Students find educational options at Lincoln College transfer fair
Lincoln College students found options on their education journey after learning earlier in the month their school would close its doors on May 13.
Over 50 colleges and universities were available for students to gather information and find answers to their next step in the educational transfer process.
Roberta Bailey, assistant director of admissions at Huntington University in Huntington, Indiana, said she had talked to many students looking for a place much like what Lincoln once offered.
"We are a small Christian university that offers both academics and athletics. Students get a lot of personal time with the professors and coaches that allows them to have that sense of family no matter where they are coming from," said Bailey.
"People know us for our digital media program as well as a doctoral level in occupational therapy," she continued about the school that is located west of Ft. Wayne.
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Anita Gentry, who is an admissions counselor for McKendree University in Lebanon, Illinois, said her school is giving a generous scholarship to students who transfer.
"McKendree is providing all Lincoln College students with a $21,000 scholarship because we understand this is a stressful time for them. We are making sure they don't have to worry about that piece of the transfer. As well as accepting all of their credits," said Gentry.
Miguel Reyes, a senior at Lincoln College who plays for the Men's Volleyball team, said he was trying to help his fellow players find the right fit.
"I graduate in May so I'm not looking, but we are searching for options and I wanted to help my teammates who are trying to find their next home," said Reyes.
Lincoln College freshman Langston Gunn, of Bloomington, was filling out paperwork with the intentions of making a decision of finding his next school.
"I am dealing with the stress of the news of the school closing and I've been working hard to finish this semester strong," said Gunn.
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"I'm looking at either transferring to EIU or Governor's State because I looked into those schools and I think they are good and they are close to where I live," he continued.
Bernie Rowan, associate provost for academics for Chicago State University, said he appreciated Lincoln College's effort in trying to help their students.
"We have 11 programs that would be a good match for Lincoln College students. We've had about 30-40 students come and express interest," said Rowan.
"We understand many of the students come from Chicago and so they might have an interest being closer to home. We also have many online programs that can meet some of their needs," he continued.
Lincoln College notified the Illinois Board of Higher Education and Higher Learning Commission of permanent closure, effective May 13, according to a news release from the school at the end of March.
The Board of Trustees also voted to cease all academic programming at the end of the spring semester.
This article originally appeared on Lincoln Courier: Lincoln College helps students with Transfer Fair