Foundation Logo 

2016-2017 Employee Giving Campaign

Together we can make a difference!

Faculty and Staff Give Back

In celebration of SWIC’s 70th anniversary, the Foundation has launched the How Big Can You Dream? Campaign. With a $3 million goal, the campaign focuses on raising funds aimed at promoting student success through increased scholarship awards, enhancement grant opportunities, and program assistance outside the college’s normal operating budget.

In support of these initiatives, we are asking you to participate in our
2016-2017 Employee Giving Campaign. This is a great way to bring our community together to support something we all care passionately about - our students and SWIC! Participation is our goal and together we can help put our students’ BIG dreams within reach. There are many opportunities to give!


The Power of Enhancement Grants

Dollars raised through the Employee Giving Campaign fund proposals that benefit students, faculty and staff. SWIC Foundation Enhancement Grants fund programs and initiatives that enrich student learning and educational environment.

Kids’ Club children learn about art through multi-cultural, sustainable, hands-on arts education activities. SWIC students receive career-related experience in planning and implementing arts education programming into curriculum thanks to this program. It’s win-win!

Students meet cutting-edge technology; world meet students learning to work in an increasingly mobile world. Web design students are using iPads, Adobe Ink and Slide and new mobile applications to design better websites for mobile formats. These tools enhance the students’ creative process.

Art Nouveau and French cuisine, film, language and music filled the William and Florence Schmidt Art Center when it hosted Une Soirée à la Schmidt for students. The art and culture night immersed students in all things French – silent short films, a St. Louis-based band specializing in French music, French hors d’oeuvres and coffee, a game to practice language and an Art Nouveau-style photo booth. No jet lag here!

SWIC credit and Adult Education high school equivalency certification students learn how to position themselves as the solution to a hiring manager’s needs thanks to a workshop presented by the Southwestern Illinois workNet Center. Grant funds allow the center to give each student “The Job Hunting Handbook” that gives step-by-step guidance and strategies they can use to win job offers.

Special Programs

The Soup Program offers a cup of soup and a box of raisins to students having financial difficulty. For less than $50 per week, program organizers can provide 150 hearty cups of soup to students in need. Here’s what students say about this program:

“It means having at least one filling meal a day when I would otherwise go hungry.

“If you are hungry, you can’t think or focus and it is difficult to focus on your work.”

“Sometimes I don’t have money for food. The Soup Program is very helpful.”

Gifts to Blue Storm provide financial assistance for tuition, books and housing for athletes.

“On behalf of every SWIC student-athlete, thank you for supporting the Blue Storm – a program that does your community proud ... on the field and in the classroom. The lifelong lessons they gain from their dedication to excellence, teamwork and respect for the competition and their education are invaluable.” – Athletic Director Mike Juenger

Student Testimonials

“The gift of a scholarship is priceless to me...Thank you so much for the gift of the scholarship and making the journey easier for this single mom.” – Julia C., St. Clair County Medical Society Alliance Scholarship

“The financial cost of school can be overwhelming at times, but because of your donation I am able to focus on pursuing my dreams.” Paige T., Dr. Ed Brady Memorial Scholarship