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Caterpillar Pontiac, Heartland raise $68K for scholarships

June 20, 2019

Caterpillar Pontiac and the Heartland Community College (HCC) Foundation raised over $68,000 for area students at the 13th Annual Scoring FORE Scholarships golf outing.

Scoring FORE Scholarships raises funds for Heartland students from Livingston County. Since its start in 2006, the outing has raised more than $499,874 and has granted 46 scholarships.

This year’s event, held at the Elks Lodge in Pontiac on June 7, 2019, will help fund college scholarships and will send junior high students on a learning experience mission at Heartland’s Challenger Learning Center.

“Caterpillar continues to be an amazing partner in our local community and in supporting our local students,” said HCC Foundation Executive Director Chris Downing. “The support Caterpillar provides for Heartland scholarships and programs that promote the development of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills for young people pays off for a community looking for the problem solvers and leaders of tomorrow.”

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

“It is rewarding to see how many Livingston County students have benefitted from this effort over the last 13 years,” said Dave Viebrock, Caterpillar Pontiac facility manager. “We are proud of the role Caterpillar has played in supporting these students 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 Nathan Durham, Tate Hetherington, Jacob Matern, Scott Shelby, Sheyann Williams, Erin Reynolds, and Abigail Tyler.

The funds raised will also make it possible for every junior high student in Livingston County to experience a Challenger Learning Center mission on the campus of Heartland Community College. Over 500 students will fieldtrip to Challenger Learning Center to inspire interest in STEM-related learning, responsibility, teamwork and problem solving.


Written by: Steve Fast