Scholarship Recipient Profiles
Scholarships Awarded: Caterpillar Fund, College of Engineering & Engineering Technology; Mullick Family Scholarship; other private scholarships
Areas of Study: Mechanical Engineering major, Applied Mathematics minor
Anticipated Graduation Date: December 2011
Hometown: Waterman, IL
Activities: My studies take the majority of time when in school. I have a co-op position (long term internship) with Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation in Rockford.
What is the best thing about being a scholarship recipient?
It is more to me that just the financial assistance. It is a validation of one's hard work. It is a great feeling to know that an organization or individual is so impressed with your accomplishments that they help sponsor your education.
What are your personal and professional goals?
I am working towards a position in the mechanical engineering field. That is a very broad profession. Hamilton Sundstrand is in the aerospace component manufacturing sector, and I would happily accept a full-time position with them if given the opportunity. Personally, I am looking forward to enjoying the benefits of obtaining a B.S. ME and improving the quality of life for myself and my family.
What are your suggestions for students looking for scholarships?
I have obviously always focused first on maintaining the highest grade point average I can accomplish. Many scholarships have a fairly high threshold (>= 3.0). Written communication skills are also essential.
What is the best thing about being an NIU Huskie?
There is a certain camaraderie at NIU that I enjoy. The ME program, in particular, can be very tough at times, as I am sure several other discplines are as well. There is a certain kinship that forms between the students in this school. I have met engineers that have graduated from NIU and noticed the same thing. There is an instant bond. I never experienced that at community college.