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Financial Aid & Scholarships

Undergraduate Student Awards

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 100 scholarships were awarded for the 2023-2024 academic year.

If you have questions, please email or call 217-333-2800.

Incoming Students

Incoming College of Education students need not apply for scholarships. If you are an admitted student, you will be automatically considered for scholarships administered by the College of Education. The information from your application for admission to the university will be used for scholarship consideration.

Continuing Students

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic achievement, commitment to the profession, and outstanding participation in pre-professional and service activities. Financial need will also be taken into consideration, if applicable.

All currently enrolled students pursuing a College of Education major or minor are encouraged to apply.  Students will be asked to submit the following as a part of their application:

  • Service & Public Engagement information
  • Pre-Professional / Work Experiences (paid & unpaid) information
  • Commitment to the Profession short essay (300 words or less)

The online application can be saved before submission so applications can be completed over a period of time.



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 a College of Education major or minor.

Select scholarships are available to students who meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • First-generation, community college transfer, or non-traditional college students
  • Illinois community college transfer students who earned an associate's degree
  • Students studying Middle Grades or Secondary Education with STEM concentration(s)
  • Illinois residents with permanent addresses located in Galesburg, Illinois, or one of the following Illinois counties: Knox, Logan, St. Clair, or Tazewell
  • Students enrolled in a teacher licensure major or minor who graduated from a Chicago high school
  • Students with an interest in music (via course enrollments, campus involvement, etc.)

All scholarship applications submitted for the 2024-2025 academic year are currently under review. Due to FAFSA delays, scholarship notifications will also be delayed. We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.

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