Lansing Community College

LCC receives largest cash donation in its history

By Marilyn Twine

Thomas and Patricia Zuhl presenting a $250,000 check to LCC

Lansing, Mich. – Lansing Community College Foundation received its largest gift from a living donor during “Signing Day” at the historic Herrmann House on the Downtown Campus.

Thomas and Patricia Zuhl gifted the college $250,000 to support Internationalization efforts with two funds:

  1. The endowment will support scholarships for study abroad, or international students at LCC, or students studying international programs in any way.
  2. The non-endowed (expendable) portion will be used to further internationalization from supporting students mentioned above to helping faculty globalize their curriculum to attract international students.

Thomas Zuhl traveled to Japan as a member of the Japan Adventure study abroad program offered by LCC from 1982-2017. “You go overseas and when you look at the television programs, the news programs, they spend a third of the time on international news,” said Zuhl. “Here in the United States, it’s a snippet. Even in our schools, we don’t teach much about other countries that are involved with the United States. It’s a world. It’s a world.”

“Thomas and Patricia Zuhl are hopeful that this donation will bring back programs to allow someone else the chance to broaden their horizons in the college experience at LCC,” said LCC Foundation Executive Director Cathy Zell.


About Lansing Community College

Lansing Community College, founded in 1957, is one of the largest community colleges in Michigan, serving more than 23,000 students across a six-county area each year. LCC offers courses in general education for those interested in transferring to a four-year institution, career and workforce development, developmental education and personal enrichment. To meet the professional development and training needs of regional employees, the college offers customized programs for credit, non-credit and continuing education. The University Center at LCC offers students the opportunity to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees from five partner universities on the downtown LCC campus. For more information, visit

Lansing Community College provides equal opportunity for all persons and prohibits discriminatory practices based on race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, creed, ancestry, height, weight, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, familial status, marital status, military status, veteran’s status, or other status as protected by law, or genetic information that is unrelated to the person’s ability to perform the duties of a particular job or position or participate in educational programs, courses, services or activities offered by the College.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies: Equal Opportunity Officer, Washington Court Place, 309 N. Washington Square Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1730; Employee Coordinator 504/ADA, Administration Building, 610 N. Capitol Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1875; Student Coordinator 504/ADA, Gannon Building, 411 N. Grand Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1885; Human Resource Manager/Employee Title IX Coordinator, Administration Building, 610 N. Capitol Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1879; Student Title IX Coordinator, Gannon Building, 411 N. Grand Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-9632.

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