College of LAS « Illinois

Support the Access and Achievement Program

The College of LAS believes strongly in the value of diversity, community, academic scholarship, and excellence, as well as educational and professional mentorship. These fundamental tenets are embedded in the fabric of AAP.

AAP alumni and friends can have an important impact on our students by supporting the program through gifts of time and money.

Time and Talent

Become an Alumni Ambassador and help guide our students to success. You can help by doing the following:

  • Keep your contact information up to date
  • Attend alumni events
  • Speak on campus
  • Share your story through video or print
  • Host a dinner or networking party
  • Recruit students to work at your company
  • Provide students with internships

Email the AAP office to get involved now.

Financial Support

Your financial support provides AAP students meaningful access to educational opportunities outside the classroom. Please consider investing in our students.

By contributing to the LAS Access and Achievement Annual Fund, you support high impact initiatives such as study abroad, research fellowships, and a variety of co-curricular and honor conferences. Your contribution also supports scholarships and course development.

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Prior to his service as the associate dean for the Student Academic Affairs Office, Robert M. Copeland served as LAS assistant dean with the Access and Achievement Program. During his tenure, Copeland was a leader in academic affairs. He is revered as a pioneer in the field of access and educational opportunities. This fund was established following his retirement in 2001 to assist students in AAP who have a financial emergency. It provides funding for AAP students who might not otherwise be able to register for the upcoming term.

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For over 30 years in her capacity as a staff associate and later as assistant dean of the Access and Achievement program, JoAnn F. Hodges provided structure, progressive leadership, compassion, and an overwhelming commitment to quality student services. While all of our students benefited from her sage policy development, implementation, and guidance, she left indelible footprints in the area of academic support for our students in the STEM fields. This fund was established following her retirement in 2003 to support students in AAP in STEM studies.

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For many years, Ronald L. Woolfolk's name was synonymous with the Transition Program. Both he and the program believed in providing students who would not otherwise seek admissions to a research one institution meaningful access, developing a strong academic foundation, encouraging self-confidence and advocacy skills, and establishing a nurturing environment whereby retention and graduation were the guiding principles. Woolfork built a culture of academic excellence. This fund was established in 2015 to support AAP students' participation in academic and/or educational enrichment endeavors.

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When you select Continue, you will be redirected to the University of Illinois Foundation’s secure online giving site.


Gifts may also be made by calling the LAS Office of Advancement at 217-333-7108 or 877-265-4910 (toll-free). For more information call or email the AAP office.