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Scholarship Named in Honor of Club Co-Founder

The Twin Cities Illini Club renames its student scholarship in memory of club co-founder and loyal Illini Jack Carlson.

The board of the Twin Cities Illini Club moved on Feb. 9 to name its student scholarship in honor of  Jack Carlson, club co-founder and long-time supporter of the University of Illinois. The $1,000 scholarship, granted each year to an exceptional Minnesota high school student enrolling at the University of Illinois, will be known as the Jack Carlson Memorial Twin Cities Illini Club Scholarship.

Carlson helped found the Twin Cities Illini Club in the mid-1980s and served as its first president. He remained a loyal and active member until his death December 8, 2016. He was 81.

An attorney and CPA specializing in estate and tax planning, he was a graduate of University of Illinois College of Law and practised in the Twin Cities. He was an active member of Bloomington Rotary since 1972.

“Jack was a friend to all of us,” says current club president Suresh Sreenivasan. “He was an energetic and active supporter of the University of Illinois on many levels. He was also very supportive of our Twin Cities Illini Club over the years, often stopping down to club game watches. He was a very good historian of U of I sports and academics, often expounding on the great achievements of our alma mater and alumni.”

The first club scholarship in Jack Carlson's name will be awarded this summer.