After high school, Aimee Padilla did not know what she wanted to do, so she came to Elgin Community College to explore. She took classes she liked, including biology and math, hoping to find her passion.
“You can tell ECC’s instructors care because they also want to help you grow as a person outside the classroom,” Aimee said. From encouraging students to apply for internships at highly regarded organizations, like Fermilab and the National Science Foundation, to applying class concepts to real world issues, ECC’s faculty inspired Aimee.
A recipient of the ECC Foundation's Purses with Purpose Scholarship, Aimee was inspired again. “Getting to know the Purses with Purpose members let me see how amazing these women are as people, beyond being generous donors.” The scholarship also enabled her to have the time, in lieu of a job, to concentrate on school and help her family by caring for her younger sister.
With focus, Aimee discovered both opportunity and passion. Medical school is her long-term goal. In planning how to get there, she recalled the appeal of something one of her math instructors said: engineers solve problems. Aimee anticipates being able to better solve patient problems by studying bioengineering beginning this fall at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She acknowledges that these fields will require hard work and she knows ECC and Purses with Purpose prepared her well.
Purses with Purpose Scholarship
Since 2012, members of the ECC Foundation’s Purses with Purpose giving circle have empowered 38 women whose commitment to advancing their potential through college education transformed their lives and strengthened our shared community. At the giving circle’s recent Fifth Anniversary Celebration, Sandra Hoston received the inaugural Carol Broeker Impact Award that recognizes the achievements of a Purses with Purpose Scholarship recipient. Carol’s fellow steering committee members established the award in her memory through the ECC Foundation to honor her impassioned commitment to Purses with Purpose.