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Diverse and welcoming, The Illinois Club draws its membership from all areas of the University as well as the surrounding community. Since 1915, The Illinois Club has provided financial support to worthy undergraduate students. This year, we will be giving out the following scholarships:`
  • Make-A-Difference Awards of $3,000
  • A Global Focus Award of $3,000
  • A Humanities Award of $3,000
  • Isabelle Purnell Education Awards of $3,000
  • The Judith Life Ikenberry Fine Arts Award of $5,500
General Eligibility
You must be an undergraduate, have earned at least 60 credit hours by the beginning of the Spring 2019 semester, and graduate no earlier than December 2019 to apply. A minimum GPA of 2.75 at both the time of application and winning of award is also required.

Scholarship Descriptions

Make-A-Difference Award
Open to any major. Applicants must demonstrate how they are currently and/or plan to make a difference in your community and the world.

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

Humanities Award
Open to all students majoring or minoring in the Humanities. Applicants must demonstrate the benefits that studying the Humanities provide to themselves and their community. Majors/minors that may apply for the Humanities award include English, Philosophy, Religion, Comparative Literature, Cinema Studies, History, Classics, Art History, Communication, Anthropology, all foreign languages, all ethnic studies, and undergraduates in the I-School.

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 own 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 (singer, musician, dancer, actor, painter, sculptor). 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.

Deadline for Scholarship Applications is Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 11:59 PM Central Time

The application period will begin on September 4, 2018. To apply for these scholarships, please complete the application at http://go.illinois.edu/TICScholarship

Interviews with semifinalists will be held on January 19 and January 26, 2019.

Scholarship Committee for 2018-2019

Scholarship Chair: Sandy Camargo
Assistant Scholarship Co-Chair: Jenny Kim
Committee: Ann Campbell, Sharon Grogan, Anne Heiles, Ann Long, Patricia Simpson, Ann Webbink