Funds That Support the Human Services Concentrations

Human Services 02Above: Gerontology is one of the four concentrations offered within the Department of Human Services. Graduates serve the fastest growing segment of society–people 80 and over.

Human Services Includes Four Concentrations

  • Alcohol and Substance Abuse: Currently the only certificate program in Central Illinois; students learn interview and intervention techniques that help them provide treatment to those with substance abuse problems.
  • Child and Family Services: Prepares graduates who can empower
    individuals and families to live healthier and more productive lives.
  • Gerontology: Enabling professionals to meet the biological, social, and psychological needs of people over 85 years of age–the fastest growing segment of our society; graduates work in hospitals, nursing homes, adult care homes, and other agencies.
  • Social Service Administration: Provides students with skills uniquely tailored to managing social service agencies.

Your gift in any amount to the funds below provide support for students. If you want to direct your gift to one program, please add a note in the Comment Box on the Online giving form (which you’ll reach through the Donate button).

Human Services Program 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.

Gerontology Funds

Gerontology Concentration Fund (providing general support for Gerontology

Oblinger Scholarship Fund

Income from this endowed fund is used for scholarships (loans or grants) for students pursuing a master’s degree in Human Services with preference to a student emphasizing or concentrating in Gerontology.

Cornelia S. Hodges Zonta Scholarship

The Zonta Club is an international organization known largely for its humanitarian aid, but originally for its care of the aging. Cornelia S. Hodges was a longtime member and supporter. The Cornelia S. Hodges Zonta Scholarship is awarded to a graduate student who plans to work in the field of Gerontology. Eligible applicants will have a minimum GPA 3.5 with demonstrated financial need. Preference is given to female applicants. Scholarship is renewable for one additional year.

Social Services Fund

Leadership Human Services Scholarship

Contributed by Dr. Denise Bockmier-Sommers, professor in the Human Services Department, this scholarship is for a graduate student in the College of Education and Human Services who is pursuing a Social Service Administration concentration. The recipient should have leadership qualities, with preference given to a student from an under-served population such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.

Substance Abuse Program Fund

Gifts to this fund will provided targeted support to the Alcohol Abuse Program. Your gift could be used to send students to conferences, purchase software or other beneficial equipment, test materals, or resources, or could help to bring special speakers or events to UIS.

Other Options

Not interested in any of the funds listed above? Then you can also create your own named scholarship fund—either a current use scholarship or an endowed scholarship—that targets the students you specify in the Human Services Department or any one of the four concentrations. As the principle donor of this new scholarship, you would get to name the fund and establish the selection criteria.


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