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Student Story Gabriella Ramirez

Why did you choose to attend EIU?

I chose to attend EIU because they had an amazing honors program and the campus was very inviting

Please describe how receiving this scholarship has affected you and/or what it has enabled you to do.

This scholarship has helped me out because it allows me to focus on my education and not worry about finances.

What student organizations are you involved in?

I am a resident assistant in Thomas Hall. I am also involved with the Honors College, student dean for the College of Arts and Humanities, Tau Beta Sigma, National Residence Hall Honorary, Education Scholars, History Student Ambassador, Kappa Delta Pi, and Golden Apple.

What are your career plans/aspirations?

I wish to teach social science in an Illinois public high school. I would like to eventually become a curriculum coordinator.

How will you make a positive difference in the world?

I will make a positive difference in the world by changing the lives of my students. I want to empower them to know they can make a change in the world even if it is a small one.

What is your most memorable EIU experience or memory?

My most memorable EIU experience at EIU thus far is when one of my residents put "Best RA in town" on my whiteboard. It felt rewarding to know my resident thought I was doing a good job. Sometimes I second guess myself and wonder if I am doing enough. Her message reassured me that I am doing a good job.

What message would you like to send to alumni, friends, and donors who financially support EIU?

Thank you so much for your generosity and support. Your help allows students to be able to focus on their education and not have to worry about finances.


Student Story Heather Vodde

Heather is currently a Communication Disorders and Science major with a minor in Psychology. She transferred to EIU her sophomore year and it instantly felt like home.

"The transfer coordinators, as well as CDS faculty, went above and beyond in helping make my transfer an easy process."

While at EIU Heather has kept herself busy by participating in many organizations on campus. Heather was member of Best Buddies her sophomore and junior year and had the honor of serving as treasurer. Through this opportunity Heather gained countless life-long friends and memories that she'll never forget.

Heather has also been a member of the pre-professional organization, National Student Speech Language Hearing Association, for 3 years. As a junior she served as Treasurer of this organization and she is currently the Vice President.

"This group allowed me to not only grow professionally, but has also allowed me to step out of my comfort zone and hold leadership positions."

On top of all of that, Heather is the Treasurer of the honors RSO, Phi Alpha Eta. This RSO has given Heather volunteer and outreach opportunities that she wouldn't have been exposed to otherwise.

Heather will be pursuing her Master's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology at EIU and hopes to work in pediatrics as a Speech Language Pathologist. She has the honor of being the College of Sciences Commencement Speaker this May.

"I have known since the 7th grade that I wanted to be an SLP and working with individuals with disabilities is where my heart and passion is. It’s amazing to know my dream is finally coming true!"

Heather is well on her way to achieving all of her dreams, but if she could go back in time and tell her freshman self one thing it would be that "it’s okay to stop and smell the roses. Take time to enjoy the little things in life while on your academic journey."


Student Story Rachel Washburn

Why did you choose to attend EIU?

I chose to attend EIU mainly because of its education program. EIU is arguably the best school for teachers, and I wanted to get the best experience and knowledge possible. I believed, and still believe, that it is the best option for me as a future elementary school teacher as far as field experience and preparation.

Please describe how receiving this scholarship has affected you and/or what it has enabled you to do.

This scholarship has helped to decrease the financial burdens on both my family and I. I have a twin sister, so my family is trying to pay for two college educations at one time, so any financial assistance that I can get is greatly appreciated. This scholarship will help me to take out less in loans, and it will generally decrease the cost of my schooling.

What student organizations are you involved in?

I am the president of the EIU Spanish Club, secretary of the Student Association for the Education of Young Children (SAEYC), and I will soon be inducted as the historian of Kappa Delta Pi. Also, I am a member of Education Scholars, the Student Standards Board, and Amigos and Friends.

What are your career plans/aspirations?

I hope to become an elementary school teacher; specifically I would like to teach children who are in the first, second, or third grads. Also, I would like to teach in a bilingual school, teaching students in both English and Spanish.

How will you make a positive difference in the world?

I hope to make a positive difference in the world through my teaching. I want to be able to shape children's minds and to teach them academic subjects as well as just general life concepts (i.e. goal making). I hope to impact my students' lives, and I hope they leave my classroom feeling prepared for the following grade as well as years after that.

What is your most memorable EIU experience or memory?

My most memorable EIU experience would probably be my field experience as an education major. I am able to learn so much even in just a week, and I think having that type of experience in a classroom so early on in my teaching career is a great advantage.

What message would you like to send to alumni, friends, and donors who financially support EIU?

I would like to say thank you to anyone who financially supports EIU because they are the reason that I, and so many other students, are able to attend school without having to constantly worry about the financial burdens of paying for school. Thank you for your support, and thank you for believing in the students here at EIU.


Student Story Brooke Cox

Why did you choose to attend EIU?

The class sizes, small campus with a big campus feel, and the opportunity to get involved.

Please describe how receiving this scholarship has affected you and/or what it has enabled you to do.

Receiving this scholarship has allowed me to feel less stressed about having to pay for school. It has helped me continue my education that will someday soon allow me to do what I love for a living.

What student organizations are you involved in?

Beta Alpha Phi, Student Accounting Society, Alpha Phi Sorority, Business School Ambassador

What are your career plans/aspirations?

I plan to get my MBA and then accept a position in a firm that gives me the opportunity to grow and make a difference.

How will you make a positive difference in the world?

I will help others live a comfortable life by helping direct them in the right direction with their finances. I also plan to help charities within the community where I live to help make a difference and impact the lives of others. I also would like to be a resource for individuals like myself some day.

What is your most memorable EIU experience or memory?

Being the director of finance for Alpha Phi.

What message would you like to send to alumni, friends, and donors who financially support EIU?

Thank you for supporting EIU students like myself. You are so appreciated. I love attending Eastern and truly think it is an amazing school.


Student Story Luke Gilbert

Why did you choose to attend EIU?

I chose EIU because it is not too far from home and it is known for its excellent School of Business.

Please describe how receiving this scholarship has affected you and/or what it has enabled you to do.

I am very thankful for this scholarship. Because of it, I can completely focus on my schooling without having to worry about how I am going to afford it.

What student organizations are you involved in?

In high school, I was involved in multiple organizations. I have not officially joined any organizations at EIU yet, but I have attended many meetings of different clubs.

What are your career plans/aspirations?

My career plans include becoming a certified public accountant and going back to my hometown to help run my family's construction company and also conduct business with other local clients.

How will you make a positive difference in the world?

Being a CPA won't just be a job, it will also be helping people that can't do something themselves. It is a skill that not everyone acquires, and by having it I think I will be able to help many people out.

What is your most memorable EIU experience or memory?

Since it is only the first semester of my first year, I can't really say I have a most memorable moment ... but I sure hope there will be many over the next few years!

What message would you like to send to alumni, friends, and donors who financially support EIU?

Thank you to everyone who has helped me so far and also in the future; it is greatly appreciated!


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