Category Archives: Scholarships/Grants

Summer Undergraduate Research Awards Application is OPEN!

The School of MCB and the Departments of Biochemistry and Microbiology are excited to announce we have begun accepting applications for our Summer Undergraduate Research Awards.  Continuing Students interested in applying should use this common application form. Students may be eligible for multiple awards, but each student may only accept one. Eligibility requirements for each award can be found on our web site.

Awards range from $2,000 to $5,000 and most will be paid via an hourly 10-week appointment. Please complete the application in its entirety and submit prior to the deadline, Monday, February 13, 2017, at 5:00 PM, for full consideration.

Documents required to complete this application are listed below:

  1. One-page proposal (excluding any necessary referrences) of research to be conducted, saved and uploaded as a PDF. The proposal should be typed using 11 point Arial font (or equivalent), single-spaced with 0.5 inch margins on all sides and includea title/topic of research project. It should describe the overall goals and objective of the project along with the work that will be undertaken by the student. This document should be an original and professional document prepared by the student with input from the principal investigator (P.I.) of the laboratory.
  2. Current CV/Resume for applicant, saved and uploaded as a PDF
  3. Unofficial undergraduate transcript available from Enterprise Student Self-Service, saved and uploaded as a PDF.
  4. Nomination letter from Principle Investigator (PI) supporting the applicant’s research, uploaded as a PDF at the following site,
  5. Required for Microbiology Awards only. Recommendation letter from your direct mentor (supervising graduate student or post doc), who can critically comment on the research you have already conducted in the Microbiology faculty member’s laboratory.

Harry S. Truman Scholarship Information Session and Workshop


The National and International Scholarships Program is offering a two-day event about the Harry S. Truman Scholarship.  The Truman Scholarship offers $30,000 towards graduate study in public service fields.  Only Juniors are eligible for the award. On October 13, attendants will receive an overview of the scholarship as well as get to talk to a former Truman Scholarship recipient from UI.  On October 14, the Scholarships Program will offer a workshop on how to write a competitive scholarship packet.  Students are encouraged to attend both events.

Thursday, Oct. 13th,  3:30-4:30   Information session & discussion w/ former Truman Scholar.

Friday, Oct. 14th,  3:30-4:30   Workshop on how to craft a Truman Application.

 *Both sessions held in the Illini Union Bookstore, 5th Floor, Rm 514.

More information about the Truman can be found here:

The Illinois Club Scholarship Program

The Illinois Club is now accepting scholarship applications for the 2017-2018 academic year. The awards offered are:

  • Seven-Nine (7-9) combined Make-A-Difference Awards & Isabelle Purnell Education Awards of $2,500
  • One (1) Judith Life Ikenberry Fine Arts of $3,400
  • One (1) Global Focus Award of $2,500

To qualify, an applicant must:

  • Be an undergraduate with at least 60 earned credit hours by the end of Fall 2016
  • Have a GPA of 2.75 or above
  • Graduate no earlier than December 2017

The application deadline is Saturday, October 15, 5:00PM (an application, resume, essay, and Self-Service Integrate documents are required, so start early!)

Applicants will be notified via e-mail when applications are received. Semifinalists will be interviewed January 21 or 28. Winners will be honored at a Scholarship Awards Brunch on March 4, 2017.

Online application & details can be found here:

Luce Scholars Program Application

Luce Scholar deadline: September 22, 2016

Ever considered traveling somewhere our of the ordinary after graduation or during your graduate studies? What about gaining valuable international work experience in your area of study?

The Luce Scholars Program offers prestigious fellowships for 15-18 such individuals each year. A select few universities, including the University of Illinois, may nominate up to three candidates for the award. The scholarship provides an internship and all-expenses paid year in East or Southeast Asia. The goal of the program is to provide an Asian experience for those who will be future leaders in their field and communities, but have yet to come in much contact with Asian affairs. Thus, Asian studies majors/minors or anyone who has been to Asia for more than eight weeks are not eligible. No prior Asian language study is required. Any senior, graduate student or young professional who is a U.S. citizen and under the age of 29 is eligible to apply. Both the on-line application and additional information about the Luce Scholars Program may be obtained from:

 If interested, please contact David Schug or Jeff Yockey, National and International Scholarships Program, 807 South Wright Street, Fifth Floor, Illini Union Bookstore, MC-317 or at or (217) 333-4710. The campus deadline for completed applications (including official transcripts from all college and graduate work and four letters of recommendation) is noon on Thursday, September 22, 2016. The National and International Scholarships Program is also willing to review your application materials in order to provide you feedback prior to the September 22 deadline.


Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students Travel Award

The Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) is the largest, professional conference for minority students, including those with disabilities and US military veterans, encouraging them to pursue advanced training in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). This year ABRCMS will be held in Tampa, Florida on November 9-12.

ABRCMS is currently accepting abstract submissions and applications for the student travel awards. MCB undergrads, please consider applying if you are interested! The application deadline is August 26, 2016.

Tutor the People Scholarship for Pre-Med Students

Tutor the People is offering a scholarship for pre-med students across the country. The scholarship asks students to submit an essay that illustrates how an MD degree will help them achieve their life goals. They will award a $1,000 prize to the winning submission, which will be made payable to that student’s current university or future medical school.

The essay’s due date is December 15, 2016

If interested, follow this link to write and submit your essay: 

P.E.O. Educational Loan Fund for Women

The P.E.O. Educational Loan Fund was established in 1907 and makes loans available to qualified women who desire higher education and are in need of financial assistance.  
Program features:
  • 2% interest rate
  • 3 Loan Amounts
    • $12,000 – associate and bachelor degree programs, technical or professional training and post-graduate certifications
    • $15,000 – master’s degree
    • $20,000 – doctoral degree
  • 8 year payback on loans up to $15,000
  • 10 year payback on loans over $15,000
  • 6 months after graduation loan repayment begins

Applicants must:

  • be a citizen or legal permanent resident of United State or Canada
  • be a high school graduate (or equivalent)
  • meet the minimum credit score of 625
  • not exceed the indebtedness limit for her degree level
  • have 2 qualified cosigners for the loan
  • be enrolled in an accredited school in the United States or Canada at the time the loan is drawn. (Within 2 years, but not less than 4 months of completing her course of study)
    • No installment may be drawn by a first year student in a two-year program until she has satisfactorily completed at least one semester, trimester or quarter of college work,  or a grading period in a non-collegiate program.

For additional information contact: Anne Fahrner,,  351-9195 (home), 621-1981 (cell)



2016-17 Scholarship Applications Now Open

Alexandra H. Hauser 2016-2017 Scholarship Application

The $1,500 Hauser scholarship seeks to support LAS undergraduates who have a full sibling with Down syndrome. Applicants should demonstrate their experience with people with disabilities—especially Down syndrome—and complete a 500-word essay on their relationship with their sibling. Applicants are encouraged to learn more about the Hausers and their generous gift. The scholarship is renewable for up to 3 years as long as the recipient continues to meet eligibility criteria.


Applicants must:

  • Have a full sibling with Down Syndrome
  • Be at least a sophomore in standing (30 Illinois credit hours) by Fall 2016
  • Be an Illinois resident
  • Be enrolled full-time in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Applications are due by Wednesday, June 1 at 11:59PM.


All applications must be submitted electronically through this form:

Questions? Contact LAS Honors at or 217.333.1158.

Diana B. Younger 2016-2017 Scholarship Application

The Younger scholarship was established to memorialize Diana B. Younger who was a tireless supporter of education during her lifetime. The $3,300 scholarship aims to assist students who have worked to support themselves and is renewable for up to 3 years as long as the recipient continues to meet eligibility criteria.


Applicants must:

  • be a first semester sophomore beginning a second year at Illinois in Fall 2016
  • be enrolled full-time in a major in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • have a cumulative Illinois GPA of 3.25 or higher
  • have significant financial need (as verified through a current FAFSA) and be employed at least part-time to assist in supporting themselves


Applications are due by Wednesday, June 1 at 11:59PM.


 All applications must be submitted electronically through this form:

 Questions? Contact LAS Honors at or 217.333.1158.

Scholarship Opportunity: Ida King Stevens Award

The local branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will select a qualifying undergraduate student to receive the Ida King Stevens Award. The Ida King Stevens Award is intended to help returning women students complete their education.  The scholarship awards $1000 (500 each semester) toward the recipient’s tuition and fees.  The recipient will be contacted to participate in appropriate AAUW Branch activities.

The recipient must:

  1. Be female.
  2. Be a resident of the state of Illinois (as defined by the UIUC standard for in-state tuition).
  3. *Have experienced an interruption in formal education of at least two years. (See below for explanation)?4. Be enrolled in an undergraduate program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as either as a full-time or part-time student.
  4. Have demonstrated financial need (as determined by the FAFSA)
  5. Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale)

* A formal interruption means that the student did not attend school or college for at least 2 years. Here are some examples of an interruption in formal education:

A student drops out of community college to care for an ailing parent.

A college student has a child and decides to postpone the completion of her degree.

A high school graduate works full-time to save enough money to go to college.

Procedures and Deadlines: Students must complete the application and submit it by April 15, 2016 to:
Jacque Kahn (

Kościuszko Foundation Scholarship for Students of Polish Descent

The Kościuszko Foundation administers a $5,000 scholarship for undergraduate students of Polish descent.

Requirements of the “Drs. James and Wanda Trefil Science Scholarship” include:

  • Undergraduate student of Polish descent, US citizen or permanent resident
  • Outstanding promise in the natural sciences
  • Minimum 3.5 GPA
  • Deadline March 1, 2016

Trefil Science Scholarship $5,000