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 Freshman do not need to submit this application. Their application for admission doubles as an application for scholarship.
The selection process occurs after the College of ACES scholarship application deadline, 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. Students must be in good academic standing to be selected for scholarships.
Yes, students who wish to be considered for scholarships must submit the general College of ACES scholarship application every year (at the conclusion of their freshman, sophomore, and junior years).
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 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 College of ACES scholarships is available, which includes criteria used in 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.
2019-2020 College of ACES Scholarship application coming soon! Continuing students will be notified by email when the scholarship application is available.
Please contact the ACES Academic Programs Office, 217-333-3380.