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Friends of McHenry County College Foundation Raises More Than $1.4 Million for Student Scholarships

The Friends of McHenry County College (MCC) Foundation has raised more than $1.4 million for student scholarships as part of their recent Scot Success Scholarship Challenge. The Challenge, which started with a $500,000 donation from a generous lead donor, invited individuals to make donations that would be matched dollar for dollar, up to $500,000.

The goal of the campaign was to create a new scholarship, the “MCC Scot Success Scholarship,” and use the funds to distribute a minimum of $100,000 additional scholarship dollars per year over the next 10 years to students in need. The new scholarship would exist in addition to the scholarships already available to MCC students, which awarded more than $390,000 to over 400 students in 2020.

“Scholarships available through our generous donors can be the difference between a student continuing their education or not, often due to financial constraints,” said Brian DiBona, Executive Director of the Foundation. “With the global pandemic increasing this need, removing financial barriers to education is more important than ever. Our job is simply not done until we find a way to award a scholarship to every student who applies and demonstrates need.”

The campaign started with a goal of raising $1 million, but the initial response was so generous that the Foundation increased the goal to $1.5 million.

“We’re so close to reaching our goal, and we’re asking for additional donations to help us reach that milestone,” said DiBona. “Our ability to support students’ success is possible only through the ongoing generosity and partnership we receive from our community. We are so grateful to be able to help our students in this way.”

As the Foundation has already met their $500,000 match, any additional donations will not be matched, but will still help them reach their overall goal for the campaign.

To donate to the Scot Success Scholarship Challenge, visit or call the Friends of MCC Foundation at (815) 455-8721.