Student Impact Stories

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.

Meet Adam Zuiker

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

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

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

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