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Student Impact Stories

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
  • Student

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

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