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Student Impact Stories

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

Jose Mancias

  • Scholarship Recipient
  • Student

Materials Science and Engineering, 2020

Thanks to the David Opperman Study Abroad Scholarship, David was able to take the skills he learned at the University of Illinois and use them around the world.

Meet Jose Mancias

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

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