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Give the gift of education

Gifts of annual and endowment scholarships are ways to directly impact the students of Carl Sandburg College. These types of funds enhance their student experience, financial aid, academic programs and success. 

Learn more about annual and endowment scholarships below:


Make a difference every year

Creating an annual scholarship is a great way to honor a loved one, promote your business and give back to the students of Carl Sandburg College. 

Scholarship support is crucial to provide an exceptional education to deserving students from all backgrounds, regardless of their ability to pay. A simple way donors can meet this need is with a gift to establish an annual scholarship.

Scholarships of $500 or more each year allow you to name your scholarship and meet your recipient(s) at the annual scholarship dinner in the fall. 

For more information on establishing an annual scholarship, please email the Foundation office or call 309.341.5349.

Endowed scholarships leave a legacy

Scholarship support is one of our greatest needs and commitments — but with the generosity of many people, the Carl Sandburg College Foundation is able to award more than $100,000 each year in scholarship support to our students. 

Establishing a named endowed scholarship provides a permanent and personal way for you to make a difference in the life of Carl Sandburg College. You'll work with the Foundation office to establish award guidelines from which to select and award the scholarships. Criteria may reflect a special area of interest, academic discipline, geographic region, academic merit or financial need. 

Each fall we host an annual scholarship dinner where you're able to meet your scholarship recipient(s). 

An endowed scholarship becomes a permanently endowed fund when the contribution reaches a minimum of $10,000 and can be pledged over a number of years. The scholarship amount is based on the interest earned and accumulated each year but to help your endowment grow, we take a small percentage of your interest earned each year and reinvest it with the principle. As your endowment grows, the more scholarship dollars it produces. 

Endowed funds are invested and managed by the Carl Sandburg College Foundation and overseen by the Foundation Board of Directors. Volunteers serve on the scholarship review committee and award scholarships each spring. 

For more information about establishing an endowment, please email the Foundation or call 309.341.5349.