We want to recognize and highlight those who are current University of Illinois students from the Valley!

Each semester, the Phoenix Illini Club awards one individual who represents the Phoenix metropolitan area with pride, is currently enrolled at UIUC, is goal-oriented, and is involved in the community.  All current U of I students from our area receive our note and must complete the online survey, which is then reviewed by our board of directors.  A candidate is chosen and notified by both the Club President and the UIUC Financial Aid Office on being granted a $2,000 scholarship for the upcoming semester.

Our scholarship award recipients: 


Andy is a computer science major from Gilbert, AZ with a perfect GPA, set to graduate in May 2023.  He is the Treasurer for his residence hall.  In addition to being a full-stack developer for Talking Dogs, an RSO on-campus focused on engineering a wearable device that could translate dogs' brainwaves into human language, he is also on a team in Project Code, where we are developing a machine learning program that tries to predict stock prices. 

Andy shared this sentiment with us:  "Thank you all for this great honor as the recipient of the Phoenix Illini Scholarship! I appreciate your efforts in creating and keeping this scholarship alive. It truly is comforting seeing I have the support of all fellow Illini's who are also from the greater Phoenix area. Thank you all so much!"  We hope to see him in March during spring break.



Molly Vance

Molly is from Tempe and is in the Class of 2022 at UIUC.  She is currently studying to be a pediatrician with a major in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences.  Molly is a leader both in the classroom and in the community including being involved with the American Medical Student Association, Phi Eta Sigma Honors Society, a diversity leadership program, and was on the Phoenix Youth Leadership Council for the March of Dimes.  She also helped get a newborn screening test bill passed at the state capital in Arizona.

Molly Vance Scholarship

Stay tuned to see who our next scholarship recipient is!