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Rend Lake College Foundation



The Foundation represents a partnership between public and private interests for the benefit of Rend Lake College students. We invite and encourage your participation, interest, and support. Please join the many generous individuals, corporations, and foundations who have given their support to the Foundation and the mission of Rend Lake College.

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Why support the Foundation?

The Rend Lake College Foundation does not merely seek gifts or donations. It asks that you consider investing in:

• Campus Growth
• Economic Development
• Community Growth

The Foundation asks that you invest in the individual growth of the many students who attend the college. Thanks to the generosity of our contributors, Rend Lake College has been able to help students see their dreams turn into reality and will continue to be able to do so in the years ahead.

The Foundation represents a partnership between public and private interests for the benefit of Rend Lake College students. We invite and encourage your participation, interest, and support. Please join the many generous individuals, corporations, and foundations who have given their support to the Foundation and the mission of Rend Lake College.



Read our FY 2021-22 Annual Report HERE!

Some of the many ways to invest in the Foundation and Rend Lake College include:

Student Scholarships
Corporate Contributions
Gifts Pledged over time
Life Insurance
Contingent Beneficiary
Bequests & Trusts
Life Estates-Real Estate
Tangible Personal Property

Upcoming Dates:

RLCF Scholarship Application for the 2023-2024 Academic Year opened on October 1, 2022 until March 1, 2023.
February 28, 2023 - 2023 Annual Scholarship Dinner, 5:30 pm, RLC Event Center
September 7, 2023 - 43RD Annual RLC Foundation Golf Outing                 

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The RLCF Scholarship Application is now OPEN! 

To apply for Rend Lake College Foundation scholarships, please click the button below.    

New Students Apply Here


How to Apply for a Scholarship

Applicants are selected based on the criteria set forth by the donors. Complete the application thoroughly as different scholarships emphasize different categories, such as financial or educational need, community and school involvement, and academic record.

Application Requirements

How to Apply for RLCF Scholarships - A Guide

Click the link above.

Use an email address that you check regularly. DO NOT USE YOUR HIGH SCHOOL EMAIL ADDRESS. Register your account.

Complete the entire scholarship application. Only one application needs to be completed for consideration of RLC Foundation scholarships.

Ask Student Records or your high school guidance counselor to submit a transcript via the transcript upload option. If you request from Student Records, list your birthdate in the email being sent.

Submit at least two letters of recommendation to the Rend Lake College Foundation. These letters cannot be from a family member. Students will be able to send an automated email to their recommender via the scholarship software. RLC Foundation cannot accept hard copies of letters of recommendation. 

Applications will not be processed without all three pieces: a completed application, two letters of recommendation, and a transcript.

All students applying for Rend Lake College Foundation scholarships are required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You may apply online at or the Rend Lake College Financial Aid Office.

Scholarship Awards
The final scholarship recipients will be selected by the RLC Foundation Scholarship Committee. Scholarship award recipients will be notified at their high school awards program, graduation, or by email. Scholarship applications will be kept on file for the academic year if additional funds become available. The RLC Foundation reserves the right to review a scholarship recipient’s performance and revoke the scholarship if deemed necessary.

Contact information
If you move or change phone numbers, please remember to contact the RLC Foundation so we can contact you if chosen for a scholarship. 

Scholarship FAQ

Student Scholarships
Scholarships totaling approximately $250,000+ annually are awarded to Rend Lake College students each academic year. These scholarships are made possible by generous local businesses and individuals who care about the future of our students and community. Scholarships, for the most part, range from approximately $500-$1,500 annually. Students must reapply each year to qualify for scholarships as there are no two-year awards.

The Foundation Board invites and in fact, encourages all interested students to apply for these scholarships. Each year more than 350+ scholarships are awarded by the Foundation. Scholarship awards include endowed scholarships, annual scholarships, or one-time scholarships.

For the 2023-24 academic year, the scholarship award will be handed out to high school seniors / incoming RLC freshmen during their respective high school awards and honor's night or graduation. Returning RLC students and other incoming sophomores will receive scholarship award emails at the end of May and after. For specifics, contact the RLC Foundation Office.

Other Types of Scholarships & Awards

Presidential Scholarships and High Achievers Scholastic Awards are issued through the Financial Aid Office. 

Presidential Scholarships
High Achievers Scholastic Award

Academic Awards are issued through RLC Departments.

Academic Awards


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Alumnus of the Year

2022 — DEAN MERDER ('84), Jasper, IN
President & CEO, TrueScripts Management Services

2021 — CLINT McDONNOUGH ('73), Pinckneyville
Retired Managing Partner, Ernst & Young, LLP

2019 — CHAD W. KERN ('91), Whittington
President & CEO, Schirm USA

2018 — CURTIS SMITH ('82), Benton
(Awarded posthumously)
RLC Basketball legend and local coach, Correctional Officer - IL Dept. of Corrections

2017 — BOB KELLEY ('69), Mt. Vernon
Retired Director of Marketing & Public Information, Rend Lake College

2016 — RODNEY CABANESS ('90), Sesser
Co-Owner, Black Diamond Harley-Davidson

2015 — DR. BRIAN KERN ('94), Ewing
Orthopedic Surgeon, Orthopedic Institute of Western Kentucky

2014 — JAMES "JIM" MOUNIER ('72), Caledonia
Senior Vice President & Wealth Management Advisor, Merrill Lynch

2013 – TRISH REED (’87), Scheller
President, GM, UpTime Parts LLC

2012 – PETER JOHNSON (’85), Mt. Vernon
Instrumentation Engineer, NASA

2011 – RON SMITH (’74), Benton
Assistant Basketball Coach, SIUC; Entrepreneur

2010 – HON. MIKE D. McHANEY (’77), Salem
Judge, Fourth Judicial Circuit of Illinois

2009 – JIM MUIR (’97), Sesser
Publisher, Southern Illinois Sports Connection, Marion Living & Saluki Illustrated; Radio Broadcaster

2008 – RANDY RUBENACKER (’78), Dahlgren
Co-Owner, Rubenacker Farms/4R Equipment, McLeansboro

2007 – BRAD GESELL (’80), Benton
Co-Owner, Gesell’s Pump Sales & Service Inc., Whittington

2006 – CHRISTOPHER JOHNSON (’98), Valier
Distribution Center Manager, Walgreens, Mt. Vernon

2005 – BILL SHIELDS (MVCC ’58), Mt. Vernon
Assistant Professor/Workforce Ed Coordinator, Southern Illinois University – Carbondale

2004 – LINDA L. SANDERS (’82), Mt. Vernon
Warden, Federal Correctional Complex, Forrest City, AR 

2003 – DONALD H. DAME (’72 / ’76), Sesser
Vice President/Human Resources & Government Relations, Freeman unity Coal Mining Company

2002 – ROSE M. MYLES (’68), Mt. Vernon
Manager / Network Services, AT&T

2001 – CARL ROWLEY (’77), Sesser
Team Leader / Building Management Systems, Panduit Corporation

2000 – HOLLY McCANN (’76), Benton
Acting National Director, Internal Revenue Service Office of Interest and Penalty Administration

1999 – LAIRD D. WISELY (’71), Benton/Mt. Vernon
(Awarded posthumously)
Owner, Therapy Resource Associates & Physical Rehab Works

1998 – MARK MICHALIC (’78), West Frankfort
Special Agent, U.S. Department of the Treasury/Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms

1997 – JOHNATHAN W. THOMAS (’71), Sesser
CEO (Executive Dean), Ivy Tech State College, Madison/Lawrenceburg, IN

1996 – TIM WILLS (’84), Benton
Associate Professor of Health/A.D./Coach, RLC

1995 – COURTNEY COX (’72), Benton
Partner, Hart and Hart Attorneys-At-Law, Benton

1994 – FLO DUDLEY (’76), Bonnie
Retired elementary school teacher
Mt. Vernon City Schools District 80

1993 – SEN. J. BRADLEY BURZYNSKI (’79), Benton
Illinois State Senator / 35th District, Sycamore

1992 – CINDA CHULLEN (’79), Benton
Technical Manager, NASA’s Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX

1991 – CRAIG M. SINCLAIR (’74), Mt. Vernon
Vice President of Advertising, The Walgreen Company

1990 – GLORIA J. SLOAN-REEL (’74), McLeansboro
Product Brand Manager, Phone-Poulenc Ag Company, Research Triangle Park, NC

1989 – KEVIN DAVIS (’72), Mt. Vernon 
Comptroller/Treasurer, Rend Lake Conservancy District

Stage actress, St. Louis, and New York

1987 – DR. MARY KAY WITGES BENGTSON (’71), Scheller
Staff/Athletic Physician, N. Carolina State U.

1986 – DR. GARY R. SWEETEN (MVCC ’60), Ina
Minister of Christian Growth, College Hill Presbyterian Church, Cincinnati

1985 – DR. HALE E. RYDER JR. (MVCC ’58), Mt. Vernon
Professor of Economics/Director of Graduate Studies, Brown University

1984 – DR. LESLIE JOHNSON (’74), Thompsonville
Family Practitioner, Mt. Vernon (now in Peoria)

1983 – ROBERT L. BROWN (MVCC ’66), Mt. Vernon
Guidance Counselor, Mt. Vernon Township H.S./Part-time Rend Lake College GED Instructor

1982 – DAVID N. JUNKINS (’71), Mt. Vernon
Social Worker, Illinois Dept. of Children & Family Services

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Annual Scholarships

Adam Lee Lorance Memorial Art Scholarship

AGE Scholarship

Alyssa Dawn Lorance Memorial Theatre Scholarship

Amanda Peyton Memorial Scholarship

AMVETS SadSacks #10 Scholarship

Andrea Bradley Memorial Scholarship

Benton Lions Club Scholarship

Black Diamond Harley-Davidson Scholarship

Brenda Scarber Memorial Scholarship

BWC Past President's Business & Education Scholarship

Clifford A. & Mary E. Gunter Memorial Scholarship (SIU)

Community First Bank Scholarship

Continental Tire America Scholarship

Craig V. Rudofski Memorial Scholarship

Crossroads Community Hospital Scholarship

Crossroads Legacy Scholarship

Dave and Penny Severin Scholarship in Memory of Rowland Schwarz

David Scott Memorial Scholarship

Dora E. Brydon Scholarship

Dr. Charles and Mary Roe Scholarship

Eggemeyer Associates Architects Scholarship

Ellen Aston New Opportunities for Women Scholarship

Frankie Allan Minor Memorial Scholarship

Gene N. & Dortha Bailey Scholarship

George Cybulski Memorial Scholarship

Hamilton County Telephone Foundation Scholarship

Jane Waugh Memorial Scholarship

Jornd Family Scholarship

Joshua Hurst Memorial Scholarship

Kevin and Beth Pyatt Scholarship

Leeck Family Scholarship

Legence Bank Merit Scholarship

Legence Bank - Burt H. Rowe, Jr. Memorial Scholarship

Mathew Bodine Memorial Scholarship

Merritt and Ileeta Walker Philp Memorial Scholarship

Mr. A Scholarship

Mt. Vernon Gun & Sportsmanship Club Scholarship

Mt. Vernon Rotary - Noon Club Scholarship

Mt. Vernon Rotary - West Club Scholarship

Mt. Vernon Unitarian Universalist Scholarship

Murphy-Wall State Bank & Trust Co. STRIVE Award

Nina Peacock Art Scholarship

North Carolina Coal Institute, Inc. Scholarship

Oza Family Scholarship

Pinckneyville Chamber of Commerce Vocational Scholarship

Randall & Cretia Dauby Scholarship

Rend Lake Dental Scholarship

Rita Greer Busby Memorial Scholarship

RLC Advanced Technology Scholarship

RLC Automotive Car Show Scholarship

RLC Caring & Sharing Scholarship

RLC Criminal Justice Scholarship

RLC Culinary Arts Scholarship

RLC Financial Aid Department Scholarship

RLC Foundation Scholarship

RLC Helping Hand Scholarship

RLC Physical Plant Scholarship

RLC Theatre Scholarship

Rounds Family Scholarship

Sandy Jordan Scholarship

Shirley and Jerry Jenkins Memorial Nursing Scholarship

State Bank of Whittington Scholarship

The Armed Barber's Scholarship

The Frosty Mug Scholarship

The Manor at Mason Woods Scholarship

Tony Wielt State Farm Insurance Scholarship

Tri-County Electric Cooperative, Inc. Scholarship

Women United Scholarship

Endowed Scholarships & Challenge Grants

AJ Wellen Memorial Scholarship

Allen Trucking, LLC Scholarship

Allison Bash State Farm Scholarship

Andrea K. Boucher Memorial Scholarship

Ann M. Santoro Memorial Scholarship

Arnistine Tolbert Memorial Scholarship*

Austin-Welch Scholarship

Bank of Illinois Scholarship

Benton BPW Scholarship

Benton Lions Club Scholarship◊

Bert & Ruth Keelin Memorial Scholarship

Bill B. and Ruth O. Smith Memorial Scholarship

Blake Trout Memorial Scholarship*

Brad and Brian Evilsizer Memorial Scholarship◊

Brad Evilsizer Memorial Scholarship

Brandon Dame Memorial Scholarship*

Brian C. Fleri Memorial Scholarship

Busby Family Scholarship

Caldwell Family Memorial Scholarship

Carlos and Bonnie Tolbert Scholarship*

Charles and Martha Dee Ritchey Memorial Scholarship

Christian Chapel Church Scholarship*

Clara A. Crocker Brown Family Endowment

Clayton Charles Ragland Memorial Scholarship◊

Cletis and Imogene Reed Memorial (Vocational & Business) Scholarships

Clifton Caldwell Memorial Scholarship Endowment

Coach Jim Waugh Memorial Scholarship

Coach Mike McClure Memorial Scholarship

Coach Wayne Arnold Scholarship

Continental Tire the Americas LLC Scholarship

Craig V. Rudofski Memorial Scholarship*

CTA Pathway to Success Scholarship

Curtis Smith Memorial Scholarship

Dallas Carl and Anna Mae Bargesser Nursing Scholarship*

David E. Hill, M.D. Scholarship

Delta Theta Tau Vermadel M. Wood Scholarship

Donald "Digger" Donelson Memorial Scholarship

Donald E. Peacock Nursing Scholarship*

Doris Welch Nursing Scholarship

Doug Leeck Memorial Scholarship

Douglas S. Carlson Memorial Scholarship

Dr. Allen Y. Baker Scholarship

Dr. Charles and Mary Roe Scholarship

Dr. Evelyn E. Claxton Memorial Art Scholarship

Dr. Gary Sweeten Isaiah 61 Scholarship

Dr. Leslie Johnson / Ed Kownacki Scholarship

Dr. Oliver D. Spitler Memorial Scholarship

Dr. Richard Doherty Scholarship

Dr. Robert and Marilyn Parks Scholarship*

Dr. Warren E. Petty Memorial Scholarship

Drew Family Scholarship

Emil Perpich Family Memorial Scholarship

Everett “Boogie” and Dolores Ames Scholarship

First Cellular of Southern Illinois Scholarship

Franklin County Medical Society Scholarship

G. William “Billy” Rector Memorial Scholarship*

George / Anna Orshak and Paul / Bernice Petty Memorial*

Henry and Fern Peacock Nursing Scholarship

Housing Authority of Jefferson County Scholarship

Howard L. Payne Scholarship

Howard L. Payne Nursing Scholarship

Howard L. Payne Vocational Scholarship

Illinois Manufacturer’s Association Education Foundation Scholarship

International Police Association, Region 57 Scholarship

Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce Scholarship

Jim and Carole Mounier Golf Scholarship

Joe P. Boyle and Lois Ferne Boyle and His Ancestors Who Lived in

    Belle Rive Scholarship

John C. Riley IV Scholarship

John D. Whittington / Ada D. Whittington Scholarship

JRS Scholarship

Judge Roy O. Gulley Scholarship

Julie Trout Memorial Scholarship*

Karen L. Bertschi Memorial Scholarship

Keith Bauman Memorial Scholarship

Kelley Family Scholarship

Mark S. Kern Memorial Scholarship Endowment

Marvin Wilkerson Memorial Scholarship

Maurice Kirsch Memorial Scholarship

Mel Farlow Memorial Scholarship

Michael Dean Memorial Scholarship*

Mr. A Scholarship

Mt. Vernon Kiwanis Scholarship

NAPA John’s John H. Wininger Scholarship

Norma Harrell RN Scholarship

North Hamilton County Coal Association Scholarship

Pat Kern Endowment Scholarship

Polk Lodge No. 137 - McLeansboro Scholarship

Rachel R. Nielsen Engineering Scholarship

Ribella Palada Family Scholarship

RLC ADN Scholarship

RLC Foundation Student Scholarship

RLC Physical Plant Department Endowment Scholarship

RLC Students for Students Art Scholarship◊

RLCF Pathway to Success Scholarship

Robert and Rose Rice Scholarship

Rodney R. Rubenacker Memorial Scholarship

Rountree Family Scholarship

Rubenacker Family Scholarship*

Stan and Jean Koziara Scholarship

Stella M. Baker Scholarship

THF Keep on Learning Scholarship

Thomas B. Harrell Memorial Scholarship

Thomas J. and Leota L. Sweeten Christian Memorial Scholarship*

Timothy Keith Chamness Memorial Scholarship

Tommy Mundell Memorial Scholarship

Tony Wielt State Farm Insurance Scholarship

Trader/Kistner Family Farm Scholarship

Tri-County Electric Co-Op Scholarship

US Bank Scholarship

Venita Brinkley Memorial Scholarship

Victor and Betty Rapp Scholarship

Wayne Fitzgerrell Memorial Scholarship

Willard & Brandon Dame Memorial Scholarship

William Crawford Memorial Endowment

Zeigler United Methodist Scholarship


Minimum investment of $10,000

* indicates Challenge Grant II Scholarship

◊ indicates Endowment & Challenge Grant II Scholarships



Executive Director - Administrative Services
Phone Extension: 1243
Building: Administration
Office: 126
A.A. & A.S., John A. Logan College
RLC Foundation Assistant Director of Development
Phone Extension: 1214
Building: Student Center
Office: 210
B.A. Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Rend Lake College Foundation Development Coordinator
Phone Extension: 1324
Building: Student Center
Office: 202
B.S. McKendree University
RLC Foundation Major Gift Officer
Phone Extension: 1213
Building: Student Center
Office: 202
BA, Eastern Illinois University

Rend Lake College Foundation
Phone Number: (618) 437-5321 Ext. 1214
Email: [email protected]
Address: 468 N. Ken Gray Parkway, Ina, IL 62846 Attn: Foundation
Fax Number: (618) 437-5677 Attn: Foundation