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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

foundation logoPre-qualifying criteria for scholarships are:
- Must be registered for the semester for which you are applying for a scholarship.
- Must have a PSC email account.
- Must be enrolled in a degree or certificate program at PSC.
- Must demonstrate financial need.
- Must have filed a FASFA for the semester for which you are applying for a scholarship.
(If you are unable to complete a FASFA, please contact the PSC Foundation office, so that we may discuss.)

Applications are reviewed in the order in which they are received.

ABOUT THE FOUNDATION
Mission Statement

The Prairie State College Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to excellence in education by promoting Prairie State College and enhancing opportunities for students.

The Foundation works to:
1. Increase public awareness of the College's central role in the well-being of our community and its citizens.
2. Seek financial support to fund student scholarships, attract and retain able faculty and staff, and provide for the College's growth and development.
3. Identify potential Board members, involving those who bring leadership, insights, and new contacts to the Foundation.

Some Facts about the Prairie State College Foundation

  • Founded in 1973, the Foundation is a philanthropic organization. Dedicated to helping deserving PSC students seeking job skills through academic achievement, PSC Foundation scholarships encourage the process of lifelong learning.
  • The Board of Directors are unpaid volunteers.
  • 501(c) 3 not-for-profit status assures tax deductibility for donors.

FOUNDATION EVENTS

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The Prairie State Foundation offers scholarships to assist eligible students in paying for their education at Prairie State College. Hundreds of students each year receive assistance with tuition, fees, and books. Donations are accepted to the PSC Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization. In addition, annually three fund raising events are held to raise scholarship funds.

Economic Forecast Breakfast
This year's event was held on Friday, April 20, 2018 at the Olympia Fields Country Club. Our featured speaker was William A. Strauss, Senior Economist and Economic Advisor in the Economic Research Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Thanks to all who attended. Your support is certainly appreciated.


Scholarship Classic Golf Outing

The Annual Scholarship Classic, was held on June 4, 2018. Prairie State College supporters came out to raise funds for worthy candidates who deserve a chance to succeed. Find out how to make a contribution to the PSC Foundation.


The 60th Anniversary Gala
The 2018 Prairie State College Foundation 60th Anniversary Gala will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at Prairie State College. This year, we will celebrating the college's 60th anniversary, featuring special recognitions , music and other entertainment.

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.

Marilyn Kent Tapajna
Suburban Service League
Foundation President

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

Board of Directors
  Student Government Association
Prairie State College
Sam Balark AT&T
Chief Jimmy G. Delano The Harmony International Group
Maria M. Desmond  
Brent Frank Midland States Bank
Kathryn Humecki Kathryn Humecki & Associates
Robert S. Kaminski  
Joyce Morgan Michael Precision Transportation Inc.
Joelle Mulhearn Board of Trustees
Prairie State College
Rebecca A. Nagle Old Plank Trail Community Bank
Patrick J. Ormsby Bimba Manufacturing Company
Francine Pearce, M.D. Pearce Pediatrics
Donald F. Ransford RANS & Associates
Craig Schmidt Prairie State College
  Prairie State College
Federation of Teachers,
Local 3816, AFT, AFL-CIO
Allan Spooner Franciscan Health
Robert Spreyne UPS
Marilyn Tapajna Suburban Service League
Terri L. Winfree, Ph.D. Prairie State College
Tim Woloszyn MB Financial Bank
Marisela Zambrano Illiana Financial Credit Union
 Directors Emeriti 
Lois Anthonisen William Kiehl 
Calvin Bellamy E. Timothy Lightfield, Ph.D.
Dorothy Bauer Judith Marwick, Ed.D.
Pamela M. Caddick Anne Oppenheimer
Robert Christopher Charles M. Peters
Chuck Gruberman Keith Reich, D.O.
Lucy Hoekema James M. Troutman
Manny Hoffman* Linda Uzureau, Ph.D.
Martha Kabbes Hesse  

*In Memoriam 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT SCHOLARSHIPS

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Can I apply for a scholarship each semester?
    You can apply for PSC Foundation scholarships each semester you are registered.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.

SPOTLIGHT SCHOLARS

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Spotlight Scholars were asked to complete the line “If it wasn’t for Prairie State College . . . .”