About the Program

Whitney M. Young, Jr.“Dreams are no novelty for any age, nor are they the unique possession of any individual.”

“Los sueños no son ninguna novedad para cualquier edad, tampoco ellos son la posesión de un solo individuo.”

The University of Illinois at Springfield awards a number of Whitney M. Young Graduate Fellowships to qualified students each year. The program is a memorial to the late Whitney M. Young Jr., former Executive Director of the National Urban league, educator, and activist.

The program is designed to help students achieve their educational and professional goals, and to complement their academic studies with research and/or service opportunities in public affairs or public policy.

The program also is aimed at helping the campus achieve a rich and diverse educational environment and increasing opportunities in graduate education for highly self-motivated students who are underrepresented in graduate study at UIS.

This includes, but is not limited to, ethnic/racial minorities, first generation college students, and students from disadvantaged backgrounds.