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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 giving out the following scholarships:
  • Make-A-Difference Awards of $3,000
  • Global Focus Award of $3,000
  • Humanities Award of $3,000
  • Isabelle Purnell Education Awards of $3,000
  • The Judith Life Ikenberry Fine Arts Award of $4,600
General Eligibility
You must be an undergraduate, have earned at least 60 credit hours by the beginning of the Spring 2020 semester, and graduate no earlier than December 2020 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 that they are currently involved in activities that will make a difference in their community and beyond.

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 Award
Open to all students majoring or minoring in the Humanities. Applicants must demonstrate the benefits that studying the Humanities provides 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, Musicology, 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 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 3, 2019
Application Deadline: 5 PM, October 12, 2019

To apply for these scholarships, please complete the application at go.illinois.edu/TICScholarship

Scholarship Committee for 2019-2020

Scholarship Chair: Sandy Camargo
Assistant Scholarship Chair: Jenny Kim
Committee: Lori Choquette, Anne Heiles, Ann Long, Matthew Macomber, Kathy Valdés, Joyce Wright