The Fred S. Bailey Scholarship awards over $100,000 in undergraduate financial aid to University of Illinois students who demonstrate a deep commitment to service and action.

Award Description

Undergraduate Awards

The Bailey Undergraduate awards are $3000 awards ($1500/semester) given each year to undergraduate students at the University of Illinois who have demonstrated positive impact and commitment as a result of service, community involvement, leadership, and action.

Leadership Awards

The Bailey Leadership Awards are $5000 awards ($2500/semester) given each year to four exceptional upcoming seniors who have made a demonstrated impact on the University of Illinois campus during their initial three years on campus in one or more of the following areas: Social Justice, Environment, Interfaith Cooperation, and Global Engagement. Students who have previously received a Bailey Scholarship and will graduate during the upcoming year may still apply, but a Bailey Leadership award and Bailey Scholarship cannot both be received in the same academic year.


Eligibility/Qualifications

All undergraduate students who will be enrolled at UIUC throughout the upcoming term are eligible to apply for an award of $3000. Students who have previously received an award may reapply for the scholarship each year but must demonstrate a continued commitment to service and/or activism, academic achievement, and personal development. All undergraduate students who will graduate during the upcoming academic year are automatically considered for the leadership award.  You do not need to fill out a separate application.

Decision Criteria

  • Qualified applicants will demonstrate positive impact as a result of service, community involvement, leadership, and action;
  • Qualified applicants will demonstrate awareness and critical thought about the pressing issues facing the world today;
  • Financial need and academic achievement will also be considered.

Application Timeline

November 7 - Applications for 2017-18 open online

February 18 - Application submission deadline

February 23- Reference letter submission deadline

April 30 - Applicants notified of decisions


Program Requirements

All first-time undergraduate scholars must participate in a minimum of 2 leadership workshops or retreats and two enrichment events during each semester.  These activities may be from a pre-approved list or may be arranged with approval of the Bailey Scholarship Director.

For a full list of pre-approved leadership and enrichment activities click here >>>

All returning scholarship recipients and leadership award recipients are required to plan and present a skill-based workshop on a topic of their choosing.   To prepare you, you are required to  attend two training workshops during the fall semester on “Developing Workshop Curriculum” and “Communications and Workshop Planning.”


Resources


Resources for Applicants

Financial Need Information Form

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FAQs

Online applications for undergraduate scholarship and leadership awards will be available beginning November 7. The deadline to submit an application for the scholarship and leadership awards is February 18.

Applicants will be notified in late April/early May as to whether or not they have been selected to receive a Bailey Scholarship.

You can request a copy of your official transcript from the U of I Office of the Registrar or check with your high school guidance counselor. If you are a current U of I student, you can order an electronic copy of your transcript and directly upload it to your application.

For more information, visit the Registrar Transcript Site. If your high school does not offer an electronic transcript option, use a scanner to create a pdf of your transcript or contact Kasey Umland, Bailey Scholarship Director at (217) 337-1514 for more options.

DON'T wait until the last minute. It takes the Office of the Registrar approximately 5 days to process your request. The YMCA will give a 10 day grace period after the deadline to receive transcripts but you don't want all of your hard work to be wasted because you did not order a transcript!

Yes, you may apply for a Bailey Scholarship even if you will not be enrolled in the spring.  However, the Bailey Scholarship award is divided amongst two semesters so you would only receive ½ of the total award possible (i.e. $1500 for one semester if you are chosen for a scholarship or $2500 if you are chosen for the Bailey Leadership award.

There is no minimum GPA required to be eligible as a Bailey Scholar or Fellow. However, academic achievement is considered in evaluating applications.

There is no income requirement to be eligible as a Bailey Fellow. However, financial need is considered in evaluating applications.

Bailey Readers are the volunteers responsible for selecting Bailey Scholars. They are made of University YMCA board members, Y alumni, community leaders and activists, and University of Illinois faculty and staff. To learn more about volunteer opportunities with the Bailey program, email bailey@universityymca.org or call (217) 337-1514.

A good reference should be familiar with your involvement and impact in your community. References can be an advisor, an instructor, a fellow organization member, a volunteer supervisor, a community leader, or anyone else who can speak to your character, passions, leadership, and how you are making a difference.

All undergraduate students who will graduate during the upcoming academic year are automatically considered for the leadership award.  You do not need to fill out a separate application.  

Students who received a Bailey Scholarship may reapply for the scholarship. If you plan to gradate during the upcoming year, you may also apply for a Bailey Leadership Award. For more information, contact Kasey Umland, Bailey Scholarship Director at baileyscholar@universityymca.org or call (217) 337-1514.