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LAS scholarships

The LAS Honors program manages both donor-based scholarships and application-based scholarships. Donor-based scholarships are offered to students who meet the established criteria; they are not available through an application process. For the application-based scholarships, only students meeting all the required criteria will be considered.

Additional information about each of the scholarships and their individualized application process are posted as they are available for submission. Please continue to check back for updated information.

Alexandra H. Hauser Scholarship

The Hauser scholarship seeks to support LAS undergraduates who have a full sibling with Down syndrome. Applicants should demonstrate their experience with people with disabilities—especially Down syndrome—and complete a 500-word essay on their relationship with their sibling. Applicants are encouraged to learn more about the Hausers and their generous gift. To be eligible to apply, students must:

  • Have a full sibling with Down Syndrome
  • Be at least a sophomore in standing (30 Illinois credit hours)
  • Be an Illinois resident
  • Be enrolled full-time in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Joan & Peter Hood Internship

One upper-level undergraduate student is selected each year as the Peter and Joan Hood Intern in the Student Academic Affairs Office in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The intern will assist the Associate Dean and Assistant Deans with special projects and research studies pertaining to LAS Student Academic Affairs; for example, evaluative assistance in the study of "best practices" together with support in the areas of access, admissions, honors, undergraduate research, transfer articulation, unit assessment, and surveys.

Required qualifications include:

  • Junior or senior status in an LAS major
  • Strong leadership and communication skills
  • Demonstrated writing and quantitative skills
  • Experience with technology including Microsoft Excel
  • High academic achievement (a minimum GPA of 3.3/4.0)

The application opens annually during spring semester.

Houston & Papadimitriou Greek Culture Award

This scholarship seeks to support undergraduate students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences who have a demonstrated interest in and who are taking elective courses to learn about Greek culture, language, or history.

Applications open annually during the spring semester.

Tessa Oberg Writing Award

Honoring the life of Tessa Oberg, a graduate of the Department of English, the award is open to freshmen, sophomore, or junior undergraduates enrolled in an LAS major. Selection for the award is based upon an analytical and expository essay of between 3,000 and 5,000 words responding to a provided prompt.

The application opens annually during fall semester for the following spring. Look for updated application information in August each year.

James Scholar Preble Research Scholarship

The purpose of these funds is to provide incentive and support to outstanding James Scholars involved in undergraduate research (e.g., Department Distinction projects, research projects, etc.). Junior and senior certified James Scholars in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are invited to apply. A limited amount of funding is awarded each term (typically about $500) to those whose academic enrichment proposal is judged most meritorious by the LAS Honors Council.

Scholarships are typically awarded in the amount of $500, although the Honors Council may adjust the award amount if they deem it to be appropriate for a particular application.

Funds to support the purchase of research supplies and materials may be paid to your PI's lab account at the request of the applicant following notification that their application has been funded. Funds to support living expenses, enabling dedicated research time, will pay to your student account like a typical scholarship.

Applicants are encouraged to work with their PI or research advisor on their application. They're asked to provide the following information via the application link below:

  • In 300 words or less, provide a description or abstract of your project. Please include information about the significance of this research to a broader audience and the specific methods you will use to carry out the research. Note that the Honors Council consists of representatives from a variety of disciplines. Please take care to provide a project description that can be understood by a broad audience.
  • In 300 words or less, tell us why your project should be funded by the Honors Council. Explain how your research would be enriched by the award, and what the award would support you to do (i.e., purchase research supplies, travel to present or execute research, etc.).
    • If you request a research travel award, include the details of your travel plan. Requests for travel to participate in a conference are welcome, but travel should relate to the current semester.
    • Sorry, examination fees are not regarded as an eligible expense.
    • If you are requesting funds to allow you to have dedicated research time, please address in detail the ways in which your research and experience at Illinois will be enriched by the award.
  • Have you received James Scholar Research Support in the past? If so, how was it used, and why should a second award be funded?
  • Provide an itemized budget of how the funds will be used.
    • For research support, include costs of professional supplies (not textbooks required for class), equipment, and reproduction.
    • For research travel awards, include costs of transportation and accommodations.
    • If requesting laboratory supplies, please explain why such costs are not covered by your lab.
    • If requesting funding for dedicated research time, an itemized budget is not required.
    • No matter how your funds would be spent, please clearly indicate the following on your budget:
      1. any other funding you may be receiving,
      2. how costs exceeding the award will be covered, and
      3. alternative sources should a James Scholar award not be available.
  • Please attach a resume that includes work experience, campus and community activities, and university honors and awards.
  • A letter of reference from the individual advising your research project.

Award cycles occur for fall, spring, and summer.

The application for both spring and summer 2017 is now open. Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. February 27.

Students who wish to be considered for spring and summer funds for the same project should clearly delineate spring and summer expenses in their budgets. Students who wish to be considered for spring and summer funds for different projects should submit two separate applications.

The application can be accessed online.

Diana B. Younger Scholarship

The Younger Scholarship seeks to support students who are self-supported. Eligible applicants will be beginning their second year at Illinois with sophomore standing during the academic year for which the scholarship will be awarded. Applicants must have a cumulative University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign GPA of 3.25 or higher and verified financial need. Applicants must also maintain full-time enrollment for the academic year (both fall and spring semesters) in a major in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences during the academic year for which the scholarship was awarded.