A crowd estimated at 470 scholarship recipients, donors, family members and college staff attended the 23rd annual Illinois Valley Community College Foundation Scholarship Recognition Reception recently in the gym.
The event honored many of the 268 students receiving scholarships in 2019-20 and the donors who made the awards possible.
Bud Matthews of Brookfield, Wis., who along with his wife Sandy created a scholarship for Hall High School graduates, delivered the keynote address. In 1976, Matthews was recruited by IVCC football coach Vince McMahon and played two seasons for the Apaches before earning a football scholarship to Wayne State in Nebraska.
He would go on to bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration and a 38-year career with Hormel and Smithfield Foods, retiring in December as a Senior Vice President.
At age 16, Matthews lost his father and did the bare minimum academically to stay eligible for football. He recalled the pivotal moment senior year he met McMahon.