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 Fine Arts Award of $4,500
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 2022 semester,
and graduate no earlier than December 2022. A minimum GPA of 3.0 at both
the time of application and winning of award is also required.
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 College of Fine and Applied 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/performing artist (painter, sculptor, musician, dancer, actor).
If you are an applied artist (architect, urban planner, industrial designer, etc.),
we encourage you to write your essay toward one of our other scholarships.
Applications Open: September 7, 2021
To apply for these scholarships, please complete the application at
Application Deadline: 5 PM, October 16, 2021
Scholarship Committee for 2021-2022
Scholarship Chair: Joyce Wright
Assistant Scholarship Chair: Matthew Macomber
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 Joyce Wright,
the chair of the Scholarship Committee at
Scholarship Committee for 2020-2021
Scholarship Chair: Sandy Camargo
Assistant Scholarship Chair: Joyce Wright
Committee: Lori Choquette, Anne Heiles, Ann Long, Matthew Macomber, Donna Offenbacher, Kathy Valdés
Scholarship Winners 2020-2021
Read about our scholarship award winners!
Scholarship Award Ceremony March 6, 2021
Watch our event video, on Mediaspace
Scholarship Winners 2019-2020
And what happened to last year's winners?
with the password "illini" and page down to see how The Illinois Club has made a difference.