As part of a partnership which already provides scholarships to Rend Lake College students, Bob Bornheimer is a perfect fit for the RLC Foundation Board of Directors.

Bornheimer, who recently assumed a seat on the RLCF Board, and his wife Mary have partnered with State Farm Insurance for the past two years to provide the Sue Roundtree Memorial Scholarship. The $3,000 award is aimed at students planning to transfer to a four-year university and preference is given to education and business majors, although a major “could be anything for the right candidate,” Bornheimer said.

Bornheimer was an agent for State Farm for four years in McLeansboro before being promoted to his current position in agent recruitment. He recruits, hires and develops new State Farm agents from St. Louis and Indianapolis south in Illinois and Indiana.

Bob and Mary Bornheimer are both Rend Lake College graduates. Mary Bornheimer is Interim Dean of Students at RLC.

“With both of us being Rend Lake College graduates, we have seen that it is important for the region to have a college like RLC,” Bob Bornheimer said. “We want the college to be here for people to enjoy and benefit from. We want students to be able to attend college inexpensively and without a lot of travel.”

“Bob strengthens the Rend Lake College Foundation with his expertise from insurance-related fields,” said Pat Mitchell, Chief Executive Officer of the RLCF. “He also brings with him additional representation to the board from the Hamilton County area.”

The Bornheimers have been married for 12 years and reside in McLeansboro.

The Rend Lake College Foundation provides a financial structure for soliciting, holding and administering privately donated funds and gifts for the college’s benefit, with a primary focus on student scholarships. The Foundation has been responsible for such projects as completing the Aquatics Center on-campus and the creation of the RLCF Children’s Center, as well as the initiation of the Institute for Learning in Retirement Program.

Bornheimer joins Board President Hunt Bonan (McLeansboro), Vice-President Jim Kelly (Sesser), Secretary Mark Ballard (Mt. Vernon), RLC President Mark S. Kern, RLCF CEO Pat Mitchell, Terry Addington (Mt. Vernon), Wayne Asberry (Nashville), David Beehn (Wayne City), Millie Caldwell (Christopher), Leo Childers (Mt. Vernon), Hank Eisenga (Mt. Vernon), Jo Ann Joy (Ina), Steve Lawrence (Mt. Vernon), Sam Mateer (Mt. Vernon), Dr. Robert Parks (Mt. Vernon), Howard Payne (Benton), Dr. Warren Petty (Benton), Bill Regenhardt (Mt. Vernon), Dr. Charles “Bill” Roe (Pinckneyville), Randy Rubenacker (Dahlgren), George Slankard (Sesser), Dr. Gene Stotlar (Pinckneyville) and Rich Yunkus (Benton).

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