Benedictine graduate receives legislative scholarship to attend UIC dental school 

Benedictine graduate receives legislative scholarship to attend UIC dental school
October 13, 2010

Phil Brozynski
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Lisle, Illinois ~ Nida Akhter, the daughter of Jawed Akhter and Bilqees Saeeda of Villa Park and a May 2010 graduate of Benedictine University, was awarded an Illinois General Assembly Legislative Scholarship by Ill. State Rep. Sandy Pihos (R-42nd).

Akhter earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology at Benedictine and graduated as a Scholar with Distrinction. She attended College Prep School of America in Lombard before enrolling at Benedictine, where she earned a 3.98 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

The Illinois General Assembly Scholarship program provides a full year of tuition for both undergraduate and graduate students who plan to attend an Illinois state university. Students must demonstrate strong academic achievement and leadership skills, demonstrate relative financial need among all applicants and provide stellar recommendations.

Akhter currently attends the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry.


Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 53 undergraduate majors, 13 graduate and four doctorate programs. Benedictine University is ranked as a Top School in the Midwest (eighth in Illinois) for Master’s Universities, 11th in the Midwest (and sixth in Illinois) for Racial Diversity, and as a Top School for International Students, Freshmen Retention and Graduation Rate for 2010 by U.S. News & World Report.