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$140K Lancers Keep Learning Fund aids students during COVID-19

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Apr 15, 2020

To help students economically impacted by COVID-19, the College of Lake County and its Foundation allocated $140,000 for special emergency relief. The Lancers Keep Learning Fund was established with donated money through the Foundation and matched by the college. These funds are immediately available to students who need help paying for rent, bills, food and other needs.  

“CLC and the Foundation are working diligently to Logo of Lancers Keep Learning Fundmake access to scholarships and emergency resources available to our most vulnerable students impacted by the COVID-19 crisis,” said Kurt Peterson, executive director of the CLC Foundation. “Like millions of Americans, our students are worried about their financial security.”  

Funds are quickly being dispersed to students who experience hardship as a result of the recent pandemic, stay at home order and alternative delivery model transition. Many have lost their jobs and are having a hard time managing schoolwork with new household realities like homeschooling and childcare. The Lancers Keep Learning Fund helps them face these direct threats so they can continue their education. 

“We are deeply committed to meeting student needs through support, guidance and emergency funding,” said Peterson. “We will remain focused on immediate needs while keeping an eye on long-term scholarships for students.” 

The college also offers students many additional remote support services such as mental health support and virtual tutoring and advising. Students can apply for a scholarship, grant and other emergency resources online.  


About College of Lake County: 

The College of Lake County is a comprehensive community college committed to equitable high-quality education, cultural enrichment and partnerships to advance the diverse communities it serves in northeastern Illinois. Offered at three campuses in Grayslake, Vernon Hills and Waukegan or online, college classes are affordable and accessible to help each student achieve academic, career and personal goals. More than 70,000 students graduated with degrees and certificates since the college opened in 1969. The College of Lake County is the only higher-education institution ranked among the top 15 best places to work in Illinois by Forbes and is a national leader in many areas, including sustainability and conservation.