Alumni Stories

Alumni Stories • 04.22.19

A Conversation with The Honorable Ramon Ocasio

On May 17, 2019, at the 6th Annual Pullman Scholar Symposium, the Honorable Ramon Ocasio III (University of Illinois at… Read More
Alumni Stories • 02.26.19

David Hovey, FAIA: How a successful career in architecture has come full circle with the Pullman Foundation

Even as a child growing up in a tiny New Zealand town, David Hovey (Illinois Institute of Technology ‘67) knew… Read More
Alumni Stories • 01.14.19

Sherwin Greenblatt: Journey to become Bose president started with scholarship

When Sherwin Greenblatt (Massachusetts Institute of Technology ‘62) met with his high school guidance counselor during his junior year, she… Read More
Alumni Stories • 01.03.19

Dr. Gregory Duick: Receiving my scholarship was “a dream come true”

In the fall of 1964, Gregory Duick (Knox College ’68) boarded a Santa Fe train at Union Station in Chicago… Read More
Julissa Garcia with father
Alumni Stories • 12.04.18

Julissa Garcia: To be educated is to have the best opportunities

For Julissa Garcia, her family home is more than just the house where she was raised. It's a symbol of… Read More
President Barack Obama awards Dr. Stang with the 2010 National Medal of Science
Alumni Stories • 11.30.18

Peter Stang: His journey as a refugee to earning the US’s highest scientific award

When an eighth grader watches his mother make cabbage and sees the chance to create a scientific indicator, then you… Read More
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Alumni Stories • 05.24.18

Renowned Scientist Thanks Scholarship Foundation with Surprise $50,000 Gift

From a Refugee Camp in Europe to the National Academy of Sciences and Interstellar Space May 21, 2018, Chicago, IL… Read More
Alumni Stories • 12.04.17

Rich In Origin and In Possibilities: Gundega Korsts, Beloit College

A few years ago, I started getting mailings from the Foundation. I congratulate those who thought of calling on past… Read More
Alumni Stories • 11.30.17

The Monumental Impact of a Pullman Foundation Scholarship: Christine and George Gloeckler, University of Chicago ’60

Today, scholar alumnus Dr. George Gloeckler (University of Chicago ’60) is one of the most renowned physicists on the planet.… Read More
Alumni Stories • 03.28.17

Passion for Math: Teaching Future Mathematicians

Pullman Scholar Alumna Kristen Schreck, Illinois Institute of Technology, '87,  shares her experience in Math and how she's teaching future… Read More
Alumni Stories • 03.02.17

The Pullman Foundation Women in STEM

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Foundation will be focusing on one “letter” of STEM each week of March.… Read More
Alumni Stories • 09.02.16

65 Pullman Scholar Alumni Stories

For the Foundation’s 65th Anniversary, Pullman Scholar Alumni shared their Pullman Foundation and American Dream stories. Watch and see how… Read More
Alumni Stories • 07.27.16

TRUST WHAT OTHERS SEE IN YOU: A Pullman Scholar Alumni Feature – Bob Dahl

“The Pullman Foundation saw something in me that I did not see in myself at the time,” says Bob Dahl,… Read More
Alumni Stories • 06.23.16

Fred Marcon, Pullman Scholar Alumnus Featured in Huffington Post

“Work absolutely as hard as you can in whatever environment you’ve chosen, and make sure you deliver. When you deliver,… Read More
Alumni Stories • 09.09.15

Pullman Scholar Alumni Enjoys Linking Experience to Need

The George M. Pullman Educational Foundation helped Tom Meagher attend college. Now he’s giving back. Meagher volunteering at the 2015… Read More
Alumni Stories • 09.02.15

It Takes a Village to Raise a Child: Sabrina Kendrick’s Educational Journey

The handwriting is neat and legible, the tone modest but confident. The message is of an ambitious high school senior… Read More
Alumni Stories • 08.26.15

Bucking the Trend: Bethsaida Arroyo Forges Her Own Path

Pullman Scholar Alumna Bethsaida Arroyo Forges Her Own Path. All things considered, it would have been easy for Bethsaida Arroyo… Read More
Alumni Stories • 08.13.15

How Education & A Helping Hand Changed Nadia Horb’s Life

An immigrant's tale Nadia Horb learned early how to think on her feet. She was born in 1946 in a… Read More
Alumni Stories • 08.03.15

Preparation Plus Opportunity Equals Sustained Success

There was no doubt that Marcus Woods would go to college. And thrive there. His mother, Sheila, pretty much required… Read More
Alumni Stories • 08.20.14

My American Dream: Pre-College and 10 Years Later

By Patrick T. Murphy, Pullman Scholar Alumnus, '09. “Always be dissatisfied with what you are, if you want to arrive… Read More