Funds that support the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

CLAS student
Above: Students in a science class at UIS.

Make a difference for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Your gift in any amount to the funds below provide support for students throughout the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. You can use the “Donate” buttons below to give online. Thank you!

General Funds

Scholarship Funds

General Funds

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 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.

CLAS Student Travel Fund

Supports class trips, conference attendance, etc., by students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

K Fund for Scientific Equipment (CLAS)

The net income from the Fund is used to purchase “big ticket” laboratory equipment in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at UIS. The equipment purchases shall be restricted to laboratory equipment for the physical or biological sciences programs that would be used, though not exclusively, in the undergraduate laboratory courses. The expenditures are not necessarily made each year, but rather the net income is allowed to reinvest in the principal of the Fund until the principal reaches at least $30,000 in 2003 dollars adjusted for inflation. This fund is not yet fully funded (it has not reached $30,000). Your investment could make the difference.

The Learning Hub

The UIS Learning Hub offers free help to students interested in improving their academic skills through both faculty and through a peer tutoring program.

Maria Mootry Writing Awards Fund

Writing award in memory of Maria Mootry, UIS associate professor in African American Studies and English, who died in 2000 and published 5 books and other works. 

Speech and Debate Team

Funds events that the Speech and Debate team budget cannot fund because of cost or restrictions, including national tournaments, international tournaments, forensics workshops and campus event.

Scholarship Funds

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Scholarship Fund

This fund collects scholarship funds for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Once the fund reaches a threshold level it will be given as a scholarship to students in the college.

Pete Corso Scholarship Fund

Given to a student in the College of Education and Human Services or the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, with preference given to a student from Christian County, Illinois. For many years, Pete Corso worked at the Christian County Mental Health Association, where he became known for his empathy as he worked with both clients and staff. Through this scholarship, raised in his honor by his friends and colleagues, his influence will continue. Please add your gifts to this scholarship.

Malcolm and Amy Levin Scholarship in Memory of Cynthlia S. Levin Fund

In an effort to convey the pride and passion felt for the institution of UIS, Emeritus Faculty Malcolm Levin established the Cynthia S. Levin Memorial Scholarship in memory of his wife who, along with himself, wanted to make a difference in the lives of students. Before her death in 1996 at age 42, Mrs. Levin was executive director of the Dana-Thomas House Foundation in Springfield, a Frank Lloyd-Wright architectural marvel. The scholarship is for graduate students pursuing a degree in liberal arts & sciences. Preference is given to non-traditional females aged 30 and over who have had their education interrupted. Applicants must also be actively engaged in serving society.

Madeline Roy Memorial Scholarship Fund

This scholarship will support undergraduate scholarships for students in the Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science program in the Department of Allied Health in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Recipients shall have a “B” average to qualify. Scholarships shall be renewable for students who remain in good academic standing and make progress towards their degrees. The scholarship shall be awarded to one student per year and shall be at least $1,000. 

William and Mary Schnirring Scholarship Fund

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.)

Other Options

Not interested in any of the funds above? Then you can create your own named scholarship—either a current use scholarship or an endowed scholarship—that targets the students you specify in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. As the principle donor of this new scholarship, you would get to name the fund and establish the selection criteria.


We welcome your inquiries. Please feel free to contact us.