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Schwarzman Scholar

Katie Pollman is a Schwarzman Scholar.

Schwarzman Scholar Katie Pollman
Knight-Hennessy Scholar

Sriya Chitti selected as a Knight-Hennessy Scholar.

National Recognition

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

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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.

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

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 six in the past ten years.

Illinois students have earned Goldwater Scholarships at a 70% clip (20% of nominees nationally awarded), including all four of our nominees in 2021.

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

Illinois students have earned Udall Scholarships or Honorable Mention for 10 of the past 11 years, including two recipients in 2020.

In 2020, two of our student were among the 37 Udall Scholarship environmental awardees from the 359 students nominated. In the Boren Scholarship competition, 4 of our 8 applicants received the award, and 2 others were named alternates. In the student Fulbright competition 14 Illinois students were offered awards and 6 named alternates. Further, two Illinois students were named Goldwater Scholars, and an Illinois candidate was named one of 145 Schwarzman Scholars from an international pool of 4,700 applicants.