Scholarship Stories from the University of Illinois Springfield

Stories of students at UIS and the generous scholarship donors who support their dreams

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How Caitlin Crane found a career that satisfied her curiosity

Caitlin Crane

Above: Caitlin Crane (’13 CBM, MS ’15 LIS Urbana) at work in Archives and Rare Books at the Bernard Becker Medical Library.

Sometimes a mother just knows…

Sitting in a car one day with her mother, just before her first year at UIS, Caitlin Crane wondered aloud about a career.

“You should be a librarian,” her mother said.

“Ummm….” Caitlin took a moment to soften her response. “That doesn’t quite sound like me.” Continue reading

A road less traveled rewards Beverly Shannon with a remarkable life

Beverly ShannonWhen Beverly Shannon graduated from high school, she could have chosen a simple, straightforward future: a degree from UCLA followed by a safe and satisfying career.

Instead, Beverly chose dancing, and as Robert Frost said in a famous poem about two roads diverging in a wood—choosing that less-traveled path made all the difference. Continue reading

Grace Latimore–From alone in a crowd to ready for anything

Grace Latimore

Activity swirled around Grace Latimore as she stood in the crowded atrium at UIS during Open Mic Night.

Students talked, laughed, called out friends to the mic, and applauded each other’s efforts.

Only a freshman, but already active on the Black Student Union executive board, Grace had helped plan this event, and she was laughing and having as good a time as anyone.

But she couldn’t help thinking, I’m surrounded by people but still alone. Continue reading