Category Archives: Scholarships/Grants

Fred S. Bailey Scholarship for Cause Driven Leaders

The Fred S. Bailey Scholarship is a program of the University YMCA that awards over $100,000 in financial aid to University of Illinois students who demonstrate a deep commitment to service and action.

Who should apply? All undergraduates students who will be enrolled at UIUC during the Fall 2016/Spring 2017 academic year are eligible to receive awards of $3000. Students graduating in 2016-17 will also be considered for the $5,000 Bailey Leadership Awards.


  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate the impact of their service, community involvement, leadership, and action.
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate awareness and critical thought about the pressing issues facing the world today.
  • Financial need and academic achievement  will also be considered.

For more information or to apply online, visit:

Application deadline: February 7

Got questions? Stop by their office hours:

February 1st, 1-3PM, University YMCA with Kasey Umland or Jennifer Romine

February 3rd, 2-4PM, University YMCA with Jennifer Romine

February 5th, 3-4PM, University YMVA with Kasey Umland

Or make an appointment by emailing

UK Fullbright Summer Institutes Information Session

Join the National & International Scholarships program for an information session to learn about the UK Fulbright Summer Institutes for freshmen and sophomores. These competitive programs provide the opportunity  to study in the UK on a three, four, five, or six week academic and cultural program. The information session will provide a program overview, give tips for competitive applications, and answer questions. Also, University of Illinois student Lisa McGovern, who won this award in summer 2015, will be there to share her experience!

When: Thursday: January 28, 3:30-4:30PM

Where: Room 514 Illini Union Bookstore Building (entrance near Coble Hall)

Eligibility Requirements:

  • U.S. citizens 18 and over
  • 3.7 or higher GPA
  • At least two years of undergraduate study remaining

There are nine Summer Institutes available for US students in 2016.  The Summer Institute will cover the majority of the participant costs: round-trip airfare from the US to the UK, tuition and fees at the University, cultural programs, and room and board.

 The application deadline is 23 or 26 February 2016, depending on the institute. More information, including descriptions of the nine institutes, can be found on the program website.

 National & International Scholarships is here to assist with your application!  Make an appointment with us to discuss this unique opportunity and get started on your materials.

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program in the Department of Chemistry

Apply to do summer research in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign! The program will run for 10 weeks (May 29 – August 6) and it is seeking students who have not previously conducted research, are members of underrepresented groups (including women), or are first-generation college attendees. Students who have completed coursework at the sophomore to junior level by June 1, 2016 are their intended scholarship recipients. Because of high demand, applicants should be planning to obtain a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry or related fields between January 1m 2017 and August 31, 2018.

The scholarship provides:

  • $5,000 stipend for a ten-week stay in the Department of Chemistry.
  • Housing at Europa House in Urbana, within walking distance to the Department of Chemistry and the rest of the campus.
  • Round trip travel cost (up to $800)
  • $600 living allowance

Potential applicants should have at least two semesters of organic chemistry lecture and laboratory. They should also be inclined to pursue graduate studies in chemistry. Applications may be made at the website For detailed information about research areas of individual faculty members, please see

Application deadline: February 12, 2016 (Letters of recommendation must be received by the deadline)

2016 UIUC REU Flyer[5]

ASM Undergraduate and Post-Baccalaureate Funding

ASM Undergraduate Research Capstone Program

To enhance the professional development skills of students after their research experiences and provide the resources to transition to disciplinary scientific meetings.

Deadline: January 20, 2016

Eligible candidates: undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students

  • Receive up to $1,500 in travel support to the ASM Research Capstone Institute and ASM Microbe Meeting (if abstract is accepted)
  • Participate in the ASM Research Capstone Institute (professional development and presentation techniques training) prior to presenting research at the ASM Microbe Meeting
  • Present research at the ASM Microbe Meeting
  • Receive recognition in ASM publications


  1. Complete the Capstone application
  2. Submit an abstract directly to the ASM
  3. Abstract submission id due January 12, 2016 (5:00 p.m. ET). Click here to learn more about the abstract submission process.

ASM Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program

To provide undergraduate students (pursuing graduate careers in microbiology) the opportunity to conduct full time research at their home institutions with an ASM member and present research results at the ASM Microbe Meeting the following year.

Deadline: February 1, 2016

Eligible candidates: undergraduate students only (Note: seniors may apply if they are not graduating in May/June 2016. If they are completing their studies throughout the fall semester. As long as the student is classified as an undergraduate student during the summer months, they are qualified.)

  • Earn up to $4,000 in student stipend
  • Receive up to $1,000 in travel support to the ASM Microbe Meeting (if abstract is accepted)
  • Participate in the ASM Research Capstone Institute (professional development and presentation techniques training) prior to presenting research at the ASM Microbe Meeting
  • Present research at the ASM Microbe Meeting
  • Receive recognition in ASM publications
  • Each applicant must be an ASM member to qualify for the award. Students may apply for membership while completing the application.
    • For students who are non-members: To apply for membership ($22), please click here.

Point Foundation Scholarship


The application for the 2016 Point Foundation Scholarship is now open! Point Foundation (Point) is the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) students of merit. Point promotes change through scholarship funding, mentorship, leadership development, and community service training. Since 2001, Point Foundation has awarded 326 scholarships to LGBTQ students at colleges and universities across the country.

Application Process:

Scholarship application for 2016-17 is open from November 1, 2015 to January 19, 2016 on the Point Foundation website.

To be eligible:

  1. Must be enrolled or intending to enroll at an accredited college or university based in the United States in the fall of 2016.
  2. Must be enrolled full-time for the full academic year.
  3. Must be enrolled in a degree-granting undergraduate or graduate/doctoral program.
  4. Must be at least a senior in high school.
  5. Must be “out” as a person who identifies as a member of the LGBTQ community/

To learn more about the Point application process, visit their application page.

Pre-Med Fellowship Opportunity in India


Any undergraduate student who is interested in international community health should know about the Mabelle Arole Fellowship, awarded annually since 2002 through John Snow, Inc (JSI) Research and Training. Candidates must be admitted to medical school to be eligible. If awarded the Fellowship s/he defers the entrance to medical school for one year. Applications are due in mid-January 2016 and finalists are interviewed in early March in Washington, DC (at the candidate’s expense). The Fellow would depart the US in mid-June 2016 and returns in late spring of 2017. The fellow, who receives $8,000 to cover all expenses, spends 10 months at the Comprehensive Rural Health Project at Jamkhed (in Maharashtra), one of the best examples of how mobilized/empowered  communities can significantly improve their health/nutrition status. All relevant information is available on the AMSA website ( search for Arole) which has a link to Jamkhed site and contains reports by previous Fellows. Any questions can be directed to Dr. David Pyle at or 503-894-8546 (in Portland, OR).


Illinois Club Scholarship Applications


The Illinois Club is now accepting scholarship applications for the 2016-2017 academic year!

The awards offered are:

  • Nine (9) combined Make-A-Difference Awards & Isabelle Purnell Education Awards of $2,300
  • One (1) Judith Life Ikenberry Fine Arts Award of $3,600
  • One (1) Susan T. Haney Social Work Award of $3,000
  • One (1) STEM Education Award of $3,000
  • One (1) Peri Davis Ceperley Award of $2,300

To qualify, an applicant must:

  • Be an undergraduate with at least 60 earned credit hours by the end of Fall 2015
  • Have a GPA of 2.75 or above
  • Graduate no earlier that December 2016
  • Submit an application, resume, and essay

The Application Deadline is Monday, November 16, 5:00pm

Applications will be notified via e-mail when applications are received. Semifinalists will be interviewed in late January or early February. Winners will be honored at a Scholarship Awards Brunch in early March 2016.

Online application & details can be found here:

Kevin T. Early Memorial Scholarship

Deadline for application: October 30, 2015

Amount: $2,000

Eligibility: Any student with freshman standing at UIUC for the 2015-2016 school year and who demonstrated an aptitude for and a skill in writing poetry.


  1. Students must submit 5 poems. The complete manuscript should not exceed 5 pages.
  2. The name, address, phone number, e-mail, and UIN of the writer are to appear on a title sheet that will be separate from the entry.
  3. The writer’s name is not to appear on the entry itself. Entries will not be returned.

Contact and Submission Information: Jennifer Price, Department of English, 208 English Building, MC-718, 608 S. Wright Street, Urbana, IL 61801. Phone: (217) 333-2390 (

This scholarship is made possible from an endowment by William and Donna Early in memory of their son Kevin, who would have been a freshman at UIUC.


Golden Apple Scholarship


The purpose of the Golden Apple Scholars Program is to recruit talented students who want to become teachers and want to make a difference by teaching in schools of need in Illinois. The program proved financial assistance and mentoring.

College freshmen and sophomores are eligible to apply for the scholarship:

Interested candidates should meet the following criteria:

  • 22 ACT and a minimum English/Writing score of 19
  • Resident of Illinois
  • Legally present in the US – currently unable to accept DACA students

The scholars program provides the following financial support:

  • Residential Summer Institutes with $2000 stipends per summer
  • Tuition assistance
    • $2500 for sophomore year
    • $5000 for junior year
    • $5000 for senior year

Golden Apple Scholars agree to teach in an Illinois school of need for 5 years. Additionally Golden Apple provides job placement assistance including job coaches and access to the Golden Apple Scholars job board, mentoring during early years of teaching and access to a network of excellent like minded teachers.

Applications are due 5 weeks after students are “nominated” (self nominations are accepted). The last date nominations will be received is December 1 with the application then due at the end of December.

Truman Scholarship for Public Service: Information Event


Join the National and International Scholarship Program for a two-day Truman Scholarship information event:

  • Thursday, Oct. 15, 3:30-4:30 PM (IUB Room 504) – Information session and discussion with former Truman Scholar
  • Friday, Oct. 16, 3:30-4:30 PM (IUB Room 514) – Workshop on how to craft a Truman Application

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship award $30,000 for students pursuing graduate degrees in public service fields. College juniors who are U.S. citizens with a record of community service and a commitment to a career in public service are eligible. Public service includes government, uniformed services, public interest organizations, non-governmental research or educational organizations, public and private schools, and other public service-oriented, non-profit organizations.

Evaluators look for leadership ability, potential for influencing public policies, community service and extracurricular activities, suitability of the applicant’s proposed program of study for a career in public service, strong academic performance, and potential to perform well in a premier graduate school program. Truman Scholars have pursued many fields of study, such as agriculture, engineering, economics, education, government, history, global studies, law political science, public administration, and public health. Illinois may nominate up to 4 students for the Truman Scholarship.

The required campus deadline is November 12, 2015 at 12:00pm

More information on this award, including the campus endorsement process, can be found here. To make an appointment to discuss whether the Truman Scholarship is right for you, email