Lincoln College students vow to fight to keep their school open

Published: Apr. 3, 2022 at 5:34 PM CDT
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LINCOLN (Heart of Illinois ABC) - Baseball player, Trey Vorwald, came to Lincoln College two years ago to complete his degree after an unexpected setback. His first college, Macmurray College, closed down.

“It’s a shock, big-time when you have a home and you make friends. You meet people that you love and they’re life-long friends for the rest of your life,” Vorwald said.

Vorwald said he was lucky that Lincoln College opened its doors to MacMurray College students and allowed him to transfer his credits and stay on track to graduate on time.

When Lincoln College announced they would be shutting down this May, Vorwald found himself in an all too familiar situation.

“Having it again happen here, I think it just hurt even worse,” Vorwald said.

Lincoln College is said to close down due to COVID-19 affecting enrollment and a cyber attack that affected recruitment.

Many students are worried about leaving the place they’ve come to call home, transferring credits, graduating on time and new schools costing more money, among other challenges.

“I am a student from Poland and my visa is expiring in May and it’s very possible that I will not be able to come back to the United States,” Sophomore Claudia Blaszccyk said.

Many members of the Lincoln college community are not ready to let the school go and have taken to social media to save their school.

“We had a peaceful demonstration,” Junior Morwin Coney said. “We started a Facebook page, we’ve done TikToks, we’ve done videos, just emailing a lot of big time celebrities people with foundations just trying to get the word out.”

They said they would need $20 million to keep the school open for 2 more years.

On Monday, they plan to launch a social media campaign reaching out to different celebrities and organizations for help.

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