Kim Guse, Class of 2018

Scholarship Spotlight: Kimberly Guse

Meet our scholarship spotlight of the week, Kim Guse! Kim received a $2,000 scholarship from the Illini Dads Association during the 2016-2017 academic year! She will be graduating in May and is currently a member of the Marching Illini and has also been a student assistant for EDUC 101 and EPSY 201. Read on to learn more about Kim and hear her plans for after graduation.

Kim Guse, Class of 2018


Name: Kim Guse

Major/minor: Learning and Education Studies with a minor is Sociology

Year of Graduation: May 2018

Fun fact: I studied abroad in Denmark and Sweden

Favorite campus spot: Harding Band Building 141


Tell me about yourself. Give a brief introduction and anything else you’d want people to know about you!

Hi! My name is Kim and I’m a senior in Learning and Education Studies with a in Educational Equality and Cultural Understanding program. I’m from Bolingbrook, IL and I enjoy watching movies, camping, and listening to new podcasts.

What activities and clubs are/were you involved in at the University of Illinois?

I play trumpet in the Marching Illini, am the president of Sexual Health Peers, and am a student staff member in the Office of Volunteer Programs. I have also been a Teacher’s Assistant for EDUC 101 and EPSY 201.

How did you hear about the Illini Dads Association scholarship?

In the Office of Volunteer Programs, we coordinate with many other offices on campus, one of them being the Illini Dads Association. I saw an update about the scholarship and decided to apply.

Why did you decide to apply?

Whenever I find a scholarship that I can apply for, I go for it. I always think, “What am I going to lose by applying?”

How did the scholarship benefit you? Were there any specific areas that it helped?

The scholarship helped cover the costs of my tuition and housing. It allowed me to not worry about making tuition payments while being a full-time student.

What are/were you hoping to gain from an education at the University?

I chose to attend the University of Illinois because of the amazing opportunities I could gain from this institution. The classes offered, the professors, the extracurricular activities, and the incredible network of alumni are beyond any other university.

What has been your favorite experience as a student at the University of Illinois?

My favorite moment at the University of Illinois actually didn’t happen on campus, but in New York City. The Marching Illini was chosen to march in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2015, but the night before, we played an impromptu concert in the middle of Time’s Square. I never thought I would be able visit New York City, let alone perform in Time’s Square.

What are your plans for the future? 

I hope to continue working in the non-profit sphere and find ways to give back to communities. I also hope to work with The Walt Disney Company one day.

Apply to our 2017-2018 scholarship by November 3o for the chance to be one of six Illini Dads Association scholarship winners for Spring 2018. Applying is easy, so show us what you got and you could be our next Scholarship Spotlight!