Lauren Kelley Memorial Scholarship

Established 2007


This scholarship is given in memory of Lauren Elizabeth Kelley, granddaughter of Dr. Richard E. and Mrs. Barbara A. Blahut. Lauren passed away at the age of 14 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Dr. Blahut served as head of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department from 2000 to 2008.


The recipients must be undergraduates in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with preference given to female students and residents of New York or Virginia.


The recipient(s) will be recognized during an annual Student Awards Banquet. All student recipients are featured on the second floor of the ECE Building's Student Honors Wall. 

Past Recipients of the Award

Year Recipients
2023-2024 Emily Chen, Holly Roach
2022-2023 Yogavarshini Velavan, Xinyu Wu
2021-2022 Chayanid Kaewla, Alice Getmanchuk
2020-2021 Farzana Haque
2019-2020 Zikun Chen
2018-2019 Farzana Haque
2017-2018 Shuijing Liu, Madison Wilson
2016-2017 Kristina Chu, Yuan Chih Wu
2015-2016 Kristina Chu
2014-2015 Narae Yoon
2013-2014 Manfei Wu
2012-2013 Qi Yang
2011-2012 Hannah Hasken, Liana Nicklaus
2010-2011 Cori Johnson