Meet EVS Scholarship Winners

Nicole Johnson, 2017 EVS Scholarship Recipient
2017 Recipient

Nicole Johnson

Freshman, Bioengineering
Melrose Park, IL (West Leyden High School)

Nicole Johnson’s scholarship encourages her to study harder because she knows there is a donor who believes in her and supports her. Receiving a scholarship helped solidify her choice to pursue her degree at Illinois. Illinois was a great option for her because of the wonderful program and opportunities available.

“I know that when I graduate, I will donate money to the University because receiving a scholarship was a very proud moment for me. I want to be able to provide that for others.”


  • Dog Enthusiast
  • Quilting
  • Reading
  • Working Out

Nicole is a freshman in the Department of Bioengineering at Illinois. She is pursuing the biomechanics track with a minor in Spanish. She is also involved in the Society of Women Engineers and serves as the committee chair for Little Sisters’ Weekend. Additionally, Nicole is a candidate for the engineering sorority, Alpha Omega Epsilon.

In her free time, Nicole enjoys participating in the Illinois Taekwondo Club. She also loves to relax in her hammock while enjoying a book on the Bardeen Quad.

After graduation, Nicole plans to pursue an MD-PhD in biophysics before opening her own private practice. She feels grateful to receive an Engineering Visionary Scholarship because it helps her achieve her dreams. Without it, her and her family would most likely not be able to afford to send her to the University of Illinois.

Melina Megaridis, 2017 EVS Scholarship Recipient
2017 Recipient

Melina Megaridis

Junior, Bioengineering
Willowbrook, IL (Hinsdale Central High School)

Melina Megaridis is a junior in the Department of Bioengineering at Illinois. She chose to pursue her degree in this field because she wants to make an impact on the world by helping create biomedical devices that improve everyday life.

“I want to make my impact on the world by working for a company that creates biomedical devices, and help people who have trouble just living life every day.”


  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Yoga
  • Playing the guitar
  • Coloring

Favorite Classes:

  • Social Psychology
  • Tissue Engineering

Receiving a scholarship was the most significant factor in Melina’s decision to enroll at Illinois Engineering. Although the Bioengineering program is fantastic, the tuition is expensive, and scholarships helped offset the cost of attendance. Scholarships also take some of the worries off of her and her family. She can focus on school and not worry as much about meeting financial requirements.

Melina is a member of the Cancer Research Scholars program where she can pursue her interest in cancer research through real-world problem-solving. Currently, she works in Professor Dar’s Noise Biology Lab with cell and tissue cultures.

Melina is honored to be a recipient of an Engineering Visionary Scholarship. This scholarship has opened up opportunities for her to grow and study bioengineering.


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