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Undergraduate Affairs

College Scholarships and Awards

Scholarship applications for this year are not currently being accepted. The application period for this year was over as of October 29, 2021. Please check back for future information as it becomes available.

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

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

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.

RALPH GEESEMAN SCHOLARSHIP FOR VETERANS

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.

FLOYD AND ETTA MCAFEE AWARD

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.

PETER J. AND ELLA MONTALEONE SCHOLARSHIP

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.

RONALD G. AND PATRICIA L. STOPKA SCHOLARSHIP

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

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.

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.