Scholarship Stories from the University of Illinois Springfield

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

Month: February 2016

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

A Navy buddy’s lessons inspire a new career for Mike Baracani

Submarine--USS William H. BatesWhen Mike Baracani of Oglesby, Illinois, began classes at UIS, he probably didn’t realize quite how much of a challenge it would be for him to juggle a fulltime job, commute two hours a day, be a good dad to his kids and husband to his wife, all while taking online business classes at UIS.

But he’s managed to do it all, and he’s done so with a great cause—to help people get where they want to be financially. Continue reading

How tragedy focused LaNita Cox’s plans for the future

LaNita Cox and her family

LaNita Cox and her family (Photo credit: Hesed Family Photography, Kelsi Strawn)

LaNita Cox has a passion for helping others, a passion born not from joyful exploration or a compelling hobby, but born of grief and sustained by additional tragedy.

But first came raising a family and running her own business, and then a decision to enroll at UIS. Continue reading