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 June. Students are notified about their scholarship status over the summer 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.
2020-2021 College of ACES Scholarship application is avaibable December 20 - February 10. All eligible students received an e-mail inviting them to participate on December 20, along with reminder e-mails every two weeks after until the final deadline of February 10 if a student hasn't completed the application. If you believe you are eligible and haven't received the e-mail, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for access. Awards will be announced over the summer.
Here is a pdf of the essay questions listed on the application if you prefer to work on the essays ahead of filling out the applicaiton.
Questions about the College of ACES scholarship program?
Please contact the ACES Academic Programs Office, 217-333-3380.