Thank you, Wenguang Huang!
In January 2016, UIS received a new scholarship for international students. The scholarship came from Wenguang Huang, the first international student to enroll at UIS (then Sangamon State University).
He is a writer, journalist and translator whose articles and translations have appeared in publications such as The Wall Street Journal Asia, Chicago Tribune and The Christian Science Monitor.
In 2012, Wenguang spoke at Commencement at UIS, and in 2015, he received the UIS Alumni Achievement Award. You can find a WUIS Education interview with Wenguang here: A Chat with UIS Alumni Achievement Award Winner.
Wenguang Huang started his scholarship for the following reasons:
- So that international students will get the same opportunities he did while attending UIS;
- To help the University in its efforts to bring diversity to the campus and the city of Springfield;
- To help people learn about different cultures.
Honoring a founding faculty member
The scholarship honors Robert Crowley, professor emeritus of human development counseling, a founding faculty member of Sangamon State University. Wenguang met Dr. Crowley at Shanghai Teachers University when Dr. Crowley was an exchange professor. Dr. Crowley introduced Wenguang to the idea of coming to the States for further study.
- Clark and Carol Esarey (assistive listening devices for Sangamon Auditorium)
- John and Catherine Huther (scholarship)
- Maureen Schaff (scholarship for undergraduate student in College of Business and Management)
- Iron Mountain (Papers of Abraham Lincoln)
- Frank Marsaglia (scholarship for undergraduate athletes with financial need)
- Joe Terril (two scholarships)
- Horace Mann Companies
- Donors to Manny Velasco Athletics Scholarship
- Syma Mendelsohn (Syma R. Mendelsohn Endowed Scholarship Fund)
- Nancy and Charles “Chick” Chapin (Chapin/Lanphier Scholarship Fund)
- John Takeuchi (Scholarship for international students)
- Shellie and Tyler Treat (Treat Family Women in IT Scholarship Fund)
- Wayne and Margie Fox (Annual award for unpaid internships)
- Melissa Stout (the Jane and John Stout Educational Scholarship)
- Therkildsen and Barrows Families (Therkildsen Field Station)
- Sally Pancrazio (James J. Pancrazio Scholarship)
- Paula (Polly) and Lou Myers
- Herb and Elizabeth Denniss
- Margaret Wepner