The University Scholarship is awarded to academically talented, new freshman students from traditionally underrepresented groups or first-generation college students who have overcome hardship in achieving their academic goals.
University Scholars receive a minimum $6,000 annual award, renewable for up to four years. Award amounts are determined by the competitiveness of the applicant pool and review of the scholarship applications. To be considered for this award, you must complete your application for admission during the preferred filing period (September 1–November 15).
The minimum credentials to compete for the University Scholarship are an ACT score of at least 25 (or equivalent SAT) and a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.4 on a 4.0 scale. The Office of Admissions will contact eligible applicants between October and December with the scholarship application process, at which time the scholarship application form will be supplied.
All complete scholarship applications will be reviewed by the Scholarship Committee. Although important information will be mailed to your home address, please also check your email regularly for updates. The email address submitted on your scholarship application will be the one used for communications.
Students who complete the application process for the University Scholarship but are not offered the award will be automatically offered a Redbird Academic Scholarship, based on their academic credentials.
Recent University Scholars have had an average ACT score of 28 (or equivalent SAT) and an average cumulative GPA of 3.95 on a 4.0 scale. All University Scholarship applicants will be notified of their status no later than mid-March.
For more information on this scholarship, please contact the Office of Admissions at (309) 438-2181 or toll-free at (800) 366-2478 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.