SCHOLARSHIPS for Freshmen

The Honors College offers a limited number of scholarships for incoming first-year students.

 

The Honors College offers several merit scholarships. These scholarships are awarded to applicants based on the strength of the admissions application.

KERR SCHOLARSHIP - covering full in-state tuition and fees, renewable for up to four years.

THE HONORS SCHOLARS AWARD - valued at $3,000 yearly, renewable up to four years. This award may be applied to tuition only.

 

In addition, Honors College applicants can be considered for the following scholarships based on both merit and need factors.

HONORS COLLEGE ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE AWARD- valued at $8000 yearly, renewable for up to four years. This award may be applied to tuition only.

HONORS COLLEGE ACADEMIC DISTINCTION AWARD – valued at $5,000 yearly, renewable for up to four years. This award may be applied to tuition only.

If you receive other financial aid from UIC, these scholarships will be considered part of the total financial aid package. Admission to the Honors College does not guarantee a scholarship.

President’s Award Program Honors

The President’s Award Program Honors (PAP-H) is a distinct part of the campus-wide President’s Award Program (PAP). It is the University of Illinois’ most prestigious four-year tuition and housing scholarship given to exemplary incoming first-year Honors College students. Eligibility consideration for the PAP-H scholarship is based on a combination of ACT composite score, class rank, and belonging to one of the following applicant pools: high-achieving newly admitted freshmen from historically underrepresented groups; high-achieving newly admitted students from low-sending Illinois counties (defined as counties sending an average of two or fewer students per academic year to the University of Illinois in the past five year period); or high-achieving newly admitted dependent students whose families are not expected to contribute to the cost of their education as verified through FAFSA and financial aid application processes. Prospective students apply for the award through the regular UIC admissions and Honors College review processes. Once admitted to the university, potentially eligible applicants are nominated by UIC’s Chancellor, then undergo individual review to be considered as President’s Award Program Honors Scholars.

The President’s Award Program Honors Scholarship promotes academic excellence within and beyond the Honors College community, connects students with Honors College Fellows and other premier faculty members, and fosters civic engagement and leadership. The Honors College provides a collaborative and supportive educational environment that allows students to explore issues in depth through small classes and specialized research projects. Living in Honors Housing in the residence halls ensures proximity to UIC’s academic and social support networks and keeps students involved in campus life. Honors College students are known on campus as leaders, innovators, and contributors to the UIC community and beyond. PAP-H Scholarships allow motivated and hard-working Honors College students to make an even greater difference through their research and engaged citizenship.

SCHOLARSHIPS for Transfer Students

PHI THETA KAPPA SCHOLARSHIP

Each fall and spring the Honors College awards the Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship, a one-time, one-semester tuition waiver, to new Honors College transfer students. Transfer students to the college who are members of Phi Theta Kappa, the community college honor society, have a minimum of a 3.5 transfer GPA, and are enrolled for at least 12 credit hours during the fall term are eligible to apply. This scholarship is competitive and not all eligible students will receive an award. The deadline for the Fall 2014 Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship application is Friday, July 11, 2014. Click here to apply!

TRANSFER MERIT TUITION AWARD

The UIC Transfer Merit Tuition Awards are given on a competitive basis to new transfer students each fall and spring. Applicants must be enrolled in a baccalaureate degree program, have a minimum transfer GPA of 3.25 on a minimum of 45 transfer credits, and be enrolled for at least 12 credit hours. A written statement outlining your educational and career goals and how you have financed your education thus far and a copy of financial aid awards statement should be submitted along with a completed application. The deadline for the Fall 2014 Transfer Merit Tuition Award application is Friday, July 11, 2014. Click here to apply!

SCHOLARSHIPS for Current HC Students

HONORS COLLEGE ADVISORY BOARD SCHOLARSHIP

Each Spring the Honors College Advisory Board awards one $1000 scholarship to a current Honors College student. Eligible students must be in good standing with the college (3.4 GPA), enrolled full-time, and possesses significant involvement in Honors College activities and student organizations. This scholarship is awarded during a ceremony at the Annual Honors College Ball.

HONORS COUNCIL AWARDS

The Honors Council, the College executive committee, recognizes outstanding students each year. These awards of $200 are made to students nominated by faculty on the basis of their honors work.

JOHN CURTIS JOHNSON AWARD

The John Curtis Johnson award is named for former Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Curt Johnson, a longtime friend and supporter of the Honors College. The award of $500 is given each Spring to one Honors College freshman who has excelled in his or her Honors College core. Students are nominated by the Honors Core faculty.

FLAHERTY SCHOLARSHIPS FOR STUDY ABROAD

The Honors College offers Flaherty Scholarships for study abroad for which Honors College students may compete to help defray costs associated with participation in international study. To be eligible to apply for the Flaherty Scholarship, students must apply to a study abroad program endorsed by the UIC Campus. A cumulative UIC grade point average of 3.40 upon application for the Flaherty Scholarship is required. The application deadline for Spring 2014 has passed.

Applications for students studying abroad in Spring 2014 are available here.

DEAN'S SCHOLARSHIP FOR STUDY ABROAD

The UIC Honors College offers Dean's Scholarships for Study Abroad are available in awards ranging from $1,000 to $2,500 for students with demonstrated financial need. To be eligible to apply for the Dean's Scholarship for Study Abroad, students must apply to a study abroad program endorsed by the UIC Campus. A cumulative UIC grade point average of 3.40 upon application for the scholarship is also required. The application deadline for Spring 2014 has passed.

Applications for students studying abroad in Summer/Fall 2014 are available here.

HONORS COLLEGE TUITION WAIVER

Each semester, Honors College students with at least a 3.5 GPA are eligible to compete for a limited number of tuition waivers offered by the Honors College. Students are awarded these waivers based on a combination of merit and need. The deadline for the Fall 2014 Tuition Waiver application is Friday August 8, 2014 NOTE: The deadline has been extended until Wednesday, August 13, 2014. Click here to apply!!

HONORS COLLEGE DEAN'S EMERGENCY FUND

The Honors College Dean's Emergency Fund is intended to help meet the financial needs (tuition, fees, books, housing) of Honors College students who encounter an emergency situation or one-time, unusual, or unforeseen expenses during their degree program that prevent them from continuing their studies at UIC. Situations that might trigger such an emergency need include, but are not limited to, such events as:

  • Medical, dental, or mental health emergencies
  • Major accidents and events such as fire and natural disasters
  • Home foreclosure or other loss of a domicile
  • Unexpected loss of income

Students who find themselves in such situations should apply for funds, generally up to $2,000, from the Dean’s Emergency Fund by submitting an application and supporting documentation.

Please note that funds from the Dean’s Emergency fund do not replace regular scholarship dollars, and students are encouraged to apply for all other possible sources of money. Funds are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Preference will be given to juniors and seniors.

Students can only receive funding through the Dean’s Emergency Fund for two semesters during their Honors College career. The Dean's Emergency Fund Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis with no particular deadline.

SALLY and KEVIN DESOUZA FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP

The Sally and Kevin Desouza Family Scholarship is awarded each Spring to a full-time student in the Honors College pursuing a degree in the College of Business Administration. The recipient shall demonstrate high academic achievement, and shall be actively involved in the campus community in ways that make a contribution to the quality of campus life. International students are strongly encouraged to apply. Eligible students must possess valid visas, be permanent residents, or be U.S. citizens. One $1,250 scholarship will be awarded. The application deadline for Spring 2014 has passed.

CEO SCHOLARSHIP FOR WOMEN IN ENGINEERING

The CEO Scholarship for Women in Engineering is awarded to a full-time woman engineering student in the Honors College. The award is based on financial need and academic merit; applicants must be U.S. citizens. Consideration will be given to those students exhibiting Creativity, Enthusiasm, and Optimism as well as demonstrated ability and interest in engineering. The award will be available in the Fall 2014 semester.

SISTER DOROTHY DROBIS AWARD

The Sister Dorothy Drobis Award is awarded each Spring to an outstanding junior or senior majoring in education who intends to teach in an urban environment. Preference will be given to minority candidates. Applicants must also be a member of the Honors College. The award is based on academic excellence and leadership, and the winner receives a $500 cash prize. The Drobis Award is made each year in recognition of Sister Dorothy Drobis and her long career in elementary education in Chicago. The application deadline for Spring 2014 has passed.

THE CLARA MARIE PAETZ PEARCE FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP

The Clara Marie Paetz Pearce Family Scholarship was established in the Honors College through the generosity of her family. This scholarship is awarded each spring to an Honors student pursuing a nursing degree at UIC who is both high achieving and in need of financial assistance. One $1000 scholarship will be awarded. Clara Pearce was born on a farm in Mecklenburg County, Virginia in 1900. She attended a one-room school near her home, then received nursing training at Halcyon Hospital in South Boston, Virginia. She returned home and worked with local doctors to care for patients in their homes. She was among the first in the county to own a car, driving her Model T Ford to visit the sick and mothers with new babies. Clara’s two daughters, Bertha Bottoms and Marie Stone, and her granddaughter Dana Ezell, also became nurses. Her granddaughter Bette L. Bottoms is Dean of the UIC Honors College. The application deadline for Spring 2014 has passed.

MARK A WYATT MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

The Mark A. Wyatt Memorial Scholarship is awarded each Spring to an outstanding junior majoring in Biological Sciences, Biochemistry or Neuroscience and planning to go to medical school. The award is based on academic excellence, research, and leadership. Preference is given to continuing students (not graduating) who have demonstrated leadership and a passion for research The Wyatt Scholarship is a memorial to Mark Wyatt, a pre-med Biological Sciences and Honors College junior who exemplified academic excellence and leadership. After his death in 1990, his fellow students led the effort to establish this scholarship in his name. The application deadline for Spring 2014 has passed.

RINA K. DUKOR AWARD FOR UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH

The Rina K. Dukor award for undergraduate research provides research grants to support Honors College students in their research endeavors. Preference is given to students who are conducting research in chemistry and related fields, but students conducting research in the natural or social sciences may apply. Women are especially encouraged to apply. The application deadline for Spring 2014 has passed.

CATERPILLAR AWARD FOR UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH


 Through the generosity of the Caterpillar Foundation we are pleased to announce the availability of undergraduate awards to pay for the costs associated with research (up to $1,000). Students in the Honors College who are conducting research in the natural sciences and engineering (including disciplines such as mathematics and computer science) may apply. Underrepresented minority students, women, and students who are the first in their families to go to college are especially encouraged to apply. The application deadline for Spring 2014 has passed.

 

SARAH MADONNA KABBES AWARD FOR UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH


The undergraduate research experience is an important part of a student’s training, especially students who seek to enter excellent graduate or professional programs. Each year, outstanding Honors College students are recognized for their achievement in undergraduate research with Sarah Madonna Kabbes Scholarships awards to pay for the costs associated with research (up to $1,000). Miss Kabbes was an alumna of the Urbana-Champaign campus and a former faculty member at UIC’s Navy Pier campus. All students in the Honors College who are conducting research in any field may apply. The Spring 2014 deadline has already passed.

STUDENT ENGAGEMENT GRANTS


Through the generosity of donors, the UIC Honors College is able to provide its students the opportunity to apply for Student Engagement Grants. These financial awards support enriching educational experiences that complement students’ educational programs. Grants will typically be less than $500; students may request higher amounts with a defensible rationale for doing so. Projects to be funded by the Honors College Student Engagement Grant will usually involve community service or on- or off-campus service or leadership activities. More information about projects eligible for the grants and a grant application can be found here.

PHI ETA SIGMA SCHOLARSHIP


The Honors College awards the Phi Eta Sigma Scholarships to applicants that are current members of Phi Eta Sigma. Applicants must also have a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.4 or above, and must have made some contribution to UIC. This year Phi Eta Sigma is excited to be offering two levels of awards, one scholarship at $700 and four at $200. The scholarship application is available here. The Spring 2014 deadline has already passed.

OTHER SCHOLARSHIPS

DONALD AND LEAH RIDDLE PRIZE

The Donald and Leah Riddle Prize is awarded each year at Commencement to an outstanding graduating senior regardless of major field. The award is based on academic excellence and leadership. The winner receives a bronze medallion and a $1,000 cash prize. The Riddle Prize is made each year in recognition of the former UIC Chancellor Donald Riddle and his wife Leah and honors the Riddles' contribution to the campus. The application deadline for Spring 2014 is Friday, March 28, 2014. Please click here to apply.

UIC SCHOLARSHIP ASSOCIATION

The Scholarship Association for UIC sponsors between thirty and fifty scholarships annually for UIC students. Award information is available during the first week of the semester every spring. We strongly encourage students to read information carefully and apply for all the scholarships for which they are eligible. The awards range in value from $500 to $2000. For more information, please visit their website for more information. The Spring 2014 deadline has already passed.

COLLEGE AWARDS
Liberal Arts and Sciences Alumni Association
The LAS Alumni Association Board of Directors wishes to recognize the many achievements of current LAS students and LAS alumni. The LAS Alumni Association Merit Award was created in 1992 to give current LAS students and returning LAS alumni the opportunity to receive a monetary award and, at the same time, receive recognition for both academic achievement and service to the university and/or community.

Each recipient will receive a $500 award (to be applied to tuition) and a formal memento of the occasion. Current LAS undergraduates and graduate students are encouraged to fill out the attached application form.

The LAS Alumni Association Board will conduct a blind review of all applications. Only the second sheet of the application form and your narrative will be considered by the Board. The first two pages of this application will be seen ONLY by the LAS Office of Advancement to assist the LAS Alumni Association Board in verifying information.

INQUIRIES - For further information regarding this and other LAS scholarships or eligibility requirements, refer to the Scholarship Guidelines Grid on the application web page at http://www.uic.edu/las/alumni/lasaa/. Or contact the LAS Office of Advancement at 312-413-1898 or LASconnect@uic.edu.

DEPARTMENTAL AWARDS
Many individual departments recognize outstanding undergraduates in their discipline through various scholarships and awards. Some departments announce their award winners during convocation ceremonies.

OFFICE OF SPECIAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS

A wide range of scholarships supporting undergraduate and graduate study are open to Honors College students. The Office of Special Scholarship Programs staff assist students in searching for awards, exploring eligibility criteria and deadlines, providing feedback on resumes and essays, and arranging for mock interviews if needed to ensure the best possible outcome.

Deadlines for the awards run throughout the academic year. Preparing a competitive application requires students to begin well in advance of the deadline. In particular, the Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, Fulbright and Gates Cambridge have early fall deadlines and preparation to apply should begin the previous spring. While the financial assistance offered by these scholarships is the most obvious reward, the process of applying also offers great benefits such as helping candidates develop as thinkers, writers and speakers in ways that are advantageous to their professional and personal development and building strong ties with faculty and staff who support your application.

Students interested in learning more about scholarships should consult the following list, visit the website at http://www.uic.edu/depts/oaa/ssp and follow up on awards of interest with Beth Powers or Sheena Miller

SCHOLARSHIPS TO APPLY FOR DURING FRESHMAN, SOPHOMORE AND JUNIOR YEAR

Critical Languages Scholarship: For overseas summer intensive study of critical languages abroad. Funding includes airfare and housing. Locations of summer programs vary. Eligibility: U.S. citizen; undergraduates, professional and graduate students. Deadline: November Website

Gilman Scholarship: Gilman Scholarship: For Pell grant recipients who are planning study abroad, up to $2500-$8000 in support of study abroad for summer, fall, spring or full year. Eligibility: U.S. citizen; undergraduates. Deadlines: Early October and Early March Website

Goldwater Scholarship: For students with research experience and intent on research careers in math, science or engineering, $7500 toward remaining undergraduate years. Requires UIC nomination. Eligibility: U.S. citizen, permanent resident; sophomores & juniors. Deadline for UIC nomination: Mid-November Website

Hispanic Scholarship Fund: For Hispanic students; one main award and several smaller ones. Eligibility: U.S. citizen, permanent resident; undergraduate and graduate students. Deadline for general scholarship: December 15 Website

Rangel/Pickering International Affairs Summer Enrichment Programs: For students considering careers in international affairs. Providing summer learning experiences in Washington DC. Eligibility: U.S. citizens; Pickering: junior status; Rangel: undergraduate. Deadline: Early February/Late January Links: http://www.rangelprogram.org/?contentid=0 http://woodrow.org/fellowships/pickering/info/pickering-eligibility/

J.W. Saxe Prize: For students seeking funds to support a low-pay or no-pay public service internship or project. The award is typically $1500. Eligibility: no citizenship requirements; undergraduate or graduate. Deadline: March 15 Website

Truman Scholarship: For juniors intent on careers in public service at a leadership level, $30,000 toward graduate or professional school study. Requires UIC nomination. Eligibility: U.S. citizens; juniors in their third year. Deadline for UIC nomination: Late-October Website

Udall Scholarship: For students planning careers related to environmental issues, $5000 toward remaining undergraduate years. Requires UIC nomination. Eligibility: U.S. citizen, permanent resident; sophomores or juniors. Deadline for UIC nomination: Early February Website

SCHOLARSHIPS TO APPLY FOR SENIOR YEAR

Carnegie Endowment Junior Fellows Program: For students interested in a global affairs research internship at the Carnegie Institute. Requires UIC nomination. Eligibility: Must be eligible to work in U.S.; seniors or recent graduates. Deadline for UIC nomination: Early December Website

Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowships: For underrepresented students pursuing the PhD graduate funding for up to 3 years. Eligibility: U.S. citizens, permanent residents, DACA holders; seniors or recent graduates. Deadline: Mid-November Website

Fulbright Student Award: For students in all majors, the opportunity to teach English or do research abroad after receiving your bachelor’s degree. Research or study in over 140 countries; Teaching English in over 65 countries. Applying through UIC requires evaluation process. Eligibility: U.S. citizen; senior, graduate or alumni. UIC deadline: early September Website

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship: For students planning graduate study in the in the sciences, math, engineering and most social sciences. Funding for 3 years of graduate study. Eligibility: U.S. citizens or permanent residents; seniors or not beyond 1st year of graduate study. Deadline: Early November Website

Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship: For an outstanding Phi Kappa Phi member nominated by the UIC chapter; $5000 toward graduate/professional study. Requires UIC Phi Kappa Phi nomination. Eligibility: member of Phi Kappa Phi; seniors. UIC deadline: Mid- March Website

Pickering/Rangel Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowships: For seniors or graduates planning graduate study toward a career in the Foreign Service. Includes summer internships in embassies. Eligibility: U.S. citizens; seniors or recent graduates. Deadline: Mid-January Links: http://woodrow.org/fellowships/pickering/ http://www.rangelprogram.org/?contentid=0

Soros Fellowship: For “new Americans”, immigrants or children of immigrants, two years of funding for graduate/professional studies. Eligibility: U.S. citizens, permanent residents; seniors and 1st and 2nd year graduate/professional students. Deadline: Early November Website

THE BRITISH SCHOLARSHIPS

Gates Cambridge Scholarships: For outstanding students with a 3.7 gpa or higher, research, service, leadership and vision for making a difference; offers graduate study at Cambridge University for 1-4 years. UIC starts to prepare candidates in the spring for fall deadlines. Eligibility: Any country but the United Kingdom (different deadline for non-U.S. citizens; seniors or recent graduates. UIC deadline: Mid-April Website

Marshall Scholarships: For outstanding students with a 3.7 gpa or higher, research, service, leadership and vision for making a difference; offers graduate study at any British university for 1-2 years. UIC starts to prepare candidates in the spring for fall deadlines. Eligibility: U.S. citizens; seniors or recent graduates. UIC deadline: Mid-April Website

Mitchell Scholarships:For outstanding students with a 3.7 gpa or higher, research, service, leadership and vision for making a difference; offers graduate study at any of the 9 universities in Ireland for one year. UIC starts to prepare candidates in the spring for fall deadlines. Eligibility: U.S. citizens; seniors or recent graduates. UIC deadline: Mid-April Website

Rhodes Scholarships: For outstanding students with a 3.7 gpa or higher, research, service, leadership and vision for making a difference; offers graduate study at Oxford University for 1-2 years. UIC starts to prepare candidates in the spring for fall deadlines. Eligibility: U.S. citizens; seniors or recent graduates (other countries also have Rhodes offerings). UIC deadline: Mid-April Website

UIC SCHOLARSHIPS!

Lincoln Academy Student Laureate: Recognition of an outstanding senior by the Lincoln Academy of Illinois including $1000 award. Students must be nominated and can self-nominate during their senior year. Deadline: Early October (no current website)

SAUIC: For freshmen, sophomores and juniors enrolled at UIC, scholarships ranging from $500-$5000. Deadline: late February. Website

S.E.E., TCF Bank and other scholarships: For UIC students with at least 12-40 hours, ranging from $1000 to $5000 toward continued undergraduate study. Deadline: March Website

Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship: For sophomores, juniors and graduate students in any major, $2000 for undergraduates, or $5000 for graduates toward continuing studies. Deadline: March Website

HELPFUL SITES

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Scholarships related to public service

Stay Informed - Join the OSSP Listserv!
The Office of Special Scholarship Programs has created a listserv - ossp@listserv.uic.edu - to keep you posted on upcoming scholarship deadlines and to provide you with information on how to be an effective candidate for awards.  The listserv will include information on potential scholarships, internships and other academic funding and volunteering opportunities.  The listserv is also a means in which you may ask scholarship advisors questions regarding academic funding.