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The Ullico Foundation — A Different Approach to Scholarship Funding
Without the opportunity to get scholarships, many students wouldn’t have the ability to fund their college or graduate school education. However, many organizations that offer scholarships create unnecessary obstacles for students — they become part of the problem they’re trying to solve.
Our commitment is to students first. And because we’re serious about lowering barriers, The Ullico Foundation does things differently.
Your Donation Supports “No-Strings Attached” Scholarships
When students apply for Ullico Foundation scholarships, we ensure the process takes as little time and effort on their part as possible.
While other organizations have lengthy applications that demand letters of recommendation and other supporting materials — that students spend tremendous time gathering — the Ullico Foundation’s approach is simple, inclusive, and speedy.
What Makes Our
- A STRAIGHTFORWARD APPLICATION PROCESS. The requirements are minimal, so there are no onerous barriers to overcome. For example, applicants are not required to provide letters of recommendation.
- GPA REQUIREMENT IS MORE INCLUSIVE. Our scholarships are open to a wider pool of students (2.5 GPA or above). Scholarship organizations that require students to have high GPAs create a different kind of barrier by excluding deserving students who do not have the required GPA.
- TIMELY SCHOLARSHIP DECISIONS. Our review and decision process is fast. In 12 weeks or less, applicants learn whether they have been chosen for a scholarship.
- STRESS-FREE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE. Checks are payable to the university and don’t create ongoing burdens for students. Recipients are not required to write appreciation notes. We don’t demand any conditions for the money besides what is spelled out in the application criteria.
Meet Our Scholarship Recipients
Students who receive Ullico Foundation scholarships represent a range of institutions and academic interests. Get to know their stories.
2023-24 Scholarship Recipients
Shaina L. Adams
Shaina Adams, a sophomore at Harvard University, is majoring in Economics and East Asian Studies. She has been studying Japanese since the eighth grade and recently put her language skills to use during a summer internship in Tokyo with the Harvard Business School. “I find business is a really cool way to learn about the world and address the problems we see in it,” she says. “Everyone interacts with business. Everyone’s participating in a market. I think it’s interesting to think about how businesses impact people’s lives, how they can provide solutions.”
After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in international business, perhaps as a consultant. “My power lies in helping people with strong passions better achieve the goals they have. I want to work on different businesses at the same time, help them provide their services and achieve their goals,” she says.
Celestina Aladesuru is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Human Resources and Industrial Relations at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Prior to entering the graduate program, she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and worked as a legal assistant in a law firm specializing in civil rights employment. Her experiences at the firm influenced her decision to become a human resources professional.
“One time, I met with a prospective client, and she broke down crying. Talking with me was the first time she could get her point across,” said Aladesuru. “Her HR department had belittled her. I could put myself in her shoes. I decided I had to get in those rooms, to be the one who has the conversations.”
Bryce Griffin is earning his Business Management degree from North Carolina A&T. An avid sports fan, Griffin played soccer from a young age through high school. He also enjoyed watching sports, especially football and basketball. Upon graduation, he hopes to pursue a career in sports management, possibly as an agent.
Danielle Jensen is a senior at Salisbury University, pursuing degrees in actuarial sciences and information systems. A self-described “numbers person” with a competitive streak, Jensen had no idea what an actuary was when she entered college. Then she met a member of her church who was an actuary, who quickly became a mentor. “She told me how hard it was to become an actuary. It was daunting, but it sounded like something that fit with what I enjoy and what I like to do with math,” says Jensen. Her interest only grew after taking a prep course for Actuary Exam P and discovering for herself the challenge involved. “The courses are a lot of work, and that excites me. I want to pass the exams, to say I’ve done it,” she says.
Roger Law is pursuing a master’s degree in Human Resources and Labor Relations at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign while also working full-time in a public hospital in San Francisco, where he’s part of an HR operations team that addresses employee questions. Prior to enrolling in the program, he had worked in HR departments in non-unionized settings. After starting at the hospital, he decided he wanted to learn more about labor relations and workplace resolution.
“As an undergraduate, I hadn’t encountered any knowledge about labor relations. I’m originally from Hong Kong, where labor relations and unions are not very popular,” he said. “In the United States, unions do have a lot of power. The reason why I chose this program is that I wanted to get more understanding about collective bargaining.”
Inspired by his studies, Law recently joined IFPTE Local 21. And although he isn’t sure what he’ll do after graduating, Law is considering jobs where he represents labor’s interests. “When it comes to employee grievances and arbitrations, the power of the unions is very important,” he said. “As employees, we may not know the provisions in the collective bargaining agreement. A union representative can help us answer our questions.”
Zachary Rodgers is studying applied mathematics at Texas A&M University, College Station. Even before he graduated as valedictorian of his high school, Rodgers knew he wanted a career as an actuary. In fact, as soon as he turned 18, Rogers took – and passed – the Texas Insurance Licensing exam as a means to learn more about the insurance industry and its products. And he has already begun taking the certification exams necessary to become an actuary.
Rogers eagerly complements his classroom learning with real-world experience, including a recent internship with Nationwide Insurance, where he learned more about the ins and outs of funding and managing retirement solutions. “It’s a huge blessing I discovered the actuarial field so early,” he says. “I like the analytical mindset. Here’s the problem at hand. How can you apply the information at hand and come to a solution?”
Shelby Wright is a business major at Old Dominion University. Growing up, she was interested in the arts, particularly dance, but has since found the business world to be an additional source of inspiration. An active member of the campus community, she recently served on the university’s homecoming committee, an experience that helped polish her leadership skills.
Upon graduation, she hopes to work in a marketing role that allows her to develop her skills while helping her employer promote diversity and inclusion in their marketing materials. Eventually, she imagines starting her own marketing company, a goal that would combine her twin interests in entrepreneurship and creativity.
Donate Now — Thank You For Supporting Our Mission
Your donations support an innovative approach to scholarship funding, one that helps students pay for college or graduate school without creating additional barriers. That’s a big deal. With sincere gratitude, we thank you for the support.
How to Donate
Please make checks payable to Ullico Foundation.
Checks can be mailed to Ullico Foundation, 8403 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910.
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