Vanessa Blas

  • Engineering Visionary Scholarship Recipient

Systems Engineering, 2023

Receiving this scholarship inspires me to pay it forward. In the future I hope to create a non-profit organization and help bring advancing technologies to low-income community schools.

Meet Vanessa Blas

Ryan Lake

  • Engineering Visionary Scholarship Recipient

Civil Engineering, 2022

I really appreciate my scholarship support because it gives me the opportunity and motivation to work harder on how transportation systems can be reimagined in the future. My dream job is to work on transportation projects and have the opportunity to use sustainable and green infrastructure at every point possible.

Meet Ryan Lake

Adam Zuiker

  • Engineering Visionary Scholarship Recipient

Mechanical Engineering, 2024

Not only did [the scholarship] allow me to attend one of the nation's top engineering programs for significantly less than other schools, but it made me feel like Grainger Engineering really wanted me and everything I could offer.

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Amanda Loutris

  • Engineering Visionary Scholarship Recipient

Materials Science and Engineering, 2022

I wanted to become an engineer to help develop solutions to our climate crisis. I chose materials science so that I can be at the forefront of research pertaining to advanced energy technology such as hybrid and organic solar cells.

Meet Amanda Loutris

Robin De Lara

  • Engineering Visionary Scholarship Recipient

Grainger Engineer, 2022

I wanted to become an engineer simply because I wanted to help the world. Engineers are the ultimate agents of help through science and technology and I thought this was the coolest thing ever.

Meet Robin De Lara

Savannah Goodman

  • Engineering Visionary Scholarship 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

  • Engineering Visionary Scholarship Recipient

Grainger Engineer, 2022

Having my tuition partially taken care of has been a great relief from the stress we have been living in. With all the stresses my family has been dealing with, this is one area that we don't have to worry about.

Meet Dana Yun

Jeremy Quinteros

  • Engineering Visionary Scholarship Recipient

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

  • Engineering Visionary Scholarship 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

  • Engineering Visionary Scholarship Alumna

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

Jacob Perakis

  • Engineering Visionary Scholarship Recipient

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

Oscar Zepeda

  • Engineering Visionary Scholarship Recipient

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

  • Engineering Visionary Scholarship Recipient

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

  • Engineering Visionary Scholarship Donors

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

  • Engineering Visionary Scholarship Donor

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

  • Engineering Visionary Scholarship Donor

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

  • Engineering Visionary Scholarship Recipient

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 Crawley, Jr.

  • Engineering Visionary Scholarship Recipient

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.

Anna Rodgriguez

  • Engineering Visionary Scholarship Recipient

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