The SC4 Foundation, in partnership with St. Clair County Community College and the Community Foundation of St. Clair County, recently hosted a scholarship reception to acknowledge its many dedicated donors and extraordinary student scholarship recipients.
According to SC4 Foundation Chairman Harold Burns, the inaugural reception served as an opportunity to thank donors, honor students, and celebrate the many combined student success-focused efforts of the three organizations.
“The SC4 Foundation believes a strong community college is a community asset, and for 56 years we have worked with the college to help students achieve their goals of obtaining a high-quality education,” Burns said. “This collaborative partnership expanded in recent years to include the Community Foundation of St. Clair County, which allows us to have an even greater impact on the students and the community we serve.”
Donors, students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends enjoyed exploring the SC4 Experience Center’s Dr. Bassam H. Nasr Natural Science Museum before the program. The program featured donor and faculty member Dave Sheldon and student scholarship recipient Jessica Bohm, who is also a three-sport Skippers athlete.
“The Jinny and Bill Sheldon Endowed Scholarship for Education was founded in honor of our parents, Jinny and Bill Sheldon, and their lifelong support of education,” Sheldon said. “Providing financial assistance and support to students is so important, whether it’s through tuition, books or something else. A degree from SC4 can transform a life. We’re so honored to have an impact and we hope many others consider doing the same in the future.”
Added Bohm, “I am incredibly honored and grateful to have been selected as a scholarship recipient of the SC4 Foundation. The Ellen Kean Scholarship Award, along with other SC4 student-athlete support I’ve received during my two years here, has helped ease the financial burden my family and I face as I pursue my degree.”
Since its founding in 1963, the SC4 Foundation has contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to SC4 students who otherwise would not be able to attend college. This year alone, the SC4 Foundation has contributed more than $140,000 in scholarships to more than 80 students. The college and the Community Foundation of St. Clair County also support students through numerous other partnerships, including the Community Foundation’s Complete Your Degree program that supports local students through successful degree completion at SC4.
Additionally, the SC4 Foundation and the Community Foundation of St. Clair County have helped support the college in its efforts to offer College Housing and further elevate its newly renovated Health Sciences Building for tomorrow’s health care education and training needs.
“We are fortunate to have so many community partners and friends supporting student success at SC4,” said SC4 President Dr. Deborah A. Snyder. “We are grateful to those helping us take the college to the next level through capital contributions and program support.”