Guided by our land-grant mission of teaching, research and service, campus leadership has identified several key areas that are in need of financial assistance. If you have an interest in impacting campus priorities, you are invited to learn more.
Access Illinois is a broad scholarship initiative that seeks support for scholarships. You can participate by making a gift to the campus General Scholarship Fund, Illinois Promise, The James Newton Matthews Scholars Program or to your college scholarship fund.
General Scholarship Fund
The General Scholarship Fund is the most flexible of all of the campus scholarship funds and is used to benefit students from all campus academic programs at all levels. Most frequently utilized to round out financial assistance awards to students with documented need and academic potential, your gift to the General Scholarship Fund may determine whether a student can matriculate or continue at the University of Illinois.
The newest of the campus scholarship programs, Illinois Promise was launched in 2005. There are now 604 Illinois Promise students, a diverse group representing 40 counties and every college on campus.
Illinois Promise provides access to a world class education at the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign. It is for Illinois students whose families are at or below the poverty level and cannot contribute financially to their education. Payment of tuition, fees, room and board, and books and supplies is possible through a combination of federal, state, University support, and generous gifts from individuals and corporations.
The James Newton Matthews Scholars Program
Established in 1996, the James Newton Matthews Scholars Program is Illinois’ premier merit scholarship program. Incoming freshmen are chosen based on outstanding academic achievement, extracurricular activities, and community service. Matthews scholarships are funded entirely by private gifts from University alumni and friends. Currently, awards are $2,000 per year and are renewable if the recipient maintains a 3.3 (out of 4.0) grade point average. Matthews Scholars are drawn from all schools and colleges on campus.
College, School, and Unit Scholarship Funds
- ACES Scholarship Fund
- AHS Scholarship and Award Fund
- College of Business Scholarship Fund
- Impacting Education Fund
- College of Engineering Scholarship Endowment
- Arts at Illinois Scholarship Fund
- GSLIS Scholarship/Fellowship/Assistantship Fund
- College of Law Scholarship Fund
- LAS Lincoln Hall Fund for Scholarships
- College of Media Scholarship Fund
- Fund for Field in Social Work
- Veterinary Medicine Scholarship Fund