Funds That Support Athletics

Athletics

Athletics Points of Pride (2018-19 School Year)

Through June 17

  • 30 All-GLVC Awards
  • 7 All-Region Performers
  • 3 All-Americans
  • 1 First-Team Academic All-American (first in UIS athletics history)
  • 20 GLVC Players of the Week
  • 3 Freshman of the Year
  • Jennifer Queller qualified as an individual for the NCAA Division II National Championships for the first time in program history
  • Eleven of the 17 sports programs at UIS had their best seasons since the move to the NCAA Division II level
  • Taryn Christy won the women’s 10k at the 2019 outdoor GLVC Championships
  • Volleyball qualified for the NCAA Division II Tournament for the first time in program history, and won its first GLVC Championship
  • Baseball advanced to the NCAA Division II Super Regional, its farthest advancement in the NCAA Tournament in program history
  • Blake Jones won the first individual track and field Conference Championship in program history
  • In Spring 2019, UIS Athletics had a 3.33 GPA; 26 had a perfect 4.00 GPA
  • Andrew Dean was selected in the 2019 Major League Baseball draft

Giving Opportunities

Annual Fund (Unrestricted)

Gifts to this unrestricted fund provide support wherever its needed most by UIS Athletics, making your gift especially powerful.  If you choose to, you can receive benefits when you give to this fund. Go to the Athletics Annual Giving page to view a table of these benefits, all your giving options and Donate buttons for easy online giving.

UIS Chancellor Susan and Dennis Koch Excellence in Athletics Endowment Fund

The University of Illinois Foundation has created a fund to honor Chancellor Susan Koch and her husband, Dennis, upon Susan’s retirement from the University of Illinois Springfield. The fund aims to provide important opportunities for talented student-athletes to excel both in athletics and in the classroom, while they simultaneously develop leadership skills that will serve them well in the future. Koch was the sixth chief executive in the nearly 50-year history of the university, and retired June 30, 2020. Under her leadership, UIS expanded the university’s young Division II athletics program, whose teams won individual and conference championships.

Garrison Family Scholarship

This scholarship benefits undergraduate student athletes. It shall be awarded in accordance with all applicable University, Great Lakes Valley Conference, and National Collegiate Athletic Association rules and regulations governing intercollegiate athletics at UIS. After working for his father-in-law for many years, in 1994 Glen Garrison established his own company, The Garrison Group, Inc., which specializes in commercial real estate. Glen has served on many charitable boards, including UIS’ Development Board for seven years. Lola has a strong connection to UIS: Her father, Leonard Sapp, was instrumental in securing the land for Sangamon State University (now UIS). Now that their three children have grown up, Lola contributes her time, talents, and wisdom to many church and volunteer organizations. Glen and Lola are happy to help young people from areas surrounding Springfield to receive an education. To their recipients, they say: “Congratulations and God-speed. Use the scholarship wisely, and use it well.

Scholarships

Stars Athletics Scholarship Society Fund (unrestricted for scholarships)


This fund collects all unrestricted gifts for scholarships, allowing Athletics staff to use the scholarships where most needed to encourage stellar athletic programs and meet student-athletes’ needs.

Selected Athletics Scholarships

  • Aydin Gonulsen Scholarship

    This fund will be used to provide scholarships in the Department of Athletics at UIS. The Director of the Department of Athletics, or designee, shall determine the recipients,
    amount and timing of the scholarships to be awarded, subject to the approval of the appropriate University officials.
  • Gus Pflugmacher Basketball Scholarship

    This fund provides a scholarship to be awarded to a student athlete in good academic standing participating in UIS Mens Basketball in the Department of Athletics at UIS.
  • Manny Velasco Scholarship

    This fund will be used to provide scholarships in the Department of Athletics at UIS. The Director of the Department of Athletics, or designee, shall determine the recipients,
    amount and timing of the scholarships to be awarded, subject to the approval of the appropriate University officials. 

Athletics Funds by Team

  • Men’s Baseball Fund
  • Men’s Basketball Fund
  • Women’s Basketball Fund
  • Cheerleading Program Fund
  • Men’s Cross Country Fund
  • Women’s Cross Country Fund
  • Men’s Golf Fund
  • Women’s Golf Fund
  • Men’s Soccer Fund
  • Women’s Soccer Fund
  • Men’s Tennis Fund
  • Women’s Tennis Fund
  • Women’s Softball Fund
  • Women’s Volleyball Fund

Athletics Capital (Facility) Projects

Questions?

UIS Athletics welcomes your questions. Please contact Roy L. Brown, Deputy Athletics Director, by email or phone at 217.206.8547.