Lake Land College Foundation receives largest cash donation yet


Mattoon, IL-(Radio Effingham)- The Lake Land College Foundation recently received its largest cash donation in the organization’s history. The $1.7 million donation was made to benefit Shelby County students from the Cecil Paul and Marjorie Wilson Davis estate.

“This life-changing gift will positively impact the lives of hundreds of Shelby County students through traditional scholarships, dual credit and dual enrollment opportunities,” said College Advancement Executive Director Christi Donsbach.

Cecil Paul and Marjorie Wilson Davis were very involved in their communities and professions and wanted to be able to give back by creating opportunities for Shelby County residents to pursue a college education.

Paul Davis enlisted in the United States Navy in 1944 as a member of the board of the destroyer and radar picket ship Herbert J Thomas DD 833. Davis later graduated from the University of Illinois in 1950 with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture.

After working at Smith-Douglas Fertilizer in Streator for several years, Davis moved to Gibson City in 1960 and began farming in 1962. Davis married Marjorie Wilson on June 28, 1970 and retired in 1991.

Marjorie Wilson Davis was born in rural Windsor and graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 1951. After teaching English for 24 years at Stephen Decatur High School and Champaign Central High School in Urbana, Wilson Davis has been a professional member of Delta Kappa Gamma, Honorary for Women Educators, KAUW, and National Council of Teachers of English of which she served as Secretary of State for five years.

Also co-teacher in charge of summer travel studies in Europe for high school students, Wilson Davis was an active member of the Dix Unit of Homemakers Extension and the Guthrie Club.

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Lake Land College District 517, located in Mattoon, Illinois, serves the second largest community college district in the state, with a total population of 189,869. The Lake Land College District comprises all or part of 15 counties and 31 public school districts in rural east central Illinois. Counties served by Lake Land College include: Christian, Clark, Clay, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper, Macon, Montgomery, Moultrie and Shelby.


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