Money for You? Why not apply for a privately funded scholarship this year?

Above: Dr. Denise Bockmier-Sommers, an associate professor in the Social Service Administration (SSA) concentration (an online program) with the Human Services Department has created a scholarship for her students whom she "cares deeply about."
Above: Dr. Denise Bockmier-Sommers, an associate professor in the Social Service Administration (SSA) concentration (an online program) with the Human Services Department has created a scholarship for her students whom she “cares deeply about.”

UIS awarded approximately 169 privately funded scholarships worth more than $400,000 to students prior to the 2015-16 academic year.

Privately funded scholarships have been created by generous donors who want to help students afford college.

In all, 616 students applied for these scholarships. Of these, 69 identified themselves as online students. There could have been more; 60 applicants did not indicate whether they are on campus or online.

Few Online Students Apply

Even if all 129 students are online, this means that only 8% of the 1597 UIS students who take only online classes applied for a scholarship. Next year, why not send in your own application?

The application for next year will be available around December 1, and the application deadline is in mid-February. You can find more information at the Financial Aid Scholarship Opportunities website.

Most scholarships can be given to either online or on ground students. Currently, only two scholarships are designated for ONLY online students: the Grace Brorstrom Oakley Scholarship and the Leadership in Human Services Scholarship.

UIS hopes that in the future online alumni will create their own named scholarship funds to help online students afford their education. Online students need financial assistance, too!

Infographic on UIS student scholarships, summarized from article text.
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