“We Dream, We Act” Scholarship

Sponsored by La Colectiva, a student organization at the University of Illinois that exists to address the challenges faced by the immigrant community within Champaign-Urbana. Their mission is to advocate social justice and change on behalf of all immigrants while simultaneously serving the community by fostering leadership and providing resources through grassroots initiatives. Applications are accepted in the spring.

Award:La Colectiva will be awarding two $500 scholarships.

Eligibility:Open to all DACA-eligible students at the University of Illinois -Urbana/Champaign. Must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 and demonstrate community involvement.

Scholarship Winners:Taking an active role in the community is important to La Colectiva scholarship recipients are expected to continue their community engagement following their recognition. In addition, the recipient must attend La Colectiva’s annual Scholarship Banquet in April 2018. Upon their selection, recipients will have the option to choose whether or not they want public recognition for their achievement. If the recipient chooses to publicize his/her achievement, he/ she will be honored during La Colectiva’s Scholarship Banquet.

Contact:  lacolectivarso@gmail.com

Campus Faculty Association Social Justice Scholarship

The Campus Faculty Association awards up to five $1000 scholarships for undergraduate students who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to social justice in the community.

Winners will be chosen on the basis of their commitment to social justice in the community. To be considered, an undergraduate must be currently enrolled as a student in good standing at the UIUC with at least one more semester of study before graduation. Preference will be given to students who will be involved in social justice activity during the period of the award.

Applications must include a curriculum vitae, a short (250 word) essay describing the student’s involvement in social justice work, and the name and contact information for one reference who can speak to the student’s record in this regard. Visit https://cfaillinois.org/ for more info on deadlines and availability.

Social justice efforts may take many forms, including volunteer and paid work. Although usually performed through the auspices of a non-profit organization, it may also involve a less formally structured activity. Whatever form it may take, such activity is not simply charity work but an effort that seeks to improve the living and working conditions for less advantaged members of the community in concrete and sustainable ways. Examples include work associated with: labor organization and strike support; patients’ rights; civil rights; housing assistance programs like Habitat for Humanity; food pantries and food delivery programs; incarcerated people’s rights and education; early childhood development programs; shelters for homeless people and battered women; and so on.

Please submit applications to campusfacultyassoc@gmail.com. All application materials should be submitted as a single .pdf file.

Udall Scholarship for Environmentalists and Native Americans

Calling all environmentalists! Calling students interested in Native American tribal affairs!

The Udall Scholarship awards $7,000 to sophomores or juniors committed to a career related to the environment *OR* to Native American sophomores or juniors interested in tribal policy or health care. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or U.S. permanent residents.

A successful applicant will have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and demonstrate leadership and a commitment to service. We are looking to nominate students who are taking action to address environmental concerns or concerns related to Native American tribal affairs. The University of Illinois may nominate up to six candidates for the award; if you are considering applying, join our information event:

**Two-Day Udall Information Event**

  • Thursday, November 9, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.—Information session & discussion with former Udall Scholar-This session will be held in Illini Union Bookstore bld. Rm 514.
  • Friday, November 10, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.—Workshop on how to craft a competitive Udall application-This session will be held in Illini Union Bookstore bld. Rm 514.

The campus deadline is 12pm noon, February 7, 2018.

Visit the Udall Scholarship page for more details, application instructions, and info about past U of I Udall recipients.

University YMCA Volunteer Leadership Awards

Each year, the University YMCA presents a variety of awards to recognize those individuals whose involvement positively impacts the Y and the Champaign-Urbana community. Recipients are honored for their commitment to the organization and mission of the University Y at the Annual Dinner in the spring and recognized on plaques found in Latzer Hall.

The awards given out by the University YMCA each year are:


Learn more or apply at universityymca.org/awards/

Steve Shoemaker Travel Fund

The Steve Shoemaker Travel Fund was established in 2008 to honor the years of leadership provided to the University YMCA by Steve Shoemaker. Steve retired in the summer of 2008 after serving as Executive Director of the Y for over 8 years. During his tenure, Steve noticed that students and staff often missed out on personal and professional development experiences due to financial limitations. This fund was established in his name to allow students the opportunity to travel to conferences and other events. If you have any questions, contact Kasey Umland, YMCA Program Director by email:kasey@universityymca.org, phone: 217.337.1514, or in person at the Y.