Pullman Scholars are: People who seize opportunities. Creators of their own futures. Persistent in the pursuit of their dreams. Current and future Pullman Scholars benefit from the unique combination of financial assistance and personal support from a community of more than 14,000 people who are deeply familiar with their journey.
68th Class of Pullman Scholars
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Current Scholars

Each year the Pullman Foundation welcomes a new class of Pullman Scholars at the Annual Pullman Scholar Symposium.

Pullman Scholars challenge all assumptions

Class of 2018-2019 Pullman Scholar Cohort

3.51
Average cumulative GPA
$8,532
Average student loan debt for the class of 2018
51%
Identify as first-generation college students
99%
Scholar retention rate
$1,674
Average Estimated Family Contribution (EFC)

 
Orlando Abrego

Intrinsic Schools

University of Illinois at Chicago
Kinesiology
Ifeoluwa Atunnise

Whitney M. Young Magnet High School

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Biology
Yasmeen Baker

Victor J. Andrew High School

Bradley University
Mathematics; Philosophy
Liliya Bandurovych

Lane Technical College Preparatory High School

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Business
Catherine Buchaniec

Maine West High School

Northwestern University
Environmental Policy; Journalism
Jakelin Cervantes

Jones College Prep High School

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Psychology; Pre-Med
Ka Wai Cheung

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. College Preparatory High School

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Early Childhood Education
Chisom Chima

Senn High School

Loyola University Chicago
Biology
Luis Cordero

Lane Technical College Preparatory High School

Davidson College
Neuroscience
Julia Jakubiak

Glenbrook South High School

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Political Science; Spanish
Samuel Johnson

Saint Joseph High School (Westchester, Illinois)

DePauw University
Undecided
Tira Jones

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. College Preparatory High School

Howard University
Accounting
Hannah Kim

Classical Consortium Academy

Savannah College of Art and Design
Illustration
Daniel Moreno

Lincoln Park High School

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Chemical/Mechanical Engineering
Erika Perez

Prosser Career Academy

DePaul University
Communication and Media
Abril Pereznegron

Pritzger College Prep

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Journalism; Business
Alan Phung

Lincoln Park High School

Denison University
Economics
Taofeeq Rasaki

Walter Payton College Preparatory High School

University of Southern California
Mechanical Engineering
Keyla Ruiz

Golder College Prep

George Washington University
Exercise Science
Ruby Ruiz

Roosevelt High School

Loyola University Chicago
Sociology
Weronika Rybarska

Steinmetz College Prep High School

Illinois State University
Business Management
Omar Shahid

Sullivan High School

University of Illinois at Chicago
Computer Engineering
Jade Stepney

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. College Preparatory High School

Howard University
Pre-Medical Studies
Terey Tellez

Carl Schurz High School

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Graphic Design
Jorge Ulloa

George Washington High School

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Engineering
Inara Virani

Senn High School

University of Illinois at Chicago
Nursing
Tabitha Willis

Marian Catholic High School

Ohio State University
Biology
Melanie Zuniga

Resurrection College Prep High School

Loyola University Chicago
Biological Sciences
ALEXANDRA ABBEY

University of Chicago Laboratory Schools

New York University
Music Theory and Composition
JOHN ANDERSON

Southland College Preparatory Charter High School

University of Pennsylvania
Economics
AYANA BLAIR

Wheeling High School

Illinois Wesleyan University
Biology
JENNA BOSTICK

Homewood-Flossmoor High School

Grand Valley State University
Undeclared
EZENNA CHUKWUJIOKE-MADU

Hillcrest High School

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Chemical Engineering
RAFAEL CURRAN

Saint Ignatius College Prep

University of Notre Dame
Finance
MALCOLM FOX

Wendall Phillips Academy High School

Howard University
Business Management
ALIJE KALESHI

Saint Ignatius College Prep

University of Southern California
Biological Sciences
ANDRES LAGUNAS

Hubbard High School

DePaul University
Business Administration
DIANA LAM

Whitney M. Young Magnet School

Middlebury College
Computer Science
CYRUS LAU

Kenwood Academy High School

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Accounting
GABRIELLA MARINO

Marist High School

Marquette University
Psychology
ADRIANA MARTINEZ

Lane Technical College Preparatory High School

Carnegie Mellon University
Computer Engineering
ALEXANDRIA NWARACHE

Rich East High School

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Marketing
JUHI PATEL

East Leyden High School

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Biology
ALONDRA RAMOS

Roosevelt High School

University of San Francisco
Political Science
NATHANIEL RODRIGUEZ

Maine West High School

Washington University in St. Louis
Electrical Engineering
AUSTIN SCHELFHOUT

William Fremd High School

Bradley University
Mechanical Engineering
JAIME SOSA

Instituto Health Sciences Career Academy

University of Illinois at Chicago
Pre-Med
SKYLER THOMPSON

Thornton Fractional North High School

DePaul University
Biology
ELSADIG ABDALLA

Northside College Preparatory

University of Illinois at Chicago
Biochemistry
SOFIA ALI

Nicholas Senn High School

Loyola University Chicago
Biology
DZIEDZOM BANSAH

Williams Preparatory School of Medicine

University of Illinois at Chicago
Chemistry with Pre-Medicine
MEGAN BARNES

Thornton Fractional South

Howard University
Human Development
MUZAMMIL CHAUDHRY

Mather High School

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Human Development and Family Studies
SARAH DICKEY

Evergreen Park Community High School

Elmhurst College
Mathematics with a Secondary Education Lisensure
ZAKIYAH DILLARD

Brooks College Prep

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Communication
JEANETTE ELDRIDGE

Epic Academy Carter High School

University of Illinois at Chicago
Electrical Engineering
HENRY ESPINOZA

Cristo Rey Jesuit High School

Loyola University Chicago
Computer Science
DAISY EVARIZ

Curie Metropolitan High School

Harvard University
Engineering
ANDREW GACEK

Harold L. Richards High School

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Electrical Engineering
JANE GO

Elk Grove High School

University of Illinois at Chicago
Biochemistry
TIERRA GOLDSTON

Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy

Howard University
Business Management
LAUREN HUCKO

Lyons Township High School

Washington University in St. Louis
Anthropology
EMMANUEL KWANING

Uplift Community High School

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Human Development and Family Studies
AUTUMN MACKLIN

Brooks College Prep

California State University, Long Beach
Psychology
SELVYN MARTINEZ BARAHONA

Phoenix Military Academy

Middlebury College
International Global Studies
TIFFANY NIEVES

Carl Schurz High School

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Education
CHIDINMA OHIA

Northside College Preparatory High School

Northwestern University
Biology/Sociology
KOSTADIN PENDEV

Elk Grove High School

Valparaiso University
Computer Engineering
HILLARY PHAM

Whitney M. Young Magnet School

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Business
BEATRIZE STEPHEN-PONS

Niles North High School

University of Pennsylvania
International Relations
BRYAN TAYLOR

Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Kinesiology
NEBEYU TEBEBU

Schaumburg High School

Duke University
Public Policy
MAYRA TORRES

De La Salle Institute

Lamar University
Nursing
DANIEL TRYBA

Saint Patrick High School

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Marketing and Management
VIRIDIANA VILLALVA

Noble Street College Prep

Connecticut College
English/Education
DARIUS VINESAR

Von Steuben Metropolitan Science Center

University of Illinois at Chicago
English
YINYI WU

George Westinghouse College Prep

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Accounting
IVY ZHU

Walter Payton College Prep

Loyola University Chicago
Health Systems Management
LAUREN AUYEUNG

Lincoln Park High School

Princeton University
Architecture
RUKAYAT BELLO

Queen of Peace High School

Illinois Institute of Technology
Engineering Management
SHELDON BOLDEN

De La Salle Institute

DePauw University
Computer Science
MCHUGH CARROLL

Whitney M. Young Magnet School

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Architecture
CHRISTINA CURTIS

Niles North High School

Marquette University
Biomedical Sciences
JOEL DE LEON

Northside College Preparatory High School

Yale University
African American Studies
JUSTIN ELLISON

Lincoln Park High School

Georgetown University
Government
LINUS ERKENSWICK

Ogden International School of Chicago

Loyola University Chicago
Food Systems and Sustainable Agriculture
MATTHEW GALLAGHER

Reavis High School

Loyola University Chicago
English
ADRIANNA GORNIAK

Maine South High School

University of Illinois at Chicago
Biology
ALEXIS GUTIERREZ

Lyons Township High School

Vanderbilt University
Medicine, Health & Society
JOHN HABOUSH

New Trier Township High School

Marquette University
Finance
NATALIA HORNIK

Harold L. Richards High School

Marquette University
Philosophy
TAMIYA MATLOCK

Uplift Community High School

Howard University
Biology
TYLER MAXIE

Homewood-Flossmoor High School

Colgate University
Theatre
DANIEL MELNIEK

Golder College Prep

University of Pennsylvania
Finance
NINA MERCADO

Roger C. Sullivan High School

Denison University
Chemistry
JENNIFER MUNOZ

Northside College Prep High School

Case Western Reserve University
Biochemistry and Human Nutrition
REBECCA NELSON

Schurz High School

Northwestern University
Social Policy
ALANPHONG NGUYEN

Whitney Young High School

Purdue University
Mechanical Engineering
ANNE NOONAN

Carl Sandburg High School

Carnegie Mellon University
Chemical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering
HIRAL PARIKH

Niles North High School

University of Illinois at Chicago
Nursing
SWEETY PATEL

East Leyden High School

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Actuarial Science
ALEXANDER PEI

Whitney Young High School

Boston University
Biomedical Engineering
TAMARA POPOVSKA

William Howard Taft High School

University of Miami
Marine Biology
GIOVANNI SANTIAGO

Northside College Prep High School

Brown University
History
MICHELLE SANTOS

Latin School of Chicago

Yale University
Economics
MAHNOOR SYED

Northside College Prep High School

University of Illinois at Chicago
Biology
BRENDA TANG

Elgin High School

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Business
JAVIER URUCHIMA

DeVry Advantage Academy

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Political Science
DENEE WEBSTER

Homewood Flossmoor High School

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Creative Writing
ANDREA WEISS-TRACY

Victor J. Andrew High School

DePaul University
Political Science
 

“Pullman Scholar alumni are:

the cornerstone of the Pullman Foundation. Bound by common experience and strong will, they come together to give back to the Foundation with their talents, time, and contributions to ensure that the reality of our scholars’ dreams are attainable.”

– Robin Redmond,

executive director

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Alumni

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 education and the Pullman Foundation Scholarship was a catalyst to their success.

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…

Remembering Tom Meagher

It is with great sadness that we share the news of a beloved Pullman Scholar Alumnus’s passing, Thomas Meagher. Thomas,…

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…

What it Takes to be a Success

Pullman Scholar Julissa Garcia, University of Illinois at Chicago, Class of 2018, interviews Pullman Scholar Alumna Valarie King-Bailey, University of…