South Suburban College to host Rocky Clark Memorial Scholarship Fundraiser

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On National Day of Giving, Tuesday, December 3

information provided by South Suburban College

SOUTH HOLLAND, Ill. (November 23, 2019) – South Suburban College (SSC) and the SSC Foundation will host a special National Day of Giving event—the Rocky Clark Memorial Scholarship Fundraiser—on Tuesday, December 3, 2019. The free event will begin with breakfast from 9:00–10:00am, and a memorial presentation will follow from 10:00–11:00am in SSC’s Kindig Performing Arts Center.

The fundraiser is sponsored by College Board Chairman Frank M. Zuccarelli, Thornton Township, and Illinois State Senator Napoleon Harris. Individuals may donate online or at the event, with the SSC Foundation matching all gifts.

Established in 2012, the Rocky Clark Memorial Fund provides scholarship opportunities to students with challenges at SSC. The fund was created following the passing of former student Rocky Clark on January 5, 2012. Clark had been paralyzed from the neck down after a spinal cord injury in 2000. His injury was the result of a tackle during a football game at Eisenhower High School against Oak Forest. Clark spent the next 11 years nearly prone in a wheelchair. He enrolled as a freshman at SSC in the spring of 2004 and last attended classes in the spring of 2007. He was the first recipient of the Walter Payton Scholarship.

All are welcome to attend the full breakfast and memorial event at no charge. RSVP to [email protected] Donations are now accepted online at ssc.edu/foundation and in-person at the event. The college is located at 15800 S. State Street in South Holland, Illinois.

This event is part of the SSC Foundation’s Annual Scholarship Fund Drive for those who wish to make a difference in the lives of local college students in need of financial assistance. The drive provides both a charitable gift opportunity and tax-deduction (EIN: 23- 7191738) for all donors. The Foundation Office works cooperatively with individuals and organizations to develop a donor plan of any level. New scholarships can also be established with a $1,000 donation.

At SSC, 90% of students fall under the low-income, first-generation, or disabled criteria. The SSC Foundation awarded over $140,000 to students in 2019, and has now granted over $2.2 million since 1987.