Meet Samantha Latz, a 2021 Illini Dads scholarship recipient. Samantha was one of the 6 other people to be awarded this scholarship out of the 45 applicants. Read on to learn more about Samantha and her experience at the University of Illinois with the Illini Dads.
Major/minor: political science
Year of Graduation: 2023
Fun Fact: I worked at Wrigley Field for the Chicago cubs for two years!\
Favorite Campus Spot: The quad on a warm, sunny day
Tell Us About Yourself: I am from Chicago. I love to travel, play sports like volleyball and tennis, and I also like to go on long walks. I love to travel and some of my favorite places I have been are Paris, France and the Amalfi Coast in Italy.
What activities are you involved in at the University of Illinois?
I am involved in a medical fraternity called AED. I am involved in a pre-law club at UIUC, and I am a member of a social sorority called Alpha Chi Omega.
What are you hoping to gain from an education at the University of Illinois?
I have really enjoyed my experience at UIUC and have loved every single one of my classes so far. I hope that I can continue to take classes that really allow me to educate myself in the realm of political science and I hope that this education from UIUC allows me to further my career choices after I graduate
What has been your favorite experience so far at the University of Illinois?
I have really gotten the opportunity to meet so many amazing people. Two of my roommates I am living with this year I met my freshman year, and they are some of the most amazing people I have met!
What are your plans for the future?
I am deciding between going to graduate school or law school or even both after I graduate from UIUC. My ultimate career goal is to become a lawyer.
Why did you decide to apply for the Illini Dads scholarship?
I saw this scholarship on University of Illinois website and thought that it would be a great scholarship for me to apply to. And I am glad that I did!
How did the scholarship benefit you? Were there any specific areas that it helped?
With this scholarship, I was able to put some of the money towards paying for my living situation, as well as putting some of the money from this scholarship towards the loans I have taken out in order to pay for my tuition.
If you would like to apply for an Illini Dads scholarship apply here. The Illini Dads is a nonprofit organization that donates lots of its funds towards banquets, grands, and activities that benefit the students, alumni and parents. They have gifted hundreds of thousands of dollars towards scholarships and grants to help students achieve their goals at the University of Illinois.