UIC Access to Excellence: Scholarships

UIC Access to Excellence: Scholarships

September 16, 2019 0 By Ronny Jaskolski


The Newman Family Scholarship is a scholarship
for students in the College of Business that are majoring in accounting and are also in
the Honors College. The previous semester, I took out loans to cover my full tuition
but this year it was fully covered with the help of the Newman Scholarship. It’s such
a relief to know that everything was fully covered so it was great. Giving means impacting
the life of others in a positive way. The Newman family is a great impact in my life. Charlie Manley was diagnosed with Down syndrome
at birth. He got involved with UIC gymnastics through the men’s gymnastics team. His family
thought that gymnastics would be an excellent way for him to work on his coordination and
strength. The Manleys are the most kind, generous and supportive people. Their financial gift
has allowed us to have access to some of the newest equipment. Their incredible support
has allowed all of UIC men’s and women’s gymnastics to reach their full potential,
not just as athletes, but as students and as individuals, so thank you so much Manleys. I was a first-generation college student,
and as a result, my parents were unable to pay for any of my education. The Dr. Seeler
scholarship is for medical students who are pursuing a primary care specialty to help
with the burden of medical school debt. The scholarship has helped me to pay down some
of my loans. I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Seeler for lunch, after receiving her
scholarship, and I was very impressed with her dedication to pediatrics and for medical
students. I’d like to thank Dr. Seeler for her generosity. The magnitude of your gift,
for students like myself who have a large financial burden, this really helps us to
be able to pursue our dreams. The Barbara Loomis Award is a scholarship
given to students who show outstanding leadership potential and dedication to the occupational
therapy profession. Receiving this scholarship really helped me to feel like I had a little
bit of financial freedom to pursue further education such as going to conferences or
participating in some occupational therapy continuing education opportunities. I’ve
really seen the effects of her leadership and mentorship sort of trickle down into my
life. I’d like to thank Barbara Loomis for her gifts, not only financially, but also
in her energy, enthusiasm and commitment to furthering the occupational therapy profession. The Wood Family Foundation Scholarship is
a full ride to the University of Illinois at Chicago through the Honors College Program.
When I applied, they’d seen that I met some credentials, and you have to have, you know,
excellent GPA, a leader in high school, and I certainly fit those. I was very busy in
high school. I was just really relieved, the fact that my whole college experience was
going to change. Previously, before I received the scholarship, I was going to have to probably
stay at home, take loans. Now I can just worry about me, my academics and any other things
I wish to pursue. The relationship I have with the Wood family is very close. So it’s
like another team of support for me. I definitely believe that, with this scholarship, I could
be more successful in the long term. I, just like many other people who have reached this
potential, have encountered obstacles, but the fact that most of these obstacles, in
terms of financial being the bigger one, have been relieved. I’m able to explore what
it’s like to reach my full potential in terms of academically, socially, everything
you can think about going into college. The Wood Family Foundation has changed my life
completely. The Supporting Excellence Endowment is a scholarship
that is given to students who are leaders on campus, to advance the mission of public
service on campus and involvement in different activities on campus. Scholarships like the
SEE Scholarship have a humongous impact on the university as a whole. Allowing students
that have this creative mindset, this public service mindset to serve in the roles that
they’re serving in and not have to work more hours, I think it’s great on the university
as a whole. If I hadn’t received the scholarship, I certainly would have not served on the University
of Illinois Board of Trustees and do some of the other things that I was involved in
my senior year because I would have had to work more hours. I think I’d say to William
Flesch and all of the other donors that what you do is incredibly important, it’s had
a tremendous impact on my life and my ability to be successful, and I’m certain that it’s
had that impact on a number of other students. The Chicago Foundlings Home was started to
help pregnant women in need. The Chicago Foundlings Home Award gave me the opportunity to do the
internship that I wanted to do. I wanted to work in schools, I wanted to work with teens
that are moms. Going to school as a full-time student, not being able to work a full-time
job, it did assist in that, taking some financial burden away from me so that I could really
enjoy my time working with students and giving back. I would express my gratitude for offering
financial assistance for students in master’s programs here at UIC who have the dream and
desire to work with students in need, whether they’re pregnant, or parenting students
or just students that need additional assistance. Thank you. The scholarship I received was the Estelle
Goldstein Memorial Scholarship, which is a scholarship for students returning after the
age of 40 or focusing on aging population. The scholarship helped me during the time
that I was a full-time student and not working. Paul Goldstein is an emeritus professor at
the School of Public Health. The scholarship was established in Paul Goldstein’s mother’s
name. I believe she went back to school when she was older and I know she encouraged his
life-long love of learning, and I’m sure she would have been very proud of him. In
addition to the money I received, it just made me feel good and a part of the university,
and it’s inspiring me to want to give back when I can. If I could thank Paul Goldstein
I would say thank you for acknowledging the unique struggles that I faced as an older
student. I know I couldn’t be more proud to be an alum of the University of Illinois.