Thanks to the generosity of our many donors and supporters, the College of ACES is committed to providing financial support to recognize the hard work and accomplishments of our students, and administers many scholarships that are not specific to one major or option. More than 150 different scholarship funds are used to support hundreds of our current and incoming students, and these criteria-based scholarships are awarded on an annual basis.
Any student who is pursuing a major in the College of ACES during the academic year for which the scholarships apply is eligible to be considered. Current ACES students and on- or off-campus transfer students who will pursue a major in the College of ACES must submit the online general College of ACES scholarship application (see below) to be considered. Incoming freshmen are automatically considered for criteria-based scholarships, and do not have to submit the online application (their admissions application is used in place of the general College of ACES scholarship application).
The selection process occurs after the College of ACES scholarship application deadline (June 1 annually), and typically concludes in late July. Students are notified about their scholarship status in early August through email (to the U of I email address) and letters (to the permanent home address).
Recipients are selected on the basis of academic merit, as well meeting specific criteria, which could include such factors as county of residence, year in school, or career interest, to name a few examples. Most scholarship recipients have a grade point average of at least 3.0.
Current students who wish to be considered for criteria-based scholarships must submit the general College of ACES scholarship application every year (at the conclusion of their freshman, sophomore, and junior years).
Criteria-based College of ACES scholarships are not automatically renewable, but students may be eligible (depending on the scholarship criteria) to be considered for the same scholarship in multiple academic years, provided the student submits the general online College of ACES scholarship application.
The FAFSA is only required for students who wish to be considered for criteria-based non-renewable scholarships for which financial need is required. Please note that you must complete the FAFSA if you want to be considered for federal financial aid. More information is available through the Office of Student Financial Aid.
A listing of criteria-based College of ACES scholarships is available, which includes criteria used is selecting scholarship recipients. It is not necessary for students to apply for these scholarships individually, or to indicate the particular scholarships for which they want to be considered. The general online College of ACES scholarship application contains all of the information needed to match students with the scholarships for which they are eligible to be considered.
The next deadline to submit the application will be 11:59 p.m. on June 1, 2017. All applicants are encouraged to read the following important points about the application:
Please contact the ACES Academic Programs Office, 217-333-3380.