NuEra makes donation for 21 IVCC scholarships

Students received $1,000 scholarships

A total of 21 Illinois Valley Community College cannabis production certificate program students received $1,000 scholarships this fall funded by a $100,000 gift from NuEra.

NuEra Principle Owner Keith McGinnis of Ottawa made the gift to IVCC in March to support the program’s students and provide necessary equipment.

Recipients include Julio Aldana, Kaden Hawley and Tyler Lorden, of Oglesby; Larry Alger, of Peru; Brian Angelico, Tori Hattan and Ryan Schmitt, of Streator; Danny Blackburn, of LaMoille; Jacob Doonan, of Ladd; Liam Duffin, Melinda Kramer and Amanda Neff, of Princeton; Ebelin Euresti, Chance Ruger and Rebecca Smith, of Ottawa; Anderson Ficek, of Hudson; Zackary Kimball, of La Salle; Trisha Kreiser, of Lostant; Jamie McPeek, of Odell; Jason Smith, of Marseilles; and Dylan Strait, of Granville.

NuEra, headquartered in Wheaton, operates a cultivation center in Hillcrest, with medical dispensaries in Chicago, East Peoria and Urbana. NuEra also services the adult use cannabis market in East Peoria, Pekin, Champaign, Urbana and two facilities in Chicago.

For information about IVCC’s cannabis production certificates, contact ag program co-coordinators Caitlinn Hubbell at or Willard Mott at