Lake Land College recognizes donors, scholarship recipients at annual Foundation Scholarship Reception - Lake Land College, Mattoon Illinois


Lake Land College recognizes donors, scholarship recipients at annual Foundation Scholarship Reception

Posted on April 2, 2013

Lake Land College recently held its annual Foundation Scholarship Reception recognizing scholarship recipients as well as the donors who contribute financially to scholarship funding. The Foundation Scholarship Reception gives students and donors a time to meet and get to know more about one another. 

“I’d like to thank each and every one of you, donors for your generosity and students for your efforts to pursue higher education,” said Debbie Benefiel, Foundation Board member. “We know that today more than ever, students at Lake Land College face challenges like raising families, the cost of living and transportation, and in many cases, maintaining employment while attaining education. It is through organizations like the foundation that we can all help contribute to the betterment of our communities by helping to support those around us.” 

For the 2012-2013 academic school year alone, the Lake Land College Foundation has awarded more than $380,000 through more than 409 scholarships. However according to Benefiel, each year the foundation receives three times the amount of scholarship applications than can be awarded. 

“This academic year marked a record of financial assistance applications to the foundation,” said Benefiel. “Unfortunately, there just isn’t enough funding to award every student who applies, and the foundation board members work hard each and every year to ensure those students who want to pursue higher education can.”

Foundation Board members include:, Bob Pancoast, president, Shelbyville; Amy Borntrager, vice president, Mattoon; Nanci Huels, secretary, Altamont; Tom Wright, immediate past president, Dieterich; Debbie Benefiel, Paris; Chad Faller, Charleston; Dave Frisse, Paris; Paul Glenney, Mattoon; Jennifer Jansen, Effingham; Garth Jones, Mattoon; John Livesay, Pana; Mark Mayhood, Effingham; Linda McCabe, Bethany; Jeff Mefford, Effingham; Randy Miller, Taylorville; Deana Nuxoll, Effingham; Preston Smith, Mattoon; Dave Storm, Effingham; Larry Yargus, Marshall; Scott Lensink, ex-officio, Mattoon; Doris Reynolds, Board of Trustees liaison, Mattoon; Madge Shoot, treasurer, Mattoon; and Ray Rieck, Mattoon.  

“There are two days each school year where students’ smiles are the biggest, and besides graduation, today is one of those days,” said Scott Lensink, Lake Land College president. “Receiving these scholarships means that students, who would otherwise not be able to afford college have access to the great equalizer that is education.” 

Kallie Middleton of Casey, who is a sophomore in the Radio/TV Program, said that the scholarship she received through the foundation is allowing her to finish an academic program that she loves, one in which she hopes to pursue a career.

“Thank you, donors, for helping complete strangers because you believe an investment in someone like me is worth it,” explained Middleton. 

The Lake Land College Foundation was established exclusively for educational, scientific and charitable purposes. The foundation assists the College in developing and enhancing the educational opportunities and service to its students, alumni and citizens of the district.

The following students received foundation scholarships this year:


First Name Last Name City

Allison Wendling Altamont

Amelia Winters Altamont

Bailey Marten Altamont

Darcie Hammer Altamont

Heather Began Altamont

Matthew Huels Altamont

Morgan Ohnesorge Altamont

Zachary Hutson Altamont

Garrett Stephens Annapolis

Brent Pedigo Arcola

Alexandria Binion Arthur

Tyler Day Arthur

Brittany Robison Ashmore

Jack Childress Ashmore

Michelle Gale Ashmore

Alicia Waller Atwood

Courtney Myers Beecher City

Timothy Petty Beecher City

Trishia Buzzard Beecher City

Brock Norris Bethany

Leah Oathout Bethany

Mallory Robinson Bethany

Jordan Fledderjohann Botkins

Jeffrey Marcum Brighton

Shelby Booth Brocton

Bethany Hufford Brownstown

Brittany Gehle Brownstown

Marcia Schilling Brownstown

Elizabeth Will Casey

Jackie Elliott Jr. Casey

Jeff Grigsby Casey

Kallie Middleton Casey

Kendall Hutson Casey

Teresa Vernon Casey

Tiffany Mosier Casey

Courtney Morris Centralia

Aaron Garrett Charleston

Alex Fuqua Charleston

Brandon Harris Charleston

Christopher Archer Charleston

Christopher Starwalt Charleston

Daniel Peddycord Charleston

Isaac Przygoda Charleston

Jacqueline Rainey Charleston

Jane Cox Charleston

Kaitlyn Nead Charleston

Kathleen Dunlap Charleston

Kimberly Wargo Charleston

Kristen Jansen Charleston

Matthew Stewart Charleston

Megan McQueen Charleston

Megan O'Brien Charleston

Michael Diaz Charleston

Mitchell Smith Charleston

Monica Goben Charleston

Stephanie Willoughby Charleston

Thursa Pointon Charleston

Zackery Stroup Charleston

Kelcie Hudson Cowden

Alisa Soliday Dennison

Justin Wilguess Dennison

Kelsey Leitch Dennsion

Angela Worman Dieterich

Ashley Durbin Dieterich

Brent Probst Dieterich

Danielle Borries Dieterich

Desteny Willenborg Dieterich

Erica Bierman Dieterich

Jamie Rexroat Dieterich

Kylie Zumbahlen Dieterich

Mary Westendorf Dieterich

Molly Warfel Dieterich

Olivia Kuhl Dieterich

Kaleb Snider Dundas

Allison McGuire Edgewood

Mariah Burch Effiingham

Alexis Niebrugge Effingham

Amy Goeckner Effingham

Amy Probst Effingham

Anita Bierman Effingham

Ashley Hubbard Effingham

Ashley Klein Effingham

Bailey Pals Effingham

Blake Gardewine Effingham

Blake Grinestaff Effingham

Brent Bloemer Effingham

Charlotte Pursian Effingham

Constance Rickey Effingham

Deanna Collier Effingham

Hayley Tanner Effingham

Ian Keith Effingham

Ilenia Hails Effingham

Jarod Lin Effingham

Jodi Tardy Effingham

Jovan DeSantos Effingham

Justin Coleman Effingham

Katherine Arndt Effingham

Kathryn Bishop Effingham

Kelley Pruemer Effingham

Kimberly Weishaar Effingham

Kristen Slifer Effingham

Lauren Withiem Effingham

Lindsay Schumacher Effingham

Megan Warner Effingham

Nicholas Koester Effingham

Nichole Davis Effingham

Nicole Ohnesorge Effingham

Rachael Glenn Effingham

Ryan Willenborg Effingham

Sam McBride Effingham

Sarah Hibdon Effingham

Serena Meade Effingham

Todd Goeckner Effingham

Travis Fulk Effingham

Travis Summers Effingham

Trenton Hartke Effingham

Whitlee Blakeman Effingham

Zebulen Collier Effingham

Brandon Reno Eldred

Matthew Keown Findlay

Michael Belyea Findlay

Tiara Ryherd Findlay

Eric Saunders Gays

Brittany Whitaker Greenup

Elizabeth Moore Greenup

Haleigh Peters Greenup

Joshua Tepen Greenup

Steffani Parks Greenup

Joseph Gruen Greenville

Katlynn Kersey Herrick

Mackenzie Morrison Herrick

Stephanie McBee Herrick

Beth Spear Hindsboro

Hilary Rhode Hume

KeWan Davis Indianapolis

Jordan Buerster Ingraham

Mandy Lemar Jewett

Amanda Ealy Kansas

Hayden Parker Kansas

Quinton Inman Kansas

Drew Wilson Kingman

Alexandria Elliott Lerna

Dustin Lowry Lerna

Myles Batson Lerna

Tia Sawyer Lerna

Valisha Rose Lerna

Matthew Rose Lombard

Amanda Scheibly Lovington

Jacob Martina Lovington

Luke Frantz Lovington

Alexis Tucker Marshall

Allison Melton Marshall

Bladimir Nava Marshall

Drucilla Miller Marshall

Robert Pugh Marshall

Andrea Bonesteel-Lindsay Martinsville

Bailey Strange Martinsville

Nicole Morgan Martinsville

Raissa Carver Martinsville

Rebecca Small Martinsville

Brittany Kistler Mason

Morgan Healy Mason

Samantha Leasher Mason

Alexa Stephens Mattoon

Amanda Arena Mattoon

Amanda Reddish Mattoon

Ariel Livingston Mattoon

Ashley Baker Mattoon

Barbara Beliz Mattoon

Becky Inman Mattoon

Brett Roberts Mattoon

Briar Smith Mattoon

Bryan Cox Mattoon

Casey Gossett Mattoon

Chardonnay Latch Mattoon

Christian Lovell Mattoon

Christine Fasig Mattoon

Christopher Aubrey Mattoon

Colton Hanson Mattoon

Cord Armstrong Mattoon

Darin VanMeter Mattoon

Debbie Ledbetter Mattoon

Derek Fitt Mattoon

Destinee Edwards Mattoon

Dillon Gaines Mattoon

Emerald Ayers Mattoon

Emily Bolen Mattoon

Felicia Perry Mattoon

Gary Trepanier Mattoon

Georgeanna Callow Mattoon

Gretchen Katz Mattoon

Jaime Nasta Mattoon

Janice Stusse Mattoon

Jenny Porter Mattoon

Jera Johnson Mattoon

Jessica Good Mattoon

Jessica Kenton Mattoon

Jessica Tutt Mattoon

J'nai Huckaba Mattoon

John Rubrake Mattoon

Joseph Bongungu Mattoon

Joshua Hunt Mattoon

Kaitlyn Duncan Mattoon

Kaleb Thornhill Mattoon

Karen Butler Mattoon

Kathleen Good Mattoon

Kendra Benham Mattoon

Kerry Hess Mattoon

Kim Dhom Mattoon

Kory Culp Mattoon

Kristin Ives Mattoon

Leagha Effner Mattoon

M. Andrea Lester Mattoon

Mallory Kenton Mattoon

Mark Cole Mattoon

Matthew Bryan Mattoon

Megan Woolever Mattoon

Miriam Anderson Mattoon

Misty Shick Mattoon

Morgan Finley Mattoon

Natasha Weber Mattoon

Nathaniel Lippert Mattoon

Paula Moreno Mattoon

Quentin Fletcher Mattoon

Rachel Porter Mattoon

Rachel Porter Mattoon

Rebecca Polston Mattoon

Rebecca Smith Mattoon

Rex Colgrove Mattoon

Ross Hutchinson Mattoon

Sam Naroze Mattoon

Sarah Holmes Mattoon

Sasha Newhart Mattoon

Shane Sampson Mattoon

Shari Upton Mattoon

Shelby Phipps Mattoon

Taylor Culp Mattoon

Thad Gourley Mattoon

Valerie Doughty Mattoon

Virginia Usinger Mattoon

William King Mattoon

Adam Kessler Mode

Colton Wade Mode

Dakota Czerwonka Montrose

Lindsay Wagner Montrose

Seth Flach Montrose

Alexis Romack Neoga

Allison Keck Neoga

Benjamin Hoene Neoga

Billie Lawrence Neoga

Briana Pollum Neoga

Dalton Ellison Neoga

Joey Smyser Neoga

Kandi Achenbach Neoga

Katie Miller Neoga

Kelton Nichols Neoga

Kristen Bryant Neoga

Mikaela Walk Neoga

Nicholas Wernsing Neoga

Olivia Deters Neoga

Rebecca Warfel Neoga

Sarah Kemp Neoga

Sydnie Cohoon Neoga

Tyler Sheehan Neoga

Jessica Cartright Newton

Christina Henry Oakland

Nicholas Turner Oakland

Skylar Knox Oakland

Stephanie Christopherson Oakland

Karch Knollenberg Oblong

Allen Kile Oconee

Kendra Ochs Olney

Ashley Warner Owaneco

Austin Metsker Owaneco

Aaron Fitzgerald Pana

Bart Dubre Pana

Brent Scroggins Pana

Cynthia Schmitz Pana

David Jenkins Pana

Jesse Rozplochowski Pana

Kaitlyn Christer Pana

Lief Lancaster Pana

Megan Casner Pana

Michael Spurgeon Pana

Ryan Beyers Pana

Taylor Fray Pana

Adalee Abernathy Paris

Alan Fitzpatrick Paris

Alyssa Lamb Paris

Annie Plunkett Paris

Austin Lamb Paris

Dalton Bell-Trego Paris

Evan Lewsader Paris

Jennifer Brewer Paris

Nikki McMullen Paris

Olyvia Bradford Paris

Richard Swinford Paris

Stevie Coates Ramsey

Amber Hildebrand Robinson

Alexis Hall Shelbyville

Andrew Mathis Shelbyville

Ashley Eisenbarth Shelbyville

Brandon Cloe Shelbyville

Brennon Atkinson Shelbyville

Cady Sanborn Shelbyville

Hannah Fogleman Shelbyville

Hannah Nelson Shelbyville

Hayden Miller Shelbyville

Jonathan Eloe Shelbyville

Katelyn Coleman Shelbyville

Kimberly Readnour Shelbyville

Lucas Furr Shelbyville

Nathan Bly Shelbyville

Reed Best Shelbyville

Zachary Beck Shelbyville

Zechariah Schwerman Shelbyville

Damon Hoene Sigel

Jarrad Flach Sigel

Kayla Barnick Sigel

Sierra Struthers Sigel

Cody Friese Stewardson

Emily Griffin Stewardson

Kayla Mummel Stewardson

Laney Schultz Stewardson

Phillip Barker Stewardson

Abby Rincker Strasburg

Lucas Helton Strasburg

Nathan Stremming Strasburg

Alyssa Hale Sullivan

Amanda Blickensderfer Sullivan

Amie Kipp Sullivan

Anthony Gingerich Sullivan

April Scott Sullivan

April VanDeventer Sullivan

Brandi Hanley Sullivan

Brandon Becker Sullivan

Cody Bonebrake Sullivan

Emily Adams Sullivan

Jennifer Starr Sullivan

Karli Parker Sullivan

Kristopher Taylor Sullivan

Michael Puyear Sullivan

Paige Henderson Sullivan

Stephanie Johnson Sullivan

Taylor Selby Sullivan

Alicia Wente Teutopolis

Brett Deters Teutopolis

Dillon Hardiek Teutopolis

Dylan Niebrugge Teutopolis

Joshua Seibert Teutopolis

Kaitlyn Hartke Teutopolis

Maria Gillespie Teutopolis

Nicholas Heuerman Teutopolis

Nick Meinhart Teutopolis

Ryan Willenborg Teutopolis

Shane Niemerg Teutopolis

Ashley Hickey Toledo

Kelli Walker Toledo

Ryan Beebe Toledo

Shayla Lawhorn Toledo

Gage Beck Tower Hill

Shawn Auteberry Urbana

Alicia Kniepkamp Vandalia

Ashley Mette Watson

Kelly Frey Watson

Kyle Kohnert Watson

Matthew Kreke Watson

Stephanie Bowen Watson

Teresa Kreke Watson

Allison Atkinson Westervelt

Terry Adams Westfield

Blake Shuemaker Windsor

Jake Gilbert Windsor

Jared McIlwain Windsor

Kyle Szabo Windsor

Sidney Edwards Windsor


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