Scholarship Award Winners
Illinois Students Continue to Shine.
Illinois students continue to shine.
Illinois students continue to shine. A record tying 16 Illini earned Fulbright grants (30% of our pool) and another 6 students were named Fulbright alternates. All 3 of our Boren applicants won Boren Scholarships, and in the Udall Scholarship competition, we had both a recipient and an honorable mention. This years award recipients also included a Goldwater, Schwarzman, and Truman Scholar. An Illinois applicant was named a Rhodes finalist, and 4 students were awarded Critical Language Scholarships. Further, a robust 24 students (80% of our applicants) received Gilman Scholarships.
2021 saw a record number of University of Illinois students applying for various awards, and the recipient numbers mirrored that: a Knight-Hennessy Scholar (76 of 8,000), Rhodes Scholar, Beinecke Scholar (16 from 135 nominating institutions), five Critical Language Scholars, and a Boren Scholar. Ten of our eleven Gilman applicants earned a scholarship, and we also had a student named a Udall Honorable Mention. Moreover, for the first time since 2005, all four of our nominated students received Goldwater Scholarships. In the Fulbright competition, 37 of our record 69 applicants were named finalists; among them three were named alternates and nine offered grants in a year that nationally saw a drastic decrease in the number of Fulbright awards available.
15 Illinois students were offered Gilman Scholarships, ranking Illinois in the top 20 as far as number of recipients from the October 2021 award cycle.
Read about our scholar Omar Alshangiti
Once again, Illinois scholarship applicants showed a high level of success in various competitions. For the first time ever, two of our four nominees were named Udall Scholars in the same year. They are among the 37 awardees in the environmental category, from among the 359 young environmentalists nationally 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 nearly 40% of our 52 Fulbright applicants were either offered a grant or named an alternate, with 15 offered awards and 5 alternates. Also on the national stage, 2 Illinois students were named Goldwater Scholars. Finally, an Illinois candidate was named one of 145 Schwarzman Scholars from an international pool of 4,700 applicants. It's great to be an Illini!
Congratulations to the eight Illini who were named alternates or offered 2020 CLS Scholarships before parts of the program were either modified or cancelled due to Covid-19. They merit recognition!
Meral Aycicek, Arabic alternate
Audrey Dombro, Arabic alternate
Caleb Griffin, Arabic alternate
Mary Buchheit, Hindi (participated in online program)
Anabelle Clark, Mandarin (participated in online program)
Cullen O'Connor, Arabic
Melanie Rohla, Swahili
Buyandelger Tsetsengarid, Russian (participated in online program)