Reaching Stellar through Scholarships

Scholarship Luncheon

From You to Students With Need

The simplest way to provide scholarship help to students is to contribute to the UIS Scholarship Fund. This fund collects gifts of all sizes from many donors and the total is then divided and given to qualified students with financial need.

Create Your Own Named Scholarship

When you create your own named scholarship fund, you’ll be joining over 100 generous alumni and donors who each year are making a difference in the lives of our students and in their futures. We have several possibilities to offer you, with information on each.

  • Endowed Scholarships
    These are the most powerful scholarship funds because they create scholarships year after year. Interest from your gift funds the scholarships; the principle remains. A minimum of $25,000 creates an endowed scholarship.
  • Current-Use Scholarships
    These are very nimble scholarships because you fund them for only one year at a cost of $1000 (or $84/month). You still get to name the scholarship and decide the kind of student who will receive the scholarship.

For more information on creating your own scholarship, please contact the UIS Office of Advancement at 217.206.6058 or by email at

You can also give to an already existing UIS scholarship by making a gift to any of these scholarship funds.

A Brief Look at Why Students Need Scholarships

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A Story of UIS and Scholarships

Bekha ScottBekha Scott | Driven to Serve

At age 13, UIS alum Bekha Scott was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis (NF2) which caused tumors to grow on her nerves. Despite physical problems, Bekha always contended that she was not disabled. “I just have a body that doesn’t work,” she said.

According to her mother, Jennifer Williams, Bekha’s time at UIS “was an amazing experience for her.” Because of her strong commitment to helping others, Bekha served as president of the UIS Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity at UIS, and in 2013 received the Distinguished Service Key. She graduated with BS in social work in 2014.

In 2016, when she was 25, Bekha passed away. In honor of Bekha’s indomitable spirit, her family established the Rebekha Scott Servant Leaders Scholarship at UIS in 2018. “Honestly,” her mother says, “it’s just something Bekha would do. That’s why we did it.”