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Undergraduate Affairs

College Scholarships and Awards

The College of Applied Health Sciences would like to invite you to apply for one (or more) of several scholarship opportunities. Please read below for more information including scholarship application deadlines.

All of the following awards and scholarships are college-level AHS awards and scholarships. For more information about program or department level scholarships you can navigate to your program or department scholarship and awards page.

JERRY D. BURNAM STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP

Dr. Jerry Burnam held the position of Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for many years in the College of Applied Health Sciences and retired in 2000. This scholarship is designated for AHS students who are transferring (or transferred) to the college from another institution of higher learning or from another college within the University of Illinois. Preference is given to students who are first generation, have a history of volunteerism and community service, participated in the U.S. military or ROTC, or graduated from an Illinois high school in a “low sending” county. The scholarship recipient will receive a $1,500 scholarship credited to their student account. This year a maximum of two scholarships will be awarded.

To apply for this award, please submit the following:

  1. Resume including high school attended
  2. A statement addressing your career interests, current major, and financial need (500 words or less)
  3. One letter of recommendation, preferably from an instructor (NOTE: After confirming a person to write the letter, you will submit the name/netid of the person who will upload your letter of recommendation online.)

Application materials must be submitted electronically and must be submitted by OCTOBER 23rd, 2020, 5:00 PM to receive consideration.

RALPH GEESEMAN SCHOLARSHIP FOR VETERANS

Ralph Geeseman provided 39 years of service to the University of Illinois Department of Kinesiology. He was proud of his service to the College but also to his service in the United States Navy. This scholarship was created to support AHS students who are affiliated directly – or indirectly – with those serving our country through the U.S. Military. Applicants must be undergraduate students currently enrolled in the College of Applied Health Sciences who have either served in or are training for a branch of the US Military, or who are dependents of active members of the military. Preference is given to students enrolled in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health. The scholarship recipient will receive a $2,000 scholarship credited to their student account. This year a maximum of two scholarships will be awarded.

To apply for this award, please submit the following:

  1. Resume
  2. A statement addressing your career interests, current major, and financial need (500 words or less)
  3. One letter of recommendation, preferably from an instructor (NOTE: After confirming a person to write the letter, you will submit the name/netid of the person who will upload your letter of recommendation online.)

Application materials must be submitted electronically and must be submitted by OCTOBER 23rd, 2020, 5:00 PM, to receive consideration.

FLOYD AND ETTA MCAFEE AWARD

This award is given to an undergraduate who has a demonstrated interest in multicultural issues. The Floyd and Etta McAfee Award was created by the family of the late Col. McAfee, a 1956 U of I graduate in physical education, and Mrs. McAfee to honor their parents' commitment to education and to helping others reach their potential. Applicants must be undergraduate students currently enrolled in the College of Applied Health Sciences who have financial need. The selected student will receive a $1,500 award.

To apply for this award, please submit the following:

  1. Resume
  2. A statement addressing your career goals, interest in multicultural issues, and financial need (500 words or less)
  3. Letter of recommendation from your advisor or a faculty member who is knowledgeable of your academic performance and career goals (NOTE: After confirming a person to write the letter, you will submit the name/netid of the person who will upload your letter of recommendation online.)

Application materials must be submitted electronically. Applications must be submitted by OCTOBER 23rd, 2020, 5:00 PM, to receive consideration.

PETER J. AND ELLA MONTALEONE SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship honors Peter and Ella Montaleone, longtime residents of Rockford, IL who were strong advocates of education. This award is designated for academically talented students who are current juniors enrolled in the College of Applied Health Sciences. Preference is given to those who can demonstrate financial need. This $1,500 award will be credited to the student account in the Fall term. The selected recipient will receive an additional $1,500 during their senior year assuming adequate progress is being made toward the completion of the undergraduate degree.

To apply for this award, please submit the following:

  1. Resume
  2. A statement addressing your career interests, current major, and financial need (500 words or less)
  3. One letter of recommendation, preferably from an instructor (NOTE: After confirming a person to write the letter, you will submit the name/netid of the person who will upload your letter of recommendation online.)

Application materials must be submitted electronically. Applications must be submitted by OCTOBER 23, 2020, 5:00 PM, to receive consideration.

RONALD G. AND PATRICIA L. STOPKA SCHOLARSHIP

Ronald Stopka received his Bachelors (’62) and Masters of Science (’64) in Physical Education from the College of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Illinois. He and Patricia established this scholarship to support students in the College of Applied Health Sciences. Applicants must be undergraduate students currently enrolled in the College of Applied Health Sciences who have financial need. The scholarship recipient will receive a $1,000 scholarship credited to their student account.

DORIS STRICKLAND-COLLINS AND EDWARD W. COLLINS AWARD

The Doris Strickland-Collins and Edward W. Collins Award was established to enhance and promote academic excellence in the College of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Applicants must be undergraduate students currently enrolled in the College of Applied Health Sciences who have financial need. The award recipient will receive a $1,000 scholarship credited to their student account. This year a maximum of seven scholarships will be awarded.

The criteria for the Ronald G. and Patricia L. Stopka Scholarship and Doris Strickland-Collins and Edward W. Collins Award are the same. To be considered for both awards, please submit the following (just once):

  1. Resume
  2. Brief statement of career goals and financial need (500 words or less)
  3. Letter of recommendation from your advisor, instructor or faculty member who is knowledgeable of your academic performance and career goals (NOTE: After confirming a person to write the letter, you will submit the name/netid of the person who will upload your letter of recommendation online.)

Application materials must be submitted electronically. Applications must be submitted by OCTOBER 23, 2020, 5:00 PM, to receive consideration.

AHS Scholar Award and AHS Dean's Scholarship

These scholarships are awarded to top incoming freshmen and transfer students to the College of Applied Health Sciences. The number of awards given each year varies and is dependent upon the applicant pool. All incoming freshmen and transfer students are considered for this award based on a number of factors including academic performance, entrance exam scores (for freshmen), leadership experience, volunteer experience and admissions essay.