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  • Ask Us Anything: Fulbright Scholar Program 2023-24 online session November 17

    Join an interactive session to learn more about things you can do now to prepare for a successful Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program application for 2023-2024.  Program staff will discuss award opportunities, the application & selection process, and answer your questions!

  • Fred S. Bailey Undergraduate Scholarship Awards and Leadership Awards (apply by Feb. 28)

    The Bailey Undergraduate awards are $4,000 awards ($2,000/semester) given each year to undergraduate students at the University of Illinois who have demonstrated positive impact and commitment as a result of service, community involvement, leadership, and action.

    The Bailey Leadership Awards are $6,000 awards ($3,000/semester) given each year to four exceptional upcoming seniors who have made a demonstrated impact on the University of Illinois campus during their initial three years on campus in one or more of the following areas: Social Justice, Environment, Interfaith Cooperation, and Global Engagement.


  • Churchill Scholarship Information Session Sept. 11

  • FOCUS Scholars Program Accepting Applications through October 16, 2022

    FOCUS (Fostering Opportunity, Community, and Unwavering Support) is a year-long UIUC program to help eliminate the gap in post-graduation outcomes and starting salaries between underrepresented, first-generation students and their peers to positively impact their career trajectory.

    Students selected for the FOCUS program will receive a $2,500 scholarship.

  • Precision Agriculture Scholarship Contest (due June 30, 2023)

    There are many reasons to adopt precision agriculture, such as reducing waste, reducing costs, increasing profits, and reducing farming’s footprint on the environment. 

    For today's young people who will be tomorrow's leaders, considering environmental and financial factors related to the agriculture industry are all equally important.

  • National Farmers Union Foundation Scholarships

    Members of Farmers Union and their families or members of Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) are eligible to receive a scholarship.

    Due April 1st 

  • National Trails GIS Fellowship (52 weeks), National Park Service (Santa Fe, NM; open until filled)

    Position Overview: The ACE Fellow will be provided real world experience in the GIS field including digitization, map production, data management, and GIS platforms like ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS software. Duties will include:

    • Develop a more complete recreational/retracement trail dataset for the National Historic Trails (NHTs) and trail maps that will assist the public in getting out on the trails
    • Plan for and develop national historic trails (NHTs) through road/pedestrian signing along all nine trails that NTIR administers
    • Provide daily communication with a range of federal, state, non-profit organizations, and other trail partners to collaborate on signing and development activities
    • Assist trail partners and communities with development of draft sign plans, including use of online sign-planning tools
    • Provide technical assistance to partners seeking local or state department of transportation approval to install signs
    • Gain real world experience working with public and private entities along the NHTs
    • Gain communication skills interacting with communities, trail partners, and agency staff, as well as exposure to technical skills like ArcGIS, InDesign, and Photoshop
    • As time allows, provide support to NTIR staff and partners at public events and other office priorities

    This individual placement is meant to facilitate professional development and promotes exposure to land management agencies and networking with professionals. This could include gaining experience in different conservation fields and shadowing different work groups.

  • Truman Scholarship for Public Service: Information Event

  • Food and Agriculture Big Data Fellowship Program for Undergrads

    Fellowship support for undergraduates valued at up to $8750 per year and renewable.

  • Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Information Events Sept. 3 & 4

    The Gilman International Scholarship Program provides awards of $5,000 (plus up to a $3,000 supplement for critical languages) for U.S. citizen undergraduate students to pursue summer, semester, or academic-year study abroad opportunities in other countries. This is a need-based award, and to be eligible, you must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant.  

  • Udall Foundation Scholarships

    The Udall Scholarship awards $7,000 to sophomores or juniors committed to a career related to the environment *OR* to Native American sophomores or juniors interested in tribal policy or health care. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or U.S. permanent residents.

  • Goldwater Scholarship in STEM - Info event this week

  • Fred S. Bailey Scholarship for Cause Driven Leaders

    The Bailey Undergraduate awards are $3000 awards ($1500/semester) given each year to undergraduate students at the University of Illinois who have demonstrated positive impact and commitment as a result of service, community involvement, leadership, and action. Financial need and academic achievement will also be considered. University of Illinois - Urbana campus undergraduate students in all programs are eligible to apply.

    For more information or to apply online, visit: 

    Application deadline: February 16, 2020

    Contact: Kasey Umland
    Director, Bailey Scholarship Program
    University YMCA

  • 2023-2024 Rising TIDES Program

    The 2023-2024 Rising TIDES (Toward an Inclusive, Diverse, and Enriched Society) Program supports students from underrepresented backgrounds in coastal and estuarine disciplines, with the goal of inspiring and motivating them to pursue careers in coastal and estuarine science and management. Apply by April 26, 2023.

    Informational webinar April 3 at 12 p.m. CDT.

  • Men of Principle Scholarship application due May 21

    Beta Theta Pi is offering $1,000 in scholarships designated for non-Greek male students at the University of Illinois. The scholarship is designed to reward individuals who demonstrate devotion to academic achievement and a commitment to making the university and the community better places to live.

  • Morelli Scholarship for students with dyslexia (due Feb. 26)

    The Joseph James Morelli Legacy Foundation supports high school and college students with dyslexia who wish to pursue a degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) field.


  • Monsanto Graduate Student Scholarship

  • Udall Undergraduate Scholarship

    The Udall Foundation awards scholarships to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to Native American nations or to the environment.

    In 2017, the Udall Foundation anticipates awarding 60 scholarships of up to $7,000 each.

    The Udall scholarship honors the legacies of Morris Udall and Stewart Udall, whose careers had a significant impact on Native American self-governance, health care, and the stewardship of public lands and natural resources.