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Joe Martocchio and Brad Olson


"Lorraine and Robert C. Olson truly were the salt of the earth who wanted the best for everyone.  They believed that people should not go without because of insufficient financial means or challenging personal circumstances beyond their control.  We established these I-Promise scholarships to help provide deserving and hopeful individuals with the education to challenge their minds and to provide them with all of the opportunities afforded by an exemplary Illinois education."






Richard Chavez, '64, ED


"Because I was helped through scholarships, I feel I should reciprocate for others as this was done for me."






Joseph BohnJOSEPH W. BOHN Memorial FUnd for Illinois Promise


Joe attended the University of Illinois in the 1970s, receiving a BS in Microbiology and MS in Biology in 1980.  He pursued a research and development career in the biotechnology industry, specializing in the experimental development of immunoassay products and the quantitative validation of techniques employed in the manufacture of pharmaceutical products.  While at Abbott Laboratories in 2001, he received recognition and awards for his contributions resulting in improvements to the quality of Abbott’s world-wide drug production enterprise.

Joe was challenged with both mental and physical disabilities throughout his life and career, yet he continually strove to achieve.  Beginning early in his career, he battled the torment and impairment of schizophrenia.  Later in life, suffering from a genetic heart condition, he endured episodes and debilitating accidents that damaged his brain and nearly took his life on two occasions.  Yet, rather than accept disability, he retrained his brain and rehabilitated his body so that he could pursue his work.  In true Illini spirit, he never gave up.  He continued to mentor younger researchers and to make positive contributions to his field to the end.  The Joseph W. Bohn Scholarship Fund is established in memory of Joe’s spirit of determination and courage in the face of adversity.



The Dr. Scholl Foundation

In honor of long-time Dr. Scholl Foundation board member and Illinois alumnus, David Royalty, the Dr. Scholl Foundation made a contribution to Illinois Promise.

The Dr. Scholl Foundation was established by William M Scholl, M.D., in 1947 and is a private, independent grant-making foundation created for charitable purposes.



Donors $1,000 – $4,999
• Mr. Mark G. Barmann and Mrs. Jan Beck Barmann
• Mr. J. Brian Barnett and Mrs. Kathleen R. Barnett
• Mr. Theodore J. Bohn
• The Chicago Community Foundation
• Ms. Cynthia J. Cook
• Mr. Paul T Cottey and Mrs. Elaine D. Cottey
• Ms. Peggy L. Cullen
• Mr. Roger C. Fornell and Linda C. Fornell
• Mr. Mark C. Gossett and Mrs. Lee Ann Gossett
• Mr. Brian L. Jacobsen
• Mr. Robert L. Metzger and Mrs. Anne C. Metzger
• Dr. E. Richard Nightingale Jr.
• Mr. G. Gregory Taubeneck and Mrs. Anne D. Taubeneck
• Mrs. Annie S. Terry
• The TowerBrook Foundation
• Ms. Jacqueline Williams

Donors $5,000 – $9,999
• Mr. William D. Forsyth III and Mrs. Martha J. Forysth
• Ms. Elizabeth Friedland
• Ms. Madeleine C. Haine
• The Lazzara Family Foundation
• New Frontiers Foundation
• RR Donnelley Foundation

Donors $10,000 – $24,999
• Mr. Arthur Alderson and Mrs. Barbara Alderson
• Dr. Edward M. Bohn and Mrs. Okemah K. Bohn
• Mr. Philip J. Bohn
• BP Corporation North America, Inc
• Bright Start Scholarship Trust
• Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund
• Ms. Elizabeth L. Hendrick
• Hendrick House
• Ms. Anna E. Jensen and Mr. Terry C. Jensen
• Mr. John M. Seral and Mrs. Anne Cardiff Seral
• Wal-Mart Foundation Matching Gift Program
• Mr. Tom D. Wippman
• Mr. P. Wayne Ziebell and Mrs. Patricia A. Ziebell

Donors $25,000 – $49,999
• Mr. Richard L. Chavez
• Mr. Edward R. Haben and Mrs. Mary Kay Kretch Haben
• Friends of Richard and Susan Herman
• Prof. Joseph J. Martocchio and Mr. Brad R. Olson
• Ronald McDonald House Charities
• TCF Bank

Donors $50,000 – $99,999
• Dr. Scholl Foundation

Donors $100K+
• Grand Victoria Foundation
• Private Family Foundation
• State Farm Companies Foundations

Endowment Funds that Support Illinois Promise
• Janice Kisten Campbell Scholarship Fund
• Hathorne and Hummer Family Scholarship Fund
• Seral Family Endowment for Illinois Students
• P. Wayne and Patricia A. Ziebell Endowment for Illinois Students
• Tom D. Wippman Illinois Promise Scholarship Fund
• Timothy G. and Mary R. Lyne Scholarship Fund
• Lorraine and Robert C. Olson Illinois Promise Scholarship Fund
• Arthur N. and Barbara S. Alderson Illinois Promise Scholarship Fund
• Joseph W. Bohn Memorial Fund for Illinois Promise
• Mark G. Barmann Scholarship for Illinois Promise Fund
• William A. and Jacelyn A. Shiner Fund in Support of the Illinois Promise Program
• Richard L. Chavez Scholarship Fund
• Clarence Shelley Scholarship Fund
• J.Crawford Hill Estate Fund