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Above: So many UIS students have financial need. Please help students achieve their dream of a degree.

Make a Difference for Students with Financial Need

Thank you for your interest in giving to scholarship funds for students with financial need. If you want to add your gift to one of the scholarships below, you can give safely online or by mail to our office.

Capital Scholars Foundation Scholarship

UIS admits a small number of highly qualified first-year college students into the Capital Scholars Honors Program, a four-year baccalaureate program that combines an integrated core of general education courses with study of a foreign language and any of UIS’ 20 undergraduate majors. The Capital Scholars Scholarship is one of the award-based components of the program. The scholarship currently grants awards at four scholarship levels, all of which are renewable for up to four years. “Capital Scholars” can receive a scholarship award for up to four years. All recipients must be full-time, residential students and maintain high academic merit to retain scholarship renewals for succeeding academic years of eligibility.

Chancellor Richard E. and Carolyn J. Ringeisen Scholarship

Alumni and friends gave gifts to establish this endowed scholarship fund in honor of the former chancellor and his wife, especially in recognition of their leadership. The fund will provide scholarships to undergraduate students with financial need who also maintain a high enough grade point average. Anyone can add to this fund at any time and in any amount.

Dunn Family Scholarship

When Sangamon State University alum Randy Dunn attended his daughter’s graduation from UIS in 2002, he deeply wished there had been some symbol of gratitude for UIS’ role in their generational accomplishments here. The result was the “Capital Steps” scholarship drive, a fundraising endeavor aimed at increasing the availability of merit and need-based scholarships at UIS, while providing ample recognition of participating donors who share a passion for UIS. The Dunn Family Scholarship was established by Randy as his way of giving back to the campus.

Mrs. Lee Ensel Scholarship

The Mrs. Lee Ensel Scholarship is established through the generosity of Eileen Ensel, wife of the late Lee Ensel, to help fund the education of a student in need. There is no other criteria involved.

Filipino Physicians of Illinois Scholarship

Awarded to a student with financial need, with preference given to minority students.

Ethel Gingold Scholarship Fund

Named Springfield’s Copley First Citizen in 2003, Ethel Gingold has been known as a champion for equality, justice, and civil rights. She cared deeply education, and about the University of Illinois Springfield in particular, so it’s hardly surprising that she created a scholarship at UIS. She wanted to help students with financial need who maintained a 3.5 grade point average. Always on the side of those who face struggles, Ethel added one more request: that preference be given to a student who has had to overcome a challenge while pursuing a degree.

Henry and Margaret Kirschner Scholarship

Banking pioneer, Henry Kirschner, began his financial career – fresh out of high school – on July 31, 1933 in the middle of the Great Depression. Yet hard work, vision and a love for people eventually brought Mr. Kirschner, founder of Town and Country Bank, into a realm of prominence. Through Kirschner, Springfield residents first experienced Saturday banking hours and drive-through windows for even more convenient banking. Established in 2004, the Henry and Margaret Kirschner Scholarship is awarded in the area of greatest scholarship need as determined by the university.

Leatherwood-Monson Family Scholarship

The Leatherwood-Monson Family Scholarship was established in 2005 to benefit a full-time UIS student who is a first-generation minority college student. To qualify, neither the parents nor grandparents of the applicant can have attended a four-year university. Applicants must also have a min. GPA of 2.5 or better. The L-MFS is a part of the Capital Steps scholarship drive, a fundraising endeavor aimed at increasing the availability of merit and need-based scholarships at UIS, while providing ample recognition to participating donors.

Organization of Asian Americans Scholarship

Awarded to a student with financial need; preference given to minority students.

Michael Owens Memorial Scholarship

Created for a student with financial need, with preference given to former or current patients of a St. Jude’s facility and secondarily to a student who has overcome a serious medical obstacle.

Louise Hartman Schewe Scholarship

Louise Hartman Schewe, a philanthropist and former teacher, is a long-time supporter of UIS and its mission to provide “an intellectually rich, collaborative and intimate learning environment for students.” In the spirit of the UIS mission, the Louise Hartman Schewe Scholarship is awarded to two undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need and academic merit.

William and Mary Schnirring Scholarship

As long-time supporters of the Springfield community, the William and Mary Schnirring Scholarship is a natural extension of the philanthropic history of the Schnirrings. Having served on many boards and committees, and receiving numerous honors and awards, Mr. Schnirring is also the CEO of Springfield Electric and a contributing member of Capital Steps is a fundraising endeavor aimed at increasing the availability of merit and need-based scholarships at UIS.

Springfield Electric Scholarship

As long-time supporter of the Springfield community, the Capital Steps – Springfield Electric Scholarship is a natural extension of the philanthropic history Mr. Bill Schnirring, CEO of Springfield Electric. Capital Steps is a fundraising endeavor aimed at increasing the availability of merit and need-based scholarships at UIS.

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