LEAGUE Grant Awards Announced

The LEAGUE Grant Review Committee, one of the committees of the LLCC Foundation Board of Directors, met to review LEAGUE grant applications and award funding. More than $10,000 was awarded for the following:

  • Accessibility Services – For the purchase of five ExamReader Pens which allow students to read course content independently without human test readers
  • Health Professions, Radiography – For purchase of a television display monitor and required components to enhance viewing of radiographic images
  • Natural and Agricultural Sciences – Lymph node models for Anatomy and Physiology
  • Health Professions, Respiratory Therapy – MegaCode Kid Manikin for pediatric simulations

These grants are made possible by donations to the LEAGUE Campaign. It’s not too late to contribute. Please log in to Office 365, complete the 2020 enrollment form and return to the LLCC Foundation office. If you make a contribution, you will be entered into the drawing for a $150 cash prize, donated by members of the LLCC Cabinet.

How you can help during this crisis: A message from LLCC Foundation

Thank you to all faculty and staff who have worked so hard to help our students continue their educational journey by means of alternative learning methods on our now virtual campus. Many people have asked if there is anything more they can do to help support our students during this unprecedented difficult time.

Please support our local businesses when you can. Our community partners including our alums need our support now and in the days to come to help get through this crisis so they can keep their doors open or re-open when the day comes. If however you are making purchases on Amazon, please use the AmazonSmile website and designate the LLCC Foundation to receive a portion of eligible purchases for the benefit of our students. Since we partnered with AmazonSmile, the LLCC Foundation has received nearly $2,000 thanks to your purchases. Please go to www.AmazonSmile.com to sign up for free.

Another means of support for our students is the Pay It Forward Fund, for student emergency assistance. Just last month, more than $5,700 was donated by donors, alumni, retirees, faculty and staff for the Pay It Forward Fund during our first ever Day of Giving. In the days ahead, this fund will be ever more important as our students face many obstacles and challenges related to the pandemic. Donations can be made anytime to the Pay It Forward Fund on-line at www.llccfoundation.org/donate.

Last week would have been the kickoff to our annual faculty and staff giving campaign known as LEAGUE. The LEAGUE Committee had great plans to relive the 90s during a luncheon celebration — but plans change. We are grateful to the faculty and staff who have already made their annual contributions to LEAGUE. Thank you! We hope that when we all return to campus we will be able to gather and participate in some fun activities. Until then, you can still make your annual donation to the LEAGUE Campaign by completing the 2020 Enrollment Form and forwarding it to the Foundation at LLCCFoundation@llcc.edu. As always the Foundation’s mission is to provide support for the benefit of our students and programs. Please feel free to contact me at 217-786-2784 or by email at Karen.Sanders@llcc.edu.

Karen Sanders, executive director, LLCC Foundation

Paul Simon Essay Contest local winners announced

The LLCC Writing Center is pleased to announce the local winners of this year’s Paul Simon Essay Contest:

  • First Place: Abigail High
  • Second Place: Link Gallagher
  • Third Place: Corry Jankowski

Congratulations to the winners! Thanks to generous donations from the LLCC Foundation and the LLCC Bookstore, all local winners will receive prizes, and the first place winner will have her essay forwarded on to the statewide competition for a chance to win a $500 scholarship.

Submissions for Paul Simon Essay Contest due Friday by 3 p.m.

Please encourage students to enter this year’s Paul Simon Essay Contest. An essay of 500 words or less on the topic “How my community college changed my life” gets students entered to win cash and other cool prizes, courtesy of the LLCC Foundation and Bookstore. The local winner will be entered in the statewide competition for the chance to win a $500 scholarship. Students can schedule appointments in the LLCC Writing Center to get help with their essays. The deadline for submissions is 3 p.m. on Friday, March 6. See the 2020 Paul Simon Student Essay Contest flyer or contact the LLCC Writing Center for more information.

Paul Simon 2020 Flyer

It’s Hammer Time!

Back to the 90s. LEAGUE. LLCC Foundation 2020Do you remember the 90s when Vanilla Ice and New Kids on the Block ruled the airwaves, Friends and Seinfeld were da bomb, and your new crush was all that and a bag of chips? Join the LEAGUE Committee on Tuesday, March 24 for a “No Soup For You” style lunch and plenty of 90s trivia. And oh, “my bad,” you can also make your donation to the annual faculty and staff giving campaign known as LEAGUE. LEAGUE is an acronym for Leaders Establishing Gifts Underwriting Education. Funds are used to support students and programs at LLCC in the form of scholarship support as well as grants to departments and programs for projects not covered in their budgets.

So dig out a 90s photo of yourself with your Rachel haircut or flat top, take a photo of it with your cell phone and email it to LLCCFoundation@llcc.edu. And be thinking of your favorite 90s show, band, sports team, etc. to use in the Office Door Decorating Contest.

Paul Simon Essay Contest

Please encourage students to enter this year’s Paul Simon Essay Contest. An essay of 500 words or less on the topic “How my community college changed my life” gets students entered to win cash and other cool prizes, courtesy of the LLCC Foundation and Bookstore. The local winner will be entered in the statewide competition for the chance to win a $500 scholarship. Students can schedule appointments in the LLCC Writing Center to get help with their essays. The deadline for submissions is 3 p.m. on Friday, March 6. See the 2020 Paul Simon Student Essay Contest flyer or contact the LLCC Writing Center for more information.

Paul Simon 2020 Flyer

First LLCC Giving Day a success


Thanks to everyone who participated in LLCC’s first ever Giving Day. More than $5,500 was raised during the one-day campaign to replenish the Pay It Forward student emergency assistance fund. Thank you to donors and those who helped spread the word by sharing information about Giving Day on social media and through email. What a wonderful show of support for our students! Donations can still be made to the Pay It Forward fund online at www.LLCCFoundation.org or by visiting the LLCC Foundation office.

Foundation 2020-2021 scholarship applications due March 1

Apply NOW for a 2020-2021 LLCC Foundation Scholarship. Application deadline: March 1, 2020. Click to apply, call 217-786-4502 or email michelle.burger@llcc.edu. Lincoln Land Community College Foundation
Please encourage students considering or planning to attend LLCC beginning in fall 2020 to apply for 2020-2021 LLCC Foundation scholarships by March 1, 2020.

LLCC Foundation scholarships are available for first-time and continuing students who will be enrolled full or part time at LLCC. Many of the scholarships are open to students in any program of study, with the average award being approximately $1,000 per academic year. Only one application form is needed to apply for all scholarships. Students submitting a complete application are considered for all available scholarships for which they are eligible.

The online application is available at www.llccfoundation.org/scholarships. An active LLCC email address is needed to apply for these scholarships. Prospective students should first complete a college admission application at www.llcc.edu (click on the blue “Apply” icon) to receive this email address.

For more information, contact Michelle Burger, LLCC scholarship program and alumni services coordinator, at michelle.burger@llcc.edu or 786-4502.

Today is LLCC Giving Day


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Today is LLCC’s first ever Giving Day! The purpose of this 24-hour campaign is to advance the mission of the college while raising needed funds for students who may find themselves at risk of dropping out of class due to an emergency situation.

The Pay It Forward fund helps students in need like the mother of four who was evicted and needed payment for a week’s motel stay and groceries. No amount is too small when combined with gifts from other donors. Approximately $2,900 has been raised so far toward the goal of $5,000 to replenish the fund.

The gift of an education is invaluable. Make your gift today in support of students in need. For more information or to donate go to https://llccfoundation.org/giving-day or call the LLCC Foundation at 786-2785. Faculty and staff donors will receive a sticker good for a “jeans day” of their choice. #LLCCGivingDay

Paul Simon Essay Contest

Please encourage students to enter this year’s Paul Simon Essay Contest. An essay of 500 words or less on the topic “How my community college changed my life” gets students entered to win cash and other cool prizes, courtesy of the LLCC Foundation and Bookstore. The local winner will be entered in the statewide competition for the chance to win a $500 scholarship. Students can schedule appointments in the LLCC Writing Center to get help with their essays. The deadline for submissions is 3 p.m. on Friday, March 6. See the 2020 Paul Simon Student Essay Contest flyer or contact the LLCC Writing Center for more information.

Paul Simon 2020 Flyer