Distinguished Alumni Scholarship Fund

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Distinguished Alumni

Since 1967, Harper College has been making a difference in the community and transforming lives. In 2017 Harper Distinguished Alumni launched the Distinguished Alumni Scholarship Fund to support future students.

Many of our Distinguished Alumni benefitted from scholarships while they attended Harper. Because others believed in them, they strived for excellence. Now, this group is joining forces to help others have the same opportunity for success.

The fourth Distinguished Alumni Scholarship has been awarded to Emilia Gibes. Emilia's goal is to continue on to UIUC to pursue a double major in integrative biology and human evolutionary anthropology. She hopes to pursue a career in the field of biotechnology guided by her passion for impacting human health through working in the pharmaceutical and medicine industries. Thanks to the Distinguished Alumni Scholarship, Emilia is a step closer to realizing her dreams.

" Thank you so much for recognizing me for this incredible award. Because of this generous scholarship, I am able to continue my education despite the difficult challenges of our current world climate, and I am deeply appreciative of the support."  -Emilia Gibes, 2021 Distinguished Alumni Scholarship Recipient

The award selection was made by a committee of Distinguished Alumni including Larry Moats,  John O'Halloran, Shannon Plate, Peter Soby, and Laurie Turpin-Soderholm.

For more information on the Distinguished Alumni Scholarship, please contact Shannon Hynes at 847-925-6701 or shynes@harpercollege.edu.

Investing in a Strong Future

Scholarships show students that their dreams and goals matter and that others want to invest in their future. After graduation, the students you help support will become our society’s next generation of entrepreneurs, scholars, change makers and global citizens.

Your contribution to the Distinguished Alumni Scholarship Fund serves a dual purpose — by bettering an individual life, you better the world.


Learn more about our Distinguished Alumni and about investing in students at Harper College

"Being a Distinguished Alumna is an honor that I cherish, and I know that I'm not alone."
Shannon Plate

Last Updated: 4/27/22