ZAN HITCHENS CLASS OF 2022
2018-19 Suburban Illini Scholarship Recipient
Hello, my name is Zan Hitchens and I’m from Oak Brook, Illinois, where I attended Hinsdale Central High School. In high school, I was a member of the soccer team, as well as our Science Olympiad team. Deciding to attend the University of Illinois was really a no-brainer for me: it was the perfect combination of location, prestige (as a chemical engineering major), and cost (as an in-state school with help from donors like you!). With my degree, I hope to attend graduate school and complete my doctorate, with the end goal of a career in academia. I became interested in chemical engineering through my love for both chemistry and physics, which was encouraged by my parents and teachers throughout my childhood. This scholarship is very important to me because, as the eldest of ten siblings ranging from ages 17 to 1, I feel it is partially my responsibility to ensure my siblings have the same opportunities I did in pursuing their goals. Thus I need to minimize my financial impact on my family. So, for that, I thank all donors involved for your support, and I hope that I can repay the faith that was given to me!
MAJOR IN CHEMICAL AND BIOMOLECULAR ENGINEERING COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING
ADRIANNA GLISAN CLASS OF 2021
2017-18 Suburban Illini Scholarship Recipient
I am a freshman from Darien, Illinois, where I attended Hinsdale South High School. I chose Illinois due to its rigorous curriculum, ample research opportunities, beautiful campus, and proximity to home. Here, I am heavily involved in StarCourse Student Concert Committee and my sorority Kappa Kappa Gamma. I plan to earn a degree in the subject I find most fascinating of them all, Biology, and then attend medical school to become a neurologist. I first became interested in neurology when my younger sister fell ill and was left with developmental disabilities and epilepsy after recovering. After spending countless hours at the hospital and talking to neurologists from across the country, I myself became mesmerized by the complexity of the brain and now wish to study it. Thanks to this scholarship, I am able to do just that. Knowing that those who have graduated before me support my academic endeavors encourages me to work hard so that one day I too may pave the way for future University of Illinois students.