Gary and Deborah Dahl of Peru recently made a $20,000 donation to the Illinois Valley Community College Foundation for scholarships for single parents and an additional $5,000 to support students in the GED program.
The scholarship will provide four $1,000 awards annually to single parents seeking a better life through a college education. The $5,000 gift will assist individuals pursuing their High School Equivalency (HSE) or GED through IVCC’s Adult Education department.
The Dahl’s already provide five nursing scholarships and have been major donors to college fundraising campaigns and Foundation initiatives. Mr. Dahl, a former State Senator, was instrumental in IVCC receiving 75 percent state funding for construction of the Peter Miller Community Technology Center that opened five years ago.
“Gary and Deb are among our college’s most generous friends, often seeking ways to assist industrious students who need a little help in financing their education,” said IVCC President Jerry Corcoran. “They’ve been critically important to many of the major milestones we’ve achieved for students over the past decade and more.”