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For information about Naming Opportunities (scholarships, classrooms or facilities), and for other inquiries, please contact: 

Deborah Smith Havighorst
Executive Director, Institutional Advancement and the Prairie State College Foundation
Rm. 2266
(708) 709-7918

Susan Sebastian
Coordinator of Scholarships and Alumni Relations, Prairie State College Foundation
Rm. 2268
(708) 709-7879

Kathleen Kane
Assistant, Institutional Advancement and the Prairie State College Foundation
Rm. 2266
(708) 709-3631

Office Hours:
Mon. - Fri. 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Other Hours: By appointment

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Foundation Scholarship Pre Qualifying Criteria

A scholarship applicant must:

  • Be registered for the semester for which they are applying for a scholarship.
  • Be enrolled and working towards earnin thier first degree or certificate from PSC.
  • Have a minimum 2.0 GPA. If your GPA is under 2.0, please contact the PSC Foundation office, so that we may discuss.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Have filed a current FAFSA (a FAFSA for the semester in which they are applying for a scholarship). If you are unable to complete a FAFSA, please contact the PSC Foundation office, so that we may discuss.

Students who have already earned a degree, will not be considered, unless they have been admitted into PSC's Dental Hygiene, Nursing or Surgical Tech programs.

Applications are reviewed in the order in which they are received and the response time is based on the number of applications pending review.

Funding is limited and the application window can close early / at any time, once semester funds have been exhausted.

Foundation Events


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The Foundation offers scholarships to assist eligible students in paying for their education at Prairie State College. Each year, hundreds of students receive assistance with tuition, fees and textbooks. Proceeds from the events listed below support PSC scholarships. Please consider supporting by attending and/or sponsoring these events.

Economic Forecast Breakfast
The Economic Forecast Breakfast is an annual event for community members and business owners. Past guest speakers have included representatives of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Guests enjoy breakfast, with an opportunity to network, while learning the economic forecast for the greater southland community, the state and the country, all while supporting the Prairie State College Foundation.


Scholarship Classic Golf Outing

The first Scholarship Classic Golf Outing was held in 1993 and continues as an annual fundraiser supporting the Foundation’s scholarship programs. Each year, participants enjoy a day of golf, lunch, dinner and cocktails. Through the generosity of the Scholarship Classic participants and sponsors, hundreds of students have achieved their educational goals at Prairie State College.


Reach For The Stars Gala
The annual Reach for the Stars Gala is the preeminent fundraiser that celebrates student success and typically funds an entire semester’s worth of scholarships. This event is known for always offering attendees a memorable experience in an elegant setting and includes dinner, entertainment and dancing – all to raise funds to support Prairie State College student scholarships. The Reach for the Stars Award honors an individual who’s time, talent and commitment has made a significant impact in the lives of students in the PSC community.

Foundation Directors


The Foundation Board of Directors is comprised of individuals dedicated to the success of Prairie State College students. Need-based scholarships are awarded to help students cover the cost of tuition and books.

Andre’ B. Ashmore
Ice Miller LLP
President

Rebecca A. Nagle
Old Plank Trail Community Bank
Vice President

Marisela Zambrano
Illiana Financial Credit Union
Secretary

Thomas Saban, Ph.D.
Prairie State College Vice President
Foundation Treasurer

Board of Directors

Michael D. Anthony, Ph.D.
Prairie State College
President

Sam Balark
AT&T

Rebbie Davis
Prairie State College
Student Government Association

Chief Jimmy Delano
The Harmony International Group

Maria M. Desmond
Prairie State College Alumna

Brent Frank
Dwight Capital

Monica Gordon
Prairie State College
Board of Trustees

Marie Hansel, DNP, RN
Prairie State College Alumna

Kathryn Humecki
Kathryn Humecki & Associates, Ltd.
Prairie State College Alumna

Kyle Kasperek
John Kasperek Co., Inc.

Joyce Morgan Michael
Precision Transportation, Inc.

David A. Naze, Ph.D.
Highland Community College

Thomas Nicholas
Prairie State College
Federation of Teachers

Patrick J. Ormsby

Donald F. Ransford
RANS & Associates

Allan Spooner
Franciscan Health

Marilyn Kent Tapajna
Suburban Service League

Elighie Wilson III
Prairie State College
Vice President

Tim Woloszyn

Deborah Smith Havighorst
Executive Director, Institutional Advancement & Prairie State College Foundation

Frequently Asked Questions About Scholarships


What are the qualifications for a PSC Foundation scholarship?
All scholarships have donor specific requirements. The standard criteria for eligibility are:
  1. registered for the semester which you are applying,
  2. a current FAFSA on file with the Financial Aid Office,
  3. seeking a degree or certificate program at Prairie State College,
  4. a 2.0 GPA or higher, and
  5. demonstrates financial need.
Where do I go to apply for PSC Foundation scholarships?
Visit www.prairiestate.academicworks.com to begin the online Application. You must use your PSC student email address to create an account. If you cannot complete the application in one sitting, be sure to save your work before exiting the system.
How will I know if I receive a scholarship award?
Applications are reviewed in the order in which they are received. It is a multi-step process that can several weeks. The Scholarship Review Committee’s decision will be sent to your PSC student email address.
How many scholarships can I apply for?
Complete the general application and the system will auto-match you to scholarships for which you qualify. Check under “recommended” scholarships once you have submitted the general application, for any additional scholarships which require additional questions answered.
Can I apply for a scholarship each semester?
You can apply for PSC Foundation scholarships each semester you are registered.
Where do I go to apply for PSC Foundation scholarships?
Visit www.prairiestate.academicworks.com to begin the online Application. You must use your PSC student email address to create an account. If you cannot complete the application in one sitting, be sure to save your work before exiting the system.
How many scholarships can I apply for?
Complete the general application and the system will auto-match you to scholarships for which you qualify. Check under “recommended” scholarships once you have submitted the general application, for any additional scholarships which require additional questions answered.
Can I apply for a scholarship each semester?
You can apply for PSC Foundation scholarships each semester you are registered.
Can I use the scholarship as a down payment for tuition?
No. Scholarships are not full scholarships and should not be considered as down payment. See the PSC Business Office to establish a payment plan.
Can I get a scholarship if I receive financial aid?
Scholarships are based on need. If financial aid does not fully cover the costs of tuition, fees, and books, you may be eligible for a scholarship.
Can I receive a scholarship if I don’t receive financial aid?
Yes, if you meet the qualifications. The Foundation recognizes there is often a gap between a student’s Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) and what a student can afford.

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Spotlight Scholars


Spotlight Scholars were asked to complete the line, "If it wasn't for Prairie State College..."

Santario


If it wasn’t for Prairie State College I wouldn’t be on the verge of accomplishing my dreams. An educated woman is what I became. I have overcome my circumstance and obstacles. Yes, I have done the impossible. In 2 months and 17 days I will be the first nurse and college graduate in my family. Most people said it was going to be difficult to work nights at UPS and be a full-time nursing student. However, with the support and dedication Prairie State gives it students, anything is possible. I am confident, self-assured and more than ready to start my career in what I love to do. Which is to care for those who can’t care for themselves.  I am Santario Washington and I’m proud to say that I am a Prairie State College Scholar.

Micella


If it wasn't for Prairie State College, I wouldn't have been able to start my journey as a nurse. Nursing has always been my passion and attending Prairie State has helped me realize that if you want something you have to put in the work to get it. Being a part of a school where faculty sincerely cares about your success and people who will do anything to help you succeed is a blessing. I am proud say I will soon be receiving my second degree from Prairie State College..

Freddy


If it wasn’t for Prairie State College, I would not be standing here before you tonight, thanking each and every single one of you. Being able to go home tonight and telling my mother I’m a college student. This statement might be insignificant to many, but to me it means everything. I am an undocumented student that lives with his single mother and younger sister and we are barely making enough income for rent and bills. Being an undocumented student didn’t help my case because I am not eligible to apply for any Federal Financial Aid and most scholarships ask that you need to be a citizen. The idea of attending college one day seemed impossible. Having to mature at a very young age because I was now the, “man of the house” and taking care of my little sister was my main priority while my mother worked. I briefly lost sight of my own goals and saw them as an impossible obstacle I couldn’t get past. When my senior year of high school came I was ready to see all my friends go away to school, but Prairie State College reached out to a handful of us and asked us to place into their Early College Initiative program. I took classes at Prairie State College even before I graduated from high school and it helped me realize that nothing is impossible. I didn’t care what I had to do, but I decided I was going to college. I sometimes have to work two jobs just to make enough to make that monthly tuition payment, and help my mother at home with bills, rent and to fix our car every time it breaks down. I often sleep 3 to 4 hours a night so I can squeeze in some study time before waking up at 4 a.m. to go to work. I take the bus or often walk to school when I don’t have enough change to take the bus. I have the Foundation to thank for every scholarship they’ve found that I was eligible to apply for due to my status. With that help it take some weight off of my back and now I am able to help at home with more expenses. Prairie State College helped me meet so many helpful people that are willing to go out of their way for me. I have friends that have seen me walking to school give me rides whenever they can. My academic advisor, Jennica, helps me to stay on track and not lose hope and sight of what my goals are and always opens another door of opportunity when one closes and has helped me find some financial relief through the Foundation disregarding my status. Because of Prairie State College I am overjoyed to say that I am a college student and I can bring the news to my mother that I will be graduating this spring and continuing with my academic career and thank her for all her hard work.

Tinsha


If it wasn't for Prairie State, I would not have had the opportunity to explore my potential as a leader. 7 years ago, I wasn't even able to speak English fluently, but right now I am serving as the President of Phi Theta Kappa National Honor society at Prairie State. Every staff member I interact with at Prairie State has made a difference in my life. Through this interaction, I was able to find the leader that was inside me and I was able to overcome my fears because they motivated me every day— even when I was down.

Omar


If it wasn’t for Prairie State College, I wouldn’t be where I am today. Ever since I was young, I have always been taught how important opportunity is and that education is the key. Since coming to Prairie State, I’ve been able to not just get an education but to grow. Being there has given me the opportunity to learn more about myself and to be a part of many different experiences. I’ve also had the opportunity to meet many amazing people who helped shape me and who I am today.

Thank you!

Rita


If it wasn't for Prairie State College and your support, I would not have had the opportunity to attend this prestigious school. I am a proud recipient of tuition and book scholarship awards. I have balanced family, work and school. It wasn’t easy, but I continue to do it with a smile oon my face and no complaints. Gandhi stated, “You must be the change you want to see in the world.” Prairie State College has given me the opportunities to change into the person I want to be who helps to change the world. I currently work for Cook County Health and Hospitals Systems. My career goal is to use my newly earned Criminal Justice degree at the Juvenile Detention Center as a Probation Counselor. There I will be able to help others like you have helped me.

 

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How To Apply For A Foundation Scholarship