New Scholarship Applications are now Available....Applications Due March 6, 2020

Clinton Community Educational Foundation

Needs your help with offering Enriching & Innovative Learning Opportunities for  the Classrooms & Students of CUSD15

Recognition Wall at CHS Sports Entrance

Recognition Wall - Many Sizes Still Available

How to Request an Engraving......

Your visible commitment to education is a legacy that will live on...

Please help us continue the important work of the Foundation by donating a granite brick for the Recognition Wall.  Donate a brick for yourself, in honor of someone or something special to you, your business or club, or as a perfect gift for someone special.  With your help, this project will:

Give recognition to individuals and groups in a lasting, meaningful way

Grow the Educational Foundation so it may continue to enrich the educational opportunities for our youth

Add visual appeal to the entrance area and give it the look and feel of a main point of entry

Brick Sizes and Donations

4 x 8 granite brick  $68.00

8 x 8 granite brick  $118.00

8 x 16 granite brick $218.00

Graphic Images (one per brick) $30.00 additional fee


Click on the Oval in the next column (Order Form) to download the order form. Mail the order form along with your check payable to CCEF:

Clinton Community Educational Foundation

PO Box 395

Clinton, Illinois 61727

For questions regarding the recognition wall:

Contact: Barbara Gullone, President

Ph:  217-935-5630  


Russell Long, Vice President

Ph:  217-322-7045

Recognition Wall - Brick Campaign

Due to a fantastic response, the Foundation elected to purchase the granite to complete the entire is still available if you are interested in purchasing a brick!  Scroll down below for a link to the order form.  Orders are being accepted ongoing......Become a part of history!!

Classroom Grants

Fifteen classrooms in the Clinton school district were awarded grants from the Clinton Community Education Foundation in the Spring of 2019

 CCEF awarded grants across 15 classrooms totaling approximately $9000 dollars. The number of applications we received set a new record.  We received 23 applications and it was very difficult to narrow it down to the $9000 for this year.

President of the CCEF, Barbara Gullone indicates the classroom grants are there to bridge the gap between what teachers need that the school cannot supply due to budget constraints. She says they want to do what they can to enhance the learning experience of students in Clinton.

See the photo gallery for pictures of the most recent 

Classroom Grants being awarded

2019 Classroom Grant Recipients


CCEF Classroom Grants

Lincoln School

Braden, Graden, Tool, Patrick First Grade Reading Incentives Book                   


Clinton Elementary School

Samantha Rybacki Bring Author David Biedrzycki

Autumn Kenney        Cooking Up Life Skills  

Carissa O’Brien        Mentor Texts for Character Education  

Kristin Wilson        Mighty Maroons Mileage Club       

Rebecca Howell        Morning Puzzles  

Christina Soberalski        Patricia Polacco   

Bethany Coffman        Wonder, Design, Build, Collaborate   

                                                        and Reflect with STEM

Clinton Junior High School

Savannah Riegler        Ag Mechanics   

Jessica Hubrich        Building A Special Needs Classroom   

Karen Maharas & Document Cameras                 

Danielle Ward

Amy Whisker        Sewing Machines  

Clinton High School

Kendra Abner        International Cooking   

Wayne Snearly        Scan Tool Diagnostics for Automotive    

                                                        Lab Work

Classroom Grant Applications

We look forward to seeing all of the innovative ideas from the teachers of CUSD15!  

Deadline for this years classroom grants will be Friday - January 10, 2020

Please make sure to have your grants turned in to your buildings Principal for approval for submission by this date.  This is available in PDF or Word format, please see below.

Classroom Grant App - PDF Format - Year 2020 (pdf)


Classroom Grant App - Word Format - Year 2020 (docx)


Dual Credit - Richland Community College


Vincent Green Memorial - Offsite Dual Credit Classes


We are pleased to announce that the Clinton Community Educational Foundation (CCEF) will continue to provide funding for dual credit classes for the 2019-2020 academic year thanks to the Vincent Green Memorial.

CCEF established a unique cooperative arrangement with Richland Community College in 2015. This arrangement provides eligible Clinton High School seniors the opportunity to obtain college credit for coursework completed as part of their high school curriculum – and at a significant savings to the student. For the 2019-2020 academic year, dual credit classes covered under this arrangement will include: English 101, English 102, Psychology 110, and Sociology 110 and will only cost the student $50.00 per class.

o Taking all four of the dual credit classes at Richland Community College would regularly cost $1,692.00.

o Students earn 12 college credit hours – almost an entire semester’s worth of classes!

o Significant savings! Students save $1,492.00 by taking advantage of these dual credit classes while in high school.

The Clinton Community Educational Foundation wishes you all the best as you plan for your final year.

Where are these classes held?

We are very fortunate to have Richland Community College's Clinton Education Center located just to the Southwest of CHS.  RCC is behind the Football/Track Stadium.

How do I enroll?

In the Spring of the CHS student's Junior Year, guidance will work with all of the Junior Class to enroll for their Senior Class schedule.  At this time the guidance office will need to know if you intend to take any of the Dual Credit Classes offered by CCEF through Richland Community College.

CCEF Scholarships that are Available to CUSD15 Graduates

Students studying at College


 The CCEF Board oversees the selection and disbursement of three scholarships. These scholarship are available to Clinton High School seniors that meet criteria as outlined in the scholarship application. 

  • Exelon/Clinton Power Station Scholarship - $1,000 Award 
  • James Adcock Teacher Scholarship - $500 Award
  • Gerald Ryan Scholarship - $500
  • Vincent Beggs Scholarship - $2500 & $5,000 Awards

The 2020 Scholarship applications will be available in January. Applications may be downloaded at that time from here by clicking on the specific scholarship, picked up from the High School Guidance Office or downloaded from the school website by selecting the Student Services-Guidance tab. 

Beggs Scholarship Recipients - 2018/2019 School Year

2019 graduates receiving scholarships awards from the 

Vincent Beggs legacy are:

Sarah Hicks - attending Eastern Illinois University, majoring in biology. Sarah is the daughter of Russell and Stacey Hicks.

Derek Long - attending Heartland Community College, majoring in computer hardware engineering.  Derek is the son of Russell and Jennifer Long.

Anna Mills - attending Southern Illinois University/Edwardsville, majoring in pharmacy.  Anna is the daughter of Dan and Sharon Mills.

Kinser Wargel - attending University of Illinois College of Aces majoring in farm management.  Kinser is the son of Thomas and Claudine Wargel.

Technology scholarship -  Zayin Calvert -  attending Heartland Community  College, majoring  in applied computer science.  Zayin is the son of Bill and Talya Calvert.

Vocational Scholarship - Amanda Tool - attending Parkland Community College, majoring in dental hygiene/pediatric dental hygienist.  Amanda is the daughter of Scott and Melissa Tool.     

Prior Year Vincent Beggs Scholarship Recipients

2018 - Dalton Sanders, Tennyson Kern, Megan Finfrock, Breanna Thayer, Savannah Ettien

2017 - Wesley Conn, Claire Benton, Riley Donelson

2016 - Jordan Hendricker, William Schwartz, Kathryn Hicks, Louis Hicklin

2015 - Karly Haas, Kaelan Smith, Rachel Borland, RaeAnn Huffman, Stephanie Broden

2014 - Lydia Lux, Taylor Donelson, Elizabeth Bridges, Denise Matthews, Caleb Luck, Kassandra Willoughby

2013 - Kennedy Conn, Morgan Love, Emily Kroeger, Melinda Matthews, Jessa Hendricker

2012 - Gunnar Horve, Nolan Severson, Sydni Good

2011 - Chad Hoke, Colton Nixon, Chloe Morris, Diane Bridges  

James Adcock Teacher Scholarship

2019 - Clara Hickman

2017 - Claire Benton

2016 - Zoe Duncan-Savage

Exelon Power Station Scholarship

2019 - Olivia Bierbrodt, Ryty DuPont-Barlow

2018 - Kathleen Overbey, Kyli Patterson

2017 - Aaron Gamsby, Chelsey Hickman, Amber Obermeyer

2016 -  Alek McMath, Kaitlyn Siltman, Lukah Case

2015 - Stephanie Broden, Kaelan Smith

Gerald Ryan Scholarship

2019 - Anna Mills

About Our Scholarships

Vincent Beggs Scholarships


On behalf of the late Mr. Beggs, the Foundation would like to award four students, each with a $1,250 scholarship to continue their education next year.  Additionally, this scholarship is renewable each year by the student, for up to the next three years-- making the total value of this scholarship $5,000.

The 2020 Beggs Scholarship Application 

is Now Available for Download

Application deadline is March 6, 2020

Beggs Memorial Scholarshp:  for students planning to enroll full-time at an accredited college or university to purse an undergraduate degree. 

Award Amount:  $5000 (annual payment of $1250 up to four years)

Beggs Technical/Vocational Scholarship:  for students planning to enroll full-time at an accredited vocational or technical instutition of post-secondary education including programs at Community/Junior Colleges. 

Award Amount:  $2500  (one-time payment)

Exelon-Clinton Power Station Scholarship


The Exelon - Clinton Power Station Scholarship is Available to students graduating from CUSD15 in Clinton,  Illinois.  

2020 Application - Now Available for Download 

Applications are due March 6, 2020

Applications are also available in Guidance at the High School, or on our forms download page.

James Adcock Teacher Scholarship


The James Adcock Teacher Scholarship

will be awarded to a graduate of Clinton High School

who has been accepted or is currently enrolled full-time in an undergraduate teacher-education program

at an accredited

college or university.

The amount of
the scholarship award will be $500.

The scholarship recipient will be the person

who is deemed most qualified by the

scholarship committee.

Selection will be made on the basis of information

provided on the
application forms, an official transcript, an essay,

and recommendations.

(including past recipients) may reapply for the scholarship

for subsequent years.

Submit the completed application packet to the Clinton Community Educational Foundation, care of the Clinton High School Guidance Department, or mail directly to the CCEF, P.O. Box 395, Clinton, IL 61727 by March 6, 2020

Gerald Ryan Agriculture Scholarship


The Gerald “Jerry” Ryan Agriculture Scholarship is offered by the Jerry Ryan family in his memory..  Jerry was a DeWitt County farmer for many years.  This scholarship will be awarded to a graduate of Clinton Community High School who has been accepted or is currently enrolled full-time in an undergraduate agricultural related program (individuals not pursuing an agricultural degree but who have been active in 4H and FFA or at least FFA in high school are also eligible) at an accredited junior college, college or university.  The amount of the scholarship will be $500, one or two scholarships may be awarded.

Selection will be based on information provided on the application forms, an official transcript, an essay, and recommendations.  Applicants (including past recipients) may reapply for the scholarship for subsequent years.

Submit the completed application packet to the Clinton Community Educational Foundation, care of the Clinton High School Guidance Department, or mail directly to the CCEF, P.O. Box 395, Clinton, IL 61727 by March 6, 2020

Scholarship Forms

Beggs Application 2020 (pdf)


Exelon_Clinton Power Application 2020 (pdf)


James Adcock Application_2020 (pdf)


Jerry Ryan Application_2020 (pdf)


Special Projects-Read Across Clinton & Challenger Experience

Mission Statement & Charter Members

Mission and Goals


The Clinton Community Educational Foundation’s mission is to acquire and distribute resources to Clinton Community Public Schools District 15 to enhance, enrich, or supplement learning opportunities for its students, staff, and community.

The Foundation achieves its mission through direct support for student development, staff excellence and creativity, and School/Community partnerships.

Contact Us:  


PO Box 395

Clinton, IL 61727

Email us at

Charter Members


The funds of the Clinton Community Educational Foundation are made available primarily through the generosity of community members through their donations.   Donations may be designated for a specific program or may be left undesignated.    

You may become a “Charter Member” of the Foundation by making a donation of $2000.00.  Charter member funds build and strengthen as endowment.  Only the interest income is utilized to satifly the Foundation's mission and goals. 

Our Charter Members

Mr. & Mrs. Frank Thorp

Mr. & Mrs. George Williams

Mr. & Mrs. Scott Baum

Mrs. Eunice Harbach

Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Stokowski

Dr. & Mrs. John Veirs

Mr. & Mrs. Ernest Thorp

 Mr. & Mrs. Gene Vance 

Charter Members


Charter Members continued

Mr. Max Stites

Mrs. Mary Mitchell Stites

Mr. & Mrs. Michael Arnold 

Mr. & Mrs. Steven Davenport

Drs. Terry & Monica DeGrauwe England

Mrs. Lael Armstrong

Dr. & Mrs. Harold Weinberg

Mr. & Mrs. Ted Lowers

Mr. & Mrs. Evan Severson

Mr. & Mrs. Nick Waddock

Mr. & Mrs. Jon Willoughby

Dr. & Mrs. Jeffrey Holmes

Mr. & Mrs. Rod Wertz

Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Wargel

Ms. Mary Calvert

Mr. & Mrs. Curt Harbach

Mr. & Mrs. Gary Archey

Mr. & Mrs. Alex Calvert

Mr. & Mrs. Gary Gullone

The John Warner Bank

DeWitt Savings Bank

Exelon Corporation

About Us

How CCEF began


The Clinton Community Educational Foundation (CCEF) began in 2006; receiving their 501(c) (3) status in May 2007.  A non-profit organization, the CCEF began as a grass-roots effort to assist the school district in their ongoing efforts to keep up with the growing deficit created by the State of Illinois.  It is the goal of the CCEF to provide support to meet the educational needs of the CUSD15 students.  As of today, over $300,000 has been awarded in classroom grants and scholarships.  The CCEF also facilitated the construction of the High School's Riddle Memorial Greenhouse and established the offsite Richland Community College Dual Credit Classes for CHS Senoirs.  We have entrusted with a few endowments that allow for us to offer several amazing scholarship opportunities for CUSD15 graduates. 

The Foundation is always seeking new people and ideas to assist in its endeavors.  Persons interested in making a donation or joining the Foundation as a Board Member may contact the Unit Office or speak with an existing Foundation Member.

Our Board of Volunteers



Barbara Gullone, President

5001 Timberline Drive

Clinton, IL 61727

217-620-5632 (C)

217-935-5630 (H)

Russell Long, Vice President

105 Aspen Drive

Clinton, IL 61727

217-322-7045 (C)

Ruth Lowers, Secretary

11525 State Highway 10

Clinton, IL 61727

217-519-2071 (C)

217-935-8192 (H)

Stephanie Huffman, Treasurer

6646 Third St

Clinton, IL 61727

217-855-3408 (C)

Board Members

Eileen Carter

5067 Green Valley Rd

Clinton IL 61727

217-521-0467 (C)

Barbara McMath

5466 Sunset Rd

Clinton, IL 61727

217-454-1157 (C)

217-935-9756 (H)

Megan Myers

2796 State Hwy 51

Clinton, IL 61727

217-358-9750 (C)

Nancy Stokowski

37 Manorhill Dr

Clinton, IL 61727

217-935-2723 (H)

Kim Toohill

4865 Weldon Springs Rd

Clinton, IL 61727


Mark Woods

824 N Center St

Clinton, IL 61727

217-935-5527 (W)

Liaisons from CUSD15

Clinton Maroons

Administrative Liaison

Curt Nettles, Superintendent


Board of Education Liaison

Sondra Baker, School Board Member

 217-412-9561 (C)

Building Liaisons

Brenda Borland, Douglas School

Kristin Cooper, CJHS

Monica Kessinger,CES

Nancy Kreuser, CHS

Christina Soberalski, CES

Lauri Torbert, Lincoln School

Forms - Available for download

Click on the Download Link of the form that you would like to download

BeggsApplication2018 (pdf)


ExelonScholarship Application2018 (pdf)


JamesAdcockScholarship Application2018 (pdf)


RecognWall OrderForms (pdf)


CCEF_GrantApp 2018 (pdf)


Regularly Scheduled Events

2nd Tuesday of Each Month

Monthly Board Meeting

5:30 pm - 7:00pm

Unit Office

Event Details

2nd Tuesday of Each Month

Monthly Board Meeting

We review and approve the prior months minutes & financial reports.  Committee reports are presented and we then work through the new agenda items.

5:30 pm - 7:00pm

Unit Office

1st Saturday of Every May

Derby Day Fundraiser

4pm - 9:30pm

Clinton Country Club

Event Details

1st Saturday of Every May

Derby Day Fundraiser

We hold our largest fundraiser of the year with a Kentucky Derby theme.  Many of the attendees dress in derby attire and enjoy the entertainment following the viewing of the derby and dinner.

4pm - 9:30pm

Clinton Country Club

1st Saturday of Every November

CCEF - Annual Dinner

5:00 pm - 8:30pm

Clinton Country Club

Event Details

1st Saturday of Every November

CCEF - Annual Dinner

Come our and enjoy a nice meal and listen to the presentations from last years Classroom Grant Recepients.  As well as get caught up on all of the other amazing activities that CCEF has been involved with over the past year.

5:00 pm - 8:30pm

Clinton Country Club

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Facebook Link

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Twitter Link for CCEF

Make sure to follow us on Twitter.  You can find us @ClintonEdFound on Twitter

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Clinton Community Educational Foundation

PO Box 395 Clinton, Illinois 61727 CCEF's Email: Barbara Gullone - President