Gift Of $330,000 Will Change The Lives Of Many KCC Students


Share post:

With a bequest of more than $330,000, a long-time teacher has made it possible for Kankakee Community College students to pursue their dreams.

Through her estate, Frances Cooper Wertz arranged for a total of $332,662 for Kankakee Community College students. Of the gift, $255,894 will support scholarships and $76,768 will go toward a new Student Success Center.

Though Wertz never attended KCC, she appreciated the value of the educational foundation offered at the college, said Kelly Myers, executive director of the KCC Foundation.

“The bequest made by Ms. Wertz is going to assist students for many years to come,” Myers said. “Her gift is a lasting tribute to the importance of education. We deeply appreciate her generosity.”

Wertz was born in December 1915, and raised on a horse farm outside of Bourbonnais near Davis Creek. She attended Kankakee schools, and first taught in a one-room school house in Will County in 1936. Wertz was later a teacher at Steuben School in Kankakee and Bradley East Elementary School. She retired in 1980. She lived to be 102, passing away at her Kankakee home in January 2018.

The gift from the Wertz estate will be used for general education scholarships.

Along with enjoying reading, nature and teaching, Wertz also was a member of First United Presbyterian Church in Kankakee, Kankakee Women’s Club, Retired Teachers Association and the Tuesday Book Review.

Wertz attended Illinois State University and later graduated from Olivet Nazarene University.

In all, 13 organizations received bequests from Wertz’s trust. More information about scholarships and the KCC Foundation is at


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Related articles

Bourbonnais Motorcyclist Dead after crash Tuesday tossed man 50 feet from Bike  

BOURBONNAIS - A local man has died after his motorcycle crashed last night. According to reports it happened on Route...

Bradley Gas Station robbed at Gunpoint Wednesday  

BRADLEY - A local gas station was reportedly robbed at gunpoint early this morning. According to Bradley Police it happened...

Man dead after attempting to pass John Deere pulling grain on Route 45 

CHICAGO - A man is dead after allegedly attempted to pass a tractor in his vehicle on Route 45...

Student killed in homicide on campus at Purdue University, victim, suspect roommates  

WEST LAFAYETTE - Police have arrested a suspect after an early morning call reported a homicide at Purdue University. According...