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Goldwater Scholars

All four University of Illinois nominees placed in the national Goldwater Scholarship competition. Congratulations!

Goldwater recipient Rebecca Wipfler in her lab
Schwarzman Scholar

Katie Pollman is a Schwarzman Scholar.

Schwarzman Scholar Katie Pollman
Knight-Hennessy Scholar

Leah Matchett selected into first cohort of Knight-Hennessy Scholars.

Rhodes Scholar

Thomas Dowling named Rhodes Scholar.

Thomas Dowling on the Illinois Quad
National Recognition

For the ninth time in ten years, the University of Illinois has been named a top producer of U.S. Student Fulbright Awards.

Fulbright seal for top producing institutions
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Our program administers nationally competitive awards for University of Illinois students and alumni. Opportunities include undergraduate and graduate study, research, and teaching—often in foreign countries. We also provide advice and feedback for candidates throughout the application process, helping you to become more competitive for scholarships.

Interested individuals—from freshmen to recent alumni—are encouraged to make an appointment to discuss these opportunities.  

In late March and early April, the National and International Scholarship Program also will be hosting online information sessions for undergraduate students across colleges and fields to learn about some nationally competitive scholarship opportunities.  We hope you will join us!

For juniors and seniors, or any students graduating before August 2021, we held online information sessions the week of March 23rd focusing on how to apply for June priority application deadlines, including many scholarships for study or research beginning in the fall of 2021. If you missed the sessions, you may find one recorded here.

For first and second year undergraduates, or any students graduating after August 2021, online sessions will be held the week of March 30th focusing on what you should be doing to strengthen your candidacy for various awards: If you missed the sessions, you may find one recorded here.

What's the National and International Scholarships Program?

The National and International Scholarships Program, often referred to affectionately as "Topscholars," assists University of Illinois students in making the most of their time at Illinois and applying for nationally competitive scholarships.

How we define winners

"Thank you for all you've done in helping shape who I am. I've had some of the most amazing experiences of my life thanks to you. I'm excited to see what's to come for me."

Scholarship Applicants

A dozen Illinois students earned Gilman Scholarships to study abroad in spring 2019, ranking Illinois among the top five in the country for the term.

Illinois students have earned more Churchill Scholarships than applicants from any other public university.


Illinois students have earned the second most Marshall Scholarships among public university students, including three in the past five years.

Illinois students have earned Goldwater Scholarships at a 70% clip (20% of nominees nationally awarded). 

Illinois students have earned Fulbright Scholarships ranking Illinois among the top producers of Fulbright Scholars for nine of the past ten years.

Illinois students have earned Udall Scholarships or Honorable Mention for eight of the past nine years.

In 2017-2018, Illinois students were named finalists in the Gates, Luce, Marshall, Schwarzman, and Truman competitions and were awarded Boren, Critical Languages, Fulbright, Goldwater, Knight-Hennessy, and Rhodes scholarships.