Employee Sponsored Program

Welcome St. Charles Community College Employees!

If you already know about the Employee Sponsored Program (ESP), please download a pledge form. If you're a new employee or are interested in knowing where your money goes, please take a minute to familiarize yourself with our program. For as little as the cost of a soda or coffee, you can help ESP continue to make great things happen!

Our Purpose

The Employee Sponsored Program (ESP) began in 1995 and is funded by St. Charles Community College employees who believe in spreading compassion and good will to students, co-workers and the community.

What We Fund

Thanks to the generosity of employees, the ESP is able to fund:


The 2014-15 ESP Committee awarded $18,000 in scholarships.

Recipients are chosen by the ESP Committee from applications received. The number of recipients varies depending on the funds available. The scholarships are renewable for one semester if the criteria are met by the recipient.

Campus Enhancements

  • In 2014-15, your ESP committee was able to award campus enhancement funds to some of the mini grant proposals that were partially funded by the SCC Foundation Board: SCC Visual Artist Series, iPads in Recruitment, Phi Beta Lambda Leadership Conferences and Competitions, and the Naturalization Ceremony.
  • Three Automated External Defibrillators (AED) units were purchased and installed in 2013-14 in the Technology Building (TECH 105), the Child Development Center (main office) and the Visual Arts Building (office). Now every building on campus has an AED unit!
  • Trail markers were funded through the Employee Sponsored Program (ESP) in 2012-13 and installed in June 2014. The trail markers serve as a guide for those who use the beautiful campus walking paths.
  • Planter benches were installed outside the Fine Arts Building in in 2011-12.
  • Projects or programs that improve campus life for employees and students are reviewed and funded throughout the year per the ESP Committee. Please email Peggy in the Foundation at pschnardthorst@stchas.edu if you know of a project the ESP should consider.

Celebration of Life and New Life

The Celebration of Life and New Life fund allows employees to show compassion to fellow team members during times of grief and celebrate with them in welcoming little ones into the world.

Please send information to Peggy in the Foundation office at pschnardthorst@stchas.edu, if you hear about one of the following:

  • Death in the family – A benevolent gift and note are sent to employees who lose a spouse, sibling, child, parent, grandchild, or grandparent (includes “in-laws” and “step”). If the employee is all right with the information being public knowledge, an email will be sent to the campus community. Information includes name, title, date of death, visitation and service date/time/location.
  • Birth announcement – A congratulatory email will be sent with information to the campus community. Information includes employee name, title, relation to the baby (parent or grandparent), spouse name, date/time of birth, pounds, ounces and length.

Special Projects

Requests for equipment and/or program support that benefit SCC students and/or employees but do not fall under other categories are reviewed and approved by the employee committee. Past projects include a piano for Corporate and Community Development classes and classroom clickers for the psychology department.

Trivia Night

St. Charles Community College hosts a Trivia Night annually to raise funds for scholarships, campus enhancements and employee support initiatives.

Joining or Renewing is Simple!

Download a pledge form, complete it and return it to the Foundation (SSB 2108) at any time throughout the year. As you will see on the form, employees may choose payroll deduction bi-weekly or a one-time payment by check or credit card. Employees are also able to designate their gifts to a specific fund based on individual preferences.

Contributions are tax deductible and can be stopped at any time by emailing Peggy Schnardthorst at pschnardthorst@stchas.edu or by contacting Trish Orf in payroll at torf@stchas.edu. A letter summarizing your contributions from Jan. 1-Dec. 31 will be mailed in the following year’s first quarter.


Employees who participate in the ESP program will receive:

  1. Thank you letter and small token of appreciation when the pledge form is returned.
  2. Name on the ESP donor plaque located in the lobby, outside the auditorium of the Daniel J. Conoyer Social Sciences Building.
  3. Listing in the SCC Foundation's annual report.
  4. End of the year donation receipt with annual program summary.
  5. Satisfaction knowing you are helping SCC transform lives and strengthen communities.

If you prefer to remain anonymous, please let us know so that we may honor that request.

Employee Committee

The ESP Employee Committee was created to manage the program and make decisions on behalf of the employees. It is made up of 10-15 current SCC employees. The committee is open to any SCC employee who is a current participant of the ESP.

Committee member responsibilities include:

  • Developing ways to encourage fellow employees to donate to the ESP.
  • Allocating funds to appropriate programs.
  • Informing members how monies are spent.
  • Recognizing employees who give.
  • Recruiting committee members.

If you are interested in becoming a committee member, email Peggy in the Foundation at pschnardthorst@stchas.edu. New members are usually nominated and selected by current committee members. Members can serve up to three two-year terms. From the current committee, one member will assume the role of committee chair for a term of one year. Terms run from July 1-June 30.

The 2015-16 ESP Committee:

Kate Mikulin, Chair

Tom LaFata, Co-chair

Committee members: Linda Branch, Paige George, Joanne Hare, Denise Lammers, Kyle Linden, Jackie Radle, Stephen Randoll, Mandi Smith, Lynne Snyder, Christal Thomas, Ginny Tiller, Marvin Tobias, Christina Usher