Funding Opportunities

Community engagement has a number of additional benefits, including opportunities to apply for scholarships, fellowships, and other funding sources.

The following lists provide information for both internal and external funding opportunities for We CU students involved in community service activities. Please be sure to visit the links for the most up-to-date information about each funding opportunity. Need assistance with aspects of your application? The Illinois Writers Workshop, the National and International Scholarships Program, and the Graduate College External Fellowship Office are all available to help students build strong applications.

Internal opportunities

Name Type Application Period Amount
University YMCA - Bailey Undergraduate Award scholarship Fall $4,000
University YMCA - Bailey Leadership Award scholarship Fall $6,000
Kiely Scholarship Award scholarship Spring $12,000
Global Focus Award scholarship Fall $4,000
Yvonne Gilmore Scholarship in Social Work scholarship Fall $5,000
John K. Gibson and Nancy L. White-Gibson Scholarship in Social Work scholarship Fall $500
Jonathan Baldwin Turner Scholarship (College of ACES)  scholarship Fall $2,500 – $3,000

External opportunities

Name Type Application Period Amount
Steven J. Brady Stop Hunger Scholarship scholarship Fall $7,500
(+$5,000 for charity)
Harry S. Truman Scholarship scholarship Fall $30,000
James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program   fellowship Fall $45,000
Udall Undergraduate Scholarship scholarship Fall $7,000
Disabled American Veterans Jesse Brown Memorial Youth Scholarship  scholarship Fall/Winter $5,000 – 30,000
Samuel Huntington Public Service Award  award Fall/Winter $30,000
Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship fellowship Rolling (see website) $3,500/month