Fundraising for the Juan P. Cabrales Memorial Scholarship 


As many of you know, my brother Juan P. Cabrales passed away unexpectedly on the evening of September 24, 2020 at the age of 44.  

I am inviting you to help us establish a memorial scholarship in loving memory of Juan.  He valued a good education, and he believed that any set goal was attainable through focus and hard work. It is our family's hope that we will honor his legacy for many years by establishing this scholarship.  Our goal is to establish this scholarship at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) where it will benefit engineering students from an underrepresented group.  

Juan earned his Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering at UIUC in 1999.   As an undergrad at UIUC, he was an active member of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and served as president.  He also committed his time to SHPE and its members as an alumnus for many years.  At the time of his death, he had over twenty years of experience as a Software Engineer specific to pharmaceutical, data services, gaming, medical devices, aviation and aerospace, and commercial software. He was a proud Illini engineer! 



Make a Pledge

Yearly, semi-annual, and singular pledges may be made directly to the university to take advantage of the charitable tax deduction. Please note that only pledge amounts are needed at the moment. You will select when payments will be made (see pledge form for more info).  Collecting a specific amount of pledges will expedite the creation of Juan's fund by the university.  Please also consider asking your employer if they might be willing to match your donation.  




If a pledge is more than you are willing to commit to at the moment, please consider donating to the gofundme

page. I will donate all the monies to the university to help fund the scholarship. 




- A scholarship endowment of $25,000 provides a $1,000 scholarship to one deserving college student per year AND for perpetuity.  That means that for many years into the future there will still be a student every year receiving this scholarship. 

- The current UIUC tuition and room and board totals out to about $30,000 per year!  Think of how a scholarship can help a student minimize their amount of student loan debt.

- This named scholarship will demonstrate to his daughters, Katalina and Eva, how their father's legacy lives on at his alma mater. 

- If you pledge and donate to the university, you are able to benefit from the charitable tax deduction. 


Thank you for your consideration during these tough times! Please don't hesitate to let me know if you have any questions. I will happily explain the process to you. Email me at or text/call me at (773)593-1202. And, please feel free to share this information with anyone who may be interested in making a donation.  Special thanks to you if you have already made a donation - I appreciate you!  


Alejandra I. Vilchis 

B.S., University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2003

J.D., UIC John Marshall Law School, 2014


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