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June 3, 2024

Recipients announced for the 2024 Diane Siemer Scholarship

Pictured from L to R: Shelby Williams, Joshua Duke, Jesse Stevenson; second row- Amber Roan, Gaige Schlanser

(EFFINGHAM, Illinois – June 3, 2024) Shelby Williams, Joshua Duke, Jesse Stevenson, Amber Roan  and Gaige Schlanser were named recipients of the 2024 Diane Siemer Scholarship. Each recipient has been awarded $4,000 for the 2024-25 school year.

Shelby Williams will be attending Lake Land College pursuing a degree in psychology. Joshua Duke is pursuing Network Administration at Lake Land College. Amber Roan is pursuing an English Degree and Gaige Schlanser attends Lake Land College pursuing a broadcasting degree.  Jesse Stevenson attends Lake Land College pursuing an associate degree in psychology.

The Diane Siemer Scholarship was established to perpetuate higher educational opportunities for General Equivalency Diploma (GED) or a High School Diploma through a Pathways class in Effingham County.  GED graduates or Pathways graduates may apply. They must be a resident of Effingham County pursuing a certification program, a two-year associate degree, a four-year college degree, or a vocational/technical school certification at Lake Land College. Awardees of this scholarship are given preference each year until the completion of their education. This scholarship was established by Diane Siemer’s family in honor of her long career in education.

Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation manages more than 200 funds for the immediate and long-term benefit of communities in southeastern Illinois. For more information, contact Alex Pleasant, President/CEO of Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation at 217.342.4988 or


Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation was established in 2009 as a result of a merger between Effingham County Community Foundation (est. 1999) and Mattoon Area Community Foundation (est. 1980). Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization managing permanent and non-permanent assets for the long-term benefit of communities in southeastern Illinois.


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