Program Enhancements

Each year the Kishwaukee College Foundation provides funds to over 25 College Departments and programs. These dollars are in addition to the departments' regular budgets and were designed to provide a margin of excellence. The following are just some of the programs that receive these funds.


AG Communications

Each year the Foundation provides funding for the Electronics Department through an endowment from AG Communications. AG Communication Corporation of Genoa created this program before relocating to Arizona.

Champions for Students

The Champions for Students fund provides financial assistance for low-income students who are currently enrolled, demonstrate academic progress and are in the low-income status based on poverty guidelines. It covers items in the following categories: GED registration, Child care stipends or reimbursements, food cards, applications for US Citizenship, transportation costs, medical costs or emergency housing.


Student receiving booksText Book Loan Program

The Text Book Loan Program provides aid to nontraditional career, economically disadvantaged, single-parents or displaced homemakers. The program assists these students in reducing the burden of increasingly high college textbook expenses.


3M Engineering, Math, & Science Academy (EMSA)

The 3M Corporation established this fund to provide assistance to students who will be pursuing a degree in the engineering field.

PTK Student lighting candles

Dr. Norman Jenkins Endowment

Created in honor of past Kishwaukee College president Norman Jenkins, this fund provides assistance to the Phi Theta Kappa (PKT) for travel and for student awards.

The Terry & Sherrie Martin Endowment

Strong supporters of education, Terry & Sherrie Martin provide funds for Phi Theta Kappa activities.

KCF Library Endowment

The Kishwaukee College Foundation's first fundraising event was in 1970's and raised over $500,000 to expand the Kishwaukee College Library. Today, this endowment continues to provide the dollars necessary to keep the Library's information cutting edge.

Leifheit Literacy

This fund generates dollars to support Adult & Family Literacy programs at Kishwaukee College. The fund was created by Marty Leifheit who was a pioneer in developing and teaching adult literacy in DeKalb County.

Lifelong Learning

The Lifelong Learning fund generates dollars to help support non-credited classes through the Continuing Education programs.

Lucille Matteson General Endowment

Lucille Matteson created this endowment to provide gap funding for those who are attending Kishwaukee College but whose funds may fall short due to extenuating circumstances. This fund also provides funding for the Annual Big Read activities.

The National Bank & Trust Company

The National Bank & Trust Company created this fund to provide not-for-profit, non-governmental, social service agencies the ability to utilize the services at the Kishwaukee College Center for Business Development at no cost to the agency.

Class room students

Roberts Family Foundation

This fund supports the Kishwaukee College Learning for Life Program. The program offers clients educational classes and experiences designed to develop cognitive and interpersonal skills. In November of 2012, nine Opportunity House clients fulfilled the requirements to earn a Certificate of Completion in the program.

Opportunity House Graduates

Robert & Norma Wilderadt Endowment

This fund is used for equipment or other needs of the Aviation program at Kishwaukee College. It is the donors hope that this will encourage and help students learn how to fly.

Aviation Students

Dorothy Englehart Endowment

Dorothy Englehart gave this fund so that the College would always have some dollars for buildings and equipment. This fund provided for preliminary construction studies for the new student center.

Student Center Construction

KishHealth Systems Endowment

The KishHealth System endowment increases the margin of excellence for Nursing Instructors.

Nursing Students

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