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Pontiac golf event raised $42k for Heartland scholarships

July 19, 2022

Golfers and sponsors have raised $42,000 for Livingston County students to attend Heartland Community College. 

The 14th Annual Heartland Community College Foundation Scoring FORE Scholarship event was held on June 3 at The Oaks at River’s Edge in Pontiac. Thirty-three teams participated in the event. All funds raised from the event are targeted to support access and learning opportunities for Livingston County students. 

“We’re extremely grateful for the support of our primary event sponsor, the Caterpillar Pontiac facility, and the over 30 other sponsors and others who have made an investment in the future of Livingston County students,” said Chris Downing, Executive Director of the Heartland Foundation. 

Scoring FORE Scholarships, which is developed in partnership with Caterpillar, has impacted the lives of 61 students with more than $327,500 in scholarship support since 2006. 

Funds raised at the event will provide full-ride scholarships and book stipends to eight students from Livingston County as they pursue their educational dreams while studying math, business, science, technology and pre-engineering.  

The support will also make it possible for every junior high student in Livingston County to experience a Challenger Learning Center mission on the campus of Heartland Community College. More than 500 students will field trip to the Challenger Learning Center to inspire interest in STEM-related learning, responsibility, teamwork and problem solving. 

“It is a privilege and pleasure to be part of an event that impacts the lives of students,” said Mike Pickell, Caterpillar Fuel Systems Product Manager. “I have a great appreciation for the people and relationships that are connected to this event including community partners, business partners and very deserving scholarship recipients.” 

Other sponsors of this year’s Scoring FORE Scholarship event are: 

Adrian's Shoes & Repair, Advanced Technology Services, American Micro Products, Inc., Bank of Pontiac, Blackhawk Industrial, Brenntag Mid-South, Inc., Camcraft, Inc., DMG MORI USA INC., Engineered Machined Products, Inc. (EMP), EnviroServe, Inc., GA Precision, Golner Precision Products, Hitchcock Scrap Yard, Inc., Jake's Inc., JTEKT North America, Kennametal, Inc., Kirby Risk Electrical Supply, Laser Precision, Lozier Oil Company, Micron USA, Inc., Monaghan Tooling Group, Motion Industries, OSF HealthCare Saint James - John W. Albrecht Medical Center, Pontiac McDonald's, Prairie Plastics, Putnam County Painting, Inc., Reinhart Grounds Maintenance, Sonplas GmbH, Sunnen Products Company, Vonachen Services, Inc., and WM Sustainability Services. 

There are a wide variety of Foundation scholarships available for students including those entering high-demand fields, experiencing financial need, high achieving learners, and for those who are the first member of their family to attend college.

Written by: Steve Fast