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January 24, 2023

Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation announces the Diane Siemer Scholarship is open for applications

(EFFINGHAM, Illinois – January 24, 2023) Applications for the Diane Siemer Scholarship are now available from Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation. The Diane Siemer Scholarship is open to all GED (General Equivalency Diploma) and Pathways graduates living in Effingham County.

Students can view eligibility details and apply for this scholarship by visiting The deadline for application is 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14, 2023.

Qualified applicants must reside in Effingham County and have received a GED certificate. Multiple scholarships up to $2,500 each are available to full-time students who will attend any college, university, or vocational/technical school. Applicants planning to attend Lake Land College will be given preferential funding. Previous recipients may apply for additional awards.

Diane Siemer taught GED classes for 25 years at Lake Land College, helping more than 500 students obtain their GED certificates. This scholarship honors her passion for education.

The Diane Siemer Scholarship is a fund of the Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation. For more information, contact Kristen Bertrand, Program Officer, 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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