Chez Veterans Center


The Illini Club of San Diego county sponsors a scholarship program that benifits students via the Chez Veterans Center.  The Center was constructed with state-of-the-art technology to accommodate a variety of disabilities.   It features:

  • a large lounge for student veterans to study and interact
  • a kitchen was constructed to meet or exceed ADA compliance for physical disabilities
  • a counseling wing was designed to offer a quiet and private atmosphere for veterans and their families
  • a second floor is the gym, which offers a variety of equipment for all types of disabilities
  • an Academic and Career Center for Academic Lab and Career Workshops
  • fourteen residential units with suites and bathrooms providing state-of-the-art accessibility features, including a remote-controlled SureHands ceiling lift system

Kyle Wilson

Kyle Wilson is the Illini Club Scholarship award recipient ($2000) for the fall of 2022.  Kyle is 29 years old and grew up in Champaign, IL with 1 brother and 2 sisters. He attended Carrie Busey Elementary, Edison Middle School, and Central High School graduating in 2010. After high school he joined the Navy as a Hospital Corpsman and spent 8 years working in medical facilities and Marine Corps units in Washington State and California.  Kyle was honorably discharged in 2019 and returned home to Champaign to build a family with his wife Emily whom he met while in Washington. Kyle & Emily are both full time students now at the University of Illinois and have a son and 3 dogs. Kyle is a senior majoring in Kinesiology set to graduate in Spring of 2023. Upon graduation he plans to apply for medical school with an ultimate goal of being a Sports Medicine physician working with professional athletes.

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