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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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
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.
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 for Applicants
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!