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Southwestern Illinois College Distinguished Alumni

Antoinette Hayes-Triplett ’92

Antoinette Hayes-Triplett has dedicated her life to removing barriers and giving second chances to thousands of our nation’s most vulnerable citizens. After serving her country in the United States Air Force and finishing up her degree from SWIC (AA ’92 – formerly Belleville Area College), she found her first civilian job at the Women’s Crisis Center. This opportunity jump-started her passion for serving others.

She went on to become the City Planning Executive in St. Louis where she developed numerous programs to assist the homeless; and now as the CEO of Tampa Hillsborough Homeless Initiative she leads Tampa and Hillsborough County’s strategic plan on the issue of homelessness. Her belief that education can impact generations of people and someday help end poverty, led her to establish six $1,000 scholarships for East St. Louis High School graduates attending an Associate in Applied Science Degree program at SWIC.

Ms. Hayes-Triplett continues to provide a leg up to individuals who may not otherwise have an opportunity to earn a college education. “From my family’s experiences, we know that determination, a small investment and higher education at an institution such as SWIC can impact multiple generations. Our scholarships are based on the notion that a two-year degree can provide great career opportunities to children that reside within the 89 blocks of East St. Louis.”

  • Sgt. Jon J. Brough Sr. ’86
  • Gary Harbison, ‘98
  • Stephen Otten ‘11
  • Dr. Dennis G. Hall `68
  • Dawn M. Mushill `90
  • Daniel C. Dobbins `79
  • James F. Allsup `76
  • Jennifer C. Filyaw `94
  • Rev. Dr. Donald C. Wagner `82
  • Barbara Constance `80
  • Dr. Georgina L. Herzberg `63
  • Kathleen L. Liefer `82
  • Louis V. Hencken `64
  • Andrew B. Connor `76
  • Taylor Pensoneau `60
  • Kimberly Shaw Elliott `74
  • Ronald L. Selph `75
  • Terry L. Lengfelder `59
  • Glenn S. McCoy `85
  • Robert H. Graebe `49
  • Kenneth E. Travous `71
  • David M. Detrich `78
  • Sheriff Mearl J. Justus `76, `83
  • Dr. A. Thomas Amlung `66
  • William S. Badgley `56
  • Karen E. Sneddon `75
  • U.S. Representative Jerry F. Costello `71

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