Jack & Margaret Oakley Memorial Scholarship

To continue Jack and Margaret Oakley’s legacy of their service and dedication to education, as well as compassion and meaningful impact on Lincoln Land Community College students, their family has established a scholarship endowment for students attending Lincoln Land Community College.

Jack was born and raised on an Illinois farm where he learned firsthand about agriculture. He followed several career paths throughout his life, but ultimately returned to agriculture and began working for the Farm Bureau. After serving as manager in several counties, he retired as manager of the Sangamon County Farm Bureau.

Margaret began working at Lincoln Land Community College (LLCC) as a clerk in the community services office. She quickly grew to love the college and began taking classes to further her education. While working full-time and raising a family, she earned her associate degree and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree at University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS). Margaret retired as an academic advisor after more than 25 years of service to LLCC.

Jack and Margaret’s daughters, Jackie, Susan, Laura and Mary offer this scholarship as a way to honor their parents who gave so much to them. Through this endowment, the Oakley’s legacy will be a continuation of that giving to help ease the financial burden for students in their academic pursuits.

1. Must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale
2. Enrolled in an agriculture field of study
3. Available for a first-time freshman or continuing college student
4. Preference for a student for whatever reason had a break in their education
5. If no eligible agriculture student is identifiable, a student in a “helping” field of study shall be awarded