 in Royal, Illinois.

The $10,000 endowment, presented to the Foundation on June 21, will establish the Royal American Legion Post 996 Scholarship for veterans or veterans' dependents.

"The American Legion's mission is to enhance the well-being of America's veterans, their families, and our communities by devotion to mutual helpfulness," said Aaron Allen, commander of the Royal Legion.

"We are grateful that we can honor and thank our veterans for their service to our country by providing the opportunity for veterans or their dependents to access higher education."

The Royal American Legion Post 996 Scholarship will be available in Fall 2023 for students in the following zip codes: 61847 (Gifford), 61859 (Ogden), 61862 (Penfield), 61871 (Royal), 61873 (St. Joseph) and 61878 (Thomasboro). First preference will go to veterans, and then their dependents. A dependent is defined as a spouse, child, or stepchild.

Find more information about the American Legion at legion.org. Scholarship information is available at parkland.edu/scholarships. For more information about the Parkland College Foundation, please visit parkland.edu/foundation.

Parkland College Day of Giving is March 31

2022 Parkland College Foundation Giving Day Scholarship Fundraiser

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The Parkland College Foundation will be hosting the 2022 Day of Giving scholarship fundraiser on Thursday, March 31.

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

During the 2021 Parkland Day of Giving, the community raised over $93,000 that went directly to Parkland College and thousands of deserving students.

The 2021 Parkland Giving Day donations provided:

  • Over $67,000 in scholarships helping students with tuition, fees, and books
  • $12,400 to the Creating Impact fund, which supports the greatest needs of the college
  • Nearly $14,000 went directly to academic programs to enhance instruction across campus

 

Every donation impacts a worthy student at Parkland. "As a 24-year-old single mother to an eight-year-old, I have spent the past eight years putting my dreams on the back burner to ensure that my daughter has everything she wants and needs," said one scholarship recipient in their thank you letter.

"This scholarship not only gives me the opportunity to pursue my degree, but also courage, knowing that you have faith in me and my abilities."

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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 parkland.edu/creatingimpact. For more information about how to invest in the Parkland community, call 217/351-2464 or email foundation@parkland.edu.

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 parkland.edu/foundationreception, 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 www.parkland.edu/givingday, 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.

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