Tina Besserman Joins Foundation Board
estate broker Tina Besserman of Granite City has been named to the Southwestern
Illinois College Foundation Board. As a board member, she will support the
Foundation’s efforts to provide special educational and cultural activities
that are not part of the college budget.
Besserman is heavily involved in
community service and volunteer work. She is a member of the Granite City
Rotary Club and Granite City Chamber of Commerce. She received the rotary’s Paul
Harris Fellow award and has served as president of the Granite City Optimists. She
actively participates in their annual Camelot Auction, which she chaired for
She has a great interest in youth, and
has been recognized by the Boy Scouts for her leadership skills. She also took part
in the first CEO Entrepreneur Program with the Granite City High School.
She also currently serves as a
commissioner on the Granite City Housing Authority’s board and works closely
with the city economic developer on addressing needs for housing in Granite
Besserman and her husband, Jerry,
reside in Granite City and have one son, Matthew, who resides in Mt. Vernon.
Gifts to the Foundation
The SWIC Foundation Board and Foundation staff thank those who have donated to help students pursue their education and to enhance the college.
Contribute online using our
secure donation form or mail a completed
donation form along with your check to:
Southwestern Illinois College Foundation
2500 Carlyle Avenue
Belleville, IL 62221
Your gifts mean the world to our students. See what they have to say about their donor's generosity.
"Your generosity and support has inspired me to help others and give back to my community. I cannot wait to begin impacting others in my community the way you have impacted me." – DeAnna D, Mel and Janet Wilmsmeyer Scholarship
"Without your help, I would have had to spend much more time working my part-time job as a grocery store stock clerk to finance my education." – Jarad H., Robert E. Becker Memorial Scholarship
"Receiving this scholarship brought tears to my eyes. It motivates me to maintain my momentum and complete my degree. I look forward to giving back to the community once I begin my career in nursing." – Crystal R., Evelyn Lawson Reinhart, R.N., Memorial Scholarship
Employee Giving Campaign
Thanks to all SWIC employees who donated to the 2016 Employee Giving Campaign. Totals are being tallied. Check back soon for the grand total.
See the winners of 2016 Employee Giving Campaign "Surf-prizes."
Apply for scholarships
The Foundation is now accepting applications for scholarships to be awarded for the Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 semesters. Completing one application gains you access to more than 250 scholarships awarded by the Foundation. Individuals are considered for all eligible scholarships based on the information provided in the application.
Apply online today! Scholarship applications are accepted throughout the year; however, for best opportunities, complete your application by Tuesday, March 1. If you are selected for a Foundation scholarship, you will be notified through your SWIC email.
See the application checklist and list of scholarships.
Check out other available scholarships at SWIC.
1 application = access to > 250 scholarships
The Southwestern Illinois College Foundation exists to maintain and enhance the quality of life by developing friends and funds for support of the educational cultural and service goals of Southwestern Illinois College.
The SWIC Foundation promotes excellence by securing gifts for special educational and cultural activities that are not part of the college budget.
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This name should be used in all legal documents. Gifts to the Southwestern Illinois College Foundation qualify as charitable contributions to an IRS Section 501 (C)(3) organization for federal estate and gift tax purposes.