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Donor Impact Stories

Larry and Rosalie Sur

  • EVS
  • Donor

Civil Engineering, 1964, 1965

“We decided to direct our scholarship to Civil Engineering because that is the department I graduated from and I feel so much a part of ... We also give to Bioengineering, because we feel this is a great program for the future. The combination of engineering and medicine is a wonderful thing.”

Meet Larry and Rosalie Sur

Bruce and Linda Koe

  • Donor

Mechanical Science and Engineering, 1964, 1966

"Since we have retired Linda and I have focused our efforts on supporting three of our passions: women in engineering, feeding the hungry, and helping immigrants to sustainability. We decided that rather than go on cruises or such that we wanted to give back. And we hope to be an example of giving back to our children, grandchildren and others … and inspire them to reach out and help others."

Meet Bruce and Linda Koe

Katherine Coles

  • Donor
  • EVS

Electrical Engineering, 2009

“I knew about The Grainger Matching Challenge and knew I wanted to take advantage of it. Combining everything tripled what my contribution would have been alone, and that felt so meaningful.”

Meet Katherine Coles

Arielle Gross

  • Donor
  • EVS

Materials Science and Engineering, 2011

"The democratization of education to produce better problem solvers is a noble concept. Many institutions benefit from private donations, which when put to effective use, create invaluable opportunities. If my scholarship fund can help more students launch effective careers and add value to society, that is a meaningful outcome for me."

Meet Arielle Gross

Parisa Tabriz

  • With Illinois

Computer Science, 2005, 2007

"I am 'With Illinois' because I have such fond memories of being in Urbana-Champaign. This really is where my adult years started and where I kind of grew up, discovered what I cared about and what I wanted to be. I made friends in Illinois that I stay in touch with still today, and I like to come back to talk with people who were a really important and pivotal part of my life."

Meet Parisa Tabriz

Nick Rivera

  • Donor

Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering, 2014

“Receiving scholarships eliminated many of the financial obstacles and allowed me to focus more on my academics and leadership roles.”

Meet Nick Rivera