The University Scholarship is awarded to new freshmen from traditionally underrepresented groups or first-generation college students. Freshmen who meet the criteria for the University Scholarship and apply for admission during our preferred filing period of September 1 - November 15 will be invited to apply for this award.
3.0+ cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale
1200+ SAT or
Apply to the University by November 15
Submit your scholarship application--we'll invite you to apply if you're eligible
Select candidates will be invited to campus to interview
Recent University Scholars have had an average SAT of 1300 (or an ACT of 28) and an average cumulative GPA of 3.95 or above on a 4.0 scale. Award winners are announced mid-March.
Not selected? Students who complete the application process but are not selected will automatically be offered a Redbird Academic Scholarship.
Beyond providing a very generous scholarship, the University Scholars Program has aided me in several ways to achieve my goals during my first year of college.
To apply for any of the scholarships listed that you are eligible for, submit your application for admission to Illinois State University. It's that easy!