March came up very quickly, but that did not stop the Illinois chapter from doing a bunch of activities throughout February! We kicked off February with a great weekend in Chicago for Golf Ball and tied for second place for the best New Scholar GPA award! We are very proud of the entire activation of the freshman class, and they have continued to work hard through this semester. The Illinois chapter also celebrated Valentine's Day and Fat Tuesday with Monday Funday holiday-themed treats! Scholars gathered together for heart-shaped cookies, brownies, cupcakes, etc. and celebrated by listening and dancing to love songs in our Chapter Room. For Fat Tuesday, Scholars enjoyed Dunkin Donuts' and ice cream as they took a study break from Midterms Week.
The Illinois Scholars recently had another blood drive and with all the generous donations, ended up saving 75 lives! It is a small thing to ask for, and it sure goes a long way. Although February has been a month filled with midterms, celebrations and donations, the biggest highlight for us was the successful outcome of our annual Polar Plunge event. Every year, the Illinois Scholars create a team and participate in the Polar Plunge at the end of February. The event consists of participating Scholars each raising money, taking a bus to a local lake, and jumping into freezing water all to raise money and awareness for the Special Olympics. Our goal was $1,000, and this year, we raised $2,700! This exceeded our record from last year, which was a little over $2,500. We hope to grow and raise more money each year. Hopefully within the next couple of years, we will be able to raise over $3,000. Congratulations to our top Plungers: Senior Sam Romo with $260, freshman Angela Bogusz with $211, and sophomore Reilly Neeson with $210 raised. Thank you to everyone who participated and gave donations to support this cause, especially Corey Weil, Reilly Neeson and Sam Romo, who were the biggest and most supportive advocates!
We also received some very exciting news throughout the month of March! Juniors Jess Doyle, Marisa Cullnan and Ben Kusinski have all been selected to be LAS 101 interns in the fall 2017 semester! This consists of teaching a freshman class of 20-30 students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and helping to transition them into college. Junior Juanita McDonald just recently received a summer internship as a corporate sales intern with Wilson Sporting Goods. This is a dream internship for all of us caddies, and we wish Juanita the best of luck! Junior Alex Cueller will return to PricewaterhouseCoopers for his second summer interning and junior President Ryan Greene will be interning with Mercer in Manhattan, New York, this summer! These are all huge accomplishments and very honorable companies. We are extremely proud of all the Scholars' hard work and dedication and best of luck to those still waiting to hear back and applying to internships! We could not have done it without the Evans Scholarship. Thanks, Chick!