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Tina Besserman Joins Foundation Board

Real 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 many years.  

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 City.    

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

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Our Mission

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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Our official corporate name is Southwestern Illinois College Foundation.

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.