Thursday, December 14, 2017

Preston Reynolds of Springfield receives a $22,000 UIS Capital Scholars Honors Program Scholarship

Preston Reynolds of Springfield, a senior at Rochester High School, has been admitted to the University of Illinois Springfield and awarded a $22,000 Capital Scholars Honors Program Scholarship for tuition over 4 years. At UIS, he plans to major in computer science.

The scholarship is awarded based on GPA and ACT/SAT scores and can be renewed for a total of four years if the student maintains college GPA requirements.

At Rochester High, he is a member of the marching band, concert band and the school musical. He is also part of the Big Buddy Program, where he mentors younger students, and his church youth group.

“I chose UIS because it's a great size (I'll get to know my professors) and it has a respected Computer Science program,” he said.

Following graduation, he plans to obtain a job in the computer science field.

The CAP Honors Program is a selective undergraduate program combining high standards and emphasis on excellence with a small residential college model, enrolling only about 100 first-year students each year.

The program brings together intellectually strong students with talented, dedicated faculty to create a unique academic environment within the greater UIS community.

Capital Scholar Honors students participate in an interdisciplinary core curriculum designed to prepare students for their major and provide leadership opportunities.

In order to receive a $22,000 Capital Scholars Honors Program Scholarship, the student must earn a 24 to a 26 on their ACT or a minimum of 1160 SAT and hold a minimum high school GPA of 3.5.

For more information on scholarships, contact the UIS Office of Financial Assistance at 217/206-6724 or email finaid@uis.edu. For a full list of scholarship opportunities visit www.uis.edu/financialaid/scholarships/.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Diego Prats of Dwight receives a $24,000 scholarship from the University of Illinois Springfield

Diego Alejandro Prats, a senior at Dwight Township High School, has been admitted to the University of Illinois Springfield and awarded a $24,000 Lincoln Scholarship for tuition over four years.

The scholarship is awarded based on GPA and ACT/SAT scores and can be renewed for a total of four years if the student maintains college GPA requirements.

At Dwight Township High School, Prats is involved in band, Scholastic Bowl and the Spanish Club.

He plans to major in global studies at UIS.

“I chose UIS as a result of its extensive courses, study abroad programs, affordability and networking opportunities,” said Prats, who hopes to someday work for the government in an embassy or as a diplomat.

All incoming UIS freshmen are eligible to apply for Lincoln Merit Scholarships. The amount awarded is based upon the incoming student’s ACT or SAT score. To receive $24,000 over four years, students must earn a 27 to a 29 on their ACT or a minimum of 1280 SAT and hold a minimum high school GPA of 3.75.

For more information on scholarships, contact the UIS Office of Financial Assistance at 217/206-6724 or email finaid@uis.edu. For a full list of scholarship opportunities, visit www.uis.edu/financialaid/scholarships/.

Sam Geraci of Steger earns a University of Illinois Springfield scholarship

Sam Geraci, a resident of Steger and communication major at the University of Illinois Springfield, has been awarded the Luedke Family Scholarship for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Geraci, a baseball fanatic, chose to pursue a communication degree with dreams of working for a professional sports team.

“My dream is to work for one of the major professional teams in Chicago,” said Geraci, who is also a UIS baseball player.

Geraci transferred to UIS from Parkland Community College in Champaign, where he also played baseball.

“Baseball is a big part of my life and helped lead me to UIS,” said Geraci.

“I was recruited by Coach Ramirez and fell in love once I laid eyes on the campus. The scholarship will help my family in more ways than can be known,” he said.

The Luedke Family Scholarship is awarded to students who maintain a GPA of 3.5 or better.

For more information on scholarships, contact the UIS Office of Financial Assistance at 217/206-6724 or finaid@uis.edu.

For a full list of scholarship opportunities visit www.uis.edu/financialaid/scholarships/. The deadline to apply for institutional scholarships is February 15, 2018.

If you are interested in creating a scholarship, please contact the UIS Office of Advancement at 217/206-6058 or giftinfo@uis.edu.

Lanie Hicks of Tinley Park awarded a University of Illinois Springfield scholarship

Lanie Hicks, a resident of Tinley Park and business administration major at the University of Illinois Springfield, has been awarded the Kent Weber Scholarship for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Hicks said she chose to pursue a career in business administration in order to follow in her father’s footsteps and hopefully someday, take over the family insurance business.

As a UIS basketball player, Hicks also dreams of playing in the NCAA Tournament.

“I visited UIS with two of my previous teammates from high school. Coach Kost offered us all three a spot,” she said. “We felt like this was an opportunity we couldn’t pass up, so we all committed to play basketball together for the next four years.”

Despite an ankle injury last year, Hicks doesn’t let anything slow her down. She worked hard to come back and play this season, volunteers with the UIS Necessary Steps Mentoring Program and works hard to maintain a GPA above a 3.6.

To be eligible for the Kent Weber Scholarship, students must meet high academic standards and be studying business or management.

For more information on scholarships, contact the UIS Office of Financial Assistance at 217/206-6724 or finaid@uis.edu.

For a full list of scholarship opportunities visit www.uis.edu/financialaid/scholarships/. The deadline to apply for institutional scholarships is February 15, 2018.

If you are interested in creating a scholarship, please contact the UIS Office of Advancement at 217/206-6058 or giftinfo@uis.edu.

Samantha Morin of Lake in the Hills awarded a University of Illinois Springfield scholarship

Samantha Morin, a resident of Lake in the Hills and psychology major at the University of Illinois Springfield, has been awarded the Droegkamp Family Scholarship for Global Studies for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Morin is majoring in psychology with the intent of getting a graduate degree to become an occupational therapist. “I have always enjoyed working with children, especially those with special needs,” she said.

Morin is currently studying autism and is working as a registered behavior technician at the Autism Clinic in Springfield and as a Campus Recreation Facility Lead at TRAC.

On campus she maintains a busy schedule as captain of the UIS women’s soccer team and as secretary of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. She is also a member of the Psy Chi Honor Society, and the Capitol Scholars Honors program at UIS.

“Even after three years, I am still sure that UIS was the right decision for me,” she said.

Morin spent two weeks this past summer studying abroad in Malta and Italy thanks to the scholarship she received. “That experience is one that I will never forget,” she said.

The Droegkamp Family Scholarship for Global Studies Experience is awarded to students seeking to study abroad.

For more information on scholarships, contact the UIS Office of Financial Assistance at 217/206-6724 or finaid@uis.edu.

For a full list of scholarship opportunities visit www.uis.edu/financialaid/scholarships/.

The deadline to apply for institutional scholarships is February 15, 2018.

If you are interested in creating a scholarship, please contact the UIS Office of Advancement at 217/206-6058 or giftinfo@uis.edu.

Alexis Hogan Hobson of White Hall awarded a University of Illinois Springfield scholarship

Alexis Hogan Hobson, a resident of White Hall and biology, pre-med major at the University of Illinois Springfield, has been awarded the Daniel A. and Carolyn Schnirring Dungan Scholarship for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Hobson said she chose biology and pre-med because it will equip her to enter medical school after graduation, where she hopes to specialize in family medicine or psychiatry.

Hobson also has a passion for singing. She was involved in high school chorus before coming to UIS and is now involved in the chorus on campus.

“Singing is one of my greatest passions and I’m so blessed and grateful to be able to pursue singing along with my education and other hobbies,” she said.

That passion for music is what made her eligible for the Daniel A. and Carolyn Schnirring Dungan Scholarship, which is awarded to an undergraduate student who is involved in Visual Arts or the music program at UIS.

Inspired by their own children, the Dungans believe a strong education requires students to balance both academics and arts.

“A scholarship sets students on a path,” said Carolyn. “That’s what is really important to us, that these kids get the opportunity for an education.”

For more information on scholarships, contact the UIS Office of Financial Assistance at 217/206-6724 or finaid@uis.edu.

For a full list of scholarship opportunities visit www.uis.edu/financialaid/scholarships/. The deadline to apply for institutional scholarships is February 15, 2018.

If you are interested in creating a scholarship, please contact the UIS Office of Advancement at 217/206-6058 or giftinfo@uis.edu.

Joseph Bacidore of LeMoille awarded a University of Illinois Springfield scholarship

Joseph Bacidore, a resident of LeMoille and mathematics major at the University of Illinois Springfield, has been awarded the Kellner Family Scholarship for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Bacidore said he had dreamed of pursuing a bachelor’s degree in mathematics since he was in high school. But, the location of his hometown was far away from any university campus.

“The UIS online program is allowing me to obtain the education I desired without the need for excessive driving or boarding costs,” said Bacidore, who hopes to someday teach trigonometry or calculus at a junior college.

“I hope to use my knowledge in mathematics to impart those lessons to other students in hopes that they will develop a passion for the subject,” he said.

The Kellner Family Scholarship was established by Bill and Julie Kellner to recognize the Kellner Foodservice and food-distribution company, which was started in 1916, by Bill’s grandfather, Maurice Kellner. Besides monetary support for scholarships, the Kellner family also provides generous volunteer support to the university on advisory boards and committees.

For more information on scholarships, contact the UIS Office of Financial Assistance at 217/206-6724 or finaid@uis.edu.

For a full list of scholarship opportunities visit www.uis.edu/financialaid/scholarships/. The deadline to apply for institutional scholarships is February 15, 2018.

If you are interested in creating a scholarship, please contact the UIS Office of Advancement at 217/206-6058 or giftinfo@uis.edu.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Hannah Markey of Carthage awarded a University of Illinois Springfield scholarship

Hannah Markey, a resident of Carthage and social work major at the University of Illinois Springfield, has been awarded the Horace Mann Companies Endowed Scholarship for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Markey said she has always had a strong desire to help people.

“My natural gifts encourage me to use them in my future career as a social worker,” she said.

Markey came to UIS from John Wood Community College, where she was active in the Student Government Association, Student Life, TRIO support services, Phi Theta Kappa honor society and Campus Crusade.

At UIS, she has continued her campus involvement with the Catholic Student Organization, Christian Student Fellowship and Social Work Club.

Markey plans to pursue a master’s degree after graduation, and would like to work with the geriatric population in a nursing home or assisted living facility.

She is on track to graduate in December 2017.

The Horace Mann Companies Endowed Scholarship is awarded to students with financial need in the College of Education and Human Services.

For more information on scholarships, contact the UIS Office of Financial Assistance at 217/206-6724 or finaid@uis.edu.

For a full list of scholarship opportunities visit www.uis.edu/financialaid/scholarships/. The deadline to apply for institutional scholarships is February 15, 2018.

If you are interested in creating a scholarship, please contact the UIS Office of Advancement at 217/206-6058 or giftinfo@uis.edu.

Abigail McKinnie of Morrisonville awarded a University of Illinois Springfield scholarship

Abigail McKinnie, a resident of Morrisonville and visual arts major at the University of Illinois Springfield, has been awarded the J. Porter and Alyce V. Coble Family Scholarship for History for the 2017-2018 academic year.

McKinnie said that when she chose to major in visual arts, she met with skepticism from people close to her. But after a successful college career that includes a semester at the esteemed Art Institute of Chicago, McKinnie is on track to graduate in 2018 and hopes to use her degree and talents to make a business more successful.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to combine and transform various ideas into work that potentially holds the power to widen perspectives, spark imaginations and create communities,” she said. “I believe my experience, especially with graphic design, makes me a valuable addition to any company or organization. I can now confidently assess the effectiveness of a brand’s identity and make improvements to further the company’s success.”

The J. Porter and Alyce V. Coble Family Scholarship for History was established to assist a deserving student majoring in visual arts at UIS.

For more information on scholarships, contact the UIS Office of Financial Assistance at 217/206-6724 or finaid@uis.edu.

For a full list of scholarship opportunities visit www.uis.edu/financialaid/scholarships/. The deadline to apply for institutional scholarships is February 15, 2018.

If you are interested in creating a scholarship, please contact the UIS Office of Advancement at 217/206-6058 or giftinfo@uis.edu.

Daniel Masters of Dunlap awarded a University of Illinois Springfield scholarship

Daniel Masters, a resident of Dunlap and business administration and management major at the University of Illinois Springfield, has been awarded the Joe Wilkins Veterans Scholarship for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Masters said his leadership skills led him to a degree in management.

“I have always been a natural leader and I really enjoy working with others, motivating and empowering them,” he said.

Currently Masters uses those leadership skills as a Staff Sergeant in the United States Air Force where he works full-time as a military technician, all while attending classes full-time at UIS.

His drive to succeed propelled him to the top of the class as an honor graduate during basic training and as a Schoolhouse Leader during tech school.

“From there I continued to actively pursue leadership roles where I could positively impact the other airman and people around me,” said Masters.

Masters plans to commission as a United States Air Force Officer upon graduation.

“UIS has had a tremendous impact on my leadership skills as well as my life,” he said. “The ideas learned in class have led me to initiate programs and improvements in my unit.”

Masters said his education and eventual degree will honor both his mother, who was tragically killed by an impaired driver in 2015, as well as his father.

“My pursuit of education honors my mother’s career and efforts as a school teacher while my service honors my father’s commitment to the military,” he said.

The Joe Wilkins Veterans Scholarship was established to honor Dr. Joseph Wilkins, whose life was changed because of a scholarship he received as a student. Wilkins went on to a distinguished career as a decorated U.S. Air Force Captain, and UIS professor emeritus.

To qualify for the Joe Wilkins Veterans Scholarship, students must be in good academic standing and have served in the United States military.

For more information on scholarships, contact the UIS Office of Financial Assistance at 217/206-6724 or finaid@uis.edu.

For a full list of scholarship opportunities visit www.uis.edu/financialaid/scholarships/. The deadline to apply for institutional scholarships is February 15, 2018.

If you are interested in creating a scholarship, please contact the UIS Office of Advancement at 217/206-6058 or giftinfo@uis.edu.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Christal Loyola of Round Lake Heights awarded a University of Illinois Springfield scholarship

Christal Loyola, a resident of Round Lake Heights and computer science major at the University of Illinois Springfield, has been awarded the Treat Family Women in IT Scholarship for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Loyola said she grew up with a passion for computers and technology.

“What I love the most about technology is it always improves or opens the door for improvement, especially in the field of health care,” she said.

Loyola said she chose UIS’s online computer science degree after learning about it while attending a local community college.

“I feel like my online experience at UIS has been the best educational experience I’ve ever had,” she said.

After graduation, Loyola plans to seek a position as a software engineer, systems analyst or administrator facilitating functionality and efficiency in the field of health care. She also plans to return to UIS’ online program for her master’s degree.

“I’ve never felt as cared for or connected with my teachers and classes like I do as UIS,” she said.

The Treat Family Women in IT Scholarship was established by Shellie Treat and her husband. Shellie Treat is the Assistant Director of Network Services at UIS and oversees the System Support team. Treat says in her IT career there haven’t been many women working alongside her. Treat hopes to close that gap and that this scholarship provides some encouragement.

To qualify for the Treat Family Women in IT Scholarship, female students must be enrolled in the Computer Science Program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

For more information on scholarships, contact the UIS Office of Financial Assistance at 217/206-6724 or finaid@uis.edu.

For a full list of scholarship opportunities visit www.uis.edu/financialaid/scholarships/. The deadline to apply for institutional scholarships is February 15, 2018.

If you are interested in creating a scholarship, please contact the UIS Office of Advancement at 217/206-6058 or giftinfo@uis.edu.

Nouriath Lawani of Rushville awarded a University of Illinois Springfield scholarship

Nouriath Lawani, a resident of Rushville and accounting major at the University of Illinois Springfield, has been awarded the Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Lawani’s family immigrated to the United States from Ajegunle in Benin, West Africa when she was beginning high school.

The family settled in Rushville. “It was very hard to adjust to the new environment and connect with my peers due to the language barrier,” said Lawani, who spoke mainly French. “But over the course of time, and with a lot of hard work, I learned to adjust and get back on track to achieving my goals,” she said.

Lawani comes to UIS from Lincoln Land Community College, with an associate’s degree in accounting.

She plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in accountancy at UIS and hopes to someday work as an auditor.

Her plans also include pursuing a master’s degree and Certified Public Accountant certification. “With a degree in accounting I can easily find a job and earn a decent wage to support my family and do what I love the most,” she said.

To qualify for the Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship, full-time students must be members of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society. Students must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA to be eligible for the scholarship renewal.

For more information on scholarships, contact the UIS Office of Financial Assistance at 217/206-6724 or finaid@uis.edu.

For a full list of scholarship opportunities visit www.uis.edu/financialaid/scholarships/. The deadline to apply for institutional scholarships is February 15, 2018. If you are interested in creating a scholarship, please contact the UIS Office of Advancement at 217/206-6058 or giftinfo@uis.edu.