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 have been awarded during the 2018-2019 academic year, acknowledging Education students' excellent academic achievement, commitment to the profession, and outstanding participation in professional and service activities.


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 2019, 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 2019-2020 are due Sunday, April 7, 2019 and should be 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:

  • Responses to two essay questions. Approximately 250 words for each question. 
  1. Learning and Instruction:  Identify a common educational/instructional/training/learning situation where there are two approaches that have merit but also possible disadvantages.  Describe the advantages and disadvantages of each approach, which approach you would use, 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, values, interactions, and/or behavior change as a result of this experience?
  • 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 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 as you normally would from your browser. 


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.

  • Geographic consideration. Scholarships 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 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 & 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 scholarship recipients announced?

The announcement of student scholarship recipients will be made in June 2019. 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 College of Education scholarships. Many of our donors also attend this banquet, and they look forward to meeting the students who will benefit from their generosity.



Apply for Scholarships

Still have questions? Contact undergradawards@education.illinois.edu.