Julianna Gehant was one of the victims of the tragic shooting which took place on February 14th. She is described as a go-getter, who pursued her goal of teaching with a keen enthusiasm. Julianna Gehant first found her artistic side when she was in high school, participating in theater and making a portrait of her mother as a Christmas gift. Her favorite show, Dancing with the Stars, inspired her to enroll in a ballroom dancing class. Julianna was an active member of the NIU Veterans Club and a dean’s list student majoring in elementary education. She wanted to teach second grade because she loved kids. Julianna also served her country proudly for thirteen years and one month in the U.S. Army and the Army Reserves. At the age of 32 she was promoted to sergeant First Class. This scholarship was established to celebrate the life, the values, and the indomitable spirit of Julianna Gehant.