Above: Students in a business class take part in a simulation.
Make a Difference for Students in the College of Business and Management
- General Funds
College of Business and Management Fund
Center for Entrepreneurship Program Fund
Frederick L. and Eugenia M. Parsons International Business Education Fund
- Scholarship Funds
College of Business and Management Scholarship Fund
Dyanne Ferk and Bruce Hogan Scholarship Fund
Michael F. and Pamela M. Luenz Scholarship Fund (Access Illinois matched scholarship)
Northwestern Mutual, D. Patrick Scheina Scholarship (Access Illinois matched scholarship)
Realtors Real Estate Foundation Scholarship Fund (Access Illinois matched scholarship)
Maureen A. Schaaf Scholarship
The William and Mary Schnirring Scholarship Fund
Gilbert N. and Frances G. Stein Scholarship
Evelyn Brandt Thomas Scholarship
Kent Weber Scholarship
The College of Business and Management has two general funds that can be used throughout the College. You can give as much or as little as you would like to this, and you can give online or by mail.
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.
This UIS Center seeks to expand the outreach activities with the regional business community and enhance student-business engagement, encourage entrepreneurial actions among the student community as well as develop and support entrepreneurial pursuits in the central Illinois region, further the understanding, growth and development of family-owned businesses in central Illinois, and familiarize students with the distinct opportuntities and challenges presented in family businesses. Gifts to this fund support these efforts.
Frederick L. and Eugenia M. Parsons International Business Education Fund
This fund provides support for international business education.
The College of Business and Management has two scholarship funds that can be awarded to students from throughout the College.
Dyanne Ferk is Associate Dean of the College of Business and Management. She and her husband, Bruce Hogan, appreciate how much international business students at UIS add to the global education and understanding of stateside students. They know, however, that finding a paid internship can be difficult for international students. They also know how much these students have to offer the athletic program at UIS. Dyanne and Bruce have therefore designated their scholarship for an international student who works without pay for UIS Athletics. Great idea!
Michael and Pamela Luenz generously support many educational causes, and UIS is particularly pleased that they have chosen to create an Access Illinois match program for the College of Business and Management. Michael Luenz earned a BA in Management from UIS (then SSU) in 1980. Because theirs is a matched scholarship, their gift will have twice the impact for a full ten years.
Patrick Scheina, CLU, is the managing director of the Springfield branch of Northwestern Mutual. He joined Northwestern Mutual in 2003 and has earned numerous industry awards. He has a five-year pledge for a current-use scholarship which will benefit students in the College of Business and Management. Because the Northwestern Mutual scholarship qualifies for the Access Illinois match, its impact will be doubled each of those five years.
An endowed scholarship for students in the College of Business and Management. Because this fund is unrestricted within the College and for qualified undergraduate students with need, the scholarship meets the requirements for the Access Illinois match program.
Bob and Maureen Schaaf have long been friends of UIS. Maureen is a UIS grad: she earned an Accountancy BA in 1983. Bob was one of the original group that donated land for Sangamon State University (now UIS) which opened in 1970 . Together they have created the Maureen A. Schaaf Scholarship for an undergraduate student with need in the College of Business and Management, with preference given to a graduate of Springfield’s Sacred Heart Griffin High School.
Generous, involved, and tremendously supportive of UIS–these words only begin to describe what wonderful donors William and Mary Schnirring have been to UIS. Mr. Schnirring is chairman of the board of Springfield Electric Supply Company, a family-owned business in Springfield. Both Mr. and Mrs. Schnirring donate their time, energies, and resources to many local charities and nonprofit organizations. Through their donations, they have funded four scholarships, two for students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, one in the College of Education and Human Services, and one in the College of Business and Management. (They also donated the lights that shine so brilliantly on the flagpoles at the front of the UIS campus.)
Gilbert N. Stein, a long-time resident of Springfield helped elevate Dairy Queen to worldwide status in the 1960s. Mr. Stein became known in the business world because of his innovative franchising, marketing and mentoring skills. The University of Illinois at Springfield recognized Mr. Stein with an honorary doctorate in humane letters in 2005 for his lifetime achievements and perseverance in overcoming difficult times, a changing society and market culture, and incorporating the skills and technology needed to build Dairy Queen into an international enterprise. The Gilbert N. and Frances G. Stein Scholarship was established in 2006 by Mr. Stein. Qualified applicants will be majors of the College of Business and Management with academic merit.
Evelyn Brandt Thomas, an avid 4-H and Rural Youth Organization member during her childhood, grew up on a 240-acre farm near Pleasant Plains, IL. Her parents raised cattle and grain on the farm and she and her siblings learned the family business through their daily chores. Mrs. Thomas graduated from Springfield High School and later received a business degree from Illinois Business College in Springfield. Her husband, the late Gordon Thomas, was a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Agriculture. During their 53 years of marriage, the couple remained lifelong supporters of 4-H and FFA programs. In 2004, Mrs. Thomas received the Illinois 4-H Alumni Award at the University of Illinois in Champaign. The Evelyn Brandt Thomas Scholarship was established in 2004 and seeks to assist full-time junior or senior students enrolled in the College of Business and Management. Preference is given to female applicants.
For students living outside of certain Illinois counties and studying business or management.
If none of these funds interests you, you can create your own named scholarship–either a current use scholarship or an endowed scholarship–that targets students in the College of Business and Management. Use the links to learn more about these scholarship opportunities.
As the principle donor, you would get to name the fund and establish the selection criteria.
We welcome your inquiries. Please use the contact information below.