Scholarship Funds for Community Service and Leadership

Community Service and Leadership Scholarships
Above: Many students at UIS take part in volunteer service for the community.

Make a Difference for Students Who Demonstrate Community Service and Leadership

Thank you for your interest in giving to scholarship funds that highlight students with a commitment to community service and leadership throughout the campus. If you want to add your gift to one of the scholarships below, you can give safely online or by mail to our office. Thank you!

Board of Regents Scholarship

The Board of Regents (BOR) Scholarship is an endowment fund, established in April, 1996 by the Board of Regents, Regency Universities. The Scholarship is supported by donations to and from the Board of Regents in honor of current and past Board members. The endowment is meant to ensure perpetual scholarship opportunities in the name of the Board of Regents at the University of Illinois at Springfield. Recipients are chosen by the Chancellor, and applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 and demonstrated community involvement.

Homer L. and Paul C. Butler Memorial Scholarship

The Homer L. and Paul C. Butler Memorial Scholarship was established in honor of Homer Butler, a former Dean of Students, who died April 1, 1997 from a rare form of cancer. His son, Paul, preceded him in death in 1986 as a result of an automobile accident. Homer’s open, accessible and friendly style put people at ease and helped to make students feel a part of the campus community. Applicants for the scholarship must have clear career goals, potential leadership, and integrity.

Leroy Jordan Social Justice Scholarship

Leroy Jordan The Leroy Jordan Social Justice Scholarship was created to honor SSU/UIS alum who served this university, the city of Springfield and the State of Illinois to promote and model social justice. Mr. Jordan, an Illinois native, was the first black male elementary school teacher in Springfield and continued to work on educational equality on the District 186 school board, serving as President during the court ordered desegregation and retiring as Assistant Superintendent. He was the only academic African American Dean at SSU and promoted equality as Assistant VP. He works with community and religious groups around issues of race, class, gender and age. Fittingly, this scholarship, donated by a former colleague, will be given to students interested in social justice and community service.

Jon and Stacey Lee Current-Use Scholarship Fund

This scholarship was created with a preference for female single parents who are involved in community service.

Rebekha Scott Servant Leaders Endowed Scholarship Fund

Rebekha ScottBekha Scott was 13 when she was diagnosed with a rare disease called neurofibromatosis (NF2) which caused tumors to grow on her nerves. She continued schooling without breaks despite having 11 major surgeries including four brain surgeries and seven spinal surgeries. She passed away on April 2, 2016, when she was almost 26. During her life, Bekha was especially interested and committed to serving others. While earning a degree at UIS in social work, for example, she became the President of the UIS Alpha Eta Delta Chapter of the Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity, presiding over meetings, encouraging leadership development among members through team building and training, overseeing many chapter events and participating in many volunteer activities. In 2012, she was chosen to be the chapter’s voting delegate at the 2012 National Conference, and in 2013, she received the Distinguished Service Key. In Peoria, her home, Bekha worked as a peer listener at the Peoria Illinois Community Crisis Center and as a program assistant and earlier as a camp counselor at the Heart of Illinois Special Recreation Association in Peoria. The scholarship created and named in Bekha’s honor will be awarded to a student with demonstrated financial need. Special preference will be given to students involved in a community service organization or fraternity through the UIS Office of Volunteer and Civic Engagement. Read more of Bekha’s moving story, including quotes from her diary, here.

University of Illinois Alumni Association Scholarship

The University of Illinois Alumni Association Scholarship is funded annually by U of I’s Alumni Association. The scholarship is given to an undergraduate who has demonstrated noteworthy leadership through civic, social or professional activities.


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