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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 of several scholarship opportunities. Please read below for more information. If you are interested, please be sure to submit the requested information NO LATER than October 18th, 2019, 5:00 PM.

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

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 $2,000 scholarship credited to his or her 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
  3. One letter of recommendation (preferably from an instructor)

Application materials must be submitted electronically and must be submitted by OCTOBER 18th, 2019, 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 $2000 scholarship credited to his or her 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
  3. One letter of recommendation (preferably from an instructor)

Application materials must be submitted electronically and must be submitted by OCTOBER 18th, 2019, 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 $1,250 award.

To apply for this award, please submit the following:

  1. Current resume
  2. Brief statement of career goals and interest in multicultural issues
  3. Brief statement of financial need (items b and c can be combined)
  4. Letter of recommendation from your advisor or a faculty member who is knowledgeable of your academic performance and career goals

Application materials must be submitted electronically. Applications must be submitted by OCTOBER 18th, 2019, 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 1) residents of the Rockford area and 2) current juniors enrolled in the College of Applied Health Sciences. Preference is given to those who can demonstrate financial need. This $1,000 award will be credited to the student account in the Fall term. The selected recipient will receive an additional $1,000 during his or her 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
  3. One letter of recommendation (preferably from an instructor)

Application materials must be submitted electronically. Applications must be submitted by OCTOBER 18th, 2019, 5:00 PM, to receive consideration.

CAREER DEVELOPMENT & LEADERSHIP AWARDS (CDLA)

This Fall we will be awarding a maximum of 5 CDLA awards ($1,000 each) to support students who wish to study abroad. Both faculty-led and traditional semester experiences are available/supportable.

To apply for this award, please submit the following:

  1. Resume
  2. Brief essay (500 words or less) addressing the following: 1) How this experience will help you achieve your personal AND professional goals (be explicit in stating these goals), 2) statement of financial need (if relevant), 3) any other information the committee should know that may support your request

Application materials must be submitted electronically and are due on OCTOBER 18th, 2019, 5:00 PM.

THE INSTITUTE BY LEADERSHAPE

The Instituteby LeaderShape® is a nationally-recognized six-day, five-night, leadership development program for undergraduate students that takes place January 12-17, 2020 at Allerton Park in Monticello, IL. Apply to participate in The Institute to build community with fellow Illinois students and cultivate valuable leadership skills. Dynamic, challenging, and exciting, the program is intended to produce a breakthrough in the leadership capacity of participants—benefiting them individually, as well as their respective communities and the organizations they will go on to lead and serve in the future. This year, the College of Applied Health Sciences will be supporting up to five (5) students as they embark on this journey to develop their leadership abilities. For more information about the program, contact the Illinois Leadership Center® at leadership@illinois.edu or (217) 333-0604.

**PLEASE NOTE: ALL AHS STUDENTS APPLYING TO PARTICIPATE IN THE INSTITUTE MUST SUBMIT THEIR APPLICATION NO LATER THAN OCTOBER 28th, 2019. Preference will be given to freshmen, sophomores and juniors.

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 essay.