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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 150 scholarships were awarded during the 2021-2022 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

All current undergraduate students pursuing a College of Education major or minor who will be full-time continuing students in the following academic year are encouraged to apply for College of Education scholarships, acknowledging excellent academic achievement, commitment to the profession, and outstanding participation in pre-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 Intercollegiate Transfer (ICT) admit for Fall 2023, enrolled in one of the following College of Education majors or minors:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Middle Grades Education
  • Special Education
  • Computer Science + Education
  • Learning and Education Studies
  • Secondary School Teaching Minor programs:
    • Science: Biology; Chemistry; Geology: Earth 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?

The College of Education scholarship application for the 2023-2024 academic year is closed, and all scholarship recipients have been notified via email through Secure Message Delivery.

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

Applicants begin by logging in to the Awards Manager application using their NetID and Active Directory password. The online application can be saved before submission so applications can be completed over a period of time.

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