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  • Jackie Murphy

    Major:

    Social Worker

    "My parents were working as farmers on the paddy field, each earning $1 for every 8 hours of work. As a family of five, that meant we were living on $60 a month."

    Need Level

    4.0/5

    Merit Level

    4.7/5

  • Major:

    Creative Writing

    I have become a horde of poetry that sleeplessly pours out of me in the small hours of the night, of the lyrics behind songs without melodies, of novels whose endings I am eager to pen down.

    Need Level

    4.5/5

    Merit Level

    3.4/5

  • Major:

    Neuroscience

    Indian Carnatic music is a part of me that rarely finds its way anywhere outside my Sunday morning classes.

    Need Level

    3.8/5

    Merit Level

    3.3/5

  • Major:

    Undeclared

    I've been stuck in quarantine for many months now and recently I have been scrambling for scraps to keep my bank account from dying.

    Need Level

    3.6/5

    Merit Level

    3.2/5

  • Major:

    General Studies

    Since COVID started my mom has been laid off and my dad only works 3 days out of the week

    Need Level

    4.4/5

    Merit Level

    3.0/5

  • Major:

    Journalism

    "Between the political tension from where I come from to racism in the country that received me, I feel like I have to fight three times harder than others."

    Need Level

    3.7/5

    Merit Level

    4.4/6

  • Major:

    Molecular and cellular biology

    I worked until 11 p.m. everyday, so juggling all of this became extremely difficult on a daily maximum if 4 hours of sleep.

    Need Level

    2.6/5

    Merit Level

    3.4/5

  • Major:

    CS + Econ

    I want to be many things: an entrepreneur, a scientist, an engineer, a movie producer. If I stayed, I wouldn’t be able to achieve these things in the magnitude that I envision.

    Need Level

    3.6/5

    Merit Level

    3.3/5

  • Major:

    School of Social Work

    I am a 20 year old black female Muslim and I am a sophomore at the University of Illinois majoring in social work. I have always wanted to be a doctor.

    Need Level

    3.3/5

    Merit Level

    3.4/5

  • Major:

    integrative biology

    My name is Jakub Klocek and I am currently a sophomore studying biology here at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

    Need Level

    2.6/5

    Merit Level

    3.2/5

  • Major:

    Communications

    I have 2 jobs, and apply for scholarships to try to make it work, and take every opportunity I can. With perseverance I know I can make it, and do all of the things my younger self always dreamed of.

    Need Level

    4.2/5

    Merit Level

    3.9/5

  • Ava Harris

    Major:

    Interactive Media and Game Design

    After I got the MRI done, I was sitting in a room with my mom when the doctor came in looking distraught and she proceeded to tell me I have breast cancer in stage 1B with a small tumor.

    Need Level

    3.6/5

    Merit Level

    4.1/5

  • Asia Baker

    Major:

    Business Administration

    I never let the limitations deter me from my dreams. My senior year, I saved as much money as I could, even leaving school on my lunch break to work for that hour.

    Need Level

    3.7/5

    Merit Level

    3.1/5

  • Shanice Dixon

    Major:

    Political Science with minor in Public Policy

    I do, but I think I would be doing a disservice to myself and others if I did not use the resources I was granted to pay it forward and help those in need the same way I was.

    Need Level

    3.8/5

    Merit Level

    3.0/5

  • Diana Handl Choi

    Major:

    Business and Public Policy

    My mother is undergoing chemotherapy. My immigrant father who provides for 5, is working in construction. While I watch my father and mother struggle, I am fighting for social justice and maintaining a 4.0 gpa’

    Need Level

    4.5/5

    Merit Level

    3.0/5

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