Over 275 people, including donors, recipients, and other guests, attended UIS' 2012 Donor-Recipient Scholarship Luncheon. This year's theme was "From Generation to Generation," highlighting the support and encouragement one generation gives to the next generation of students.
Chancellor Susan J. Koch welcomed everyone and then introduced UIS' new Vice Chancellor for Development Jeff Lorber, who spoke briefly about his own commitment to scholarships.
Following lunch, two featured speakers presented:
Michael Schwartz (MA '80 EHS) thinks about generations every day in his career. He is Chairman of the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board, which provides about $10 billion in benefits to approximately 550,000 retirees each year.
So you could say he represents one generation protecting the benefits of the preceding generation.
Mike and his wife Barbara ('80 EHS) have been donors to UIS since 1994 and in 2007, they created the Michael and Barbara Schwartz Scholarship for transfer students. They find it particularly fulfilling to help eliminate barriers that keep young people from achieving educational goals.
Michael and Barbara have personal reasons for appreciating the value of scholarships from one generation to the next. As a student in 1979, after Barbara transferred to what was then Sangamon State University, Barbara received the first scholarship offered to an athlete. Read Michael Schwartz' speech.
Matt Holm ('13 PAA) is the grateful recipient of the Saul Morse and Anne Morgan Scholarship. He is a senior this year, majoring in Legal Studies and Political Science. He transferred to UIS from Rock Valley College in Rockford, Illinois, at the beginning of his junior year.
His scholarship has allowed Matt to be very active on campus, taking advantage of UIS' many leadership opportunities, and this summer he completed an unpaid internship in Senator Dick Durbin's office and is working this fall (again in an unpaid position) for the Illinois Innocence Project.
Matt said that his scholarship made it financially possible for him to consider these positions.
Matt plans to attend law school next fall after he graduates possibly with a joint JD and Master of Public Administration program. "The law," he says—and I am quoting him now, "is a structure in which our society lives and moves, and it carries tremendous power to change society and help resolve problems in people's lives." Read Matt Holm's speech.Please consider your own scholarship at UIS. Learn more about a special 1:1 match opportunity through the Access Illinois Scholarship Initiative.