Dads Association Scholarship

Dads Association Scholarship

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Dads Association Scholarship Application


One of the primary purposes of The Dads Association at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is to support Illini students in the pursuit of their academic goals. To that end, The Dads Association awards six $2,000 scholarships annually to students who show both merit and need.


Please note that due to funding issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Illini Dads Association may have to either reduce the amounts awarded in grants or scholarships this year or cancel the programs altogether. Nonetheless, we strongly encourage you to apply, and will notify you of any changes to this year's programs.

To apply for one of these scholarships a student must submit the following before the deadline:


To be eligible for an Illini Dads Association scholarship, you must:

  • be a full time (12 or more credit hours per semester) undergraduate student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,
  • have an application for financial assistance on file with the Office of Financial Aid, and
  • complete and submit the scholarship application.


To apply for one of these scholarships you must submit the following by November 22, 2020:

  1. Identifying information (page 1),
  2. Responses to the essay questions (page 2),
  3. The financial need questions (page 3).


The deadline to submit an application is November 22, 2020.

The Dads Association will not consider incomplete applications. Be sure that you’ve answered each question completely and accurately.

In compliance with FERPA, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 as amended, information held by your school may not be released to a third party without written permission. The University of Illinois Dads Association will not ask for any information that you have not willingly provided via this application. However, the following information will be verified by the Student Financial Aid Office at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to confirm your eligibility:

  • Confirmation that you are enrolled as a full-time student (minimum 12 credit hours),
  • Financial Aid information, including unmet need,
  • Any other reasonable information concerning your college attendance for which the Dads Association needs clarification.

If you have questions, contact the Illini Union Parent and Family Programs Office at or (217) 333-7063.

Scholarship Applicant Information