TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — A local couple has invested $50,000 in Ivy Tech Community College, it was announced Monday in a news release.
Linc and Kathy Hobbs of Terre Haute, Ind., made the $50,000 donation in order to significantly impact the graduation and career outcomes of Ivy Tech students, the release said. Their gift will assist in the growth of existing scholarship programs and will help develop new structures for supporting Ivy Tech Terre Haute scholarship recipients.
In spring 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted many people’s lives, Linc and Kathy established a new habit of taking daily walks throughout Terre Haute. When they walked the paths surrounding Ivy Tech’s campus, they began discussing the college’s role in the community.
“With both of us nearing retirement, we wanted to make a difference within our community,” Linc Hobbs said. “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,” Hobbs continued. “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.”
The Hobbs’ gift will fund ten additional students to receive the Ivy Tech Thrive On! Scholarship. The scholarship, established by Steve and Lori Danielson, will now support 20 recipients annually for the next two years.
Additionally, Linc and Kathy Hobbs have worked with campus leadership to develop a model for expanding career guidance and mentorship opportunities to Ivy Tech scholarship recipients.
“The Hobbses’ commitment will help students distinguish clear pathways toward graduation and employment,” Dr. Lea Anne Crooks, Ivy Tech Terre Haute Chancellor, said. “Their foresight in recognizing this need will also benefit local employers, as approximately 85% of Ivy Tech Terre Haute graduates stay within the Wabash Valley after graduation.”