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CAT and Heartland set new scholarship fundraising record

June 20, 2018

Caterpillar Engine Systems and the Heartland Community College Foundation hit a new fundraising record at the twelfth annual Scoring Fore Scholarships golf outing.

This year’s event brought in more than $69,500 which will fund eight full-ride scholarships for the upcoming school year.

Scoring FORE Scholarships raises funds for Heartland students from Livingston County. Since its start in 2006, the outing has raised more than $435,000 and has granted 40 scholarships. Held at the Elks Lodge in Pontiac on June 1, this year’s event included 50 teams and is the highest grossing singular fundraising event hosted by the College.

“Education impacts the growth we see in our local and national economies. Our workforce continues to adapt as local demands change and the support CAT provides to scholarships means our students are finding success and our community directly benefits,” said HCC Foundation Executive Director Chris Downing. “CAT continues to be an amazing partner in our local community and in supporting our local students.”

Event participants included Caterpillar suppliers, customers, employees and retirees, as well as HCC partners and local community members.

“It’s tremendously rewarding to be a part of what this collective group has created and nurtured throughout the years,” said Dave Viebrock, Caterpillar Pontiac Facility Manager. “We are proud of the role Caterpillar has played in supporting students from Livingston County as they pursue their educational dreams while studying math, business, science, technology and pre-engineering. It is truly an investment in the future for our businesses and our community.”

The Caterpillar Scholarship covers tuition, fees and books for up to four semesters. Current recipients include Lauren Fehr, Tate Heatherington, Bobbi Leacock, Alexander Prevatt, Robert Shelby, Sheyann Williams and Darin Winkler-Trout. Livingston County students interested in the scholarship should visit Applications for the 2018-19 school year are due July 1.

Written by: Steve Fast