A Terre Haute couple has made a $50,000 gift to help students at Ivy Tech Community College. The school says Linc and Kathy Hobbs made the donation to help grow existing scholarship programs to also include adult and non-traditional students.
The Hobbs’ say the beginning of the pandemic saw them take daily walks near Ivy Tech’s Terre Haute campus, which spurred discussion on the college’s role in the community.
“With both of us nearing retirement, we wanted to make a difference within our community. We prayed about this for a period of time and were led to the Ivy Tech campus numerous times. We both wanted to have a hands-on approach to helping students. We look forward to helping where we can. We also want to encourage any person in this community to help the next generation through a financial commitment or to get involved in a student’s life,” said Linc Hobbs.
Ivy Tech says the Hobbs’ gift will help fund 10 more students to receive the Ivy Tech Thrive On! Scholarship, which was established by Steve and Lori Danielson and will now support 20 students annually for the next two years. Students receive $1,000 living stipends, which can be renewed for up to two years, and be involved in Ivy Tech leadership development programs. The school says the couple’s gift expands eligibility to adult, non-traditional students.
Ivy Tech says more than $300,000 will be awarded to Ivy Tech Terre Haute students this academic year.