2018 Scholarship Winner Named
The Twin Cities Illini Club awards an Eagan High School graduate with its annual scholarship recognizing outstanding academic and extracurricular achievements.
Emily will attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign this fall, studying Lyric Theatre as one of 14 students in its inaugural class. She also plans to add a minor in the sciences or humanities. Emily was a member of Eagan High School's speech and debate team, competing on the state and national level and acting as the speech team's captain during her senior year. She has been active in theater, music, and television productions. She served as a cohost of a TV series episode recognized with a regional Emmy for Outstanding Achievement for Children/Youth/Teen Programming.
She is the founder of Hope for a Better Day, a charity program and fundraising vehicle for causes in need through benefit concerts, songwriting, plays, and other outreach programming. Aside from benefit concerts, Emily also created a play called Hero, which she puts on with elementary students as part of an effort to battle bullying. She is looking forward to bringing this program to an elementary school in Urbana-Champaign while studying at Illinois.
Emily is a two-time National Prudential Spirit of Community Service Bronze Medalist and two-time president's volunteer service award winner. She has received an official state seal for her community service efforts.
>> Read about Emily's experience on campus and her thoughts on the impact of her scholarship award. See her letter to club members and donors.