Illinois State alum Paul Solarz is a Top 50 finalist for the Global Teacher Prize, widely considered the Nobel Prize for teachers. The winner, who will be announced in March in Dubai, will get $1 million.
Dakota Pawlicki would later graduate from Illinois State debt-free thanks to scholarships. Today he's an educator. "ISU felt so much like home to me because it was like the community that got me there," he says.
Rebecca Vieyra has been selected as an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator, a fellowship that pairs K-12 STEM educators with federal agencies or a U.S. congressional office for an 11-month assignment.