Scholarships at UIS

Where to Apply

To apply for the scholarships below, and others available, please go to Scholarships at Financial Aid. (PDF)

  • By spending only a few moments of your time to complete the application online, you may turn your time into money.
  • Over 169 scholarships are available and funds are awarded based upon a variety of criteria, including academic major, personal interests, community involvement and academic performance.
  • Completing the application will be time well spent.  Typically the scholarship deadline is mid-February for the following academic year. We encourage all students to apply as the scholarship opportunities are updated continually.  Continuing student are encouraged to reapply to be eligible for renewable scholarships.


Public Administration students are encouraged to apply for the following scholarships but not limited to:

Lee Frost-Kumpf Scholarship

The Lee Frost-Kumpf Scholarship was established in memory of the late UIS Political Studies faculty member, Lee Frost-Kumpf. Recipient must be pursuing a master’s degree in political studies or public administration.

Julia J. Henderson Award Fund

Dr. Henderson, a distinguished academic and public servant, established the award fund in 1997 after visiting UIS at the invitation of Chancellor Naomi B. Lynn. The award of $2,250 is made annually in consideration of the ideals that Dr. Henderson personifies. They include support of forums to encourage intelligent discourse, support of controversial but important ideas, and concern for methods to improve the analysis and delivery of vital governmental services.

Maurice W. Scott Scholarship in Public Affairs Fund

The Maurice W. Scott Scholarship was established by family and friends to honor Maurice’s retirement as Executive Vice President from the Taxpayers’ Federation of Illinois after 30 years of service. He also helped in the establishment of the SSU campus.

Public Employee Retirement Research and Administration Scholarship

Presented annually by the Government Finance Officers Association to an outstanding candidate interested in pursuing a career in public pensions, for more on this and other aid click GFOA opportunities.

Harry S. Truman Scholarship

The Truman Scholarship is a $26,000 merit-based grant awarded to undergraduate students who wish financial support to attend graduate or professional school in preparation for careers in government. Candidates must attend an accredited U.S. college or university and be nominated by the institution’s Truman Faculty Representative (candidates MAY NOT apply directly), be U.S. citizens or U.S. nationals, complete an application and write a policy recommendation, be in the upper quarter of their junior class except for residents of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa or the Northern Marianas who must be in their senior class.

The Foundation seeks candidates who have extensive records of public and community service, are committed to careers in government or elsewhere in public service, and have outstanding leadership potential and communication skills. For more information please see the foundation website.