CHANCE Scholarships and Award Opportunities

Apply for CHANCE Scholarships - Until Sunday, April 25, 2021

Financial Assistance, Scholarships, and CHANCE Awards

The CHANCE Program provides guidance, information, and various resources to our students about the importance of understanding financial aid. You should make an appointment with a CHANCE Advisor to discuss your financial needs (however, walk-ins are accepted as well)!

In conjunction with corporate partners and various organizations, we offer a number of scholarships to both incoming freshmen and existing University of Illinois Chicago Students. Our goal is to support students who are studying in a variety of fields, and help them reach their academic endeavors to help " lessen the financial burden" of college expenses (for them and their family). 

Our scholarships require applicants to be actively engaged with our program by volunteering for various civic engagement and community outreach initiatives, attend our Success Series Workshops (both face-to-face and virtual), participate in various internships, and other on-and off-campus opportunities. Successful Awardees will be presented their scholarship during our Fall 2021 Virtual Scholarship Ceremony that is held during the month of August.

Recipients are chosen based on the overall judging criteria which includes the students GPA, demonstrated leadership within your community or on campus, being of good character, and responses to three-short essays.

To access our scholarship applications, please follow the below link that pertains to your current status.

2021 CHANCE Scholarship - Incoming Freshmen

2021 CHANCE Scholarship - Current Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, & Seniors

If you have any questions please contact Mr. Christian Gomez, CHANCE Scholarship Chair (cgomez26@uic.edu).

                             Our Available Scholarships and Awards

United Negro College Fund (UNCF)

o GPA of 2.75 or better on a 4.0 scale

o Students must be in one of the following majors: Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, or Computer Engineering

o Current UIC Student

 

ComEd Scholarship Award

o GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale

o Students must be in one of the following majors: Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, or Computer Engineering

o Current UIC Student

 

The CHANCE Program Scholarship

o Minimum 2.75 GPA

o All majors can apply

o Current UIC Student or Incoming Freshmen

 

William Everett Group Innovator Award

o GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale (Incoming Freshmen)

o GPA of 2.75 or better on a 4.0 scale (Current Undergrad Students)

o Students must be a Computer Science or Computer Engineering major.

o Current UIC Student or Incoming Freshmen

 

National Society for Black Engineers (NSBE)

o GPA of 2.75 or better on a 4.0 scale

o Students must be in one of the following majors: Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, or Computer Engineering

o Current UIC Student

 

Dr. Phyllis P. Hayes Legacy Award

o GPA of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale

o Have successfully completed 15 credit hours

o Students must be in the College of Education and Liberal Arts and Sciences

o Current UIC Student

 

Digital Scholars

o GPA of 2.75 or better on a 4.0 scale

o Students must be a Computer Science major

o Incoming Freshmen

 

Scholarship Information and other Financial Assistance Matters

Campus-Wide Financial Aid Resources

A list of campus-wide financial aid resources can be found below.

The UIC Office of Scholarships assists current UIC undergraduate and professional school students. Students with a valid UIC email account, netid and password are encouraged to visit UIC SnAP at https://uic.academicworks.com to complete and submit a General Application for the academic year (a new General Application is required each year). It is important to note that communications such as application alerts, submission confirmations and reminder messages from UIC SnAP transmit to UIC email accounts.

In addition to campus scholarship opportunities, students are encouraged to explore external scholarship opportunities provided by private businesses, foundations and organizations. Additional resources can be found on the website at: https://scholarships.uic.edu. Students can also visit this website to subscribe to the UIC Scholarships Mailing List.

The Office of External Fellowships (OEF), provides extensive advisement and assistance to current UIC undergraduate and professional school students, and to recent alumni, in finding and applying for nationally- and internationally competitive fellowships, scholarships, and grants. Additional resources can be found on the website at: https://oef.uic.edu/ Students can visit this website to subscribe to the Office of External Fellowships Mailing List.

UIC is deeply committed to fostering an inclusive environment for students of diverse backgrounds including undocumented students. We take seriously our public mission and land-grant commitment to not only expand educational pathways for undocumented students, but also to ensure that they have high-quality educational experiences. The Office of Diversity promotes greater awareness and understanding of undocumented students’ experiences (while maintaining the confidentiality of individuals) and develops campus responses and processes to address their needs related to academic success.

For students who are undocumented or from mixed immigration status families, we have a range of resources and services to help. For instance, UIC Dream provides information to current and prospective students and their families regarding residency for in-state tuition and enrollment.

The U and I Care Emergency Fund is made possible through the partnership between the Office of the Dean of Students & Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships. The U and I Care Fund provides temporary, short-term financial assistance  to currently enrolled students who are unable to meet essential expenses due to a temporary or unexpected hardship. This emergency funding program is designed to offer financial assistance to students in the form of one-time awards. Emergency funding is NOT intended to provide ongoing relief for recurring expenses. Decisions regarding disbursement of funds are made on a case-by-case basis.