The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering gives out merit-based awards and scholarships to undergraduates in recognition of their scholastic achievements and activities.

Sponsored by the department, alumni, and corporate endowments, these scholarships are granted according to the wishes of gift donors, including financial need- or merit-based scholarships and/or ethnicity, gender, year in college, or other selection criteria. Some of the scholarships are renewable. Each spring, scholarship recipients are recognized, along with winners of the Undergraduate Research Symposium, at an annual ceremony in April.

Students have an opportunity to nominate themselves via the self-nomination process. Faculty members are also asked to nominate their highly productive and successful students. The department’s Awards & Scholarship Committee reviews applications and selects recipients.

Endowed Scholarships

Thank you to our generous alumni and friends for your investment in the future of our undergraduate students. We are grateful for each and every contribution that has made these scholarships possible. 

The late John M. Ankenbauer grew up in Berkeley, Illinois. A first generation college student, he attended Illinois from 1977 to 1981. After graduating magna cum laude with a chemical engineering degree, he joined Mobil. John credited the university’s rigorous undergraduate chemical engineering program for preparing him to meet the challenges of the oil and gas industry. Illinois instilled within him a belief that a top level education, scholarly research and ethical application of science enable young adults to assume the responsibility of creating a better society. Mr. Ankenbauer died in 1984 and this scholarship was established by John’s brother, Gilbert Ankenbauer, and Gilbert’s wife, Jenny Ankenbauer, to honor John’s memory.

Criteria: Chemical engineering students, with a preference to students who are United States Citizens and have at least a 3.0 GPA in their previous semester and maintain at least a 3.0 GPA while supported by the fund.

  • 2020-2021 Recipient: Thomas Sheehan 
  • 2019-2020 Recipient: Zhitao Chen
  • 2018-2019 Recipient: Lucas Kreidl
  • 2017-2018 Recipient: Ty’Nya Larry
  • 2016-2017 Recipient: Isaac Strain
  • 2015-2016 Recipient: Ashley May
  • 2014-2015 Recipients: Isaac Strain, Daniel Ziegler

This scholarship was established in 1999 by Stuart and Beverly Ann Boyle. Stuart received his BS in Chemical Engineering from Illinois in 1955. After graduating, he joined Standard Oil.

Criteria: Junior or senior chemical engineering students in good academic standing; academic merit and financial need.

  • 2020-2021 Recipient: Joel Klecka
  • 2019-2020 Recipient: Victoria Wisniewski
  • 2018-2019 Recipient: William Spreadbury
  • 2017-2018 Recipient: Elijah Karvelis
  • 2016-2017 Recipient: Jacob Komenda
  • 2015-2016 Recipient: Brandon Rodgers
  • 2014-2015 Recipient: John Gewargis
  • 2013-2014 Recipient: Maciej Kowalkowski
  • 2012-2013 Recipient: Ryan McGowan
  • 2011-2012 Recipient: Min Hao Wong

This scholarship was made possible by Dr. Christopher Burcham, who earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois in 1992. He went on to earn his doctorate in chemical engineering from Princeton University in 1998. He is a senior engineering advisor at Eli Lilly and Company. His career has been in process development, working at the interface between formulated products and active ingredients. He established this scholarship to help make education more affordable.

Criteria: preference for renewable, after renewals considered preference should go to JRs in good academic standing from the State of Illinois (outside of Cook, DuPage, and Will counties)

    • 2020-2021 Recipients: Ethan Miller and Sera Trigo

The Corn Family Scholarship was established by alumnus Ron Corn and his family. Mr. Corn in an Illinois native who graduated from the University of Illinois with a BS in Chemical Engineering in 1979. He started his career at Chevron USA’s refinery in Richmond, Calif., and has held a number of roles with Chevron Phillips Chemical throughout the U.S. and Asia. As of 2019, he was senior vice president of petrochemicals and is responsible for the olefins, natural gas liquid, and aromatics product lines.

Criteria: Chemical engineering students with a preference to women and/or underrepresented students.

  • 2020-2021 Recipients: Andrea Mejia
  • 2019-2020 Recipient: Nicole Jugovich
  • 2018-209 Recipient: Hui Du

The Mary S. and Dr. Howard W. Cox Jr. Scholarship is named after the late Dr. Howard Cox, who earned a BS in Chemical Engineering from Illinois in 1968, and his wife Mary Cox. After graduating from Illinois, Howard Cox went on to earn a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, where he met Mary. She received her BA in Theater from Minnesota. Dr. Cox worked for General Motors Research and Development for 36 years, specializing in the development and processing of lightweight materials.

Criteria: Chemical engineering students

  • 2020-2021 Recipient: Jonathan Hartanto
  • 2019-2020 Recipient: Hoya Ihara

The Donald E. Eisele Award is named after Mr. Eisele, who received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Illinois in 1971. It’s sponsored by the Zeta of Alpha Chi Sigma, the professional chemistry society.

Criteria: Chemical engineering seniors; academic merit and service to professional groups such as Alpha Chi Sigma, American Chemical Society, AIChE, etc.

  • 2020-2021 Recipient: Jonathan Gong
  • 2019-2020 Recipient: Anna Welton-Arndt
  • 2018-2019 Recipient: Eric Cai
  • 2017-2018 Recipient: Jesus Sanchez
  • 2016-2017 Recipient: Michael Jorgensen
  • 2015-2016 Recipient: Nicholas Connolly
  • 2011-2012 Recipient: Robert Wu

Born in 1910 on a farm near Laura, Illinois, Robert Frye attended a one-room schoolhouse before moving on to Peoria Central High School, Bradley University, and eventually the University of Illinois. He graduated with his chemical engineering degree from Illinois in 1933 and went to work for Abbott Laboratories. He was involved in chemical development and product development, including the manufacturing process for penicillin in the early 1940s. After 34 years with Abbott, he went to work for G.D. Searle & Co. In 1970 he and his son John Frye, who had a background in printing, bought and ran a printing business in Clinton, Mich.

Criteria: Chemical engineering students

  • 2020-2021 Recipient: Daniel Azmoodeh
  • 2019-2020 Recipient: John Bohn
  • 2018-2019 Recipient: Kevin Wade
  • 2017-2018: Robert Schneider
  • 2016-2017 Recipient: Atreyo Ghosh
  • 2015-2016 Recipient: Dongkwan Lee
  • 2014-2015 Recipient: Claire Gibbons
  • 2013-2014 Recipient: Grant Blazina
  • 2012-2013 Recipients: Seong-Min Kim, James Lang
  • 2011-2012 Recipient: Majid Ahmed Alhilali

Clarence “Larry” Gerhold was an inventor with an engaging personality and infectious sense of humor who had a profound impact on the petroleum refining and petrochemical industries. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemical engineering from Illinois in 1928 and 1929, studying under Professor Donald B. Keyes, who taught him a great deal about petroleum technology and other topics. After graduating from Illinois, Mr. Gerhold joined UOP, or Universal Oil Products. He would spend his entire career there developing solutions to problems. During World War II, he applied his knowledge of production of super high octane gasoline to large-scale production of aviation gasoline. Over the years he was involved in thermal cracking and reforming, olefin polymerization, alkylation, paraffin isomerization, and much more.

Criteria: Chemical engineering sophomores, with preference to Illinois residents with financial needs.

  • 2020-2021 Recipient: William Lyon
  • 2019-2020 Recipient: William Lyon
  • 2018-2019 Recipient: William Lyon
  • 2017-2018 Recipients: Michelle Brown, Anthony Salazar, Sanjna Shah
  • 2016-2017 Recipients: Anthony Salazar, Yiling Loh
  • 2015-2016 Recipient: Dawna Peterson
  • 2014-2015 Recipient: Lauren Schmitt
  • 2013-2014 Recipient: Anthony Tapia
  • 2012-2013 Recipient: Paul Jenkins

After graduating from Rockhurst College with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, Joe Glas came to Illinois where he worked on his Ph.D. under the legendary James Westwater. After earning his doctoral degree in 1965, Dr. Glas joined DuPont, where he rose through the ranks to become director, vice president, and general manager of DuPont’s Fluorochemicals Division. He later became vice president and general manager of DuPont Fluoroproducts, and in 1998 he was named Vice President and General Manager of DuPont’s Biotechnology Division. Dr. Glas led the development of environmentally friendly refrigerants, reducing the threat of chlorofluorocarbons to the ozone layer. He advocated for a global approach to the problem of ozone depletion based on science and was a spokesman for industry working with government and the public. Ever loyal to his alma mater, Dr. Glas chaired the department’s resource development committee in the early 1990s and has served on its external advisory committee. He also is a former convocation speaker.

Criteria: Chemical engineering students, with a preference for students from Iowa or Illinois and incoming juniors; academic merit and financial need shall also be considered. At the discretion of the department, the scholarship may be used for sophomores and incoming freshmen.

  • 2020-2021 Recipient: Zachary De Leon
  • 2019-2020 Recipient: Samuel Dillon
  • 2018-2019 Recipient: Christian Monte
  • 2017-2018 Recipients: Christian Monte, Alishba Rehman
  • 2016-2017 Recipient: June Qian
  • 2015-2016 Recipient: Vitaliy Dushnov
  • 2014-2015 Recipient: Sophie Friedman
  • 2013-2014 Recipient: Alex Baciu
  • 2012-2013 Recipient: Zachary Dookeran
  • 2011-2012 Recipients: Samantha Fuchs, Enem Martin, Thomas Smith

Born and raised in Chicago, Jim Grant earned his bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering in 1969 from the University of Illinois, where he met his future wife, Pamela Grant, a graduate of the College of Media. The son of a carpenter and a stay-at-home mother, Grant credits his parents for instilling in him a lifelong desire to learn. After Illinois, he would go on to earn his M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Washington University, his M.S. in Engineering Management from the University of Missouri-Rolla, and an M.S. in Chemistry from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Throughout his career, he has worked with chemists in pharmaceutical process development and managed major environmental remediation and restoration projects at Tyco Healthcare Mallinckrodt. He currently oversees the handling of hazardous material for the Transportation Security Administration of the Department of Homeland Security, in Washington DC.

Criteria: Chemical engineering students

  • 2020-2021 Recipient: Isabel Hughes
  • 2018-2019 Recipient: Vivek Vermani
  • 2017-2018 Recipient: Vivek Vermani
  • 2016-2017 Recipient: Vivek Vermani

Established in 1990, this scholarship honors the memory of the late Chester W. Hannum, who earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Illinois in 1929.

Criteria: For able and needy students in the Department of Chemistry or Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

  • 2020-2021 Recipients: Nathan Avalos, Briana Sobecks
  • 2019-2020 Recipients: Beth Born, Thomas Sheehan
  • 2018-2019 Recipient: Linzixuan Zhang
  • 2017-2018 Recipient: Alishba Rehman, Isaac Strain
  • 2016-2017 Recipients: Justin Genova, Pimpisa Pechvijitra, Yuying Wu, Zijie Wu, Yijiang Yu, Edwin Zen
  • 2015-2016 Recipients: Alex Baciu, Ethan Dukovic, Joshua Jones, Amanda Pritchard
  • 2014-2015 Recipients: Timothy Chen, Ashley May, Brandon Sprenger
  • 2013-2014 Recipients: Aristotle Economou, Ross Romane, Brandon Sprenger
  • 2012-2013 Recipients: Paul Anderson, Kevin Erning, Joshua Walker, Kevin Weyant
  • 2011-2012 Recipients: Nicholas Connolly, Dean Ferracane, Matthew Fischer, Brett Llewellyn, Joshua Moller, Thomas Schulz, Mark Taylor

Raised in Arthur, Illinois, Ed Heerdt earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Illinois in 1965. He went on to earn a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1969. A 30-year employee of Shell Oil, he retired in 1998. Born in Green Bay, Wis., Sara Heerdt is a graduate of Marquette University’s School of Dental Hygiene. The two met in Minneapolis while Ed was in graduate school. The Heerdts have two children and live in Bloomington. Dr. Heerdt is a former judge for the Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Criteria: For Chemical engineering students entering their junior year. Each recipient shall receive a scholarship for their senior years so long as she/he remains in good standing. To the full extent possible, the recipients shall be students with financial needs who are active volunteers in service to their communities.

  • 2018-2019 Recipients: Marko Ivancevic, Jing Zhao
  • 2017-2018 Recipients: Marko Ivancevic, Jing Zhao
  • 2016-2017 Recipients: Lauren Schmitt, Noah Wood
  • 2015-2016 Recipients: Lauren Schmitt, Noah Wood
  • 2014-2015 Recipients: Xiaoxuan Lily Chen, Hector Fuster, Sarah Kuhl
  • 2013-2014 Recipient: Kevin Weyant

This scholarship was made possible by Dr. Jerrod A. Henderson. He earned a doctorate in chemical and biomolecular engineering from the University of Illinois in 2010 and went on to serve as a lecturer in the department until 2016. He has dedicated his career to increasing the number of students who pursue STEM careers. At the University of Houston, he is the director of the Program for Mastery in Engineering Studies, aiming to increase student achievement, engagement, and graduation.

Criteria: merit-based scholarship with preference to students that would contribute to the diversity of the student body in the unit.

  • 2020-2021 Recipient: Kingsley Okeke 

Born and raised in Arkansas, the late Earp Jennings Jr. was known for his always-searching scientific mind, his infectious laugh and devotion to his late wife Ruth. After attending the University of Arkansas, he transferred to the University of Illinois and earned his chemical engineering degree in 1938. After Illinois, he obtained a master’s degree in chemical engineering from MIT. From there he began a long, successful career with Hercules, a chemical company headquartered in Wilmington, Del. Mr. Jennings held a number of positions with Hercules, including chief chemical engineer, plant manager and executive positions in the Wilmington headquarters. Mr. Jennings was a fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and a longtime board member of the Delaware Solid Waste Authority. Mr. Jennings credited his education for his successful career and was an ardent supporter of his alma maters.

Criteria: Chemical engineering students; merit-based.

  • 2019-2020 Recipient: Amisha Patel
  • 2017-2018 Recipient: Matuesz Dusza
  • 2016-2017 Recipient: Lucas Kreidl
  • 2015-2016 Recipient: Aza Walker
  • 2014-2015 Recipient: Morgan Bakies
  • 2013-2014 Recipient: Rachel M. Beck
  • 2012-2013 Recipient: Shayta Roy

Donald Keyes, who led the chemical engineering program at Illinois from 1926 to 1945, developed the first successful commercial method for producing absolute alcohol, a method still used today. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of New Hampshire and his doctoral degree from the University of California. He worked in industry prior to joining the faculty at Illinois. Later he served in the federal government before returning again to industry, becoming a vice president at Heyden Chemical Corporation.

Criteria: Chemical engineering students with good academic record and potential for a successful career in the chemical engineering industry.

  • 2020-2021 Recipient: Jacob Milo
  • 2019-2020 Recipient: Vikram Mubayi
  • 2018-2019 Recipient: Andrew Gugulski
  • 2017-2018 Recipient: Kevin Wade
  • 2016-2017 Recipient: Ethan Dukovic
  • 2012-2013 Recipient: Alaina Fuller

Established in 1988, this scholarship is named after John W. Latchum, Jr., a 1939 graduate in chemical engineering from Illinois. The late Mr. Latchum worked for Phillips Petroleum and was an innovator and inventor with numerous patent registrations to his name.

Criteria: Chemical engineering student with financial need and strong work ethic.

  • 2020-2021 Recipient: Joseph Cangialosi
  • 2019-2020, 2018-2019 Recipient: Joseph Cangialosi
  • 2017-2018 Recipient: Caleb Zmuda
  • 2016-2017 Recipient: Caleb Zmuda
  • 2015-2016 Recipient: Kenan Al-Bardan
  • 2014-2015 Recipients: Raymond Luo, Jesus Sanchez
  • 2013-2014 Recipient: Yuliana Mendez
  • 2012-2013 Recipient: Cornelius Lawson
  • 2011-2012 Recipients: Jacob Becraft, Connie Wong

Established in 2011, the Limper Scholarship is named after Arthur and Harriet Limper. Both graduated from Illinois in 1944. The late Harriet “Mimi” Neville Limper was a technical writer at Ethyl Corp. and Arthur was a researcher there. Both were both proud of the university’s emphasis on strong academics.

Criteria: School of Chemical Sciences award; merit-based.

  • 2019-2020 Recipient: Rishabh Sanghavi
  • 2015-2016 Recipient: Brandon Rodgers

After receiving his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Illinois in 1974, Dr. Ray Mentzer went on to earn his master’s and doctoral degrees in chemical engineering from Purdue. He enjoyed a 28-plus year career with ExxonMobil, working around the world and in a variety of areas, including oil and gas facility design and operation, research, financial management, safety, health & environment, and public affairs. His last position with Exxon was as a Global Safety, Health, Environment and Security manager. In recent years, Dr. Mentzer has been a senior lecturer in the Texas A&M Department of Chemical Engineering. He continues to be engaged with process safety research projects, downhole drilling safety, risk management and more. Beverly Mentzer, who received her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from LSU, retired from ExxonMobil after working 33 years in both domestic and international engineering and managerial positions. She’s managed field operations, projects, pipelines, business development, natural gas, production facilities engineering and subsurface technical support.

Criteria: Chemical engineering students with minimum 3.0 GPA and financial need.

  • 2020-2021 Recipient: Beth Born
  • 2019-2020 Recipient: Daniel Azmoodeh
  • 2018-2019 Recipient: Anthony Salazar
  • 2017-2018 Recipient: Jessica Rabczak
  • 2016-2017 Recipient: Victor Qiao
  • 2015-2016 Recipient: David Ugweje

The scholarship was made possible by Kirk Nass and Michael Gillespie. An Illinois native, Mr. Nass graduated from the University of Illinois with a BS in Chemical Engineering in 1983. After graduating from the U of I, Nass worked for an automotive parts manufacturer, researching materials for clutch pads in cars as well as polymer synthesis. In graduate school at the University of Washington, he focused on polymeric composites. After obtaining his PhD, he joined Chevron’s plastics division, working with chemists on how to scale up the results they got in the lab. He is now a technical team leader at Chevron. His husband, Michael Gillespie, is a lawyer. The scholarship was first awarded in 2017-2018.

  • 2020-2021 Recipient: Giorgio Graziano
  • 2019-2020 Recipient: Natalia Markiewicz
  • 2018-2019 Recipient: Michelle Brown
  • 2017-2018 Recipient: Royce Chen

This scholarship honors the memory of the late Elwood E. Nelson, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Illinois in 1939 and a master’s degree in chemistry in 1940. Mr. Nelson worked for Gulf Oil and subsequently, Chevron. His wife, Elizabeth, also graduated from Illinois. She earned a bachelor’s degree in 1935 and a master’s degree in history in 1938.

Criteria: Chemical engineering students

  • 2015-2016 Recipients: Pacharapol Charoensuk, Matthew Miller

Edward Onstott earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Illinois in 1944 and went on to receive his master’s and doctoral degrees in chemistry at Illinois. It was at the university where he met his future wife, Mary. Edward joined the research staff at Los Alamos National Laboratory in 1950 as a chemist and retired in 1984. He was a consultant for the lab until his death in 1995. Dr. Onstott was recognized for his work in separation and preparation of rare earth metals in the 1950s. His later research focused on the thermochemical properties of rare earth compounds. He was affiliated with the American Institute of Chemists, the American Chemical Society and was a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Criteria: Chemical engineering students

  • 2017-2018 Recipient: Faisal Aldukhi
  • 2016-2017 Recipients: Daniel Cordero, Awele Bill Uwagwu, Junli Wu
  • 2015-2016 Recipients: Sasha Ebrahimi, Anthony Tapia
  • 2014-2015 Recipients: Xuxia Nora Chen, Kevin Erning
  • 2013-2014 Recipient: Grace Diekemper

A native of Joliet, Mr. Pasteris received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Illinois in 1975. After graduation he married Barbara and became a process engineer with Mobil in Joliet. At Mobil he became interested in applying cogeneration technologies to improve efficiency and reduce the cost of steam and power generation at the refinery. Mr. Pasteris later became a senior engineer with Mobil in Princeton, New Jersey where he worked to develop cogeneration projects for oil refining facilities worldwide. In 1986, he joined Catalyst Energy Corporation and was responsible for managing four power plants, including two biomass renewable energy plants and one hydroelectric power plant. He later served as Vice President of Engineering and Development for Catalyst Thermal Corporation. Mr. Pasteris was responsible for engineering, project development, contract negotiations, energy audits, capital budgets and risk management. In 1993, he established Pasteris Energy to provide advisory services to energy producers, consumers and regulators worldwide. He has been involved in the development of solar cells and other renewable energy projects.

Criteria: Chemical engineering students

  • 2020-2021 Recipeint: Yazeed Alfawaz
  • 2019-2020 Recipient: Devin Schinski
  • 2018-2019 Recipient: Ty’Nya Larry, Quyen Nguyen
  • 2017-2018 Recipient: Ethan Dukovic
  • 2016-2017 Recipient: Christian Monte
  • 2015-2016 Recipient: Francisco Canales Gonzalez

This scholarship was established as a memorial in 1959 by friends of University of Illinois Professor Worth Rodebush, a physical chemist. He gained an international reputation for his research on the use of infrared absorption methods for studying molecular structures, especially those involving hydrogen. Dr. Rodebush was honored by a number of organizations, including the National Academy of Sciences and the American Physical Society.

Criteria: Students who intend to make a career out of chemical engineering or chemistry; from the School of Chemical Sciences.

  • 2020-2021 Recipient: Devin Schinski
  • 2019-2020 Recipient: Jennifer Ward
  • 2018-2019 Recipient: Madeleine Chalifoux
  •  2017-2018 Recipient: Dongkwan Lee
  • 2016-2017 Recipient: Shawn Lu
  • 2015-2016 Recipient: Rebecca Boehning
  • 2014-2015 Recipient: Jerome Davis III
  • 2013-2014 Recipient: Kevin Erning
  • 2012-2013 Recipient: John Winters
  • 2011-2012 Recipient: Paul Jenkins

The Rebekah Schiff-Berger Memorial Scholarship was created by family and friends to honor and remember Rebekah, a Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering student who passed away in 2015. Rebekah was a James Scholar and active in a variety of organizations, including the Illinois student chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the Society of Women Engineers, and the department’s Undergraduate Advisory Board. The scholarship was first awarded in 2017-2018.

Criteria: freshman or sophomore who are James Scholars and/or have earned and maintain a 3.5 GPA out of 4.0. Shall also be active participants in an RSO and/or active participants in a ChBE organization.

  • 2020-2021 Recipient: Kaitlin Wixted
  • 2019-2020 Recipient: Isabel Hughes
  • 2018-2019 Recipient: Beth Born
  • 2017-18 Recipient: Sanjna Shah

The Roger and Ruth Schmitz Scholarship honors the late professor Roger A. Schmitz, who received his BS in Chemical Engineering from Illinois in 1959, and his wife Ruth Schmitz. After graduating from Illinois, Roger Schmitz earned a PhD at the University of Minnesota. He was a longtime researcher, educator, and administrator at the University of Notre Dame. A member of the National Academy of Engineering, his research contributions were in experimental observation of complex behavior in chemical reactions and catalysis.

Criteria: Chemical engineering students

  • 2020-2021 Recipient: John Ito
  • 2019-2020 Recipient: Ameer Barbour

Born in Joliet, Thomas Stein earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Illinois in 1964. He went on to earn his doctoral degree in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1968. In Minnesota, Thomas met his future wife, Yolanda Shirley Stein. Born in Panama, Yolanda earned a B.S. and M.S. from the University of Minnesota in 1968. In 1968, Dr. Stein joined Mobil, where he held technical and managerial positions in research, engineering, and planning. When he retired in 2002, Dr. Stein was general manager of Products Research & Technology of the ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company. Ms. Stein worked as a researcher at the University of Pennsylvania and Princeton University.

Criteria: Chemical engineering students

  • 2018-2019 Recipients: Yiling Loh, Sanjna Shah
  • 2017-2018 Recipients: Channing Richter, Jesus Sanchez
  • 2016-2017 Recipients: Madeleine Chalifoux, Yijung Chen, Sohum Patel
  • 2015-2016 Recipients: Jae Kwan Song, Jake Gold
  • 2014-2015 Recipients: Jordan Blake Banks, Nicholas Connolly
  • 2013-2014 Recipients: Jake Bennett, Daniel Spence
  • 2012-2013 Recipients: Benjamin Kanevsky, Amelia Su Xia Witcoski
  • 2011-2012 Recipients: John Gewargis, Katherin Hasan, Richard Shin

Born and raised in South Dakota, the late Glenn Ulloyt earned his BS in Chemistry from the University of Minnesota in 1933 and his MS and Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Illinois in 1935 and 1938. He was a longtime employee of Smith, Kline and French Laboratories (now GlaxoSmithKline). He played a significant role in developing several products with the company, including a non-stimulating inhaler, topical anesthetic, and a diuretic used to treat high blood pressure.

Criteria: Chemical engineering students

  • 2019-2020 Recipient: Matthew Brucks
  • 2018-2019 Recipients: Faisal Aldukhi, Natalia Markiewicz
  • 2017-2018 Recipients: Ugonna Oduocha, June Qian
  • 2016-2017 Recipients: Zaid Al-Bardan, Francisco Canales, Scott Kieback, Alexander Koutsostamatis
  • 2014-2015 Recipients: Omotola Okesanjo, Brandon Rodgers2013-2014 Recipients: Xiaoxuan Lily Chen, Pawel Grimm, Alexander Olenskyj, Erica Peterson
  • 2012-2013 Recipients: Seo Woo Choi, Sherri Xuan Lu Lim
  • 2011-2012 Recipients: Morgan Bakies, Brendon Knaizer, Christine Rovani

Established in 1997, this scholarship is named after 1960 chemical engineering graduate Ronald Van Mynen and his wife Janet. After earning his bachelor’s degree from Illinois, Mr. Van Mynen joined the Union Carbide Corp., where he rose through the ranks to become a vice president.

Criteria: Chemical engineering students; merit-based.

  • 2020-2021 Recipient: Nicholas Cys
  • 2019-2020 Recipient: Andrea Mejia
  • 2018-2019 Recipient: Zhitao Chen
  • 2017-2018 Recipient: Ami Patel
  • 2016-2017 Recipients: Faisal Aldukhi, Nicholas Chan
  • 2015-2016 Recipients: Lingqing Yan, Weikun Zhu
  • 2014-2015 Recipient: Pawel Grimm
  • 2013-2014 Recipients: Shayta Roy, Eugene Swisher
  • 2012-2013 Recipient: Rujia Wang

This scholarship is named after Alex Vogel, who earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois in 1963. He went on to earn a master’s degree in chemical engineering from Stanford University in 1965. He joined the Dow Chemical Company in 1966 and was named Global Director of Process Research & Development for Dow Agrosciences in 1989. He held numerous positions with consulting firms after he retired from Dow in 1995.

Criteria: Chemical engineering students

  • 2020-2021 Recipient: Siddhartha Peri
  • 2019-2020 Recipient: Mary Huber

Established in 1986, this scholarship honors the memory of the late Bruno Wojcik, a member of the University of Illinois Class of 1930. He received his bachelor’s in chemistry and went on to earn a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin.

Criteria: Chemical engineering or chemistry students; ability and interest in research in chemistry or chemical engineering.

  • 2020-2021 Recipient: Arzam Harris
  • 2019-2020 Recipient: Ziqi (Jerry) Ye
  • 2018-2019 Recipient: Alishba Rehman
  • 2017-2018 Recipient: Huayang Liu
  • 2016-2017 Recipient: Moeen Meigooni
  • 2015-2016 Recipient: Omotola Okesanjo
  • 2014-2015 Recipient: Dongkwan Lee
  • 2013-2014 Recipient: Xinyu He

The Alumni Scholarship is a departmental award made possible thanks to the financial support of our generous donors.

Criteria: Chemical engineering students; merit-based.

  • 2019-2020 Recipient: Jun Zhi Tan
  • 2016-2017 Recipients: Elijah Karvelis, Ashley May, Omotola Okesanjo, Benjamin Pedretti, Weikun Zhu
  • 2015-2016 Recipients: Benjamin Pedretti, Timothy Chen
  • 2014-2015 Recipients: Alex Baciu and Matthew Fischer
  •  2013-2014 Recipient: Claire Gibbons
  • 2012-2013 Recipient: Alia Khan, Eugene Swisher
  • 2011-2012 Recipient: James McCommas, Fengyu Ren

 The Omega Chi Epsilon Scholarship is a departmental award given to a student for meritorious academic achievement and contributions to the Omega Chi Epsilon (OXE) student organization. The award is supported by donations from students and alumni. The group dates back to 1931, when a group of chemical engineering students decided to recognize juniors and seniors who displayed academic excellence and leadership in their profession. The name, Omega Chi Epsilon, is based upon the organization’s motto: Ode Chrototos Eggegramai which means, “In this society, professionalism is engraved in our minds.”

Criteria: Chemical engineering students; merit-based.

  • 2016-2017 Recipients: Byeongjin Kang, Alexandra Warton
  • 2015-2016 Recipient: Shayta Roy
  • 2014-2015 Recipient: Connie J. Wong
  • 2013-2014 Recipient: Sarah Kuhl

This scholarship is designed to attract students traditionally underrepresented in chemical engineering, including African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian & Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders. The scholarships are for a select number of outstanding incoming freshmen. The department launched the Pathways to Success Scholarships in 2016.

  • 2017-2018 Recipients: Claudia Cappa, Estelle Mace, Randy Marquez, Ambar Rivera, Christopher Torres
  • 2016-2017: Austin Cepeda, Daniel Cordero, Andrew Morrice, Liam Quinn, Anna Welton-Arndt

Corporate Scholarships

Our generous corporate partners have made the following scholarships possible. Their support has made it possible for us to award numerous scholarships to our students who have gone on to start promising careers in chemical engineering. 

This scholarship is sponsored by Chevron Corporation, which is one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies. It is headquartered in San Ramon, Calif.

  • 2019-2020 Recipient: Yazeed Alfawaz

CITGO is a Houston-based refiner, transporter and marketer of transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other industrial products.

  • 2017-2018 Recipients: Pacharapol Charoensuk, Elizabeth Tang, Kevin Wade
  • 2016-2017 Recipients: Pacharapol Charoensuk, Dongkwan Lee
    2014-2015 Recipient: Brett Llewellyn
  • 2013-2014 Recipient: Mark Taylor
  • 2012-2013 Recipient: Callie Rahe
  • 2011-2012 Recipients: Callie Rahe, Braden Christian

Clorox is an international manufacturing company whose products include bleach and cleaning products, water filtration products, and many others.

  • 2015-2016 Recipient: Alejandro Urbina Leon De La Barra

ExxonMobil is an international oil and gas company that uses technology and innovation to help meet the world’s growing energy needs. Many Illinois chemical engineering graduates have gone on to become leaders at ExxonMobil, including Dennis Houston and Ray Mentzer.

  • 2020-2021 Recipient: Rachel Park
  • 2019-2020 Recipient: Melissa Manetsch
  • 2018-2019 Recipient: Robert Schneider
  • 2017-2018 Recipients: Pak Wing Chen, Weikun Zhu
  • 2016-2017 Recipients: Seo Woo Choi, Tiernan Ebener
  • 2015-2016 Recipient: Xuxia Chen
  • 2014-2015 Recipient: Maciej Kowalkowski

LyondellBasell is one of the largest plastics, chemicals, and refining companies in the world. Its US headquarters are in Houston, Texas.

  • 2019-2020 Recipient: Tiffany Yen

Phillips 66 is an energy manufacturing and logistics company headquartered in Houston, Texas.

  • 2020-2021 Recipients: Sophia Belvedere, Meher Jain, Melissa Manetsch, Anh Nguyen, Sanjna Shah, Megan Shamsi
  • 2018-2019 Recipients: Sophia Belvedere, Nicole Jugovich, Victoria Wisniewski
  • 2017-2018 Recipients: Mingyan Liu, Gina Partipilo, Victoria Wisniewski
  • 2016-2017 Recipients: Rebecca Boehning, Jesus Dominguez, Mikaela Dressendorfer
  • 2015-2016 Recipient: Jordan Blake Banks
  • 2014-2015 Recipient: Talia Shalen

The Rohm and Haas Company is a manufacturer of speciality chemicals for end-use markets such as building and construction, electronic devices, packaging, household, and personal care products. 

  • 2019-2020 Recipient: Aayush Asthana
  •  2018-2019 Recipient: Chea Yean Chee
  • 2014-2015 Recipient: Yasheen Jadidi
  • 2013-2014 Recipient: Brett Llewelyn
  • 2012-2013 Recipient: Chotitath Sanpitakseree

Shell is a global group of energy and petrochemical companies in more than 70 countries and territories and more than 90,000 employees worldwide, including many Illinois graduates, such as Thomas Baron, Steve Miller, and Ed Heerdt. The company uses advanced technologies and innovative approaches to help build a sustainable energy future.

  • 2015-2016 Recipient: Seo Woo Choi

Formerly Universal Oil Products, UOP is now a subsidiary of Honeywell, a global technology and manufacturing company. UOP is part of Honeywell’s Performance Materials and Technologies unit, which develops advanced materials, process technologies and automation solutions.

  • 2015-2016 Recipient: Sisto Andrea Perciballe

Other Scholarship Opportunities

The Grainger College of Engineering awards scholarships to freshmen and continuing students. The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences also awards scholarships. The campus Office of Student Financial Aid provides information about financial aid, including scholarships, work-study programs, and student loans.