The Honors College offers a limited number of scholarships for incoming first-year students. All Honors College scholarships are based on merit, while some are also based on need, as determined by FAFSA. These scholarships are awarded to applicants based on the strength of the admissions application and interview. No additional scholarship application must be completed to be considered. Admission to the Honors College does not guarantee a scholarship.


The Office of Scholarships assists current UIC undergraduate and professional students in searching and applying for campus scholarships opportunities. This office can also assist with external opportunities for undergraduate and professional tuition and housing scholarships, but nationally competitive scholarships and fellowships are managed by the Office of External Fellowships.

SnAP is UIC’s internal scholarship information system. If you are a UIC student, you can log in using your UIC netid and password and SnAP will show you a list of scholarships that you qualify, based on a number of criteria, including major, financial aid status, etc.


A wide range of scholarship opportunities are available to Honors College student, including external scholarships and fellowships. The Office of External Fellowships (formerly known as the Office of Special Scholarship Programs (OSSP)) assists current UIC undergraduate and professional school students in searching and applying for nationally competitive scholarships, fellowships and external scholarship awards.

Deadlines for the awards run throughout the academic year. Preparing a competitive application requires students to begin well in advance of the deadline. In particular, the Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, Fulbright and Gates Cambridge have early fall deadlines and preparation to apply should begin the previous spring. While the financial assistance offered by these scholarships is the most obvious reward, the process of applying also offers great benefits such as helping candidates develop as thinkers, writers and speakers in ways that are advantageous to their professional and personal development and building strong ties with faculty and staff who support your application.

The Office of External Fellowships is located in 802 University Hall. You may contact them in person, via phone, or e-mail. In addition, you may join their mailing list at

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