Merit-Based Scholarships

General Scholarships

By applying to Illinois, you’re automatically in the running for the following scholarships, regardless of your major.

Illinois Residents

Illinois Achievement Scholarship

Requirements: Illinois residents with demonstrated need
Amount: $10,000
Renewable: Yes, for 4 years, provided you maintain a 3.0 GPA and full-time status
Number: Variable

Stamps Family Charitable Foundation

Requirements: Incoming freshmen
Amount: Up to the cost of attendance
Renewable: Yes, for 4 years, provided the recipient maintains a 3.0 GPA
Number: 10

Provost Scholarship

Requirements: Incoming freshmen
Amount: Full tuition
Renewable: Yes, for 4 years, provided you maintain a 3.0 GPA
Number: 30

President's Award Program

Requirements: Students in historically underrepresented groups who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement
Amount: $5,000
Renewable: Yes, for 4 years, provided you maintain a 2.0 GPA
Number: Variable

President's Award Program Honors

Requirements: Students who are selected as President’s Award recipients with the highest level of achievement
Amount: $10,000
Renewable: Yes, for 4 years, provided you maintain a 2.5 GPA
Number: Variable

James Hunter Anthony & Gerald E. Blackshear Endowment

Requirements: Incoming freshmen who have graduated from an Illinois high school
Amount: Equal to full tuition and fees for an academic year
Renewable: Yes, for 4 years, provided you maintain a 3.0 GPA
Number: 2 to 4

University of Illinois Transfer Scholarship

Requirements: High-achieving, first-generation students with 30+ transferable graded hours and demonstrated financial need who are transferring from an Illinois community college
Amount: $1,000
Renewable: No
Number: Variable

Illinois Residents & Non-Residents

Matthews Scholars

Requirements: Incoming freshmen
Amount: $2,000 per year
Renewable: Yes, for 4 years, provided you maintain a 3.3 GPA
Number: Variable

College-Specific Scholarships

Our colleges award a wide variety of scholarships to deserving students. Again, your application for admission is all you need to be considered. If you're eligible, you'll be contacted directly by those administering the award.