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Diverse and welcoming, The Illinois Club draws its membership from all areas of the University and the surrounding community. Since 1915, The Illinois Club has provided financial support to worthy undergraduate students. This year, we will be awarding the following scholarships:
  • Humanities and Social Sciences Award of $4,000
  • Engineering and Science Award of $4,000
  • Global Focus Award of $4,000
  • Isabelle Purnell Education Award of $4,000
  • The Judith Life Ikenberry Creative Arts Award of $4,500

General Eligibility

The Illinois Club is offering undergraduate scholarships that will be awarded for the 2024-2025 academic year. You must be an undergraduate at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, have earned at least 60 credit hours by the beginning of the Spring 2024 semester, and graduate no earlier than December 2024. A minimum GPA of 3.0 at both the time of application and winning of award is also required.

Scholarship Descriptions

Global Focus Award
Open to any major. Applicants must have international experience or an internationally focused program of study. For example: second-language study, study abroad, internships or volunteering abroad, international career plans. Applicants must demonstrate how their internationally focused work and/or volunteer plans will make a difference in the world.

Humanities and Social Sciences Award
Open to all students majoring or minoring in the Humanities or Social Sciences. Applicants must demonstrate the benefits that studying the Humanities or the Social Sciences provides to themselves and their community. Majors/minors that may apply for the Humanities and Social Sciences Award include English; Philosophy; Religion; Comparative Literature; Cinema Studies; History; Classics; Art History; Communication; Psychology; Anthropology; Musicology; Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communication; Human Development and Family Studies; Agricultural and Consumer Economics; all foreign languages; all ethnic studies; all Business majors and minors; and undergraduates in the I-School.

Engineering and Science Award
Open to all students majoring or minoring in the STEM fields, including Animal Sciences, Crop Sciences, and Computer Science + Crop Science. Applicants must demonstrate the benefits that studying Science, Mathematics, Technology, Engineering, or Agricultural Sciences provides to themselves and their community.

Isabelle Purnell Education Award
Open to those earning a Secondary Education Certificate or College of Education majors. Applicants must demonstrate how they hope to make a difference in the classroom and in students' lives.

Judith Life Ikenberry Award
Open to any major in the creative arts. Applicants must demonstrate how their art impacts their lives and the world and what they hope to accomplish with their art. The Ikenberry scholarship is generally given to a student who plans to make a living as a working artist, performer, or writer (e.g., painter, sculptor, musician, composer, dancer, actor, novelist, playwright, poet, screenwriter, essayist, or other creative profession).

Applications Open: September 5, 2023
Application Deadline: 5 PM, October 14, 2023

To apply for these scholarships, please complete the application at

Note: Applications will NOT be accepted after the deadline. It is strongly recommended that you allow yourself adequate time to navigate the application, upload your documents, and communicate your questions to the committee well in advance of the final hour.

Scholarship Committee for 2023-2024

Scholarship Chair: Matthew Macomber
Assistant Scholarship Chair: Kathy Valdés
Committee: Joe Bajjalieh, Gale Bickel, Sandy Camargo, Lori Choquette, Mary Dugan, Anne Heiles, Emily Klose, and Joyce Wright

Are you interested in joining a diverse and welcoming committee directly involved with helping UI students? If so, the Illinois Club Scholarship Committee is for you! Our scholarships are funded by the Illinois Club, through bequests and direct contributions by our members.

A great challenge is awaiting you this upcoming academic year! If interested in helping us with this important work, please contact Matthew Macomber, the chair of the Scholarship Committee at scholarship@theillinoisclub.org.

Scholarship Winners 2022-2023

Read about our scholarship award winners!