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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 Fine Arts Award of $4,500

General Eligibility

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 2021 semester, and graduate no earlier than December 2021. 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 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 8, 2020
Application Deadline: 5 PM, October 17, 2020

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

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