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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 2023 semester, and graduate no earlier than December 2023. 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 6, 2022
Application Deadline: 5 PM, October 15, 2022

To apply for these scholarships, please complete the application at

Scholarship Committee for 2021-2022

Scholarship Chair: Joyce Wright
Assistant Scholarship Chair: Matthew Macomber
Committee: Sandy Camargo, Roy Campbell, Lori Choquette, Anne Heiles, Sarah Little, Christina Myers, Kathy Valdés

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@theillinoisclub.org.

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? Please visit https://with.illinois.edu/springupdate21/?id=Illinois+Club with the password "illini" and page down to see how The Illinois Club has made a difference.