Meet Our Team

David Schug

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.

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Suzanna Challen

Suzanna Challen

Suzanna Challen joined the National and International Scholarships Program in 2018 as Scholarships Coordinator. She brings experience in research, teaching, student services and grant writing to the role assisting talented students at Illinois seeking prestigious scholarships. Prior to coming to Champaign, Suzanna worked in the nonprofit human services sector in Buffalo, New York. Suzanna has a Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard University, and she taught International Relations at Rochester Institute of Technology. While at Harvard, Suzanna lived as a resident tutor in a residence hall for five years, living among and sharing meals daily with students.  As a resident in Champaign, Suzanna enjoys photography and walking her dog to West Side Park.

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Theresa Kincaid

Theresa Kincaid

Theresa joined the National and International Scholarships Program in March of 2016.  She looks forward to helping students, faculty and staff.  Away from the office, Theresa enjoys reading, sewing, church activities, and spending time with family and friends.  

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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.