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College of Lake County Foundation

Formed in 1974 as an Illinois not-for-profit 501©(3) corporation, the CLC Foundation has one major goal: to help keep a college education within reach of students in Lake County.  We believe money should never stand in the way of deserving students’ ability to get a life-changing education at CLC.

Why supporting opportunity is important to all of us

For individuals, a college education is essential to getting the skills to land a good job and build a successful career. For employers, it’s a workforce prerequisite for growing and maintaining a successful business. And because earnings generally go up with educational attainment, it’s also important to every community’s tax base.

Why CLC students need help to afford college

With flat state funding and a local property tax cap, the college has had to meet rising costs through tuition and fee increases.  Though CLC is still students’ most-affordable option, many students can little afford these increases.  About one in four of our students receives some form of financial aid. And in a county with an average household income of nearly $80,000, the neediest of our students come from families with an annual income of under $23,000.

What we’re doing to help

Over the last five years, the CLC Foundation has awarded $2.26 million in scholarships, making between $300,000 and $500,000 in awards each year. Now, we’re challenging ourselves to do more. We’ve developed a new strategic plan and set a goal to double our annual scholarship support by 2020.

How you can support us

You can support scholarships by making a donation to scholarships in general or you can restrict your gift to go to a specific CLC Foundation. You can also designate your gift to go to a new scholarship with award criteria of your choosing. In addition, you can attend one of our fundraising events, become a sponsor of an event or participate through planned giving.