Our Recipients

Recipients of Scholarships for Illinois Residents have excelled in their academic pursuits and built careers of distinction. Some have started their own businesses, while others have become attorneys, judges, professors, scientists, and doctors. All credit their experience at Trinity College as the foundation of their success.

Illinois Scholar Alumni

Recipients of the Lincoln Award, a four-year full scholarship to Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, go on to be scientists, lawyers, doctors, and professors.

Class of 2023

Eleanor Chmielowicz


Major: Environmental Science, Urban Studies

“I would not be the person I am today without Trinity College or the Illinois Scholarship. The lack of financial stress granted by the scholarship has not only given me untethered access to the institution, allowing me to fully engage in courses, perform research, grow close with peers, and join extracurriculars, but has also allowed me much more flexibility with my summers and free time. I am, and forever will be, grateful for this opportunity.”

Class of 2022

Alicia Camuy


Major: Neuroscience

“I always tell anyone who asks about my scholarship that there is no other like it. I have yet to hear of such comprehensive financial assistance that comes with a caring support network who can start you on the path to your dreams. I’m not exaggerating when I say my life would be very different without SIRI!”

Olivia Louthen


Major: Economics, Public Policy & Law

“The Lincoln Award opened doors both inside and outside the classroom—such as funding career-changing internships across the country. Freedom from financial pressure as an undergrad allowed me to pursue academics full-time and find my community at Trinity.”

Coleman McJessy


Major: Political Science, Economics

“It is not exaggerating to say that the Lincoln Award has changed my life. With SIRI’s support, I have completed six internships and two majors in four years – all without having to worry about funding or finances. The generosity of my professors, friends, and mentors at Trinity College has been second to none, and along with the financial security of this scholarship, I have been well prepared to succeed at Trinity and beyond. I will always be grateful for the support of my fellow scholars and everyone at SIRI. If you are offered the Lincoln Award: Take it.”

Class of 2019

Jessica Duong

Lake Bluff

Major: Chemistry, History

“I cannot express in words how grateful I am to attend such an incredible institution without financial pressure. The Lincoln Award has given me one of the greatest gifts possible, the gift of education.”

Lucas Duros


Major: Engineering

“The Lincoln Award has paved the way for educational, social, and future opportunities that I will always be grateful for.”


Thomas Gitchell

Major: Neuroscience, Pre-Med

“Between the Illinois Scholarship and Trinity College’s resources, you have the ability to become whatever you want to become. With the scholarship behind you, all that’s left for you to do is work hard and apply yourself. What could be better?”


Matthew Lucas

Major: Biochemistry, Pre-Med

“Trinity challenged and surprised me in and out of the classroom every day. There wasn’t a day that didn’t go by without a smile, a question, a laugh, and a puzzle to solve. I’m honored to be a part of the history of such an esteemed college and scholarship program.”


Sierra Slade

Major: Neuroscience

Minor: Philosophy

“Being an Illinois Scholar freed me from financial stress and allowed me to take full advantage of everything Trinity had to offer: excellent academics, enriching extracurriculars, and lasting friendships.”


Marta Zamroziewicz

Poplar Grove

Major: Neuroscience

Current Job Status: Graduate Research Assistant & Medical Student

“The opportunities inside and outside the classroom at Trinity are unmatched elsewhere – dedicated faculty, challenging and transformative courses, invaluable internship opportunities, and an endless array of extracurricular activities. Trinity was my happy place, and the place that made me who I am today.”