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Scholarship Donors

Engineering at Illinois scholarships provide more than money for tuition, books, housing, and expenses. Scholarships represent opportunities to fulfill dreams and aspirations—to study, travel, or work abroad, to research an important industry problem, to make a difference through a humanitarian project, and to develop the exceptional professional skills that make Engineering at Illinois graduates the most sought-after practitioners, inventors, entrepreneurs, and leaders in industry and academia.

The following list recognizes some of the College of Engineering scholarships that support the next generation of engineers—the men and women who will change the world. (Also explore departmental websites for scholarships managed by the academic units.)

Ackerman

William L. Ackerman was a 1934 graduate of the University of Illinois in Mechanical Engineering. The William L. and Elizabeth A. Ackerman Fund was established in 1989 to provide scholarships for undergraduate students in the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Albrecht

The William and Josephine Albrecht scholarship fund was established in 2007 to provide scholarships for undergraduate students in the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Alseth

Miss Hilda J. Alseth was the College of Engineering Librarian from 1918 until 1954. The Hilda J. Alseth Scholarship was established in 1972 and serves as Hilda Alseth’s living legacy in the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Baetzmann

Robert Baetzmann was a Mechanical Engineering student at the University of Illinois from 1930-1932. Through his generosity, the Baetzmann scholarship fund was established in 2005 to provide scholarships for future generations of undergraduate students in the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Berthold

Thomas and Janice Berthold established the Eugene and Marian Berthold Engineering Scholarship in 2011. Thomas graduated from Danville High School, Illinois, and earned his degree in Aerospace Engineering in 1970 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The scholarship is named in honor of Thomas' parents, who through their sacrifice, hard work, and motivation, enabled Thomas to attend and graduate from Illinois. The scholarship will benefit undergraduate engineering students with financial need who are graduates of Danville High School.

Boeing Engineering Diversity and Women in Engineering

The Boeing Engineering Diversity and Women in Engineering Scholarships are funded by The Boeing Company to help with the recruitment and retention of underrepresented groups in the College of Engineering. For Boeing, the ability to hire diverse university graduates is vital to creating products and services for their diverse customers around the world.

Bridwell

The Bridwell scholarship fund for undergraduate engineering students was established in 2005 as a memorial to George L. Bridwell, a 1953 Civil Engineering graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Casaz

The Caryn Terese Casaz Endowment for Student Scholarships in the College of Engineering Fund was established in 1995 as a memorial to Ms. Casaz who was a 1994 graduate of the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Caterpillar

The Caterpillar Foundation Engineering Merit Scholarship is awarded to continuing students in the College of Engineering who have demonstrated strong academic performance while at Illinois with preference given to students in programs of interest to Caterpillar, Inc.

Contratto

The James Contratto Scholarship Fund was established in 2010 as the result of an estate gift from Nina Contratto in memory of her husband James Contratto, a 1931 Civil Engineering graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. These scholarships are awarded to engineering students from St. Clair County, Illinois.

DaRin Butz Foundation

The DaRin Butz Foundation Scholarship for Women in Engineering is a merit based scholarship awarded to female engineering students with demonstrated leadership in their field of study. These scholarships are made possible by a grant from the DaRin Butz Foundation.

DeZwarte

The Edward E. and Elizabeth Joanne DeZwarte scholarship fund was established in 1981 to provide scholarships for undergraduate students in the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Drake

The LTC Paul F. Drake Undergraduate Award Fund was established in 1999 in memory of Lt. Col. Drake who was a 1941 graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Ceramic Engineering.

Dulle

Kevin and Carey Dulle established the Anthony G. and Marcella C. Dulle Scholarship Fund in 2005 to honor the memory of Kevin's parents. Kevin earned his degree in Civil Engineering in 1981 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Kevin and Carey are dedicated to giving back to the institution that helped shape Kevin's career as a professional engineer. The Dulles' wishes are to assist in the development of future engineers through the establishment of this memorial scholarship.

Eberhard

The Eberhard Engineering Scholarship Fund was established in 2011 by College of Engineering alumni Martin F. and Carolyn Howk Eberhard to assist future generations of University of Illinois engineering students.

Eggers

Mr. Fred A. Eggers was a 1939 graduate of the University of Illinois having earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. The Fred Eggers Fund was established in 1981 in order to provide future scholarships and fellowships for engineering students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Ford Foundation

The Ford Foundation Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship awarded to undergraduate students in the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. These scholarships are made possible by a grant from the Ford Foundation.

Glasscock

The Glasscock Memorial Fund was established in 1986 in order to provide scholarships to future Engineering students and as a memorial to Mr. Dwight L. Glasscock who earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1944/1947.

Hamilton Sundstrand

The Sundstrand Scholarship Fund was established in 1985 to honor the memory of Donald A Straznickas who was a 1950 graduate of the College of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering and the former Director of Research for Sundstrand Corporation.

Hayward/Tau Beta Pi

The Hayward Fund was established in 1995 to confirm the commitment of the Haywards to their alma mater the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Through the generosity of Ruth and Harold Hayward and the Tau Beta Pi, honorary engineering society, these scholarships are awarded to outstanding Illinois engineering students on the basis of academic achievement, service, leadership, and initiative.

Hellenthal

Wilmer Hellenthal was a 1940 graduate of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign having earned his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. Due to his generosity the Wilmer Hellenthal Scholarship Fund was established in 1993 to help future students and to confirm Mr. Hellenthal’s commitment to the future of Engineering at Illinois.

Hussemann

The Edward E. and Lillian Hussemann Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 1994 as the result of an estate gift by University of Illinois alumna Dorothy Lillian Hussemann Strong. Mrs. Strong earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in home economics at the U. of I. in 1928 and 1929. She returned to the university and earned her doctorate in bacteriology in 1946. Mrs. Strong believed in the importance of education and wanted to establish a gift that would help students for generations to come. She made the bequest to establish undergraduate scholarships for engineering students in memory of her parents, Edward E. and Lillian Hussemann, and in honor of her father’s profession. Edward Hussemann worked as an electrician and manager of an electrical power station. (Source: University of Illinois News Bureau story from October 20, 1994)

John Deere

The John Deere Foundation Scholarship is awarded to college undergraduate students pursuing a minimum four-year bachelor’s degree in Engineering. Applicants are chosen based upon merit and awards to given to students studying in engineering fields of interest to John Deere.

Johnson (Richard L and Virginia)

Richard L. Johnson received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Engineering Physics in 1951 and 1952 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson established the Richard L. and Virginia Johnson Scholarship Fund in 2000 in order to provide undergraduate scholarships for students in the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Jones (Irene N.)

The Irene N. Jones scholarship fund for Engineering students at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign was established in 1987 as the result of an estate gift by Ms. Jones of Chicago, Illinois.

Kinkead (William S.)

William S. Kinkead was a Mechanical Engineering student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the 1920’s. Due to his generosity the William S. Kinkead Scholarship Fund was established in 1991 to help future students and to confirm Mr. Kinkead’s commitment to the future of Engineering at Illinois.

Kirkwood

The Kirkwood Scholarships for Women in Engineering were established in 2001 as a result of the generosity of Illinois alumna Linda M. Koe. These scholarships are intended to support female students in engineering.

Lazzara

The Philip Lazzara Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 2003 to provide future scholarships for third or fourth year undergraduate engineering students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. These scholarships are made possible by the generosity of The Lazzara Family Foundation.

Mayer

The William J. Mayer Engineering Scholarship was established in 2010 by William J. and Linda K. Mayer to provide scholarships to University of Illinois students in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering who have transferred from a community college and who are residents of Illinois Counties south of Interstate 70 and/or have served honorably in the United States military. Mr. Mayer graduated from the College of Engineering in 1970 with a degree in Electrical Engineering.

McDonnell

The Helen McDonnell Memorial Fund was established in 1995 in order to provide scholarships to future Engineering students and as a memorial to Helen McDonnell.

Miller and Behr-Miller

The William R. Miller and Martha L. Behr-Miller Scholarship Fund was established in 2003 by University of Illinois alums William Miller and Martha Behr-Miller to provide merit-based scholarships to Mechanical and Industrial Engineering students for study abroad.

Newhagen

The Paul Newhagen Engineering Scholarship Fund was established in 2012 by Mr. Newhagen to honor three of his teachers at Rockford Guilford High School: Gary Wieneke, Charles Albertson, and Margery Orr. Mr. Newhagen earned his BS in General Engineering from the University of Illinois is 1973.

Niccolls

The Calvin Barnes Niccolls Scholarship Fund was established in 1962 to honor the memory of Calvin B. Niccolls a student in the College of Engineering from 1895-1897.

Nickolls

The John Nickolls Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 2012 by NVIDIA colleagues, friends and matching funds from NVIDIA Corporation to honor the memory of ILLINOIS alumnus Dr. John Richard Nickolls (ENGR ’72). Mr. Nickolls was a Director at NVIDIA Corporation where he helped create the new field of GPU computing and where he invented CUDA (Compute Unified Device Architecture).

O’Brien

The Vincent E. O’Brien Scholarship Fund was established in 2004 due to the generosity of Illinois Electrical Engineering alumnus Dr. Vincent E. O’Brien. Dr. O’Brien, a native of Iroquois County established this award to encourage and challenge other students from his home county to study engineering at Illinois.

Page

The John W. Page Scholarship/Fellowship Fund was established in 1999 thanks to the generosity of the John W. Page Foundation in order to provide future scholarships and fellowships for engineering students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Parker

The Dean Paul Parker Scholarship Fund was established in 2000 by a group of University of Illinois College of Engineering alumni to honor former Assistant Dean Paul E. Parker. The Parker Scholarships are awarded based on merit to minority students enrolled in the College of Engineering.

Pascoe

The William T. Pascoe III Scholarship Fund was established in 2013 to honor the memory of Mr. Pascoe who earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois in 1940.

Patterson

The Patterson Family Scholarship Fund was established by Gene and Jean Patterson and provides scholarships to engineering students who graduated from Canton High School, Canton, Illinois. Mr. Patterson earned his BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois in 1968.

Phillips (Frank M.)

The Franklin McRae Phillips Scholarship Fund was established in 1964 to honor the memory of Mr. Phillips, a 1932 graduate of the University of Illinois.

Pillsbury

The Charles S Pillsbury Scholarship Fund was established in 1967 to honor the memory of Mr. Pillsbury, former president of the Alumni Association and president of the University of Illinois Foundation.

Plummer

The Joanne and Roger L. Plummer Scholarship Fund was established in 1997 to provide future scholarships for engineering students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Mr. Plummer was a 1964 graduate of the College of Engineering in Applied Mechanics. Mr. and Mrs. Plummer served as ambassadors for the University and as first couple for the Alumni Association during Mr. Plummer’s term as President.

Prickett

The Thomas A. Prickett Engineering Award Fund was established in 1996 by Mr. Prickett to provide future scholarships for engineering students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign who are also outstanding musicians in a university band. Mr. Prickett was a member of the Marching Illini and the University's Concert Band. He graduated in 1960 from the College of Engineering and was honored as a Distinguished Engineering Alum in 2004.

Primus

The Primus Engineering Scholarship Fund was established in 2013 by Mr. Gino J. Primus and Dr. Carolyn M. Primus (Ceramic Engineering ’74) to provide scholarship support to deserving underprivileged female undergraduate engineering students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Sargent and Lundy

The Sargent and Lundy Fund was established in 2000 by a dedicated group of Engineering at Illinois alumni and friends employed at Sargent and Lundy. This fund provides scholarship support to high-achieving students from across the college.

Schlader

The Schlader Memorial Scholarship in Engineering Fund was established in 1957 to honor the memory of Theodore H. Schlader, Class of 1885.

Shell Oil

Shell Oil Company Corporate Affairs Social Investment Department provides scholarship support through the Shell Incentive Fund Program to outstanding students who are pursuing a bachelor degree in a technical field of study.

Smith-Webb

The Nadine Barrie Smith-Andrew Webb Undergraduate Scholarship for Women in Engineering Fund was established in 2012 by former ECE faculty member Dr. Andrew Webb in memory of his wife Nadine Barrie Smith. Professor Smith, who earned her bachelor's master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, was an internationally recognized researcher in the field of therapeutic ultrasound, as well as an innovative educator and administrator and an inspiring mentor to engineering students.

Spear

The Grant Warren Spear Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 1969 as the result of an estate gift from Mr. Spear’s daughter Emily. Mr. Spear was a graduate of the College of Engineering.

Stephens

The Robert M. Stephens Engineering Scholarship Fund was made possible by an estate gift from Nelwyn C. Stephens to honor the memory of her husband. Mr. Stephens earned his BS in Metallurgical Engineering in 1948.

Unger

The George M. Unger Scholarships were established in 2012 as the result of an estate gift from Mr. Unger. Mr. Unger earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering in 1986.

Walker (Wilbur L.)

The Wilbur L. Walker Memorial Award Fund was established in 1988 to honor the memory of Wilber L. Walker a 1951 graduate of the College of Engineering in Civil Engineering.

Weaver

The Dale W. and Wanda L. Weaver Endowment for Engineering Students Fund was established in 2002 by Mr. and Mrs. Weaver in order to provide future scholarships for engineering students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Mr. Weaver is a 1964 graduate of the College of Engineering.

Wert

The Charles Wert International Scholars Fund was established in 1998 by Professor Emeritus of Metallurgical Engineering Charles Wert to encourage students to pursue opportunities to study abroad. Professor Wert served as head of the Department of Metallurgy and Mining for many years and held a strong personal belief in broadening one’s understanding of other people and their cultures.

Wheatley

The Wheatley Engineering scholarships were established in 1995 as the result of a generous gift by Illinois alumnus Charles W. Wheatley. Mr. Wheatley graduated from the College of Engineering in Chemical Engineering in 1923.

Wylder

The Wylder scholarships were established in 2000 as a result of the generosity of alumnus Lawrence Newton Wylder Jr who graduated from the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 1934 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

WYSE

The WYSE scholarship fund provides merit scholarships to incoming freshman who placed well in the Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering academic challenge.