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Undergraduate Affairs

College Scholarships and Awards

College scholarship applications for the 2021-2022 school year are currently open. The LeaderShape® Institute™ scholarship application closes on Monday, October 25, 2021. All other scholarship applications close on Friday, October 29, 2021. We encourage all AHS students to read the criteria below for each scholarship and apply if applicable!

All of the following awards and scholarships are college-level AHS awards and scholarships. For more information about program or department level scholarships you can navigate to your program or department scholarship and awards page.

THE LEADERSHAPE INSTITUTE

The College of Applied Health Sciences will provide scholarships for selected AHS students to attend The LeaderShape®  Institute™. The scholarship application closes on Monday, October 25, 2021. For more information or to apply, follow this link.
 
About The LeaderShape Institute
This retreat provides participants the opportunity for self-discovery, self-reflection and feedback in a community of approximately 60 peers. Not a typical leadership retreat, the Institute is grounded in helping individuals identify the values they hold that lead to making a difference in the communities around them. Through self-assessment, intensive small group discussions, team building challenges, and more, participants will develop a vision for something they care about.
 
By leading with passion, integrity, and a healthy disregard for the impossible, participants explore who they are and the impact that they want to have on communities working towards a more caring, just and equitable society.

JERRY D. BURNAM STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship application closes on Friday, October 29, 2021. To apply, follow this link.

Dr. Jerry Burnam held the position of Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for many years in the College of Applied Health Sciences and retired in 2000. This scholarship is designated for undergraduate AHS students who are transferring (or transferred) to the college from another institution of higher learning or from another college within the University of Illinois. Preference is given to students who are first generation, have a history of volunteerism and community service, participated in the U.S. military or ROTC, or graduated from an Illinois high school in a “low sending” county. Students must have a FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Financial Aid to be considered for this award. The scholarship recipient will receive a $1,500 scholarship credited to their student account. This year a maximum of three scholarships will be awarded.

To apply for this award, please submit the following:

  1. Resume including high school attended
  2. A statement addressing your career interests and current major (500 words or less)
  3. One letter of recommendation, preferably from an instructor (NOTE: After confirming a person to write the letter, you will submit the name/netid of the person who will upload your letter of recommendation online.)

RALPH GEESEMAN SCHOLARSHIP FOR VETERANS

This scholarship application closes on Friday, October 29, 2021. To apply, follow this link.

Ralph Geeseman provided 39 years of service to the University of Illinois Department of Kinesiology. He was proud of his service to the College but also to his service in the United States Navy. Applicants must be students currently enrolled in the College of Applied Health Sciences who have either served in or are training for a branch of the US Military, or who are dependents of active members of the military. Preference is given to students enrolled in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health. The scholarship recipient will receive a $2000 scholarship credited to their student account. This year a maximum of one scholarship will be awarded.

To apply for this award, please submit the following:

  1. Resume
  2. A statement addressing your career interests and current major (500 words or less)
  3. One letter of recommendation, preferably from an instructor (NOTE: After confirming a person to write the letter, you will submit the name/netid of the person who will upload your letter of recommendation online.)

FLOYD AND ETTA MCAFEE AWARD

This scholarship application closes on Friday, October 29, 2021. To apply, follow this link.

This award is given to an undergraduate who has a demonstrated interest in multicultural issues. The Floyd and Etta McAfee Award was created by the family of the late Col. McAfee, a 1956 U of I graduate in physical education, and Mrs. McAfee to honor their parents' commitment to education and to helping others reach their potential. Applicants must be undergraduate students currently enrolled in the College of Applied Health Sciences who have financial need (as verified by the Office of Student Financial Aid). The selected student will receive a $1,000 award. This year a maximum of one scholarship will be awarded.

To apply for this award, please submit the following:

  1. Resume
  2. A statement addressing your career goals and interest in multicultural issues (500 words or less)
  3. Letter of recommendation from your advisor or a faculty member who is knowledgeable of your academic performance and career goals (NOTE: After confirming a person to write the letter, you will submit the name/netid of the person who will upload your letter of recommendation online.)

PETER J. AND ELLA MONTALEONE SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship application closes on Friday, October 29, 2021. To apply, follow this link.

This scholarship honors Peter and Ella Montaleone, longtime residents of Rockford, IL who were strong advocates of education. This award is designated for academically talented undergraduate students enrolled in the College of Applied Health Sciences. Preference is given to those who can demonstrate financial need (as verified by the Office of Student Financial Aid). The scholarship recipient will receive a $1,500 scholarship credited to their student account. This year a maximum of one scholarship will be awarded.

To apply for this award, please submit the following:

  1. Resume
  2. A statement addressing your career interests and current major (500 words or less)
  3. One letter of recommendation, preferably from an instructor (NOTE: After confirming a person to write the letter, you will submit the name/netid of the person who will upload your letter of recommendation online.)

RONALD G. AND PATRICIA L. STOPKA SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship application closes on Friday, October 29, 2021. The criteria for the Ronald G. and Patricia L. Stopka Scholarship and Doris Strickland-Collins and Edward W. Collins Award (below) are the same. Scroll down to apply for both the Stopka Scholarship and Collins Award at the same time.

Ronald Stopka received his Bachelors (’62) and Masters of Science (’64) in Physical Education from the College of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Illinois. He and Patricia established this scholarship to support students in the College of Applied Health Sciences. Applicants must be undergraduate students currently enrolled in the College of Applied Health Sciences. The scholarship recipient will receive a $1,000 scholarship credited to their student account. This year a maximum of one scholarship will be awarded.

DORIS STRICKLAND-COLLINS AND EDWARD W. COLLINS AWARD

This scholarship application closes on Friday, October 29, 2021. To apply, follow this link.

The Doris Strickland-Collins and Edward W. Collins Award was established to enhance and promote academic excellence in the College of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Applicants must be undergraduate students currently enrolled in the College of Applied Health Sciences. The award recipient will receive a $1,000 scholarship credited to their student account. This year a maximum of two scholarships will be awarded.

The criteria for the Ronald G. and Patricia L. Stopka Scholarship and Doris Strickland-Collins and Edward W. Collins Award are the same. To be considered for both awards, please submit the following (just once):

  1. Resume
  2. Brief statement of career goals (500 words or less)
  3. Letter of recommendation from your advisor, instructor or faculty member who is knowledgeable of your academic performance and career goals (NOTE: After confirming a person to write the letter, you will submit the name/netid of the person who will upload your letter of recommendation online.)

AHS Scholar Award and AHS Dean's Scholarship

These scholarships are awarded to top incoming freshmen and transfer students to the College of Applied Health Sciences. The number of awards given each year varies and is dependent upon the applicant pool. All incoming freshmen and transfer students are considered for this award based on a number of factors including academic performance, entrance exam scores (for freshmen), leadership experience, volunteer experience and admissions essay.

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