LTC Foundation Awards Record Number of Scholarships in Response to COVID-19




In pre-pandemic times, the Lakeshore Technical College (LTC) Foundation would typically award 150 scholarships for the fall semester. Since the pandemic hit, student needs have been exceeding normal demands and the foundation has stepped up by providing scholarship funds to a record number of 585 students enrolled for fall.

“Our community deserves all the recognition,” said Kristin Liphart, vice president of advancement at LTC. “Donors have really stepped it up this spring and summer to help us. Thanks to major gifts from the West Foundation, Inc., the Brotz Family Foundation, and numerous individuals and companies, LTC students can find a seat in the classroom this fall despite economic challenges.”

Most LTC students rely on steady employment to pay for college, and many have been impacted by furloughs and permanent layoffs. Foundation scholarships, primarily funded by gifts from individual donors who want to help students, are highly sought to fill the gaps.

To support the continuing increase in the number of students needing scholarship assistance, the LTC Foundation is conducting a #SAVEASEAT@LTC scholarship campaign with a goal of raising $100,000 before September 30. During the summer, the foundation raised more than $75,000 towards this goal.

Jay Torke, president of Torke Coffee and a long-term LTC Foundation board member, says, “Our customers continually inspire us by their fortitude. Giving back to this generation of students who have shown such resilience during uncertain times is an honor.” 

Details about the LTC Foundation and the SAVE a SEAT scholarship campaign can be found at

Donations to the SAVE A SEAT campaign can be made at


About Lakeshore Technical College

Each year more than 10,000 people enroll in courses at Lakeshore Technical College. They rely on LTC for job preparation, to earn a degree, upgrade a specialized skill, train as an apprentice, or seek a high school equivalency. LTC faculty and staff meet students where they are in life and help them get one step closer to achieving their goals.

LTC is a nationally recognized technical college. The college was ranked the #2 two-year college in the nation for adult learners by Washington Monthly, #11 in the nation for two-year college educational outcomes by, a top-150 two-year college for the fifth consecutive time by the Aspen Institute, and a top 10 Bellwether Award finalist for two consecutive years.

Approximately 800 students graduate from LTC each year, and LTC’s associate degree graduates earn a median salary of $42,000 per year. In addition to the Cleveland campus, LTC serves students in Manitowoc and Sheboygan, and offers classes at additional sites throughout the district. Visit LTC at