Undergraduate Financial Awards FAQs

Thanks to the support of alumni and friends, the College of Education is proud to award a wide variety of awards to deserving students of the College. Awards are awarded on a competitive basis to Education students acknowledging excellent academic achievement, commitment to the profession, and outstanding participation in professional and service activities.

Who is eligible for an award?

  • University students with any number of credit hours who are enrolled in an undergraduate curriculum in the College of Education or College of LAS with a minor in secondary school teaching are eligible to apply.
List of Eligible Curriculum

Applicants for awards should be enrolled either:

  • Elementary Education
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Middle Grades Education
  • Special Education
  • Learning and Education Studies, - or one of the -
  • Secondary School Teaching Minor programs (Science: Biology; Science: Chemistry; Science: Earth and Space Science; Science: Physics; English Language Arts; Mathematics; and Social Science: History).

  • Applicants must be in good academic standing (i.e., not on academic probation) and should have a commitment to maintaining satisfactory and continuous progress toward the degree objective. Incoming freshmen and transfer students who meet the criteria for an award will be automatically considered based on information from admissions materials; no additional application process is required.

What types of awards are available?

What are the procedures and deadlines for applying for an award?

Applications for 2018-2019 were due April 6, 2018 and submitted electronically. Applicants begin by logging in using their netID and Active Directory password. The online application can be saved before submitting so applications can be completed over a period of time. Applications in progress can be accessed at Awards Manager.

The following documents should be prepared for upload into the college Awards Manager:

  1. Learning and Instruction:  Identify a common educational/instructional/training/learning situation where there are two approaches that have merit but also possible disadvantages.  Explain how you would deal with this situation, what you would choose to do, and why.
  2. Sensitivity to Diversity:  Describe an experience in which you grew through the process of interacting with someone significantly different from you.  How did your perceptions and values change as a result of this experience?
  • Financial Aid Award Letter. Applicants who wish to be considered for need-based awards must include a copy of their most recent Financial Aid Award Letter. 
See Instructions Below:
  1. Log into UI Enterprise Self-Service Application.
  2. Click the second tab at the top entitled Financial Aid.
  3. Select the first item on the list “Award Letter.”
  4. Select the most current year.
  5. On the bottom right, click “Print/Save Award Letter.”
  6. Print as you normally would from your browser. 

Applicants may elect to be considered for awards intended for students who meet specific criteria. Text boxes are available in which applicants can provide additional information should they wish to be considered during the selection process for these awards.

  • Financial consideration. Financial need information will be drawn from 2017-2018 FAFSA.
  • Geographic consideration. Awards are available for students from particular areas of the state. Applicants should use the text box to write a short statement describing their connection to the geographic area.
  • Non-Traditional Student consideration. Students who are parents or who are completing an undergraduate program several years after high school are encouraged to use the text box to share a statement describing relevant circumstances.

How are the recipients chosen?

Application materials are reviewed by the College of Education Undergraduate Honors & Awards Committee. Award criteria vary slightly depending on the donors’ wishes, but in general, the committee considers academic achievement, critical reflection on teaching, and participation in professional activities and experiences.

When are the awards announced?

Announcement of Student Award Recipients will be made the June prior to the Awarded Academic Year. Recipients will be honored at the College of Education Student Recognition Banquet held annually in November.  Attendance at the Student Recognition Banquet is mandatory and is a required condition of all of the College of Education awards. Many of our donors also attend and they want, and expect, to meet the students who will benefit from their generosity.

Apply for Awards

Still have Questions?

Contact undergradawards@education.illinois.edu.