Heartland Community College receives large Valentine's gift

By WEEK Producer

Heartland Community College receives large Valentine's gift

February 14, 2013 Updated Oct 28, 2013 at 2:22 AM CDT

NORMAL, Ill. -- Heartland Community College received a Valentine's Day gift on behalf of the students there. The gift? $1.5 million.

State Farm Companies Foundation made the donation, which is intended to provide scholarships for students who cannot afford tuition.

State Farm executives said the gift will go to students studying technology.

Republican State Representative Dan Brady said the gift comes at a time when Illinois is taking its time to deliver on state aid for community colleges.

"We're trying to keep our tuition costs as reasonable as possible, but with the challenging state support situation, then we always have to balance that in our tuition and fees. By providing and focusing on scholarships, then this helps make college more affordable for the students," said President of the Heartland Community College, Dr. Allen Goben.

State Farm officials said it is important for them to develop pathways to careers within the community.

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