Prior Scholarship Winners...

2016 Scholarship Winner

In June of 2016, the Houston Illini Club is pleased to announce that it has awarded its scholarship in the amount of $2,000 to Friendswood High School’s Kathryn Kosinski. Kathryn will begin her studies in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign beginning this fall. Kathryn will also be swimming for the Fighting Illini. In high school, Kathryn was the team captain of both her high school swim team and her club team, Pearland Aquatics. She is the Gulf Junior Athlete representative, where she represents the 9,000 Houston area swimmers, both at the local level and nationally. She is an All-State first team member and a NISCA Academic All-American. She also participated in the PALS program, where she traveled to FISD’s elementary, intermediate, and Junior High campuses and mentored younger students in need. In addition, Kathryn is an AP Scholar with Distinction, and participated in numerous extra-curricular activities including National Honor Society, National English Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, and National Society of High School Scholars.


2015 Scholarship Winner

In May of 2015 the Houston Illini Club is pleased to announce that it has awarded its scholarship in the amount of $2,000 to The Village School's Vikram Seshadri. Vikram will begin his studies in Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign beginning this fall.  In high school Vikram participated in the Breakthrough Houston program, voluntarily teaching and mentoring students from low income families in the Houston area. He is also a 4-year varsity tennis player, winning second place in TAPPS 4A doubles regional and state tournaments. Vikram has worked diligently throughout high school as an IB diploma candidate, while simultaneously participating in many extra curricular activities including habitat for humanity, computer club, varsity basketball, and working at the Kumon learning center.  

 

 


2014 Scholarship Winner

In May of 2014 the Houston Illini Club is pleased to announce that it has awarded its scholarship in the amount of $2,000 to Memorial High School's Xinyi (Gary) Zhang. Gary moved to the U.S. from China in 2010 and will begin his studies in Electrical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign beginning this fall.  In high school Gary was in the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta (the Mathematics Honor Society), originated his school's Yo-Yo Club, and was the vice-president of Team Sky - an electric devices team with more than one hundred members. 

 

 

 

 


2013 Scholarship Winner 

 

In May of 2013 the Houston Illini Club is pleased to announce that it has awarded its scholarship in the amount of $2,000 to Sugar Land’s David Catalano, a Clements High School senior. David will be pursuing a Vocal Performance degree from the University of Illinois’ School of Music in the fall of 2013! 

During his high school years, David has served as Youth Chair of the Alzheimer’s Association’s Fort Bend Memory Walk, has been a part of his school’s Spanish Club, Habitat for Humanity group, and the Clements Choir Program. He is a 4-year Varsity Choir member and has served as section leader and president, and is also a 4-year Texas All-State Choir Baritone. Academically, David has excelled in Clements by finishing amongst the best in his class while taking honors and AP level classes, while simultaneously demonstrating his organization and leadership skills. The Houston Illini Club congratulates David and his family for the honor of winning the club’s 2013 scholarship! 


2012 Scholarship Winner

In May of 2012 the Houston Illini Club is pleased to announce that Samantha E. Holt, a May 2012 graduate of St. Pius X High School, is the recipient of the Club's 2012 scholarship in the amount of $1,250.  Samantha graduated as the co-valedictorian of her class, and has enrolled at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana beginning in the fall.  Among her many academic achievements, she was National Merit Commended Student, an AP Scholar, received the highest honors among her graduating classmates in writing and math, and was named to the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals All-State Academic Team - one of only 20 Texas seniors to be so honored!  She was been recognized with awards by the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) in band, writing, photography, and art competitions. Samantha was a leader on campus through serving as President of both the Student Honor Board and the International Thespian Society - while simultaneously serving as an active member and volunteer at her church.

 


2011 Scholarship Winner


In May of 2011 the Houston Illini Club is pleased to have awarded its 2011 scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to Eric Kuo of Humble, Texas.  Eric will attend the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign beginning in the fall of 2011, and intends to study Electrical Engineering. He graduated in the top two-percent of his Atascocita High School class, and amongst numerous other academic and leadership credentials he was a concertmaster for the Greater Houston All-Region Orchestra of the Texas Music Education Association, concertmaster for the Houston Youth Symphony, captain of his high school's robotics team, Outstanding Performer for the Texas State Solo/Ensemble Competition, National Honor Society member, and Math/Science Club competition coordinator. The club extends its sincerest congratulations to Eric and his family.

 


2010 Scholarship Winner

In May of 2010 the Houston Illini Club is pleased to announce that it has awarded its $2,000 2010 scholarship to Nikhil Kapur of Sugar Land, Texas.  Nikhil will attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign beginning this Fall, and will study Mechanical Engineering.  He graduated in the top one-percent of his Hightower High School class.  The club extends its sincerest congratulations to Nikhil and his family.



 

 

 

 

 


 2009 Scholarship Winner


In May of 2009 the Houston Illini Club is pleased to announce that it has awarded its 2009 $1,000 scholarship to Ryan Kent, a graduate of The Woodlands High School in The Woodlands, Texas. Ryan will pursue a degree in Nuclear Engineering, and will graduate 3rd in his class of almost 900 students. Ryan is an Eagle Scout, National AP Scholar, and the co-president of The Woodlands HS Science Club. He also co-founded and is co-president of his school's ultimate frisbee club, and he is a member of the national honor society. Ryan is a Texas All-state euphonium player, and will continue playing euphonium in the top band at U of I.   The club extends its sincerest honors to Ryan and his family.


 

 

 


2008 Scholarship Winner

The Houston Illini Club is pleased to announce that it has awarded its $2,000 2008 scholarship to Aaron Raiff, a graduate of Brazoswood High School in Clute Texas.  Aaron will  enroll as a freshman at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana for the fall of 2008.  He will pursue a degree in Chemistry with the goal of becoming a chemistry professor and researcher at one of the nation's finest research institutions.

Aaron is an Eagle Scout and will graduate in the top 3% of his class. He has earned a number of honors (AP scholar, Region Band, Chemistry and Spanish Merit award), and has been an active volunteer in community activities including Youth Ministry and staffing National Youth Leadership Training.  The club extends its sincerest honors to Aaron and his family.

 


2007 Scholarship Winner

The Houston Illini Club is pleased to announce that it has awarded its 2007 scholarship in the amount of $2,000 to Lisa Hasenberg, a graduate of Kingwood High School. Lisa will enroll at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in the fall to pursue a Chemical Engineering degree.

Lisa is ranked in the top 1% of her class and is both a National Merit and an AP Scholar. Like Marisa Tomei’s character (Mona Lisa Vito) in the movie My Cousin Vinnie, Lisa comes from a long line of engineers.  Her father is an engineer, her brother is studying to become a mechanical engineer, as are numerous other members of her extended family.

Once Lisa receives her undergraduate degree, she intends to earn a Ph.D. in engineering and enter the workforce in research and development.

We wish her great success and are honored to present her with this year’s scholarship award.


2006 Scholarship Winner

The Houston Illini Club is pleased to announce that it has awarded its 2006 scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to Jun Hong, a graduate of Stratford High School in Houston, Texas.  Jun has enrolled at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign as a Freshman in the Fall of  2006, and is in the Bioengineering Curriculum.

Though only having been in our country for five years, Jun graduated in the top 8% of his class, and earned a number of honors.  He was a two year president of the Junior Engineering Technology Society and won the violin Concerto Competition at school.  The club extends its sincerest congratulations to Jun and his family.


2005 Scholarship Winner

The Houston Illini Club is pleased to announce its 2005 scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to Carrie Nie.  Carrie was a member of the National Honor Society, and graduated in the top 25% of her class.  Carrie was the Co-Captain of her school's Varsity tennis team (4 years), where she went on to State, placing third. Additionally she was both a district and regional tennis champion.  The club extends its sincerest congratulations to Carrie and her family.


2004 Scholarship Winner

The Houston Illini Club is pleased to announce its 2004 scholarship in the amount of $1,250 to Bryan Walker.  Bryan served a member and officer (Vice President in charge of Service) of the Kingwood High School Chapter of the National Honor Society, and graduated in the top 1% of his class.  The club extends its sincerest honors to Bryan and his family.