Applied Health Sciences Alumni
Ensuring a bright future for AHS
AHS alumni carry the Illini and AHS spirit with them wherever they go, sharing a strong desire to use their talents, skills, and knowledge to improve the lives of others. We at AHS are always thrilled and honored when we learn of our alumni’s game-changing work.
Engage with AHS
When you engage with the College of Applied Health Sciences you help to make it possible for us to offer scholarships to students who need them, provide career changing internships, build state-of-the-art learning environments, and expedite the next generation of innovation. Giving back, in any way, allows our students to stand on the shoulders of those that came before them, just as you did.
How can you engage?
The College of Applied Health Sciences is committed to academic work and innovation that improves the quality of life for all people throughout the lifespan. The financial investments of our graduates ensures that we will be able to prepare current and future generations of students to provide this life-changing care and find solutions to tomorrow's health concerns.
Talents & Time
Over the years, it has become clear that students value input and guidance from someone who works in their desired field and has been where they are today. We love it when our alumni return to campus to share their industry expertise, provide career guidance, mentor students, or partner with our faculty in research.
Sponsor an Internship
Is your business or employer looking for top-notch interns? You can give back to the College of Applied Health Sciences at Illinois by providing exciting internship opportunities for some of the most sought-after students in the country.
Be an evangelist
Finally, one of the most important things you can do to engage with AHS is to be an evangelist. This can be something as simple as wearing your Illini Orange and Blue on Friday’s or encouraging someone you know to consider an AHS graduate or undergraduate program. Evangelists honestly share about their experience while here at Illinois and the lasting impact it has had on their life.
AHS Distinguished Alumni Award
The Distinguished Alumni Award was established in 2007 to celebrate the diverse achievements of alumni of the College of Applied Health Sciences. The award recognizes high levels of professional and personal success that results in national or international renown.
Harold Scharper Award
Harold Scharper was the first paraplegic to attend the University of Illinois. Following his death in 1950, the members of Delta Sigma Omicron (Disabled Student Organization) and friends established the Harold Scharper Achievement and Service/Humanitarian Awards in his memory. In 2012, these awards were merged into one award. This award commemorates his contributions to the early development of the Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services, and the opportunities which now exist on the University campus for the education of persons with disabilities. This award is a tribute to the example he set for others with disabilities, and is given in recognition of his preference that the unselfish achievements and services of others be recognized above all other things.
Young Alumni Award
The Young Alumni Award was established in 2021 to recognize a graduate of the College of Applied Health Sciences who has achieved early success in their profession. The award recognizes leadership, community engagement, and contributions of time and talent to the university. The recipient must be thirty five (35) years of age or younger during the calendar year in which they receive the award.