Vincent A. and Janet O'Brien Scholarships
Vince and Janet O'Brien were both born in 1907 in Iroquois County, Illinois, into families of little means. Vince was raised on a farm near Stockland, Illinois, and Janet was raised in Milford, Illinois. Even though her parents were immigrants from Germany, Janet attended the University of Illinois at Urbana and graduated in 1932. Upon the birth of her first child, Janet became a full-time homemaker. Vince's career plans were interrupted by the Great Depression and World War II. He eventually became a successful businessman and community leader in Watseka, Illinois.
Although he never attended college, he strongly supported education and served on the local school board for 25 years. He had an active and inquisitive mind and along with Janet, encouraged his two children to advance their understanding by attending college. This they both did with Katherine (O'Brien) Martin graduating from the U of I as valedictorian in 1962 and Vincent E. O'Brien graduating with High Honors in Electrical Engineering in 1967. Since then two grandchildren have also graduated from the U of I: Susan Trillet, 1986, and John Martin, 1993. Thus, Vince and Janet have established a tradition of interest and support for the U of I.
These scholarships were established by Vincent E. O'Brien to honor his parents for their continued devotion to educating future generations.
- You must be a student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, enrolled in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
- The recipients must have demonstrated academic merit.
- Freshman in ECE
All applications are reviewed for the incoming freshmen scholarships. Applicants are ranked on the College of Engineering PGPA (predicted GPA), which is a calculation based on the student's high school GPA, class ranking, and ACT/SAT scores. The number is weighted to judge math scores higher as they are more relevant to the study of engineering. The ECE department solicits (via email) further information, including an essay and a letter of reference from the top 75 applicants. The scholarship committee reviews these essays and letters in order to decide the recipients of the freshmen scholarships.
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
|2021-2022||Katherine Carder, Rebecca Muise, Manit Niwas|
|2020-2021||Christelle Seri, Katherine Carder, Sanjana Roy|
|2018-2019||Elisa Krause, Elizabeth Boehning, Sabrina Moheydeen, Abigail Starr|
|2017-2018||Jose Lopez, Sean McGee|
|2015-2016||Rosemary Montgomery, Amee Kapadia, Ann Thomas|
|2013-2014||Jordi Pakey-Rodriguez, Daniel Whisman|
|2012-2013||Genevieve LaBelle, Hannah Hasken, Daniel Whisman|
|2005-2006||Paras Baxi, Erica Lynn, Kevin Reifsteck, Tyler Rossi|
|2004-2005||Jonathan Krauss, Gary J. Yen, Matthew A. Young|
|2003-2004||Jesse Gerdes, Craig Kietzman|
|2002-2003||Troy Becicka, Aaron C. Piggush|
|2001-2002||Troy Becicka, Cole E. Zemke|
|2000-2001||Cole E. Zemke|
|1999-2000||Timothy D. Smith|
|1998-1999||Jeffrey W. Young|
|1997-1998||Michael D. Horn|
|1996-1997||Thad A. Heinold|