LINCOLN, IL — Lincoln College Trustee Emeritus and donor Bernard “Bernie” Behrends is expanding the Anna K. and Bernard E. Behrends Endowed Scholarship Fund for local students.

The number of scholarships in the endowment is expanding and Lincoln College is able to offer 20 scholarships each in the amount of $2,300 for high school graduates from Logan County and surrounding areas.

As Lincoln College continues to expand its 4-year bachelor degree programs, students have the opportunity to keep their scholarship each year, providing they stay in good academic standing, as they earn their bachelor’s degree.

“My sister Anna and I feel it is important to give back to the community and institution that helped shape us. With Lincoln College expanding to offer even more bachelor degrees, the timing was right to extend our scholarships to help more local students attend Lincoln College and experience a great education,” Behrends explained.

Since 1998, Anna and Bernie have helped support area students and their academic careers at Lincoln College.

Lincoln College student and a Behrends Scholarship recipient, Molly Buse, noted this scholarship helped her gain a valuable education at Lincoln College.

“The Behrends Scholarship allowed me to attend Lincoln College and receive a solid foundation for my college education close to home.”

Buse earned the scholarship both years she attended Lincoln College and credits classes she took at Lincoln College to helping shape her career path in Communications.

Behrends continues his legacy of educational service to Lincoln and the surrounding communities. When asked why he and his sister Anna have dedicated their lives and resources to the educational pursuit of others, he responded, “education is what’s important! We knew we could do more to help others, the whole point in life is to help others.”