Donor-Funded Institutional Scholarships

The application for our donor-funded scholarships will open on Wednesday, November 1st.  One application is used to apply for various scholarships- including Global Studies, Music, Visual Arts, Theatre, Athletics and more!  A variety of student populations can apply.  This includes first-time freshmen, continuing, transfer, international, online, and graduate students.  The link to access this application is:  UIS Institutional Scholarship Application.  Students need a NetID and password to login to the application.   

Students will have until February 16th at 12:00pm CST (noon) to apply. Students should anticipate spending about 30-45 minutes to complete their application.  This estimated time frame does not include the narrative and upload portions.

Please note that it is highly recommended that all students eligible to complete the FAFSA should submit the application prior to the scholarship deadline, if possible. Aside from other aid eligibility, many scholarships consider whether the student has financial need.

Each year, hundreds of scholarships are available through our university alumni and friends.  It is through their kindness and generosity that this funding assistance is possible.  Just over $830,000 was awarded to almost 300 UIS students for the 2023-2024 academic year! 

November 1 Scholarship Application Available
February 16 (noon) Scholarship Application Deadline
February/MarchComplete the FAFSA® or Illinois Alternative Application (if applicable)
Late Spring/Early Summer Acceptance e-mail notifications to recipients on an ongoing basis
  • Scholarship application assistance from the Learning Hub is available here and includes guidance on how to write your personal essay or narrative.
  • Any student that is selected for a donor-funded scholarship will be required to write a Thank You Letter. This letter must be submitted and processed through the Office of Financial Assistance before the funds are applied to the student's account. Thank you Letter Guidelines
amounts vary
February 15 each year