What to Support

Thank you for believing in me. For putting your faith in me.

Edy Molina, scholarship recipient

Give the Gift of Education

You can make college possible for students by supporting the ECC Foundation today! Your gift not only provides scholarships, but also rewards innovation, acknowledges academic excellence, and helps sustain and grow academic programs that keep our community strong.

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Thanks to the generosity of donors like you, hundreds of students have been positively impacted through the gift of education.

The ECC Foundation provides a number of pathways through which you can support ECC students and programs, including:

Student Success Fund

Our Emergency Student Relief Fund has been completed and we have re-named our emergency fund the Student Success Fund in recognition that every student deserves to be successful in their pursuit of education. To that end, we are grateful for our community’s ongoing support! Organizations like Motorola Solutions and Union Pacific Foundation have stepped up to assist in our efforts to ensure that all students can be successful.

Elgin Community College has been successful in moving forward with our plan to gradually reopen our campus to select employees and students. You can continue to support the ECC Foundation Student Success Fund.

Thank you!

Resources for Excellence Annual Fund

Your unrestricted gift to the annual fund supports the areas of greatest need, including emergency assistance for students and mini-grants for innovative projects. Emergency assistance provided special equipment for a disabled student, replaced textbooks lost in a house fire, covered fees for proficiency and licensure exams for GED® and new nursing graduates who would not have otherwise been able to afford them, and more. Mini-grants have been used to launch a free dental clinic led by area dentists and staffed by students to serve under and uninsured students, underwrite student leadership development, create dialogue around diversity, support study abroad opportunities for culinary students, and more.

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You can donate to an existing scholarship, or for as little as $3,000, you can create a named scholarship. Over 175 named scholarships provide support for students on an annual basis, including the ECC Foundation General Scholarship Fund. More than half of these funds are endowed, ensuring permanent funding in the donor’s name to qualifying students. Due to drastic reductions and the elimination of some need-based government education grants for students, scholarship support is more important now than ever. Our 8,000+ students need your help to continue their education.

Invest in Our Students: Support the ECC Alumni Association Scholarship

Available to children or siblings of an ECC alumnus who are enrolled at the college and require financial assistance to attend. Learn more about Scholarship Opportunities at ECC

Program Funds

Your gift can be designated to an academic program fund to support areas such as the acquisition of updated or new equipment essential to the curriculum, student participation in professional conferences, and experiential learning opportunities. 

Purses with Purpose: Empowering Women through Education

Launched in 2012, Purses with Purpose is a membership-based giving circle that offers women in our community the opportunity to support other women who want to better themselves through education. Scholarships awarded to date total over $65,000. Members and scholarship recipients gather several times during the year for educational and social events. Learn more about Purses with Purpose