Undergraduate Education Scholarship FAQs

Thanks to the support of alumni and friends, the College of Education is proud to award a wide variety of scholarships to deserving students of the College. More than 170 scholarships were awarded during the 2019-2020 academic year, acknowledging Education students' excellent academic achievement, commitment to the profession, and outstanding participation in professional and service activities.

Submit by 11:59 pm on March 29, 2020


Who is eligible to apply?

  • To be eligible to complete this application, you must be a continuing undergraduate student, or an ICT admit for Fall 2020, enrolled in:
    • Elementary Education
    • Early Childhood Education
    • Middle Grades Education
    • Special Education
    • Learning and Education Studies
    • Secondary School Teaching Minor programs:
      • Science: Biology; Chemistry; Earth and Space Science; or Physics
      • English Language Arts
      • Mathematics
      • 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 a scholarship will be automatically considered based on information from admissions materials; no additional application process is required.

What are the procedures and deadlines for applying for a scholarship?

Applications for 2020-2021 scholarships are due March 23, 2020 and will be submitted electronically using this application. Applicants begin by logging in to the Awards Manager application 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.

The following documents should be completed and uploaded to your application in PDF format:

  1. Professional Activities and Experiences Form
  2. Responses to these two essay questions.  Each response should be around 250 words.
    • How will what you are learning influence your practice as a teacher or as a Learning and Education Studies major?  How do you think you will apply this to your career?
    • How does an educator perpetuate or challenge the status quo? How do you view your role in supporting progress toward educational equity in your future practice?
  3. Financial Aid Award Letter.  Applicants who wish to be considered for need-based scholarships must include a copy of their most recent Financial Aid Award Letter.

To obtain a copy of your financial aid award letter:

  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 to PDF. 

Applicants may elect to be considered for scholarships intended for students who meet specific criteria. Applicants can provide additional information should they wish to be considered during the selection process for these scholarships.

  • Financial consideration.  Financial need information will be drawn from the 2019-2020 Financial Aid award letter from OSFA.
  • Geographic consideration. Scholarships are available for students from particular areas of the state of Illinois. Applicants should use the text box to enter their county of permanent residence.
  • Non-Traditional Student consideration. Students who are parents or who are completing an undergraduate program several years after high school graduation 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 and Scholarships Committee. Scholarship 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 scholarship recipients announced?

The announcement of student scholarship recipients will be made in early June. Recipients will be honored at the College of Education Student Recognition Banquet held annually in November.  Many of our donors also attend this banquet, and they look forward to meeting the students who will benefit from their generosity.



Please contact undergradawards@education.illinois.edu.