Gifts in Action -
Glenn and Linda Neland
MEET THE NELANDS
Without the veteran’s scholarship that paid for his education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Glenn Neland’s engineering degree wouldn’t have been possible.
Neland served in Vietnam with the U.S. Air Force after high school in 1966 and didn’t graduate from college until 1975. He says, “UIC shaped who I am today, but without that veteran’s scholarship I never could have considered going to college.”
WHY THEY GIVE
Neland’s gratitude has motivated him and his wife, Linda, to help students who understand the value of public education, but who without assistance would struggle to pay rising college costs. “There are so many kids today who are coming out of inner city schools and just need the opportunity to succeed. I relate to that,” says Neland.
To the Nelands, substantial scholarships covering most educational costs (including tuition, fees, books and health insurance) are a must for a university driven by an urban mission. And they firmly believe that successful alumni have a responsibility to provide such scholarships to benefit needy students.
HOW THEY GIVE
Eager to assist, the couple established the Glenn and Linda Neland Scholarship Fund, an enduring scholarship for future engineers who graduate from Chicago high schools. The fund gives preference to students who have completed military service, reflecting the Nelands’ wish to honor Glenn’s hometown education and U.S. Air Force experience.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
To the Neland Scholarship recipients beginning their academic and professional journey, Neland says, “I don’t mean to sound corny, but don’t give up, stay tenacious. Keep your vision and keep reaching for the American Dream.”