Above: Business professor Dr. Jorge Villegas studies emotion in advertising.
Make a Difference for Business Students
Your gift in any amount to the funds below provide support for undergraduate business students. You can use the Donate button to give online. Thank you!
- Business Administration Program Fund
- Scholarship Funds
Marine Bank Scholarship Fund (An Access Illinois Matched Scholarship)
Paul M. Snodgrass Memorial Scholarship (An Access Illinois Matched Scholarship)
Brad and Jennifer Ward Scholarship (An Access Illinois Matched Scholarship)
Kent Weber Scholarship
Joe Wilkins Veterans Scholarship
Eugene R. and Elaine A. Wilkinson Scholarship
- Create Your Own Fund
This fund provides money for special opportunities or extraordinary needs.
- Faculty and students can travel to a conference to present their research.
- Faculty can take part in a special opportunity to update their skills. Professors need to be aware of the latest developments in their field, so that they can pass this knowledge on to their students.
- The department can purchase special equipment, test materials, resources, or training modules to help our students attain success and achieve their goals.
These activities and others like them enrich our students immeasurably, enhancing the education they receive at UIS—but we could not do any of them without the discretionary money given to this fund.
Marine Bank takes an active role in building central Illinois and the people at Marine Bank want to make our communities better places to live because they live here, too. The Marine Bank Scholarship at UIS, which Marine Bank has pledged to fund for the next five years, is one way they are sharing their resources to meet community needs. The scholarship will be awarded to a qualified undergraduate in the Business Administration program, and because it qualifies for the Access Illinois match, its impact will be doubled each year.
This is indeed a family affair! WWII veteran and IBM lifetime achievement officer, Paul Snodgrass had an early affinity for UIS (then Sangamon State University) as demonstrated by his monetary contribution for SSU’s initial land acquisition. However, no one could have known back then how Paul’s early affection for UIS would blossom into a family legacy that is still affecting the lives of students today. In 1982, Mr. Snodgrass earned his MABA of Business from SSU, where his wife had earlier received her bachelor and master degree in communication. All three of the Snodgrass children earned bachelor degrees from U of I in Urbana, and two went on to complete their Master degrees from SSU. Additionally, two of the Snodgrass children also married graduates of SSU. When Mr. Snodgrass died on February 27, 1998 – less than one week after his 71st birthday – it was his IBM family who established the Paul M. Snodgrass Memorial Scholarship at UIS in his honor, acknowledging his tireless dedication to the university. The scholarship has since been funded by the Snodgrass family for permanent endowment to benefit students in UIS’ business administration and management programs and because it is now an Access Illinois Matched Scholarship, awards from the scholarship will be doubled for the next ten years.
Brad and Jennifer Ward met on their first day together at UIS–Brad helped Jennifer set up her printer. Jennifer was a history major in the teacher education major. She went on to teach in Indianapolis before staying home with the couple’s daughter. Brad started as a computer major but switched to business, adding an eclectic mix of marketing and communication courses. Today, with his partner, he runs a leading consulting business helping colleges and universities with online marketing. With this scholarship, which qualifies for the Access Illinois Match Program, Brad and Jen become some of the youngest scholarship donors UIS has ever had. The match program provides an unexpected benefit for them. They can give the first scholarship to business (for Brad) and the second (the matched scholarship) to teacher education (for Jennifer).
For those students taking online courses to pursue a Business or Management degree at UIS because they live so far away, or for those students who have travelled many miles outside of Central Illinois to attend UIS in pursuit of a Business or Management degree, this scholarship has you in mind. The Kent Weber Scholarship, established in 1994, has the notable stipulation that the recipient’s permanent residence must be outside of the following 26 Central Illinois counties: Brown, Cass, Champaign, Christian, Dewitt, Fulton, Greene, Logan, Macon, Macoupin, Madison, Mason, Mclean, Menard, Montgomery, Morgan, Moultrie, Peoria, Piatt, Pike, Sangamon, Schuyler, Scott, Shelby, Tazewell and Woodford. In addition to the applicant’s permanent residence being outside the 26-county Central Illinois area, eligible persons must also be an undergraduate Business or Management major and a U.S. citizen.
Joseph Wilkins received a $200 scholarship as a high school junior and it changed his life forever. Though the amount was small, it became the impetus of a distinguished career that included military decoration, the rank of captain in the U.S. Air Force, UIS emeritus professorship and an ongoing scholarship for students in the 21st century.
In addition to his aforementioned accomplishments, Dr. Wilkins was also involved in national and international business organizations and lectured at professional conferences all over the world including England, Germany, Sweden and France. The Joe Wilkins Veterans Scholarship was established in 2003 and is awarded to graduate or undergraduate Business or Management majors in good academic standing. Preference given to Management majors of merit and financial need is taken into consideration with applicants of equal merit.
Where else would a future structural engineer and a double-major in Business and Education meet but in Harvard? Harvard, Illinois, that is! Eugene and Elaine Wilkinson met in their hometown of Harvard. Mr. Wilkinson served four years in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and later attended the University of Illinois, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. He spent his engineering career with Hanson Professionals having served as President, CEO and Chairman of the Board before retiring in 2001. Mrs. Wilkinson obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Education from Northern Illinois University and was a high school Business teacher for many years. She later switched careers and served in the computer software industry where she advanced to Vice-President of Marketing before her retirement in 1997. The Eugene R. and Elaine A. Wilkinson Scholarship was established in 2007 is awarded annually to one student in Business Administration and one student in Management Information Systems.
If you prefer, you can create your own named scholarship that targets bachelor’s of business administration students. Use the link to learn more about these scholarship opportunities.
As the principle donor, you would get to name the fund and establish the selection criteria.
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