Give the Gift of Scholarship

Making a gift today will help provide student scholarships that enable pursuit of inspiration. For years, Aurora University has risen above a difficult economy and fears of burdensome student debt. We’ve only been able to do this because alumni support assists the university in providing student scholarships. Please support AU's next generation of leaders.


Emily Zavacki, '18

AU, Junior
Art and Biology Major
Chicago, Illinois

Emily worked hard to earn a summer internship at the Morton Arboretum where she utilized what she learned in both of her majors. She was grateful for the opportunity because she realized that she can combine her love of biology and art in a future career.

Scholarship opportunities, made possible by donors at AU, empower Emily to stay involved. Emily appreciates alumni and friends who contribute to scholarships and has been influenced to donate one day as well.

"I look forward to giving back to AU. I have had such a great college experience and I want to help provide future students with the same opportunities I was given.”

Nicolas McCarney, '16

GWC, Graduate
Sustainability and Environmental Management Major
Elburn, IL

At GWC, Nicolas had the opportunity to learn more about the environment through his campus surroundings.

“With the Lake and streams on campus, I was able to do a lot of experimentation. As a student with an environmental science background, this work provided me with the tools necessary for experimentation that I need to graduate.”

GWC equipped Nicolas with the confidence and tools he needed to go into his career after graduation.

“GWC gives us real world experience. Students have the opportunity to go out in the field and engage in projects that apply to the real world.”

Allysen Martinez, '17

AU, Senior
Nursing Major
Montgomery, Illinois

Allysen is making an impact at AU through Christian fellowship. As an active church member, Allysen found the perfect fit serving as president of InterVarsity, a Christian campus ministry. She is passionate about sharing her faith with classmates at AU. Allysen worked hard to receive solid grades and save money so she could earn a bachelor's degree.

“I am the first person in my family to attend college, and that accomplishment would not have been possible without scholarship support,” she said.

Allysen is thankful for alumni who support students and who serve as role models. She too plans to contribute to scholarships and help students in need after graduation. Allysen plans to earn a master’s degree and become a traveling nurse. She sees herself living a life of faith and service through her work, and is grateful for her Aurora experience.

Antonio Rivas, '17

AU, Senior
Psychology Major
Hampshire, Illinois

Antonio works as the assistant coach for the women’s basketball team at AU where he is able to apply classroom knowledge into practical application by connecting with student-athletes.

“This is my third year as assistant coach for the women’s basketball team. I started as a freshman,” he said. “It is very hands-on, so I am really lucky to be in this position.”

Scholarship opportunities have played a part in Antonio's AU experience by providing him with the support he needs to achieve his goals for the future.

“Coming to AU was quite affordable, rather than going to a big state school,” he said. “When I first applied I thought ‘private school must be a lot of money’, but that wasn't true. Any little bit has helped; now I want to do my part and graduate.”

Megan Headly ’19

GWC, Sophomore
Nursing Major

Megan became interested in the health field after seeing her sister receive hospital care.

“When I was young, my sister had cancer, so I grew up in the hospital setting,” she said. “I loved meeting the nurses and seeing how helpful they were.”

Megan is working towards her dreams with the support of the university. She is grateful for the donors who have contributed to her college experience.

“I want to say thank you. It is incredible that men and women support education for people who are not as fortunate.

Jacob Flores ’16

GWC, Graduate
Social Work Major
Elgin, IL

In addition to his time in the classroom, Jacob has devoted time to volunteering and interning in programs that matter to him.

“I started helping with a reading program at a local elementary school and have built great relationships,” he said. “During my senior year I interned with a local homeless shelter.”

Jacob would advise all college students to volunteer in their community before they graduate. He is proud that GWC stays true to the mission of ‘discovering what matters and building your life around it.’

Darien Bardoner, '17

AU, Senior
Communication Sciences and Disorders Major
Sterling, Illinois

Darien is hard at work to become a speech pathologist and scholarships eased the stress of college payments that can stem from being the child of a single-parent household.

“Scholarships allowed me to attend AU,” she said. “I come from a one-parent home, so receiving scholarship support helps me to focus more on classes and my leadership role in National Student Speech Language Hearing Association at AU.”

Darien is thankful for the donors who contribute to scholarships. She believes a scholarship can increase a student’s drive to do well because they are aware of the support they are receiving.

“The scholarships really make a difference,” she said. “Knowing that donors want to help me succeed motivates me to do my best.”

Sarah Daniello ’17

GWC, Senior
Psychology Major
Atlanta, Georgia

Sarah is working towards a degree in psychology and hopes to help other in need and connect with them on a personal level.

“I want to be with people and know them on a more intimate level. Helping people heal is a passion of mine. There is nothing better in this world than helping others.”

GWC is helping Sarah prepare for her future by solidifying her passion of understanding mental health. Sarah is grateful for alumni and friends who have contributed to her success as a GWC student.

Laura Dierking, '17

AU, Senior
Criminal Justice and Business Major
Naperville, Illinois

After Laura's first tour of Aurora University, she realized that she felt comfortable on campus, and now she does her part to ensure a positive experience for new students in her role as a resident assistant and peer advisor.

“Faculty and staff were so passionate about AU. I was excited to start my college experience here,” she said. “As an RA and peer advisor, I have the opportunity to make AU feel like home for incoming freshmen.”

Scholarship opportunities have played a part in Laura’s AU experience by providing her with the support she needed to attend college.

“Having a scholarship allowed me to follow my dreams, to get involved on campus and to have an impact at AU,” she said. “I am the third of four children in my family, all graduating within a few years of one another. Scholarship opportunities were a great help to me and my family.”