Monday, December 9, 2013

Koch: Scholarship contributions invest in students' futures

The following is a part of a guest column written by UIS Chancellor Susan J. Koch. It was published in the December 8, 2013 edition of The State Journal-Register.

"December is a time of year when acts of generosity are perhaps more visible than usual; but, as chancellor of the Springfield campus of the University of Illinois, I see the very tangible impact of generosity every day all year round. The generosity I’m talking about is that of the friends, alumni and supporters of our university who invest in talented students by providing them with scholarships to attend college.

According to a recent “Who Pays” analysis, only about one-third of undergraduate students who attend UIS are able to pay for college using their own family resources. For the other two-thirds, the greatest obstacle to attaining a college degree is financial. It is a scholarship provided by a generous donor that makes all the difference."

Read the full column on the SJ-R website