Meet our Lincoln Scholars

We believe the power of innovation can change the world.

In the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at Illinois, the leaders of tomorrow learn to analyze and solve problems, to work in diverse groups, and to view the world with a broad perspective. Our students pursue knowledge in an incredible breadth of areas and use their education to propel society forward.

For nearly a decade, the Lincoln Scholars Initiative has opened the doors to this college experience through a program that provides significant renewable scholarships to academically gifted Illinois students in need of financial support.

Read about some of the inspiring students whose lives have been changed thanks to the Lincoln Scholars Initiative. 

With your ongoing support, the Lincoln Scholars Initiative will continue to change lives and place a liberal arts and sciences education within reach for promising students. Interested in donating? Learn how

 Sarah EdringtonSarah Edrington

Sarah Edrington chose to study psychology at Illinois because she knew she would receive a well-rounded education that could take her anywhere.

“I really enjoyed psychology in high school, and I knew that this major could take me in many different directions with my career,” Edrington said. “Since then, I have genuinely enjoyed every psychology class that I have taken. Here at Illinois, I knew that I was guaranteed a great education in a wide variety of fields.”


Miranda GonzalezMiranda Gonzalez

Teachers play a significant role in their students’ lives, and Miranda Gonzalez believes this relationship is especially important within mathematics classrooms.

“I have seen how much a teacher can impact a student’s experience with math to be more positive or negative,” she said. “I want to help students learn that they are all capable of being a ‘mathematician’ or learning mathematics. I enjoyed my math classes and want to help others have a positive experience.”


Destiny HenningDestiny Henning

Destiny Henning knows that all of biology starts at the cellular level.

“You can’t have complex organisms like plants, animals, or humans, without the cellular framework to back it up,” she explained. “In my major, all my classes allow me to think small and get an in-depth look at how we all work.”


Jessica S. YueJessica Yue

Jessica Yue worked in a Level 1 trauma center in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic — an experience that helped her gain a unique perspective into the role of healthcare within society.

“I love that healthcare is never static and a field that I can continually grow in,” she said.


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Few endeavors are more central to our mission as a land-grant institution than providing access to a liberal arts and sciences education for promising students whose financial situation might prevent them from enrolling at Illinois. The students featured above are just some of many who benefit from the Lincoln Scholars Initiative.

In addition the support offered through the Lincoln Scholars Initiative, the College of LAS provides numerous named scholarships to students throughout the college. Read stories about the impact of giving.

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