Bert Eades, Ikea Industry Danville site manager (right), presents a check for $200,000 in scholarships to Shannon Hair, Danville Community College's vice president of institutional advancement and development.

Special to the Register & Bee

Danville Community College announced recently that Ikea Industry endowed $200,000 in scholarships for DCC students.

“We wanted to give our former coworkers the opportunity to continue growing and developing, while creating the best preparation for jobs that require higher skills,” said Ikea Industry Danville site manager Bert Eades. “We also believe this donation will support the local community to continue producing a highly skilled workforce.”

The endowment will provide two annual scholarships, which will cover full-time tuition, books and fees, beginning in the fall semester.

“This generous donation will primarily benefit displaced former Ikea Industry coworkers, their spouses, and descendants who wish to train in integrated machining, electrical/electronics, maintenance and manufacturing, automation and robotics, or precision machining,” said DCC President Jackie Gill Powell.

“These scholarships will eliminate barriers to higher education for students who demonstrate financial need and show concern for others.”

Scholarship recipients will perform community service at either the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Danville Area, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Danville Area or the Danville Science Center to make a positive impact on the community.

“DCC has been a partner with Ikea Industry for skilled workforce training for over a decade. The DCC Educational Foundation appreciates IKEA Industry’s financial investment in our future students which will allow these students to receive cutting-edge industry and workforce training at DCC for many years to come,” said Shannon Hair, DCC vice president of institutional advancement and development and DCC’s educational foundation executive director.

The basis of selection for the scholarships will be scholastic achievement, financial need and good citizenship.

In order to receive the scholarship after the first semester, the student must maintain a 3.0 grade point average.

Former Ikea Industry co-workers, their spouses and descendants are encouraged to apply for the newly created scholarships at danville.edu/DCCEFscholarships.

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