Dunham Scholars Alumni Testimonials


Alumni Testimonials

Arabia Patino '20

Teacher, West Chicago Community High School


"I am honored to be a Dunham Scholar. I appreciate the generosity and support of the Dunham Board, which has contributed to my successful college career. It has allowed me to complete my undergraduate degree with no debt, but more than the monetary relief, it has also allowed me to network and make connections with people with similar backgrounds and interests as mine."

Ellie Sherwood '20

Teacher, Hermes Elementary School


"One of the things I loved most about being a Dunham Scholar was completing all of my field experiences and student teaching in Aurora. I am so excited to begin my teaching journey and am so grateful that being a Dunham Scholar has opened the door to allow me to give back to the Aurora community that brought me to where I am today. Thank you to the Dunham Fund Board members for choosing to invest in my education. It’s now my turn to invest my time in the next generation."

Guadalupe Escobedo '14

Teacher, Hunt Club Elementary School


"I am confident that I am making a difference in someone's life and I owe it to the many opportunities I received as an undergraduate at North Central."

Mayra Rios '20

West Aurora High School


"I tell people that I am a Dunham Scholar with great pride because I know how much it means to me. I know that it means that I can focus on and take advantage of educational opportunities to strengthen my skills as a teacher instead of having to spend more time working. I have a large support system of people who are there to help me as I move toward my goal of giving back to my community as a teacher in Aurora and I could not be more grateful. Thanks to North Central Staff and the Dunham Board, I have been able to grow as an educator and I am excited to put all my work thus far into action as I return home as a full time teacher, forever!"

Courtney Blake '12 Phelps

Teacher, Rollins Elementary School


"As an Aurora resident, it was an honor and privilege to be awarded the Dunham Scholarship. This scholarship allowed me to complete my dream of becoming an educator in my hometown. As a Dunham Scholar and North Central College alumna I've been fortunate to be given the opportunity to give back to my community as a teacher. It's been a great honor to be part of the Dunham Scholarship tradition and East Aurora High School District 131."