Goodwill makes $18,000 scholarship donation

Brian Reck, President of the board of Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois, today presented Illinois Valley Community College’s Foundation with an $18,000 donation to provide scholarships for students with disabilities.

The donation is made possible through Goodwill’s “Round Up at the Register” program wherein customers round up their purchases to the next dollar at checkout. A total of $144,000 was raised from 11 stores, including Ottawa’s Goodwill, to fund scholarships at IVCC and six other community colleges.

“This is a special day for us,” said Reck. “It shows the power of nickels and dimes and how quickly they add up.”

A $10,500 Goodwill “Round Up” donation to IVCC in 2016 established an endowment to cover students’ tuition, books and supplies. Recipients must have a physical, learning or mental disability documented by IVCC’s Disability Services Office.

Goodwill donated $5,000 to fund scholarships for five students in 2015 and has donated a total of $33,500 to IVCC over the past three years. Since 2012, ten IVCC students have received a total of $9,000 through Goodwill.

“Goodwill is a remarkably effective and generous organization that puts all its sales back into the communities it serves,” said IVCC President Jerry Corcoran. “Goodwill believes investing in community colleges is an effective way of expanding its mission.

“These awards strengthen our already exceptional Disability Services Office led by Tina Hardy,” Corcoran added.

The Goodwill organization, headquartered in Rockford, covers 18 counties in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. Forbes magazine named Goodwill Industries International one of the nation’s top 10 largest charities and one of America’s 20 most inspiring companies.

IVCC’s fall semester begins Aug. 16. For information about creating a scholarship with the Foundation, call (815) 224-0466.