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New Scholarship Honors the Memory of Allyson Grabowski

A new scholarship fund established by anonymous donors honors the memory of Allyson Grabowski ’20, who passed away last July from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. 

The Allyson Grabowski Memorial Fund supports two scholarships awarded annually to students who reflect the leadership skills, kindness, and Christian character that defined Allyson.

  • The Allyson Grabowski Bio/Chem Award, a $1,000 scholarship, will go to aAllyson-Grabowski-1.jpg rising Greenville University senior who demonstrates these character qualities and majors in biology and/or chemistry.
  • The Allyson Grabowski STEM Scholarship, a $1,000 award, will go to an incoming student who demonstrates these character qualities and majors in one of the natural sciencesengineering, or mathematics. This scholarship is potentially renewable. Preference will be given to a female from Nashville, IL (Allyson’s hometown), or another small town. 

Awardees will be able to use the funds beginning in the 2020-2021 school year.

Allyson: Celebrating A Life Well-Lived  

Allyson graduated from Nashville Community High school in 2016. She proved herself an academic standout at GU, earning a 3.99 GPA while pursuing a double major in biology and chemistry. With her sights set on medical school, she belonged to the TriBeta and McAllaster Honors Societies.

Allyson played in 99 volleyball matches as a GU Lady Panther and lettered for three years. She contributed to two regular season conference championships and three conference tournament championships. She also participated in three NCAA tournaments.

The statistics behind Allyson’s academic and athletic excellence, however, take a back seat to her character, grace, and example of a life well-lived. She showed that ambition and aspiration can co-exist with kindness and generosity.

Said one friend, “It didn’t matter that she spent five hours making that ‘quizlet’ or three hours making that flow chart . . . it was yours if you needed it.” 

Remember Allyson With a Gift

To make a gift in memory of Allyson, visit and select the Grabowski Memorial Fund from the designation options, or mail a check to GU with “Grabowski Memorial Fund” in the memo line.

Learn More

In Memory of Allyson Grabowski
Balance: Succeeding as a Student Athlete
Women’s Volleyball Honors Seniors

Honor Allyson with a gift to the Allyson Grabowski Memorial Fund today. Thank you for giving. 

This story was published on January 13, 2020

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