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 150 scholarships were awarded during the 2020-2021 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 2021, 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. 

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

Applications for 2021-2022 merit-based scholarships are due March 28, 2021 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 does this relate to goals you have for 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

If you have questions about the application process, please email undergradawards@education.illinois.edu or call 217/333-2800.