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President's Award Program

The President's Award Program (PAP) is the most prestigious scholarship given by the University of Illinois for newly admitted incoming freshmen. The PAP award is merit-based and starts at $5,000 per year for a maximum of four years (eight semesters). Scholarship consideration is based on a combination of factors including high school record, standardized test scores and a comprehensive review of all application materials. Additionally, candidates must be from one from the following: (a) a historically underrepresented group, (b) a low-sending Illinois county to the University of Illinois or (c) a family that is not expected to contribute to the cost of their dependent student's education as verified through the financial aid application process. Additional information is available via the Office of Degree Progress.

Other Institutional Scholarships

The University of Illinois at Chicago offers a range of different scholarship resources for incoming, transfer and continuing students. The OSFA does not award merit based scholarships. Some sources of scholarships are the Office of Special Scholarship Programs, the Scholarship Association for UIC and the specific college in which you are pursuing your degree.

Prospective Undergraduate Students

To be considered for most university scholarships and awards, incoming students need only complete the main UIC admission application; no additional steps are necessary. Your UIC application is then reviewed to determine which awards, if any, fit you. Students interested in applying to the Honors College, however, must complete an additional application for admission and consideration for their scholarships.

Transfer Undergraduate Students

Students who have transferred to UIC may be eligible for the Transfer Merit Tuition Award or Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship once they are enrolled at UIC. Membership in Phi Theta Kappa is required for that award. Eligible students are contacted during the fall semester with application and deadline information.

Continuing Undergraduate Students

Scholarships are available to students already taking classes at UIC from a range of different sources on campus and off campus organizations. The Office of Special Scholarship Programs maintains a comprehensive list of awards offered through UIC colleges, departments and organizations.

Current students and alumni with questions about or seeking support for applying for nationally competitive awards, such as the Goldwater, Truman, Fulbright, NSF, Gates Cambridge and NSEP, can find out more about those awards, including support services offered to applicants, by contacting the Office of Special Scholarship Programs.

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