Merit-Based 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 Scholarship

  • 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.

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