Who We Are

Get to know our team—who we are, what we do, and how we can help you!

David Schug

David Schug, Director of the National and International Scholarships Program, has been working with top-notch Illinois students and alumni in preparing and applying for nationally competitive awards since 2002. He greatly enjoys meeting students from all backgrounds and disciplines and encouraging them to reach for their academic and personal goals. In the mornings, you may find him running on area trails, and in the evenings after putting his children to bed, he is likely attending a church event, playing double bass with a community orchestra, gardening, or volunteering with the local extension office.

 

Jeff Yockey

Jeff Yockey

Jeff Yockey joined the Scholarship team in July of 2016 and is excited to work among the students and faculty of the U of I again.  Jeff earned his Ph.D. in Agronomy from the U of I studying nitrogen use by maize grown in a no-till production environments.  Trading Illinois corn fields for the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, Jeff was a camp director where he hired over 200 summer crew members and interns giving him his first experience reading applications.  He read hundreds more while working as an Executive Search Consultant in the non-profit sector.   Jeff brings this background coupled with having lived in the Philippines, China, and Lithuania to his work assisting our students and alumni apply for competitive scholarships.  Away from the office, Jeff enjoys baseball, yard work, reading, and being a local bicycle advocate.   Jeff has two kids in college.

Theresa Kincaid

Theresa Kincaid

Theresa Kincaid has been working at the U of I for over 20 years.  In March of 2016 she joined the Center for Advising and Academic Services (CCAAS) serving in the role as Office Manager.  Her position is multifaceted as she divides her time and talents between the National and International Scholarships Program and other programs that are a part of CCAAS.  She looks forward to helping students, faculty and staff.  Away from the office, Theresa enjoys reading, sewing, church activities, and hanging out with family (especially her grandchildren) and friends.  

 

Review Committees

Review committees are another important part of our scholarships process. Students at Illinois are fortunate to have numerous exceptional faculty and staff devoted to our cause. Committee members spend hours reviewing applications, engaging with candidates in interviews, and providing insightful feedback to assist in the revision process.