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LAS scholarships

LAS Honors admninisters the below scholarships. Information about eligibility and applications for consideration, when applicable, is included below.

Please note the LAS Scholarship Application invites students to apply for a number of awards using a single application. If you have questions about any of these awards, please contact LAS Honors at (217) 333-1158 or via email.

These scholarships have individual selection processes:

Awarded to rising seniors with outstanding academic merit in History and Political Science. No application is required for consideration. Recipients are selected by departmental scholarship committees.

This scholarship supports juniors or seniors who are enrolled in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, or math) secondary education program.

The application opens annually in the summer for the following academic year.

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 & Sciences are invited to apply.

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:

  • 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.
    • 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.

LAS Scholarship Application

Current LAS undergraduates who will be continuing as full-time students in the next academic year may apply for any of the following scholarships using the LAS Scholarship Application (students graduating in December may still apply). Additional eligibility criteria is listed with individual scholarships below. The application opens in late spring for the following academic year. Unless otherwise noted, recipients are selected through the rating of two short essays in addition to academic merit and financial need consideration when appropriate.

2018-19 application deadline: 11:59 p.m. May 18, 2018. The application is available online.



Scholarship name Academic merit considered Financial need considered Additional criteria Application notes
Alexandra H. Hauser Scholarship Yes Yes Have a full sibling with Down Syndrome, be an Illinois resident and at least a sophomore in standing. Preference for demonstrated service with the disablied especially those with Down Syndrome, at least a 2.5 GPA or higher and demonstrated Financial Need. Requires an additional 500 word essay on the topic: "My relationship with my sibling."
Brendan McGinty and Susan Toalson Scholarship Yes Yes Undergraduate scholarships to students in LAS.
Christopher L. Allen Scholarship Yes No Political science majors who are also U.S. citizens with either junior or senior standing and a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. Preference is given to members of Phi Sigma Kappa.
Clemens T. and Helen Glotzhober Memorial Scholarship No No Preference for students majoring in biological sciences.
D.C. Nance Scholarship Yes Yes Students in their third or fourth year.
Dale Willard and Arlene Jay Robb Endowed Scholarship No No Undergraduate scholarships to students in LAS
Diana B. Younger Undergraduate Scholarship Yes Yes Must be a first semester sophomore beginning a second year at Illinois next fall. Have an Illinois cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher. Preference for students who are/have worked to contribute to supporting themselves. Additional essay required: In 250 words or less, talk about your work experience. How has your work experience assisted you in pursuing your education? What have you learned through your work experience?
Dorothy E. Nowlin Endowment Scholarship No No Undergraduate scholarships to students in LAS.
Gary V. Kaiser and Patricia Kaiser Scholarship No No Undergraduate scholarships to students in LAS.
Houston and Papadimitriou Greek Culture Award Yes No Have demonstrated interest in and enroll in elective courses to learn about Greek culture, language or history (must have taken one of these courses in the previous academic year). Have a minimum overall GPA of 3.30 or higher. Preference for chemical engineering majors. Additional essay required: In no more than 1,000 words, explain how the Greek class you attended/are attending enriched your experience as a student at Illinois. You may also include information about how you think knowledge gained through this class will be useful to you after you graduate.
Jean Crist Weagant and William G. Crist Memorial Scholarship Yes No Female students whose permanent residence is in central or western Illinois.
John Karl Hotuiz Scholarship Yes No Preference for Edwardsville High School graduates.
Jones-Dow Family Scholarship Yes No Undergraduate scholarships to students in LAS.
Kevin Allwin Shrote Scholarship Yes No Majoring in physical sciences, with preference for physics majors. Preference also given to U.S. citizens.
Margaret Dekany Memorial Scholarship Yes Yes Undergraduate scholarships to students in LAS.
Nancy Chong Whitman Scholarship No Yes Undergraduate scholarships to students in LAS.
Olive Chacey & Alfred L. Kuehn LAS Scholarship Yes Yes For students majoring in the humanities.
Peter and Susan Schaeffer Scholarship Yes No Must be junior or senior status. Preference is given to students with some knowledge of the German language, either through his/her family heritage, classes in elementray or secondary school, or participation in one of the many German-American social organizations.
Sam and Dubey Portnoy Memorial Scholarship No No Undergraduate scholarships to students in LAS.
Tarrson Family Fund Scholarship No No Undergraduate scholarships to students in LAS.
Thomas Eakman Scholarship Yes Yes Undergraduate scholarships to students in LAS.
Vera E. Goessling Scholarship No No Pursuing the secondary education minor. Preference for students pursuing certification as public high school librarians.
Walter and Norma Mann Scholarship Yes No Undergraduate scholarships to students in LAS.
William L. Wilbur Scholarship Yes No For students majoring in economics.
Wilmer E. Hellenthal LAS Scholarship Yes No Pursuing pre-medical curriculum. Recipients must not be a child of a member of the Board of Trustees.
Wirt Family Scholarship Yes Yes Must be an LAS James Scholar.