The Illinois Wesleyan Associates was formed in 1953 when State Farm officials Adlai
H. Rust and Clarence W. Heyl brought together a group of local business and professional
leaders interested in supporting private higher education and local McLean County
In 2018, celebrating more than 65 years of service, the Illinois Wesleyan Associates
launched a bold new financial aid initiative, The McLean County Scholarship Fund,
which guarantees no less than $30,000 in scholarship support annually for McLean County
students. This local fundraising effort will raise $2 million ($500,000 a year) over
The McLean County Scholarship Fund builds on the Illinois Wesleyan Associates legacy
of financial support and commitment to the vitality of our local community, the quality
of the private liberal arts tradition at Illinois Wesleyan, and the future of our
brightest McLean County students. Learn more about the benefits of an Illinois Wesleyan Associate Membership.
Become an Illinois Wesleyan Associate Member and support this new initiative by making a gift today!
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Associates Impact Report