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EVS Impact Stories

Savannah Goodman

  • EVS
  • Alumna

Grainger Engineer, 2014

My scholarship helped fund my international travel to Uganda, which incited my passion for global energy access and has led me to pursue a career focused on distributed energy resources and microgrids. 

Meet Savannah Goodman

Dana Yun

  • EVS
  • Student

Grainger Engineer, 2022

My parents moved to the United States to attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I was born and raised here, so the University of Illinois is my home.

Meet Dana Yun

Jeremy Quinteros

  • EVS
  • Student

Grainger Engineer, 2022

I am a first-generation college student in my family, and I greatly appreciate the support I’ve been given to accomplish my goals.

Meet Jeremy Quinteros

Nick Rivera

  • EVS
  • Alumnus

Grainger Engineer, 2015

I believe those who experience success have an obligation to help others experience success. I have been fortunate enough to pay my experiences forward to Illinois, because I personally have benefited much from my time there.

Meet Nick Rivera

Julia Brodecki

  • EVS
  • Alumni

Grainger Engineer, 2020

Being a woman in STEM, I understand some of the barriers present in my field of study. However, I have also seen how the scholarships I received set me up for success and how philanthropy can have a significant impact on increasing diversity and inclusion at The Grainger College of Engineering.

Meet Julia Brodecki

Samira Tungare

  • EVS
  • Student

Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2020

“I recognize the impact that donors and scholarships have on current students. I hope in my future I will have the ability to give back.”

Meet Samira Tungare

Jacob Perakis

  • EVS
  • Student

Computer Science, 2021

“This scholarship made it possible for my family to send me, my brother, and my sister to college for an affordable price. We are on track to be the first in our family to complete a college degree.”

Meet Jacob Perakis

Sarah Osman

  • EVS
  • Alumni

Mechanical Science and Engineering, 2019

“I was confident that an engineering degree from The Grainger College of Engineering would be great preparation for my future career as an engineer.”

Meet Sarah Osman

Abigail Iuorio

  • EVS
  • Student

Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2020

“I chose my major because of my desire to give back, specifically to the environment. My mentality has always been to leave the world better than I found it. This dream is made possible through my scholarship.”

Meet Abigail Iuorio

Oscar Zepeda

  • EVS
  • Student

Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering, 2022

“I am inspired to pay things forward by being a role model to those within my community and within my program, and to do my best to contribute in any way possible to society.”

Meet Oscar Zepeda

Vongai Tizora

  • EVS
  • Student

Bioengineering, 2022

“Being surrounded by such extraordinary resources and students is a great source of motivation and inspiration for me.”

Meet Vongai Tizora

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

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

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

Lauren Schissler

  • Student
  • EVS

Civil Engineering, 2022

“I am very thankful to receive financial assistance to attend Illinois Engineering. As a student here, I plan to pay it forward by being welcoming to all students to help create a positive community. Once I have achieved success and have financial resources of my own, I hope to be able to give someone else the same opportunities that I have at Illinois by potentially becoming a donor myself. I would be honored to help a deserving person attend Illinois Engineering, opening up a world of possibilities.”

Meet Lauren Schissler

Anthony Cloe

  • Student
  • EVS

Aerospace Engineering, 2019

“Receiving my scholarship has further solidified my decision in pursuing my degree in the College of Engineering at Illinois… I think receiving gifts from donors is a great inspiration for me in my future. As I am finishing up my degree I will remember the kindness and generosity I received during my schooling and continue the tradition of “paying it forward” as I establish my career.”

Meet Anthony Cloe

Anthony Crawley, Jr.

  • Student
  • EVS

Mechanical Engineering, 2022

“This scholarship makes it that much more important for me to fulfill my dreams. These donors believe in me and have helped me in my academic journey. They have helped to change not only my life, but also the world. Furthermore, it makes me want to do the same for the next generation after I leave this university.”

Meet Anthony Crawley, Jr.

Benita Ning

  • Student
  • EVS

Mechanical Engineering, 2019

“This scholarship has allowed me to maintain a healthy and balanced life in college, which is an amazing feat to accomplish while at a highly competitive university like Illinois. I’ve been able to study abroad, conduct research domestically and abroad, and play a large role in clubs by volunteering my time to mentoring underclassmen.”

Meet Benita Ning

Melina Megaridis

  • Student
  • EVS

Bioengineering, 2019

“I want to make my impact on the world by working for a company that creates biomedical devices and helps people who have trouble just living life every day.”

Meet Melina Megaridis

Laion Neves

  • Student
  • EVS

Materials Science and Engineering, 2019

“I always strive to better myself as much as I can, and the world class education at the University of Illinois is instrumental in achieving my educational goals.”

Meet Laion Neves

Siobhan Fox

  • Student
  • EVS

Systems Engineering and Design, 2019

“Receiving the Engineering Visionary Scholarship helped me to understand the benefits of collaboration and supporting others. Accomplishing any great feat in life is dependent on the team supporting us.”

Meet Siobhan Fox

Ann Thomas

  • Student
  • EVS

Computer Engineering, 2019

Annie’s scholarship inspires her to pay it forward. She volunteers with the Women in Engineering Orientation, leading groups of freshman computer science students. Annie is a mentor to these students during their first days on campus.

Meet Ann Thomas

Sam Dotson

  • Student
  • EVS

Engineering Physics, 2019

“I worked really hard in my first two years at community college and it was nice to receive recognition for my effort through the Engineering Visionary Scholarship.”

Meet Sam Dotson

Anna Rodgriguez

  • Student
  • EVS

Computer Science, 2021

“It would be an honor if after I graduate I have the ability to give a donation to a student in my current position.”

Meet Anna Rodgriguez

Eliza Wright

  • Student
  • EVS

Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering, 2020

“Most of my free time is spent giving back to the community to help other underrepresented minorities get interested in engineering. I hope to teach them that engineering is for everyone.”

Meet Eliza Wright