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Rend Lake College Foundation

The Foundation represents a partnership between public and private interests for the benefit of Rend Lake College students. We invite and encourage your participation, interest, and support. Please join the many generous individuals, corporations, and foundations who have given their support to the Foundation and the mission of Rend Lake College.

Why support the Foundation?

The Rend Lake College Foundation does not merely seek gifts or donations. It asks that you consider investing in:

• Campus Growth
• Economic Development
• Community Growth

The Foundation asks that you invest in the individual growth of the many students who attend the college. Thanks to the generosity of our contributors, Rend Lake College has been able to help students see their dreams turn into reality and will continue to be able to do so in the years ahead.

The Foundation represents a partnership between public and private interests for the benefit of Rend Lake College students. We invite and encourage your participation, interest, and support. Please join the many generous individuals, corporations, and foundations who have given their support to the Foundation and the mission of Rend Lake College.

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Some of the many ways to invest in the Foundation and Rend Lake College include:

Student Scholarships
Corporate Contributions
Gifts Pledged over time
Life Insurance
Contingent Beneficiary
Bequests & Trusts
Life Estates-Real Estate
Tangible Personal Property


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How to Apply for a Scholarship

Applicants are selected on the basis of the criteria as set forth by the donors.

Application Requirements
Complete the entire scholarship application. Only one application needs to be completed for consideration of most RLC Foundation scholarships.  

Other Scholarship Opportunities 
Submit to the Rend Lake College Foundation, a copy of your most recent transcript. This is in addition to the transcript you sent to other RLC offices. High school seniors and first-time college students must submit a copy of your high school transcript. Continuing college students must submit a copy of your college transcript.

Submit at least one letter of recommendation to the Rend Lake College Foundation.

All students applying for a Rend Lake College Foundation scholarship are required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You may apply online at or at the Rend Lake College Financial Aid Office.

How to Submit an Application
Complete and submit an application online at Application deadline is February 28, 2018. We will continue to accept applications after the deadline, but please know preference will be given to students meeting the due date.

Submit transcripts and letters of recommendation to:
Scholarship Coordinator
Rend Lake College Foundation
468 North Ken Gray Parkway
Ina, IL  62846

Scholarship Awards
The final scholarship recipients will be selected by RLC Foundation Scholarship Committees. Scholarship award recipients will be notified at their high school awards program, graduation, or by letter of their award. Scholarship applications will be kept on file for the academic year in the event that additional funds become available. The RLC Foundation reserves the right to review a scholarship recipient’s performance and revoke the scholarship if deemed necessary.

Contact information
If you move of change phone numbers, please remember to contact the RLC Foundation so we are able to contact you if chosen for a scholarship. 

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Other Scholarship Opportunities

*Below are scholarship opportunities that The Rend Lake College Foundation has been notified of. Please click on the scholarship name to review scholarship criteria and download their application.

Scholarship FAQ

Student Scholarships
Scholarships totaling an approximate $300,000 annually are awarded to Rend Lake College students each academic year. These scholarships are made possible by generous local businesses and individuals who care about the future of our students and community. Scholarships, for the most part, range from approximately $500-$1,500 annually.

The Foundation Board invites and in fact, encourages all interested students to apply for these scholarships. Each year more than 300 scholarships are awarded by the Foundation. Scholarship awards include endowed scholarships, annual scholarships, or one-time scholarships.

Where are applications available?
• High School counseling departments
• RLC Foundation Office
• RLC Financial Aid Office
• Internet -

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Alumnus of the Year

2017 — BOB KELLEY ('69), Mt. Vernon
Retired Director of Marketing & Public Information, Rend Lake College

2016 — RODNEY CABANESS ('90), Sesser
Co-Owner, Black Diamond Harley-Davidson

2015 — DR. BRIAN KERN ('94), Ewing
Orthopedic Surgeon, Orthopedic Institute of Western Kentucky

2014 — JAMES "JIM" MOUNIER ('72), Caledonia
Senior Vice President & Wealth Management Advisor, Merrill Lynch

2013 – TRISH REED (’87), Scheller
President, GM, UpTime Parts LLC

2012 – PETER JOHNSON (’85), Mt. Vernon
Instrumentation Engineer, NASA

2011 – RON SMITH (’74), Benton
Assistant Basketball Coach, SIUC; Entrepreneur

2010 – HON. MIKE D. McHANEY (’77), Salem
Judge, Fourth Judicial Circuit of Illinois

2009 – JIM MUIR (’97), Sesser
Publisher, Southern Illinois Sports Connection, Marion Living & Saluki Illustrated; Radio Broadcaster

2008 – RANDY RUBENACKER (’78), Dahlgren
Co-Owner, Rubenacker Farms/4R Equipment, McLeansboro

2007 – BRAD GESELL (’80), Benton
Co-Owner, Gesell’s Pump Sales & Service Inc., Whittington

2006 – CHRISTOPHER JOHNSON (’98), Valier
Distribution Center Manager, Walgreens, Mt. Vernon

2005 – BILL SHIELDS (MVCC ’58), Mt. Vernon
Assistant Professor/Workforce Ed Coordinator, Southern Illinois University – Carbondale

2004 – LINDA L. SANDERS (’82), Mt. Vernon
Warden, Federal Correctional Complex, Forrest City, AR 

2003 – DONALD H. DAME (’72 / ’76), Sesser
Vice President/Human Resources & Government Relations, Freeman unity Coal Mining Company

2002 – ROSE M. MYLES (’68), Mt. Vernon
Manager / Network Services, AT&T

2001 – CARL ROWLEY (’77), Sesser
Team Leader / Building Management Systems, Panduit Corporation

2000 – HOLLY McCANN (’76), Benton
Acting National Director, Internal Revenue Service Office of Interest and Penalty Administration

1999 – LAIRD D. WISELY (’71), Benton/Mt. Vernon
(Awarded posthumously)
Owner, Therapy Resource Associates & Physical Rehab Works

1998 – MARK MICHALIC (’78), West Frankfort
Special Agent, U.S. Department of the Treasury/Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms

1997 – JOHNATHAN W. THOMAS (’71), Sesser
CEO (Executive Dean), Ivy Tech State College, Madison/Lawrenceburg, IN

1996 – TIM WILLS (’84), Benton
Associate Professor of Health/A.D./Coach, RLC

1995 – COURTNEY COX (’72), Benton
Partner, Hart and Hart Attorneys-At-Law, Benton

1994 – FLO DUDLEY (’76), Bonnie
Retired elementary school teacher
Mt. Vernon City Schools District 80

1993 – SEN. J. BRADLEY BURZYNSKI (’79), Benton
Illinois State Senator / 35th District, Sycamore

1992 – CINDA CHULLEN (’79), Benton
Technical Manager, NASA’s Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX

1991 – CRAIG M. SINCLAIR (’74), Mt. Vernon
Vice President of Advertising, The Walgreen Company

1990 – GLORIA J. SLOAN-REEL (’74), McLeansboro
Product Brand Manager, Phone-Poulenc Ag Company, Research Triangle Park, NC

1989 – KEVIN DAVIS (’72), Mt. Vernon 
Comptroller/Treasurer, Rend Lake Conservancy District

Stage actress, St. Louis and New York

1987 – DR. MARY KAY WITGES BENGTSON (’71), Scheller
Staff/Athletic Physician, N. Carolina State U.

1986 – DR. GARY R. SWEETEN (MVCC ’60), Ina
Minister of Christian Growth, College Hill Presbyterian Church, Cincinnati

1985 – DR. HALE E. RYDER JR. (MVCC ’58), Mt. Vernon
Professor of Economics/Director of Graduate Studies, Brown University

1984 – DR. LESLIE JOHNSON (’74), Thompsonville
Family Practitioner, Mt. Vernon (now in Peoria)

1983 – ROBERT L. BROWN (MVCC ’66), Mt. Vernon
Guidance Counselor, Mt. Vernon Township H.S./Part-time Rend Lake College GED Instructor

1982 – DAVID N. JUNKINS (’71), Mt. Vernon
Social Worker, Illinois Dept. of Children & Family Services

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Major Gift Awards

Diamond - $250,000 +

William K. Crawford Jr.
Crosswalk Community Action Agency
Farrar Oil Company*
Marjorie S. Farrar
James and Margaret Fornear*
Dr. Barbara Luchsinger Estate
Mariah Boats, Inc.
Jim & Carole Mounier †
Department of Veterans Affairs Marion, IL Office of Information & Technology
Howard L. Payne
Dr. Warren and Phyllis Petty *
Southern Illinois Healthcare
SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital – Mt. Vernon
William Wood Estate

*Includes Gift-In-Kind
**Includes Employer Matching Gift
† Legacy Society Founders

Platinum $100,000 - $249,999

Dr. and Mrs. Allen Y. Baker *
Bank of Illinois
Joe P. and Lois Ferne Boyle
Continental Tire the Americas, LLC
Crossroads Community Hospital*
Marlene Edwards
Fraternal Order of Eagles 2699
Hamilton Co. Telephone Co-Op &
Its Subsidiaries
Joy Global*
Lena Juanita Lichtenberger Estate
M-Class Mining, L.L.C. Sugar Camp
Energy, Cline Resources
Coyn and Pat Mateer
Murphy-Wall State Bank
Peabody Energy
Peoples National Bank, N.A.
R & B Inc.*
Schweinfurth Foundation
Wayne City High School Foundation

*Includes Gift-In-Kind
**Includes Employer Matching Gift
† Legacy Society Founders

Gold $50,000 - $99,9999

“Mr. A” Gene Alexander
Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks – McLeansboro
Black Diamond Harley-Davidson
Bluford FFA Alumni
Hunt Bonan
Robert Bornheimer
David & Rebecca Busby
Timothy Keith Chamness Memorial
City of Anna
Community First Bank of the Heartland
Clara A. Crocker Brown Family Trust
First Cellular of Southern Illinois
Illinois Department of Commerce &
Economic Opportunity
Kendrick Paper Stock Co.
Mark S. and Pat Kern
Stan and Jean Koziara Estate
L.E. & Helen Lindsay *
Mt. Vernon Elks Lodge #819
Mt. Vernon Township High School
Curtis W. Mundell Estate
National Railway Equipment Co.
Pillar Innovations, LLC*
Pinckneyville Community Hospital*
RLC Students for Students Art League
Rend Lake Conservancy District
Dr. Charles “Bill” and Mary Roe
Mary Rountree
Society Fraternal of Miners /
DBA The Italian Club
Dr. and Mrs. Gene Stotlar
Belva Madelyn Vercillino Estate
US Bank – Mt. Vernon
Walgreens Distribution

*Includes Gift-In-Kind
**Includes Employer Matching Gift
† Legacy Society Founders{

Silver $25,000 - $49,999

4 R Equipment
John D. and Mary Ellen Aiken
All Stars-N-Stiches, Inc.
Dave & Penny Severin
Allen Trucking LLC
Mrs. Dolores Ames
Anheuser - Busch, Inc. *
Bank of America – Benton Branch
Bank of America – Mt. Vernon Branch
Benton Lions Club
Benton Elks Lodge No. 1234
Biomarine NTRON, Inc.
David and Andrea Boucher
Robert Carlock
Caterpillar Dealer Excellence Matching Grant Charities Foundation
Christian Chapel Church
Dr. Evelyn Claxton
Country Companies
Draeger Safety, Inc.
E. T. Simonds Construction Co. *
Eggemeyer Associates Architects, Inc.
Engelhardt Family Foundation
F.W. Electric, Inc.
Fifth Third Bank
First United Methodist Church
Mildred Fitzgerrell
Franklin Hospital Auxiliary
Milford and Mary Ann Harrell
Harold Hutchins Trust
Illinois Community College System Foundation
International Scholarship & Tuition Services, Inc.
Drs. Leslie & Kathleen Johnson
Wendell E. and Betty L. Maulding
Mt. Vernon Junior Women’s Club
Mt. Vernon Rotary Noon Club
National FFA Foundation, Inc.
North Carolina Coal Institute, Inc.
Ribella Palada
Dr. Robert and Marilyn Parks
Don, Jerry and Zaunda Peacock **
Polk Lodge No. 137
Rend Lake College
Rend Lake College MarketPlace
Rend Lake College Physical Plant Department
Rend Lake College Practical Nursing Program
H.B. Reynolds Trust
Richard Rubenacker Family
George & Mary Slankard
State Bank of Whittington
State Farm Companies Foundation
Dr. Gary & Mrs. Karen Sweeten
Carlos & Bonnie Tolbert
Mr. Bob and Dr. Sue Santoro Tomlin
Tri-County Electric Cooperative
Rickey and Vickie Trout
US Bank – Benton
US Bank National Association
WaterFurnace International, Inc. – Illinois Region*
Webber Township High School
Doris Welch
Terry & Kim Wilkerson
John H. Wininger
Russ and Dana Withers
Rich and Donna Yunkus

*Includes Gift-In-Kind
**Includes Employer Matching Gift
† Legacy Society Founders

Bronze $10,000 - $24,999

Alpha Services, Inc.
American Environmental Group LTD
American Red Cross
ARDL – Dr. Val Gibbons
Benton Business and Professional Women
Big Chief Auto Truck Plaza
David & Nancy Bigham
Eric & Linda Black – Medicine Shoppe Mt. Vernon
Bluford American Legion Post 1193
Boneyard Boccie Ball Club
Shirley Bradley & Ellyn Messersmith
William J. Brinkley
Buntin Brothers
Professor Cindy Caldwell
Millie Caldwell
Caring & Sharing Thrift Shop
Christopher High School Alumni Association
Christopher Lions Club
Tim & Amy Claxton
Cindy Corn
David, Deborah, & Robert Crawford
Phyllis Crawford
George R. Cybulski, MD, MBA – Healthcare Management Consulting
Cindy Dame and Chrissy Vickers
Peggy Davis – In Memory of Adam & Alyssa Lorance
Jimmy Dean
Bryan Drew & Family
Richard Doherty Family
Du Quoin Community Unit School District 300
Laura Eader
Elks Lodge 1882
The Evilsizer Family – Mary Ann & Melody
Ewing-Northern Fire Protection District
F.C.H.S. Academic Trust Fund
First Bank and Trust
First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust
Franklin Co. Medical Society
Gaither, Koewler, Rohlfer, Lucket, and Co.*
Brad & Susan Gesell
GLS Corporation
Good Samaritan Hospital Auxiliary
Gordon Research & Development
Grand Chapter Order of the Eastern Star
Greater Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce
GTE Foundation
Hamilton County Booster Club
Hamilton County Farm Bureau
Hamilton County Loan Company, Inc.
Hamilton County Schools Foundation
Mrs. Dell Hill
Illinois AMVETS Service Foundation
Illinois Cheerleading Coaches Association
Illinois Department of Public Health
Illinois Elks Association
Illinois Network of Child Care Resource &
Referral Agencies
Illinois Restaurant Assoc. Educational Fund
Illinois Sheriff’s Association
International Police Association, Region 57
John H. Stelle Post 106 American Legion
K.A.R.E. Foundation
Bob Kelley
W. Juanita Kern
Maurice P. Kirsch Estate
Angie Kistner
Kiwanis Club of Mt. Vernon
Krehbiel & Associates
George J. and Paula (Mace) Kuhn
Laborers’ International Union of North America
Robert Lahr
Cindy Leeck
Man-Tra-Con Corporation
Market Street Bancshares, Inc.
Virginia Crawford Mason
Tom and Flo McHugh
Lloyd and Florence Middleton
John and Mary Moreland
Mt. Vernon Business & Professional Women's Club
Mt. Vernon Township High School Education Association
Chris and Raylene Nielsen
North Hamilton County Coal Association
Lisa Payne
Gateway East Development, LLC. - Mary B. Pericolosi
Emil Perpich
Pinckneyville High School Dollars for Scholars
Mrs. Lisa Price
Lori Ragland
Randolph County Farm Bureau Foundation
Victor and Betty Rapp
Trish Reed
William and Linda Regenhardt
Rend Lake College Golf Outlet
Rendway Enterprises, Inc.
Robert and Rose Rice
Rick Basso Memorial Golf Tournament
John and Betty Riley
Mabel Rodenbush
Rodney & Carmin Rubenacker
Ruth O. Smith Scholarship Trust
Janet Crawford Schwartz
Mr. and Mrs. Salah Shakir
Jerry and Nellie Shell
Shelter Insurance Foundation
Bobbye & Jerry Sloan – Hand in Hand Foundation, Inc.
South Central Home Builders Association
Scott & Jenifer Spears
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church
St. Paul United Church of Christ
United Illinois Bank of Marion *
Wabash Area Development Inc.
Family of Merritt and Ileeta Walker Philp
Wal-Mart Foundation
Waltonville FFA Alumni
Jim & Lila Waugh
Tracey Lee Webb
Ada Whittington
Tony & Julie Wielt**
Andrea Witthoft
Wood Energy, Inc. – Mt. Vernon, IL
Woodlawn High School Booster Club
Pamela Archer Yarbrough
Don and Shirley York

*Includes Gift-In-Kind
**Includes Employer Matching Gift
† Legacy Society Founders

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Annual Scholarships

Adam Lee Lorance Memorial Art Scholarship

Alyssa Dawn Lorance Memorial Theatre Scholarship

Amanda Peyton Memorial Scholarship

AMVETS Sad Sacks #10 Scholarship

Andrea Bradley Memorial Scholarship

Benton Lions Club Scholarship

Betty Jo Herbert Nursing Scholarship

Black Diamond Harley Davidson Scholarship

Brenda Scarber Memorial Scholarship

Charles L. Dickens Memorial Scholarship

Community First Bank Scholarship

Continental Tire the Americas Internship Scholarship

Dr. Gene & Ramona Stotler Scholarship

F.W. Electric Scholarship

Frankie E. Minor Memorial Scholarship

Gene N. & Dortha Bailey Scholarship

George Cybulski Memorial Scholarship

Hamilton County Telephone Co-op Scholarship

Herbs For Health & Fun Club Scholarship

Jane Waugh Memorial Scholarship

Kevin and Beth Pyatt Scholarship

Kingsmen Auto Club Scholarship

Marjorie Beck Scholarship

Mary M. O’Neal Scholarship

Merritt & Ileeta Walker Philp Memorial Scholarship

Mt. Vernon Rotary - Noon Club Scholarship

Mt. Vernon Rotary - West Club Scholarship

Nina Peacock Art Scholarship

People’s National Bank Scholarship

Pinckneyville Chamber of Commerce Scholarship

Rachel R. Nielson, Herrin Tiger Football Alumni Asoc. Scholarship

RLC Advanced Technology Scholarship

RLC Automotive Car Show Scholarship

RLC Caring & Sharing Scholarship

RLC Criminal Justice Scholarship

RLC Culinary Arts Scholarship

RLC Early Childhood Education Scholarship

RLC Foundation Scholarship

RLC Physical Plant Department Scholarship

RLC Rita Busby Memorial Scholarship

RLC Theatre Scholarship

RLCF Upward Bound Scholarship

SouthEastern Illinois Electric Cooperative Scholarship

Southern Illinois Healthcare Scholarship

State Bank of Whittington Scholarship

The Manor at Mason Woods Scholarship

Endowed Scholarships & Challenge Grants

Allen Trucking LLC Scholarship

Andrea K. Boucher Memorial Scholarship

Ann M. Santoro Memorial Scholarship

Arnistine Tolbert Memorial Scholarship

Bank of Illinois Scholarship

Benton BPW Scholarship

Benton Lions Club Scholarship

Blake Trout Memorial Scholarship

Brad & Brian Evilsizer Memorial Scholarship

Brandon Dame Memorial Scholarship

Brian C. Fleri Memorial Scholarship

Busby Family Scholarship

Carlos & Bonnie Tolbert Scholarship

C.H. Reed Memorial Scholarship

Clayton Charles Ragland Memorial Scholarship

Clifton Caldwell Memorial Scholarship

Continental Tire the Americas, Inc. Scholarship

Craig V. Rudofski Scholarship

Dallas Carl & Anna Mae Bargesser Nursing Scholarship

David E. Hill, M.D. Scholarship

Donald E. Peacock Nursing Scholarship

Doris Welch Nursing Scholarship

Doug Leeck Memorial Scholarship

Douglas S. Carlson Memorial Scholarship

Dr. Allen Y. Baker Scholarship

Dr. Bill & Mary Roe Scholarship

Dr. Evelyn E. Claxton Memorial Scholarship

Dr. Gary Sweeten Isaiah 61 Scholarship

Dr. Leslie Johnson / Ed Kownacki Scholarship

Dr. Richard Doherty Scholarship

Dr. Robert and Marilyn Parks Scholarship

Dr. Warren E. Petty Memorial Scholarship

Emil Perpich Family Memorial Scholarship

Everett “Boogie” and Dolores Ames Scholarship

First Cellular of Southern Illinois Scholarship

Franklin County Medical Society Scholarship

George/Anna Orshak & Paul/Bernice Petty Mem Scholarship

Henry & Fern Peacock Nursing Scholarship

Howard L. Payne Scholarship

Howard L. Payne Nursing Scholarship

Howard L. Payne Vocational Scholarship

Illinois Manufactures’ Association Scholarship

Int’l Police Assoc., Region 57 Scholarship

Jim & Carole Mounier Golf Scholarship

Joe P. Boyle and Lois Ferne Boyle…Scholarship

John C. Riley IV Scholarship

John D. & Ada D. Whittington Scholarship

Judge Roy O. Gulley Scholarship

Julie Trout Memorial Scholarship

Keith Bauman Memorial Scholarship

Leeck Family Scholarship

Maurice P. Kirsch Memorial Scholarship

Mel Farlow Memorial Scholarship

Mr. A Scholarship

Mt. Vernon Rotary Club S.T.R.I.V.E. Scholarship

Napa John’s John H. Wininger Scholarship

Norma Harrell RN Scholarship

North Hamilton County Coal Association Scholarship

Oliver D. Spitler Memorial Scholarship

Polk Lodge No. 137 - McLeansboro Scholarship

Rachel R. Nielsen Engineering Scholarship

Ribella Palada Family Scholarship

RLC ADN Scholarship

RLC Foundation Scholarship

RLC Pathway to Success Scholarship

RLC Physical Plant Department Scholarship

RLC Students for Students Art Scholarship

Robert and Rose Rice Scholarship

Rubenacker Family Scholarship

Rodney Rubenacker Memorial Scholarship

Rounds Family Scholarship

Southern Illinois Farm Association Scholarship

Stan & Jean Koziara Scholarship

Stella M. Baker Scholarship

Thomas B. Harrell Memorial Scholarship

Thomas J. and Leota L. Sweeten Christian Memorial Scholarship

Timothy Keith Chamness Memorial Scholarship

Tommy Mundell Memorial Scholarship

Tony Weilt State Farm Scholarship

Tri-County Electric Co-op Scholarship

U.S. Bank Scholarship

Venita Brinkley Memorial Scholarship

Victor & Betty Rapp Scholarship

Wayne Fitzgerrell Memorial Scholarship 

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Rend Lake College Foundation
Phone Number: (618) 437-5321 Ext. 1214
Address: 468 N. Ken Gray Parkway, Ina, IL 62846 Attn: Foundation
Fax Number: (618) 437-5677 Attn: Foundation


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