With your generous support, the CLC Foundation is in the unique position to provide students in Lake County, who would otherwise be unable to afford college, a clear pathway to a brighter, more promising future.
This video features speakers and student testimonials from the 2015 CLC Foundation Scholarship Reception.
Joanna Rolek, Executive Director of the Lake Forest Lake Bluff Chamber of Commerce and past Chair of the CLC Foundation Board, opens the video highlighting the impact scholarships can have on not just the recipient, but their entire family. She shared a recent conversation with a scholarship recipient about how receiving the award made the difference between being able to financially support their family or afford tuition and continue school.
CLC President Dr. Jerry Weber emphasizes the importance of receiving a degree in order to move forward in one’s life. He speaks about how the accomplishment of graduation, and how he is excited to one day shake the hands of the scholarship recipients as they walk across the stage.
Tiffany Pepper, CLC Alumna and Executive Director at JIC Community Development Corp., speaks about her first experience hearing about the CLC Foundation talking with a CLC advisor. She shares how grateful she is that she was able to discover who she was meant to be with the help of teachers that encouraged her, and counselors that supported her, and the CLC Foundation that funded her.
Student testimonials: 2015 scholarship recipients recall their first reaction to receiving the news they received a scholarship, experiences range from excitement, joy, tears and relief. Students share how the scholarship has helped them such as relieving stress, pursuing their dreams, and allowing them to focus on school. Students share their future aspirations which include transferring to four-year colleges and universities and even to professional school. Finally, they share their gratitude to CLC Foundation scholarship donors.
“I rediscovered my love of chemistry at CLC. My professor was such a great teacher and passionate about chemistry that it was easy to go to class and learn.”
“CLC offers so much more than cost savings. I’ve received an excellent education that’s a good stepping stone to my goal of becoming a clinical psychologist.”
“CLC is such a welcoming environment for international students. Within my first year here, I was helping other international students as a student ambassador.”
“CLC has absolutely played a role in changing my educational and career goals. I had space to explore different fields and talk to many knowledgeable people about careers and opportunities.”
“I loved my education courses. The professors bring a lot of experiences into their classrooms, and everything we learn builds from class to class.”
“I have enjoyed all the instructors in the horticulture department, especially their expertise and practical work experiences. All the classes that I have taken are pertinent to my career choice.”
“Even if money hadn’t been an issue for me, I think CLC still would have been the right decision for me because of the wonderful things that I took with me from the college.”
“Really get to know your professors; they are the ones who will write you a letter of recommendation in a few years, so keep in touch with them.”
“College is the best decision I ever made. As a senior at Zion-Benton High School, I received a scholarship to CLC. I thought, “This is an opportunity.””
“I traveled to Peru for a two-week trip with five other CLC students as part of CLC’s first service-learning trip abroad. We were able to do good and experienced Peru’s breath-taking eco-systems.”
“The Truck Driver Training course built my confidence and really prepared me well for a successful career in this field.”
“I chose CLC’s Small Business Development Center for guidance and help meeting people who have already gone through the process of starting a business. They are a great team of experts to have on my side.”
“I became the first community college student accepted as an intern at a newsroom in Erie, Penn., thanks to my experiences on The CLC Chronicle and working with Professor Kupetz. That first internship opened many doors for me.”
“I am currently working part-time as a paralegal while enrolled as a full-time student in Roosevelt University’s Paralegal Studies program. If I had not received the education I had from CLC, I would not have the part-time job.”
“CLC was great preparation for transfer to a four-year school. I got comfortable with my abilities, and I was confident when I transferred to NIU. At CLC, I was also able to explore different courses and my interests.”
“There is something about CLC’s environment and the professors that makes your experience very enjoyable and helps you to do well academically.”
“The course prepared me for a veterinary assistant job and the externship was a great part of the reason I felt prepared.”
“CLC is a melting pot; a microcosm of America. The students come from so many different backgrounds and contexts, that you learn almost as much from your classmates as you do from your courses.”
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