Scholarships

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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 Honors Council, the College executive committee, recognizes outstanding students each year. These awards of $200 are made to students nominated by faculty on the basis of their honors work.

The John Curtis Johnson award is named for former Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Curt Johnson, a longtime friend and supporter of the Honors College. The award of $500 is given each Spring to one Honors College freshman who has excelled in his or her Honors College core. Students are nominated by the Honors Core faculty.

The Honors College offers two scholarships to support students studying abroad: Dean’s Scholarship for Study Abroad and Flaherty Scholarship. The scholarships are available in awards ranging from $500 to $2,500. To be eligible to apply for the scholarships, students must apply to a study abroad program endorsed by the UIC Campus and be a member of the Honors College. A cumulative UIC grade point average of 3.40 upon application for the scholarships is required. Students in programs traveling in the Summer or Fall semester apply for the scholarship in the Spring semester prior to their travels, and students in programs traveling in the Spring semester apply for the scholarship in the Fall semester prior to their travels. The deadline to apply is typically mid-semester. The application (one application is required to be considered for both award programs) is available through UIC SnAP at uic.academicworks.com and the specific deadline can be found there.

Each semester, Honors College students with a UIC GPA of at least 3.5 are eligible to compete for a limited number of tuition awards offered by the Honors College. Students are awarded these awards, which may cover up to full tuition and differential (but not fees or other expenses), based on a combination of merit and need. The Tuition Waiver application deadline is typically at the end of the prior semester (i.e., the Spring 2019 tuition waiver application deadline is in fall 2018). The application is available through UIC SnAP at uic.academicworks.com. The specific deadline and more information about the award can be found there.

The Honors College Dean’s Emergency Fund is intended to help meet the financial needs (tuition, fees, books, housing) of Honors College students who encounter an emergency situation or one-time, unusual, or unforeseen expenses during their degree program that prevent them from continuing their studies at UIC. Situations that might trigger such an emergency need include, but are not limited to, such events as:

  • Medical, dental, or mental health emergencies
  • Major accidents and events such as fire and natural disasters
  • Home foreclosure or other loss of a domicile
  • Unexpected loss of income

Students who find themselves in such situations should apply for funds, generally up to $2,000, from the Dean’s Emergency Fund by submitting an application and supporting documentation. Please note that funds from the Dean’s Emergency fund do not replace regular scholarship dollars, and students are encouraged to apply for all other possible sources of money. Funds are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Preference will be given to juniors and seniors. Students can only receive funding through the Dean’s Emergency Fund for two semesters during their Honors College career. The Dean’s Emergency Fund Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis with no particular deadline. Please send completed applications to Dean Williams at smccloud@uic.edu.

The Sally and Kevin Desouza Family Scholarship is awarded each Spring to a full-time student in the Honors College pursuing a degree in the College of Business Administration. The recipient shall demonstrate high academic achievement, and shall be actively involved in the campus community in ways that make a contribution to the quality of campus life. International students are strongly encouraged to apply. Eligible students must possess valid visas, be permanent residents, or be U.S. citizens. The application is available through UIC SnAP at uic.academicworks.com. The specific deadline and more information about the award can be found there.

The Honors College research grants are given each semester to support excellent undergraduate research by Honors College students, including, but not limited to, Honors Capstone projects. Applications typically open at the start of each semester and the deadline to apply is within the first 5 weeks of the semester. Please consult the Honors College Announcements for the specific deadline.

Fundable Activities/Expenses:

  • Students may request money to fund research expenditures for current or planned research projects, whether scientific or humanities srudies. These awards are especially appropriate for supporting Honors Capstone activities, but can support other types of undergraduate research as well. Priority will be given to proposals requesting funds for materials used in research. Student stipends will not be supported.
  • No individual award will exceed $1,000 and most will be less. Decisions regarding the number and dollar amount of individual awards shall be guided by the principle of encouraging high quality research for the largest number of undergraduates. Previous research awards received from the Honors College will also be taken into account.
  • Each research proposal will be evaluated on the following criteria: (a) significance and importance of the project; (b) demonstrated understanding of research protocol; and (c) reasonableness of the proposed budget. Further guidelines for preparing the research proposal can be found here.

Application: Please carefully review the proposal guidelines, found here, while preparing the application. A completed application includes: (1) a budget form (found here), (2) a letter of recommendation (which must be submitted by the deadline), and (3) a completed application (available here.) 

Please submit completed applications to Julianne Angeli at jangeli@uic.edu with the subject line “YourLastName Research Grant Application.”

The Honors College offers undergraduate grants-in-aid for travel to professional meetings for presentations/participation including, but not limited to, Honors Capstone projects.Applications typically open at the start of each semester and the deadline to apply is within first 5 weeks of the semester. Please consult the Honors College Announcements for the specific deadline.
Fundable Activities/Expenses:

  • Each Fall and Spring semester students may request money to fund travel to attend and/or present their research at professional meetings (e.g., registration, flight, hotel) and presentation materials (e.g., poster preparation costs).
  • No individual award will exceed $500 and most will be less. The maximum allowable cost for posters is $75.00. Decisions regarding the number and dollar amount of individual awards shall be guided by the principle of encouraging the largest number of undergraduates to benefit from such participation. Priority will be given to students presenting their own original work, but students attending conferences, meetings or events without presenting a paper, or traveling to do research in their area of study, may also apply for funding. Previous travel awards received from the Honors College will also be taken into account.
  • Each proposal will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
    1. the merit of the proposal’s likely impact on the student’s scholarly and/or professional development; and
    2. reasonableness of the proposed budget.
  • Please note that this is not a cash award; instead, the award will be used to fund the recipient for allowable expenses incurred. Most often, the Honors College will directly pay for allowable expenses and/or reimburse UIC departments for allowable expenses made on behalf of a recipient. It is unlikely that students will be reimbursed for incurred expenses, so please contact Julianne Angeli at jangeli@uic.edu if you have questions or concerns about the timing of your event relative to this award. Recipients should keep all appropriate receipts and documentation to be used for reimbursement, if applicable.

Application: A completed application includes: (1) an application (available here), (2) a completed budget form (found here) and (3) a letter of recommendation (must be received by the deadline).

Please submit completed applications to Julianne Angeli at jangeli@uic.edu with the subject line “YourLastName Travel Grant Application.”

Through the generosity of donors, the UIC Honors College is able to provide its students the opportunity to apply for Student Engagement Grants. These financial awards support enriching educational experiences that complement students’ educational programs. Grants will typically be less than $500; students may request higher amounts with a defensible rationale for doing so. Projects to be funded by the Honors College Student Engagement Grant will usually involve community service or on- or off-campus service or leadership activities. More information about projects eligible for the grants and a grant application can be found here. Please submit completed applications to smccloud@uic.edu.

OFFICE OF SCHOLARSHIPS

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.

OFFICE OF EXTERNAL FELLOWSHIPS

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 uic.edu/about/join-mailing-list/.

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