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Featured Scholarship Recipients
Robert M. Janowiak Scholarship
The Robert M. Janowiak Scholarship honors the memory of ECE alumnus Robert Janowiak. It is given to a junior or senior with an outstanding academic record.
Daniel Klingler received the scholarship in 2009.
“I was excited to receive this,” he said. "Receiving this award made me feel like my hard work was beginning to pay off. Illinois has a great ECE department, and it is an honor to be chosen out of such an awesome batch of students.”
The funding will alow hime to worry a little less less abuot his funding his education. "I put the money toward my tuition," he said. "The extra money will allow me to focus a little less on finances and a little more on learning."
Henneman Scholarship in Electrical and Computer Engineering
The Henneman Scholarship in Electrical and Computer Engineering recognizes an outstanding junior or senior who has demonstrated an interest in power distribution. Xichen Jiang, now a graduate student, received this scholarship in 2010.
“I was very surprised and so very honored to have gotten the award because there are so many other brilliant students at U of I,” said Jiang about learning of the award.
In addition to funds, the scholarship comes with a plaque. "The award helped me a lot," said Jiang. “It makes the department seem very personal. It shows that the professors are looking out for their students and appreciate the dedication a student puts to his or her work. I’m truly grateful for this award because now I can focus on my studies instead of having to worry about other things."
Daniel W. and Carol A. Dobberpuhl Student Award
The Daniel W. and Carol A. Dobberpuhl Student Award is presented to ECE Juniors. Sumit Dutta received this award in May 2010.
“I was pretty happy to receive this,” said Dutta. “ECE does a good job getting alumni to help out and support students. I'm grateful for that."
Dutta will be putting the award toward helping with his education. "The award has definitely helped with my education. The thing about this award is that Illinois is helping you learn. It’s a no strings attached award which makes it pretty great.”
John A. Calder Memorial Scholarship
The John A. Calder Memorial Schlarship is presented to incoming freshmen. Cori Johnson felt honored that someone thought she was deserving of the award.
"It takes a lot of stress out for me to not have to not have to worry about the money of school and to focus more on school," Johnson said. "It motivates me a lot more because I have people who were generous enough to give me money, so I want to use it wisely."
Johnson is enjoying her ECE classes and considers them her most interesting classes, and she is still exploring the vast opportunities of ECE. "I want to figure out what I'm interested in and what I want to do for the rest of my life," Johnson said. "I just want a job I like and that I want to go to every day."
W.J. "Jerry" Sanders -- Advanced Micro Devices Scholarship
Half way through her sophomore year of high school, Maryann Tung knew she wanted to study engineering. Now as a freshman in ECE and the recipient of the W.J. "Jerry" Sanders Advanced Micro Devices Scholarship, Tung is now doing just that.
The Jerry Sanders-AMD Scholarship is given to an incoming freshman in ECE and provides funding for four years. "It was a big surprise because I wasn't expecting to get the big AMD scholarship," Tung said. "I was really honored that I got it. My parents were definitely excited, too."
Tung is particularly interested in becoming involved in undergraduate research during her time at Illinois. She had some experiences in high school assisting a college student in research, and she want to continue that type of experience in ECE.