Scholarship Recipients

2016 Scholarship Recipient

Congratulations to Akram Cheema, the recipient of one of the second annual Peoria Area Illini Club scholarships!

At the time of receiving the scholarship, Akram was a Senior at Dunlap High School and planned to attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the fall of 2016.  Akram ranked number 1 in his class of 280 and was very active in his school and community, participating in activities such as Leaf Club, Future Career and Community Leaders of America, soccer, volunteering at Methodist Unity Point Hospital, and working at Tender Care Animal Hospital.

Akram plans to pursue a career in veterinary medicine, and as he described in his essay, looks forward to making a positive difference in animals he someday treats. 

2016 Scholarship Recipient

Congratulations to Eve Zumwalt, the recipient of one of the second annual Peoria Area Illini Club scholarships!

Eve is an alumnus of Delavan High School.  Eve comes from a family that is deeply rooted in the University, with her great-grandfather graduating from the College of Agriculture in 1876.  That’s 140 years of Illini tradition.  In her essay, Eve explained that she carried on this tradition not only due to her family’s positive influence but also because she recognized the U of I as one of the greatest universities in the country.

In her time at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Eve has been active in the Alpha Chi Omega sorority and the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association, all while working as a research assistant in multiple labs and as a classroom assistant at the Carle Auditory and Oral School.  All the while pursuing these social and professional activities, Eve managed to make the Dean’s List three semesters.

After college, Eve is planning to pursue a career working with children in the field of speech and hearing sciences.  Recognizing the scarcity of quality therapists working and living in rural areas, Eve plans to return to a rural community, perhaps her hometown in Tazewell County, to fulfill this critical need for children.

2015 Scholarship Recipient 

Congratulations to Sean Zwicky, the recipient of the first annual Peoria Area Illini Club scholarship!

Sean is a current freshman at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During his short time at UIUC, he has earned a 4.0 GPA in his first semester, joined the Orange Krush, and become active with such organizations as the Swann Center for Severe Mental Disabilities, the Prairie Winds Assisted-Living Center, and the Foundation of International Medical Relief of Children. An alumnus of Pekin Community High School, Sean was the valedictorian of his class, 2-year captain of the varsity soccer team, senior captain of the varsity basketball team, member of both the concert and jazz bands, and very active in his church and community.

After college, Sean is planning to pursue a career in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation, a medical specialty that coordinates recovery and rehabilitation plans for patients with disabilities resulting from disease or injury.