The Al S. Davis Leadership Award was established in 2002 by Mr. Al S. Davis to recognize how his life and educational career were enhanced through his long and ongoing relationship with the College of Education at the University of Illinois. The award provides support to a student from an underrepresented group who has pursued or intends to pursue a leadership role in teaching/administration in a K-12 urban or small urban school environment.

Awards are by academic merit, professional experience, public service and commitment to the field of Education. Each year, at least one master's or doctoral student in the College of Education is designated as an outstanding Al S. Davis Leadership Awardee. Doctoral scholars are eligible for a maximum of two Davis awards.

Award amount: $1,000. The awardee will receive a $1,000.00 taxable award payable in two installments (½ fall; ½ spring) which will be applied to the student account.  However, the spring disbursement is pending satisfactory progress in fall.  

Eligibility

  1. Student from an underrepresented group
  2. Registered as a master's or doctoral student in the College of Education during the fall 2016 and spring 2017 semesters
  3. Pursuing or intending to pursue a leadership role in teaching/administration in a K-12 urban or small urban school environment
  4. Maintain satisfactory and continuous progress toward degree

How to Apply

Students who wish to be considered for a College award or scholarship for the 2016-2017 academic year must complete the College of Education Graduate Student Award application.  This application includes a statement of purpose and resume.  Submissions must be received by March 18, 2016.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.  Please note that submission of an application does not guarantee an award or scholarship.

The review of College Graduate Student Awards is a two step process:

  1. Each Departmental Awards Committee will review submitted applications and select the student(s) to be forwarded to the College Graduate Awards Committee for review.  
  2. Students forwarded to the College Graduate Awards Committee will be asked to supply two letters of recommendation - one from the adviser and the other from supporting faculty in the College of Education.  Completed applications will be reviewed by the College Graduate Awards Committee.  Awardees will be informed via email.    

Awardee Expectations

  1. Be a registered master's or doctoral student in the College of Education during the fall 2016 and spring 2017 semesters.
  2. Pursue or intend to pursue a leadership role in teaching/administration in a K-12 urban or small urban school environment.
  3. Maintain satisfactory and continuous progress toward degree
  4. Attend the College of Education Student Recognition Brunch held in November to meet the donor, and write and thank the donor.