Giving Impact Stories

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

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

  • 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