The Prairie State College Foundation is celebrating 40 years of offering opportunities for students through tuition assistance. The Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded in 1973 and dedicated to helping Prairie State College students pursue their education.
For many PSC students, even those receiving financial aid, there are still gaps between the education costs and what they can pay. The PSC Foundation works to bridge the gap between what students have and what they need. A variety of options are offered, including assistance with tuition, fees, and textbooks.
Deborah Smith Havighorst, executive director of the PSC Foundation, is passionate about meeting the needs of students. “We have opportunities every day to assist students and it is an honor and a privilege to be in a position to help them realize their dreams of earning a college degree.”
The PSC Foundation board members, a dedicated group of unpaid volunteers, bring leadership, insight, and new contacts for the Foundation, as well as represent the diverse PSC district. Their three main annual fundraising events include a Special Event Dinner sponsored by Absolute Best Cleaning Services, Planera Architects, the Prairie State College board of trustees, and UPS, held in November; an Economic Forecast Breakfast sponsored by MB Financial Bank and held in March; and a Scholarship Classic held in June. This year’s Scholarship Classic is a golf and tennis outing sponsored by UPS and Barnes & Noble on June 2, at Idlewild Country Club in Flossmoor (golf) and Olympia Fields Country Club (tennis). The proceeds from these events fund student scholarships.
The PSC Foundation also provides funding for special college projects that fall outside of the realm of the college budget and that help further student-focused initiatives. Examples of some special funding requests include the Knits for Vets Project — students and employees creating handmade items for residents at the Manteno Veterans Home while promoting student engagement and retention, the Chicago Shakespeare Theater at PSC — bringing talented actors and legendary theater to the PSC stage, student planners, study guides, and much more.
This year the Foundation made a significant donation to the college’s Writing Center. The Writing Center has been a major resource for students trying to improve their writing skills with one-on-one tutoring for writing assistance and its existence was threatened due to a budget crunch. The Foundation’s financial assistance was timely and crucial for the center and will allow it to stay open for the remainder of this fiscal year.
The PSC Foundation helps students realize their dream of a college education. The college tag line, Start Near, Go Far, truly represents the path of many community college students. The financial assistance the Foundation provides students helps them achieve this goal. For more information on the PSC Foundation, contact Havighorst at (708) 709- 7918, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit prairiestate.edu.