Thursday, September 7, 2017

UIS student awarded police scholarship to pursue criminal justice dreams

University of Illinois Springfield student Graciela Popoca, from Chicago, has been awarded a $2,000 Law Enforcement Education Program (LEEP) Dream Scholarship.

Popoca is a freshman at UIS pursuing a degree in criminology and criminal justice.

She said she chose UIS because she liked the smaller class size and opportunity to interact more with her professors.

Popoca is also a member of the Leadership for Life team and cannot wait to become involved in the community.

“I think what appealed to me from the campus was the number of clubs/organizations I could join, once I settled in,” she said. “I’m looking forward to volunteering in many organizations and hopefully getting a job on campus.”

As a student at Thomas Kelly High School, Popoca attended the Chicago Police and Firefighter Training Academy and served as an intern with the Englewood Police Department.

“The program helped me develop confidence, leadership and responsibility,” she said. “I plan to become a detective,” Popoca added that she wants to focus on abuse cases. “Everything I went through motivated me to pursue a career that will allow me to help women who are going through physical and mental abuse in their marriages.”

Popoca is one of 27 students nationwide to earn the LEEP scholarship, which encourages their pursuit of law enforcement/public safety careers.

“The LEEP scholarship helped me pay for my tuition at UIS. Without the scholarship it would have been difficult for me to attend a school far away from home,” said Popoca, who also received Key Club, Monterrey Security and Logan Scholarships.

“Once I get my bachelor’s degree and become a police officer, I will make a difference in the world,” she said.


Monday, August 28, 2017

Zong Rui Zhu of Pittsfield receives a $14,000 scholarship from the University of Illinois Springfield

Zong Rui Zhu of Pittsfield, a May 2017 graduate of Pittsfield High School, has been admitted to the University of Illinois Springfield and awarded a $14,000 Lincoln Scholarship for tuition over four years.

The scholarship is awarded based on GPA and ACT/SAT scores and can be renewed for a total of four years if the student maintains college GPA requirements.

He chose UIS because of its location and plans to major in computer science. He would eventually like to work in a technology firm as a programmer.

In high school, he was involved in Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE), math team and the student counsel. He also played on the basketball team.

All incoming UIS freshmen are eligible to apply for Lincoln Merit Scholarships. The amount awarded is based upon the incoming student’s ACT or SAT score. To receive $14,000 over four years, students must earn a 24 to a 26 on their ACT or a minimum of 1160 SAT and hold a minimum high school GPA of 3.5.

For more information on scholarships, contact the UIS Office of Financial Assistance at 217/206-6724 or email finaid@uis.edu. For a full list of scholarship opportunities, visit www.uis.edu/financialaid/scholarships/.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Ana Boza Martin of Spain admitted to the University of Illinois Springfield

Ana Boza Martin of Madrid, Spain, who recently graduated high school from Fomento Fundacion, has been admitted to the University of Illinois Springfield for the fall 2017 term.

At UIS, Martin will play on the UIS women’s tennis team and major in biochemistry. In high school, she was a member of a volunteer group and played on the tennis, volleyball and baseball teams.

She says she chose UIS because, “I like the study program, the tennis team and how much they want to improve and work hard in order to achieve their goals.”

Following graduation from UIS, she plans to earn a master’s degree and to find a job that she enjoys.

The University of Illinois Springfield is proud to be one of three universities in the world-class University of Illinois System. Over 5,000 students enroll each year at UIS seeking a U of I degree in the friendly learning environment of a smaller university. Located in the state capital, UIS has a special mission in public affairs and has produced thousands of leaders in the public, private, and non-profit sectors.

For more information on the University of Illinois Springfield, contact the Office of Admissions at 888/977-4847 or go online at www.uis.edu/admissions.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Daniel Salla of Topeka admitted to the University of Illinois Springfield

Daniel Salla of Topeka, a recent graduate of Midwest Central High School, has been admitted to the University of Illinois Springfield for the fall 2017 term.

At UIS, he will major in psychology. Following graduation, he plans to attend medical school to become a psychiatrist.

He says he chose UIS because “it’s a relatively small campus that's local to where I live and offers the program I was looking for.”

At Midwest Central High School, he was involved in the Environmental Science Club.

The University of Illinois Springfield is proud to be one of three universities in the world-class University of Illinois System. Over 5,000 students enroll each year at UIS seeking a U of I degree in the friendly learning environment of a smaller university. Located in the state capital, UIS has a special mission in public affairs and has produced thousands of leaders in the public, private, and non-profit sectors.

For more information on the University of Illinois Springfield, contact the Office of Admissions at 888/977-4847 or go online at www.uis.edu/admissions.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Bryce Thomas of Hawthorne Woods receives UIS Capital Scholars Honors Scholarship

Bryce Thomas, a recent graduate of Carmel Catholic High School, has been admitted to the University of Illinois Springfield and awarded a $20,000 Capital Scholars Honors Scholarship for tuition over 4 years.

The scholarship is awarded based on GPA and ACT/SAT scores and can be renewed for a total of four years if the student maintains college GPA requirements.

Thomas plans to pursue a degree in Political Science and hopes to someday work in politics in Springfield.

“UIS has the best tools to help me successfully navigate my major,” he said.

At Carmel Catholic High School, Thomas was involved in Youth and Government, Student Council, theatre, and served as senior class president.

The CAP Honors Program is a selective undergraduate program combining high standards and emphasis on excellence with a small residential college model, enrolling only about 100 first-year students each year. The program brings together intellectually strong students with talented, dedicated faculty to create a unique academic environment within the greater UIS community.

Capital Scholar Honors students participate in an interdisciplinary core curriculum designed to prepare students for their major and provide leadership opportunities.

In order to receive a $20,000 Capital Scholars Honors Scholarship, the student must earn a 24 to a 26 on their ACT or a minimum of 1160 SAT and hold a minimum high school GPA of 3.0.

For more information on scholarships, contact the UIS Office of Financial Assistance at 217/206-6724 or email finaid@uis.edu.

For a full list of scholarship opportunities visit www.uis.edu/financialaid/scholarships/.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Jocelyn Nelson of Olympia Fields receives a $10,000 scholarship from the University of Illinois Springfield

Jocelyn Nelson of Olympia Fields, a recent graduate of Marian Catholic High School, has been admitted to the University of Illinois Springfield and awarded a $10,000 Lincoln Scholarship for tuition over four years.

The scholarship is awarded based on GPA and ACT/SAT scores and can be renewed for a total of four years if the student maintains college GPA requirements.

At UIS, Nelson will major in biology with a focus in pre-medicine. She hopes to become a pediatric trauma doctor/surgeon.

“I chose UIS because of the small, close knit community,” she said. “When I toured UIS everyone I asked said they loved the school and the community.”

At Marian Catholic High School, Nelson was a member of the track and field team for four years and the cross country team for two years. She was involved in Generation Green, Girls Night Out (a female empowerment group), student council and Varsity Club.

All incoming UIS freshmen are eligible to apply for Lincoln Merit Scholarships. The amount awarded is based upon the incoming student’s ACT or SAT score. To receive $10,000 over four years, students must earn a 21 to a 23 on their ACT or a minimum of 1060 SAT and hold a minimum high school GPA of 3.0.

For more information on scholarships, contact the UIS Office of Financial Assistance at 217/206-6724 or email finaid@uis.edu. For a full list of scholarship opportunities, visit www.uis.edu/financialaid/scholarships/.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Quentin Reese receives a $12,000 University of Illinois Springfield scholarship

Quentin Reese of Las Cruces, New Mexico, a senior at Centennial High School, has been admitted to the University of Illinois Springfield and awarded a $12,000 Lincoln Scholarship for tuition over four years.

The scholarship is awarded based on GPA and ACT/SAT scores and can be renewed for a total of four years if the student maintains college GPA requirements.

At UIS, Reese plans to major in sports management and play on the UIS Prairie Stars NCAA Division II men’s soccer team.

“I'm choosing UIS because this was the best option to play soccer while getting an education,” he said.

Following graduation, he plans to play soccer in a professional setting and eventually work in the sports management field.

All incoming UIS freshmen are eligible to apply for Lincoln Merit Scholarships. The amount awarded is based upon the incoming student’s ACT or SAT score. To receive $12,000 over four years, students must earn a 21 to a 23 on their ACT or a minimum of 1060 SAT and hold a minimum high school GPA of 3.5.

For more information on scholarships, contact the UIS Office of Financial Assistance at 217/206-6724 or email finaid@uis.edu. For a full list of scholarship opportunities, visit www.uis.edu/financialaid/scholarships/.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Alexander Chan of Hillingdon, UK receives a UIS Capital Scholars Honors Program Deans Scholarship

Kwok Wing Alexander Chan, a student at Langley Grammar School in Berkshire, United Kingdom, has been admitted to the University of Illinois Springfield and awarded a $32,000 Capital Scholars Honors Program Deans Scholarship for tuition over 4 years.

The scholarship is awarded based on GPA and ACT/SAT scores and can be renewed for a total of four years if the student maintains college GPA requirements.

At UIS, Chan will major in Psychology and will be a member of the UIS Men’s Tennis Team.

He hopes to someday have a career in sports psychology and coach tennis. “It’s a small, friendly university with great opportunities and a great tennis team,” said Chan.

At Langley Grammar School, Chan was a member of the tennis team, sports leaders and athletics team. He also played in a rock band.

The CAP Honors Program is a selective undergraduate program combining high standards and emphasis on excellence with a small residential college model, enrolling only about 100 first-year students each year.

The program brings together intellectually strong students with talented, dedicated faculty to create a unique academic environment within the greater UIS community.

Capital Scholar Honors students participate in an interdisciplinary core curriculum designed to prepare students for their major and provide leadership opportunities.

In order to receive a $32,000 Capital Scholars Honors Program Deans Scholarship, the student must earn a 27 to a 29 on their ACT or a minimum of 1280 SAT and hold a minimum high school GPA of 3.75.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Javier Milla Munoz of Santiago de Chile receives a $10,000 scholarship from the University of Illinois Springfield


Javier Eduardo Milla Munoz, a student at C-Dar College of High Performance in Santiago, Chile, has been admitted to the University of Illinois Springfield and awarded a $10,000 Lincoln Scholarship for tuition over four years.

The scholarship is awarded based on GPA and ACT/SAT scores and can be renewed for a total of four years if the student maintains college GPA requirements. At UIS, he plans to major in management.

He will be a member of the UIS Men’s Soccer Team, and hopes to play professionally one day.

“I think UIS is a great place to start my college experience because it seems to have an excellent academic program,” said Munoz. “I am excited to be a part of UIS Prairie Stars.”

All incoming UIS freshmen are eligible to apply for Lincoln Merit Scholarships.

The amount awarded is based upon the incoming student’s ACT or SAT score.

To receive $10,000 over four years, students must earn a 21 to a 23 on their ACT or a minimum of 1060 SAT and hold a minimum high school GPA of 3.0.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Steven Albers of Jacksonville receives a $14,000 scholarship from the University of Illinois Springfield

Steven Albers of Jacksonville, a senior at Jacksonville High School, has been admitted to the University of Illinois Springfield and awarded a $14,000 Lincoln Scholarship for tuition over four years.

The scholarship is awarded based on GPA and ACT/SAT scores and can be renewed for a total of four years if the student maintains college GPA requirements.

At UIS, he plans to major in education or business administration. He will also play on the UIS Prairie Stars men’s soccer team.

“I chose UIS to continue my education because I liked the size of the school and the distance from my home,” said Albers. “I wanted to play soccer in college, and after practicing with the team, I knew this was where I wanted to be.”

At Jacksonville High School, Albers plays soccer, basketball and football. He is a member of the student government and was voted senior class president. He is also a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Science Club.

All incoming UIS freshmen are eligible to apply for Lincoln Merit Scholarships. The amount awarded is based upon the incoming student’s ACT or SAT score. To receive $14,000 over four years, students must earn a 24 to a 26 on their ACT or a minimum of 1160 SAT and hold a minimum high school GPA of 3.5.

For more information on scholarships, contact the UIS Office of Financial Assistance at 217/206-6724 or email finaid@uis.edu. For a full list of scholarship opportunities, visit www.uis.edu/financialaid/scholarships/.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Madison Neuweg of Rochester receives a $10,000 scholarship from the University of Illinois Springfield

Madison Neuweg of Rochester, a senior at Rochester High School, has been admitted to the University of Illinois Springfield and awarded a $10,000 Lincoln Scholarship for tuition over four years.

The scholarship is awarded based on GPA and ACT/SAT scores and can be renewed for a total of four years if the student maintains college GPA requirements.

At Rochester High School, Neuweg was involved on the yearbook staff and dance team.

She said she chose UIS because of its proximity to home.

At UIS, Neuweg plans to major in pre-nursing. After graduation she would like to pursue a career as a Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse and work at St. John’s Hospital. All incoming

UIS freshmen are eligible to apply for Lincoln Merit Scholarships. The amount awarded is based upon the incoming student’s ACT or SAT score.

To receive $10,000 over four years, students must earn a 21 to a 23 on their ACT or a minimum of 1060 SAT and hold a minimum high school GPA of 3.0.

For more information on scholarships, contact the UIS Office of Financial Assistance at 217/206-6724 or email finaid@uis.edu.

For a full list of scholarship opportunities, visit www.uis.edu/financialaid/scholarships/.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Daniel Kelly of Peoria receives a scholarship from the University of Illinois Springfield

Daniel Kelly, a resident of Peoria and student at the University of Illinois Springfield, has been awarded the Leona Stanford Vollintine Scholarship for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Kelly is pursuing a double major in accountancy and business administration. He takes classes through the UIS Peoria Center, where he said the students work as a “team.”

“If we have a tough teacher or subject, everyone pitches in to help study and get through the class,” said Kelly. “Most are non-traditional students and are more willing to help others because of the hardships they’ve encountered.”

Kelly has had his fair share of hardships. His retail career was cut short through a company downsizing, which forced him to focus on finishing his degree. “I wanted to finish college with a degree that guaranteed a sustainable income for our future,” he said.

While taking classes, Kelly also works at a local bank as a mortgage reporting specialist.

He said he can picture himself using his degree at the bank, but that he’s also considering a career with a major accounting firm upon graduation.

“The best advice I got from my Intermediate Accounting II professor was to stop trying to figure it out,” said Kelly. “He told me, you can’t possibly know what the next 40 years hold, so instead of trying to figure that out, plan the next four months and go from there.”

Kelly also serves on the UIS Student Government Association as a senator representing the Peoria Center, and was recently elected as Speaker of the Senate in the SGA.

“I have noticed that the students here have a bond that cannot be broken,” said Kelly.

The Leona Sandford Vollintine Scholarship is awarded to students who meet GPA requirements and are enrolled in the College of Business. Candidates must demonstrate academic and personal achievement.

For more information on scholarships, contact the UIS Office of Financial Assistance at 217/206-6724 or finaid@uis.edu.

For a full list of scholarship opportunities visit www.uis.edu/financialaid/scholarships/.

 If you are interested in creating a scholarship, please contact the UIS Office of Advancement at 217/206-6058 or giftinfo@uis.edu.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Kaylan Mills of Oswego receives dual scholarships from the University of Illinois Springfield

Kaylan Mills, a resident of Oswego, and business major at the University of Illinois Springfield, has been awarded the Marine Bank Scholarship in Business Administration and the James L. Lundquist Memorial Scholarship for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Mills is pursuing a business degree with a concentration in finance.

“I chose business because I have a very analytic mind. I love working with numbers and understanding why processes succeed or fail,” she said.

Mills credits a high school teacher for inspiring her to seek a business degree. “I was really thankful to have had such a passionate teacher teach me about the world of business,” she said.

Mills is also a member of the UIS Women’s Soccer Team. “I consider myself lucky to get the honor or wearing a University of Illinois Springfield jersey and move this program in the right direction,” she said.

This academic year, Mills had the opportunity to study abroad in Belgium. “I had the time of my life gaining new perspectives about the world, seeing breathtaking sights, meeting amazing people and learning so much about myself in the process,” she said.

She was also recently inducted into the UIS chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, a business honor society.

Upon graduation, she hopes to use her UIS business degree to work in a financial or business analyst role.

“These scholarships not only lighten the burden of paying for college, but give me the opportunity to continue my diligent pursuit of academic success,” said Mills.

The James L. Lundquist Memorial Scholarship is awarded to students who meet GPA requirements and have an interest in studying abroad for a semester. The Marine Bank Scholarship is awarded to a qualified undergraduate in the Business Administration program.

For more information on scholarships, contact the UIS Office of Financial Assistance at 217/206-6724 or finaid@uis.edu.

For a full list of scholarship opportunities visit www.uis.edu/financialaid/scholarships/.

If you are interested in creating a scholarship, please contact the UIS Office of Advancement at 217/206-6058 or giftinfo@uis.edu.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Kristen Hubanks of Chicago admitted to the University of Illinois Springfield

Kristen Hubanks of Chicago, a senior a Morgan Park High School, has been admitted to the University of Illinois Springfield for the fall 2017 term.

At Morgan Park High School, she is active on the basketball team, swim team, and water polo team. She also serves as a basketball manager. Hubanks said she chose UIS because the school looked inviting.

She looks forward to learning new things. She plans to major in pre-nursing and would like to work as a nurse in a hospital upon her graduation.

The University of Illinois Springfield is proud to be one of three universities in the world-class University of Illinois System. Over 5,000 students enroll each year at UIS seeking a U of I degree in the friendly learning environment of a smaller university.

Located in the state capital, UIS has a special mission in public affairs and has produced thousands of leaders in the public, private, and non-profit sectors.

For more information on the University of Illinois Springfield, contact the Office of Admissions at 888/977-4847 or go online at www.uis.edu/admissions.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Jalee Braner of Springfield admitted to UIS

Jalee Braner of Springfield, a senior at Lanphier High School, has been admitted to the University of Illinois Springfield for the fall 2017 term.

At Lanphier High School, Braner is involved in cross country, track, choir, the Spirit Club and National Honor Society.

“I am choosing UIS because the professors are really excited about their students’ education and the campus has a family feel,” she said.

Following graduation from UIS, Braner would like to teach in the Springfield District 186 school system. At this moment, she has not chosen a major.

The University of Illinois Springfield is proud to be one of three universities in the world-class University of Illinois System. Over 5,000 students enroll each year at UIS seeking a U of I degree in the friendly learning environment of a smaller university. Located in the state capital, UIS has a special mission in public affairs and has produced thousands of leaders in the public, private, and non-profit sectors.

For more information on the University of Illinois Springfield, contact the Office of Admissions at 888/977-4847 or go online at www.uis.edu/admissions.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Benjamin Paoletti of Batavia receives UIS Capital Scholars Honors Program Scholarship

Benjamin Paoletti of Batavia, a senior at Batavia Senior High School, has been admitted to the University of Illinois Springfield and awarded a $38,000 Capital Scholars Honors Program Scholarship for tuition over 4 years.

The scholarship is awarded based on GPA and ACT/SAT scores and can be renewed for a total of four years if the student maintains college GPA requirements.

At UIS, Ben will major in political science.

His future plans include law school and a possible career as lawyer or politician.

Paoletti said he chose UIS because of its location, scholarships and opportunities.

At Batavia Senior High School, Paoletti is involved in YMCA Youth and Government, football, track and field, drama, and Junior Classical League.

The CAP Honors Program is a selective undergraduate program combining high standards and emphasis on excellence with a small residential college model, enrolling only about 100 first-year students each year.

The program brings together intellectually strong students with talented, dedicated faculty to create a unique academic environment within the greater UIS community. Capital Scholar Honors students participate in an interdisciplinary core curriculum designed to prepare students for their major and provide leadership opportunities.

In order to receive a $38,000 Capital Scholars Honors Program Deans Scholarship, the student must earn a 27 to a 29 on their ACT or a minimum of 1280 SAT and hold a minimum high school GPA of 4.0.

For more information on scholarships, contact the UIS Office of Financial Assistance at 217/206-6724 or email finaid@uis.edu. For a full list of scholarship opportunities visit www.uis.edu/financialaid/scholarships/.


Thursday, March 9, 2017

Rayna Zirkelbach of Kampsville receives a $13,000 scholarship from the University of Illinois Springfield

Rayna Zirkelbach of Kampsville, a senior at Calhoun High School, has been admitted to the University of Illinois Springfield and awarded a $13,000 Lincoln Scholarship for tuition over four years.

The scholarship is awarded based on GPA and ACT/SAT scores and can be renewed for a total of four years if the student maintains college GPA requirements.

She is an undecided major who chose UIS because “it is a good academic school that is close to home.”

At Calhoun High School, she plays basketball, volleyball and softball.

All incoming UIS freshmen are eligible to apply for Lincoln Merit Scholarships. The amount awarded is based upon the incoming student’s ACT or SAT score. To receive $13,000 over four years, students must earn a 21 to a 23 on their ACT or a minimum of 1060 SAT and hold a minimum high school GPA of 3.75.

For more information on scholarships, contact the UIS Office of Financial Assistance at 217/206-6724 or email finaid@uis.edu. For a full list of scholarship opportunities, visit www.uis.edu/financialaid/scholarships/.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Zoey Pritchett of Springfield receives a UIS Capital Scholars Honors Program Scholarship

Zoey Pritchett of Springfield, a senior at Lanphier High School, has been admitted to the University of Illinois Springfield and awarded a $24,000 Capital Scholars Honors Program Scholarship for tuition over 4 years.

The scholarship is awarded based on GPA and ACT/SAT scores and can be renewed for a total of four years if the student maintains college GPA requirements.

At UIS, she will major in English. She hopes to become a novel writer following graduation.

“I chose UIS because it’s affordable and close to home,” she said.

At Lanphier High School, Pritchett is president of the German club, secretary of the drama club and a member of the art and John Marshall clubs. She also plays in the marching band.

The CAP Honors Program is a selective undergraduate program combining high standards and emphasis on excellence with a small residential college model, enrolling only about 100 first-year students each year.

The program brings together intellectually strong students with talented, dedicated faculty to create a unique academic environment within the greater UIS community.

Capital Scholar Honors students participate in an interdisciplinary core curriculum designed to prepare students for their major and provide leadership opportunities.

In order to receive a $24,000 Capital Scholars Honors Program Deans Scholarship, the student must earn a 27 to a 29 on their ACT or a minimum of 1280 SAT and hold a minimum high school GPA of 3.5.

For more information on scholarships, contact the UIS Office of Financial Assistance at 217/206-6724 or email finaid@uis.edu. For a full list of scholarship opportunities visit www.uis.edu/financialaid/scholarships/.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Karly Schmitz of Meredosia receives a University of Illinois Springfield scholarship

Karly Schmitz of Meredosia, a senior at Meredosia-Chambersburg High School, has been admitted to the University of Illinois Springfield for fall 2017. She plans to major in nursing and will receive a $4,000 per academic year Lincoln Merit Scholarship for tuition while attending UIS.

Schmitz will also receive the Children of Veterans Tuition Waiver, if she maintains academic requirements.

At Meredosia-Chambersburg High School, Schmitz played basketball for three years, cheered for one year, ran track for four years and played volleyball for four years. She is a member of the National Honor Society and Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE).

The Lincoln Merit Scholarship is awarded based on GPA and ACT/SAT scores and can be renewed if the student maintains college GPA requirements.

All incoming UIS freshmen are eligible to apply for Lincoln Merit Scholarships. To receive $4,000 per academic year, students must earn a 24 to a 26 on their ACT or a minimum of 1160 SAT and hold a minimum high school GPA of 3.75.

For more information on scholarships, contact the UIS Office of Financial Assistance at 217/206-6724 or email finaid@uis.edu. For a full list of scholarship opportunities, visit www.uis.edu/financialaid/scholarships/.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Salvador Ruiz of Woodstock receives a UIS Capital Scholars Honors Program Scholarship

Salvador Ruiz of Woodstock, a senior at Woodstock High School, has been admitted to the University of Illinois Springfield and awarded a $20,000 Capital Scholars Honors Program Scholarship for tuition over 4 years.

The scholarship is awarded based on GPA and ACT/SAT scores and can be renewed for a total of four years if the student maintains college GPA requirements.

At UIS, he will major in criminology and criminal justice and wants join the U.S. Army as an active duty soldier following graduation.

“I chose UIS because the university is small, very neat and organized,” said Ruiz.

At Woodstock High School, Ruiz plays varsity soccer and is a member of the police explorers and Latinos Unidos con Honor Americanos.

The CAP Honors Program is a selective undergraduate program combining high standards and emphasis on excellence with a small residential college model, enrolling only about 100 first-year students each year.

The program brings together intellectually strong students with talented, dedicated faculty to create a unique academic environment within the greater UIS community.

Capital Scholar Honors students participate in an interdisciplinary core curriculum designed to prepare students for their major and provide leadership opportunities.

In order to receive a $20,000 Capital Scholars Honors Program Scholarship, the student must earn a 24 to a 26 on their ACT or a minimum of 1290 SAT and hold a minimum high school GPA of 3.0.

For more information on scholarships, contact the UIS Office of Financial Assistance at 217/206-6724 or email finaid@uis.edu. For a full list of scholarship opportunities visit www.uis.edu/financialaid/scholarships/.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Dylan Foord of Sycamore admitted to the University of Illinois Springfield

Dylan Foord of Sycamore, a senior at Sycamore High School, has been admitted to the University of Illinois Springfield for the fall 2017 term.

In high school, he was on DeKalb-Sycamore co-op boys swim team. At UIS, he plans to major in accountancy.

“I chose UIS because the school size is smaller compared to other schools, which I liked a lot,” he said. “I also chose UIS because it looks like a fun environment and offers a good education.”

The University of Illinois Springfield is proud to be one of three universities in the world-class University of Illinois System. Over 5,000 students enroll each year at UIS seeking a U of I degree in the friendly learning environment of a smaller university. Located in the state capital, UIS has a special mission in public affairs and has produced thousands of leaders in the public, private, and non-profit sectors.

For more information on the University of Illinois Springfield, contact the Office of Admissions at 888/977-4847 or go online at www.uis.edu/admissions.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Lake Bluff triplets admitted to the University of Illinois Springfield

Lake Bluff triplets Daria, Marina and Nina Gendek have been admitted to the University of Illinois Springfield for the fall 2017 term. All three are seniors at Lake Forest High School.

Daria and Marina both play badminton and are members of the Red Cross Club at Lake Forest High School. Nina has run cross country for the past three years. At UIS, Daria and Nina plan to major in nursing, while Marina will major in English.

The sisters say they chose UIS because they believe the school will help them archive their educational and careers dreams.

“I am choosing UIS because I believe this school will guide me where I want to be and what lies ahead of me,” said Marina.

Following graduation from UIS, Daria plans to earn a master’s degree in nursing, while Nina wants to begin her career as an Emergency Room nurse. Marina plans to find her dream job and become a publisher.

The University of Illinois Springfield is proud to be one of three universities in the world-class University of Illinois System. Over 5,000 students enroll each year at UIS seeking a U of I degree in the friendly learning environment of a smaller university. Located in the state capital, UIS has a special mission in public affairs and has produced thousands of leaders in the public, private, and non-profit sectors.

For more information on the University of Illinois Springfield, contact the Office of Admissions at 888/977-4847 or go online at www.uis.edu/admissions.

Joseph Partain of Iuka receives full ride UIS Capital Scholars Honors Program Scholarship

Joseph Partain of Iuka, a senior at Salem Community High School, been admitted to the University of Illinois Springfield and awarded a Capital Scholars Honors Program Chancellor’s Full Ride Scholarship.

The scholarship is awarded based on GPA and ACT/SAT scores and can be renewed for a total of four years if the student maintains college GPA requirements.

At UIS, Joseph will be majoring in political science. “I chose UIS for their Capital Honors Program which will allow me to have first-hand experience in law and government as an intern at the state capital,” he said.

At Salem Community High School, Partain is involved in Mock Trial, Academic Challenge, Scholar Bowl, Band, Theatre, FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America), National Honor Society and is an Illinois State Scholar.

Partain hopes to pursue a law degree after graduation, specializing in criminal defense.

The CAP Honors Program is a selective undergraduate program combining high standards and emphasis on excellence with a small residential college model, enrolling only about 100 first-year students each year.

The program brings together intellectually strong students with talented, dedicated faculty to create a unique academic environment within the greater UIS community.

Capital Scholar Honors students participate in an interdisciplinary core curriculum designed to prepare students for their major and provide leadership opportunities.

In order to receive a Chancellor’s Full Ride Scholarship, the student must earn a 32 or higher on their ACT or a minimum of 1450 SAT and hold a minimum high school GPA of 3.5.

For more information on scholarships, contact the UIS Office of Financial Assistance at 217/206-6724 or email finaid@uis.edu. For a full list of scholarship opportunities visit www.uis.edu/financialaid/scholarships/.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Greg Belizaire of Montgomery admitted to the University of Illinois Springfield

Greg Belizaire, of Montgomery, a senior at Yorkville High School, has been admitted to the University of Illinois Springfield for the fall 2017 term.

At Yorkville High School, he is involved as a basketball manager and played football. He enjoys writing and had an original piece of poetry nominated for the Literary Festival.

Belizaire said he chose UIS because of its location. “It’s in the capitol and his home to many government jobs. I plan on becoming a federal agent so the opportunities and potential internships are amazing.”

He plans to seek a degree in criminology and criminal justice and hopes to become a federal agent.

The University of Illinois Springfield is one of three campuses of the world-class University of Illinois. More than 5,000 students enroll each year at UIS seeking a U of I degree in the friendly learning environment of a smaller university.

Located in the state capital, UIS has a special mission in public affairs and has produced thousands of leaders in the public, private, and non-profit sectors.

For more information on the University of Illinois, contact the Office of Admissions at 888/977-4847 or go online at www.uis.edu/admissions.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Tyler Pasley of Shelbyville receives a full ride UIS Capital Scholars Honors Program Scholarship

Tyler Pasley of Shelbyville, a senior at Shelbyville High School, has been admitted to the University of Illinois Springfield and awarded a Capital Scholars Honors Program Chancellors Full Ride Scholarship.

The scholarship is awarded based on GPA and ACT/SAT scores and can be renewed for a total of four years if the student maintains college GPA requirements.

At UIS, Pasley will major in biochemistry. “I love the small size, and I felt comfortable when I visited,” said Pasley.

At Shelbyville High School, Pasley runs cross country and track. He is president of the National Honor Society and is a Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout. He is a member of the principal's cabinet, the Spanish Honor Society, Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) and Mathletes.

The CAP Honors Program is a selective undergraduate program combining high standards and emphasis on excellence with a small residential college model, enrolling only about 100 first-year students each year.

The program brings together intellectually strong students with talented, dedicated faculty to create a unique academic environment within the greater UIS community.

Capital Scholar Honors students participate in an interdisciplinary core curriculum designed to prepare students for their major and provide leadership opportunities.

In order to receive a Capital Scholars Honors Program Chancellors Full Ride Scholarship, the student must earn a 32 to a 36 on their ACT or a minimum of 1450 SAT and hold a minimum high school GPA of 3.5 or above.

For more information on scholarships, contact the UIS Office of Financial Assistance at 217/206-6724 or email finaid@uis.edu. For a full list of scholarship opportunities visit www.uis.edu/financialaid/scholarships/.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Claire Anderson of Catlin admitted to the University of Illinois Springfield

Claire Anderson of Catlin, a senior at Catlin High School, has been admitted to the University of Illinois Springfield for the fall 2017 term.

At Catlin High School, Anderson is involved on the Student Advisory Team, National Honor Society, Phi Theta Kappa, Salt Fork Storm Varsity Cheer Team, and is a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters.

“Everything about this school just felt like home,” said Anderson. “Coming from a small town, I felt it was important to keep that small town feel, while still at a university in order to receive the most out of my higher education.”

Anderson plans to major in nursing. Following graduation from UIS, her plans include seeking a Doctor of Nursing degree and pursuing a career as a chief nurse anesthetist.

The University of Illinois Springfield is one of three campuses of the world-class University of Illinois. Over 5,000 students enroll each year at UIS seeking a U of I degree in the friendly learning environment of a smaller university.

Located in the state capital, UIS has a special mission in public affairs and has produced thousands of leaders in the public, private, and non-profit sectors.

For more information on the University of Illinois Springfield, contact the Office of Admissions at 888/977-4847 or go online at www.uis.edu/admissions.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Ryan DeBois of Maple Grove receives UIS Capital Scholars Honors Program Deans Scholarship

Ryan DeBois of Maple Grove, Minnesota, a senior at Maple Grove Senior High School, has been admitted to the University of Illinois Springfield and awarded a $34,000 Capital Scholars Honors Program Deans Scholarship for tuition over 4 years.

The scholarship is awarded based on GPA and ACT/SAT scores and can be renewed for a total of four years if the student maintains college GPA requirements.

At UIS, DeBois will major in Psychology. His future plans include graduate school and a possible career in the FBI.

“I chose UIS for the great atmosphere,” he said.

At Maple Grove Senior High School, DeBois is involved in soccer and the Link Crew leadership and mentoring program.

The CAP Honors Program is a selective undergraduate program combining high standards and emphasis on excellence with a small residential college model, enrolling only about 100 first-year students each year.

The program brings together intellectually strong students with talented, dedicated faculty to create a unique academic environment within the greater UIS community.

Capital Scholar Honors students participate in an interdisciplinary core curriculum designed to prepare students for their major and provide leadership opportunities.

In order to receive a $34,000 Capital Scholars Honors Program Deans Scholarship, the student must earn a 30 to a 31 on their ACT or a minimum of 1390 SAT and hold a minimum high school GPA of 3.75.

For more information on scholarships, contact the UIS Office of Financial Assistance at 217/206-6724 or email finaid@uis.edu. For a full list of scholarship opportunities visit www.uis.edu/financialaid/scholarships/.

Jennifer Queller of Corona, California receives UIS Capital Scholars Honors Program Deans Scholarship

Jennifer Queller of Corona, California, a senior at Santiago High School, has been admitted to the University of Illinois Springfield and awarded a $38,000 Capital Scholars Honors Program Scholarship covering tuition over 4 years.

The scholarship is awarded based on GPA and ACT scores and can be renewed for a total of four years if the student maintains college GPA requirements.

At UIS, Queller plans to major in chemistry. Upon graduation, she would like to work in the pharmaceutical development field.

Queller said she chose UIS because it was ranked highly in both academics and athletics. She will be a member of the UIS women’s golf team.

In high school, Queller was involved in golf, as the team captain, band, Girl Scouts and was part of the honors program.

The CAP Honors Program is a selective undergraduate program combining high standards and emphasis on excellence with a small residential college model, enrolling only about 100 first-year students each year. The program brings together intellectually strong students with talented, dedicated faculty to create a unique academic environment within the greater UIS community.

Capital Scholar Honors students participate in an interdisciplinary core curriculum designed to prepare students for their major and provide leadership opportunities.

In order to receive a $38,000 Capital Scholars Honors Program Deans Scholarship, the student must earn a 27 to a 29 on their ACT or a minimum of 1280 SAT and hold a minimum high school GPA of 4.0.

For more information on scholarships, contact the UIS Office of Financial Assistance at 217/206-6724 or email finaid@uis.edu. For a full list of scholarship opportunities visit www.uis.edu/financialaid/scholarships/.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Tyler Jones of Petersburg receives a UIS Capital Scholars Honors Program Deans Scholarship

Tyler Jones of Petersburg, a senior at PORTA High School, has been admitted to the University of Illinois Springfield and awarded a $38,000 Capital Scholars Honors Program Deans Scholarship for tuition over 4 years.

The scholarship is awarded based on GPA and ACT/SAT scores and can be renewed for a total of four years if the student maintains college GPA requirements.

At UIS, he will major in biology and plans to attend medical school to study radiology following graduation.

“I chose UIS mostly for the Capital Scholars Honors Program,” he said. “Also for the locality along with the quality of the campus.”

At PORTA High School, Jones plays basketball and baseball. He is a member of the student council and the National Honor Society.

The CAP Honors Program is a selective undergraduate program combining high standards and emphasis on excellence with a small residential college model, enrolling only about 100 first-year students each year.

The program brings together intellectually strong students with talented, dedicated faculty to create a unique academic environment within the greater UIS community.

Capital Scholar Honors students participate in an interdisciplinary core curriculum designed to prepare students for their major and provide leadership opportunities.

In order to receive a $38,000 Capital Scholars Honors Program Deans Scholarship, the student must earn a 27 to a 29 on their ACT or a minimum of 1280 SAT and hold a minimum high school GPA of 4.0.

For more information on scholarships, contact the UIS Office of Financial Assistance at 217/206-6724 or email finaid@uis.edu. For a full list of scholarship opportunities visit www.uis.edu/financialaid/scholarships/.

Libby Price of Waterloo receives a $14,000 scholarship from the University of Illinois Springfield

Libby Price of Waterloo, a senior at Waterloo High School, has been admitted to the University of Illinois Springfield and awarded a $14,000 Lincoln Scholarship for tuition over four years.

The scholarship is awarded based on GPA and ACT/SAT scores and can be renewed for a total of four years if the student maintains college GPA requirements.

At UIS, she plans to major in marketing. She is on the track and cross country teams at Waterloo High School.

“I chose UIS because it gives U of I a small school feel and personal connection and care from professors, which is important to me,” she said.

All incoming UIS freshmen are eligible to apply for Lincoln Merit Scholarships. The amount awarded is based upon the incoming student’s ACT or SAT score. To receive $14,000 over four years, students must earn a 24 to a 26 on their ACT or a minimum of 1160 SAT and hold a minimum high school GPA of 3.5.

For more information on scholarships, contact the UIS Office of Financial Assistance at 217/206-6724 or email finaid@uis.edu. For a full list of scholarship opportunities, visit www.uis.edu/financialaid/scholarships/.

Emma Melton of Morrison receives a $14,000 scholarship from the University of Illinois Springfield

Emma Melton of Morrison, a senior at Morrison Community High School, has been admitted to the University of Illinois Springfield and awarded a $14,000 Lincoln Scholarship for tuition over four years.

The scholarship is awarded based on GPA and ACT/SAT scores and can be renewed for a total of four years if the student maintains college GPA requirements.

At UIS, she plans to major in biology and play for the UIS Softball team.

“UIS offers all the things I am looking for in a school: location, size, major offered, and softball program. All will allow me to success in my goals with a career and softball activities,” she said.

At Morrison Community High School, she plays softball and basketball. She is a member of the Key Club, Student Council, National Honor Society and a leader for Building Lasting Impressions that Never Die (BLIND). She was on the homecoming court and the high honor roll.

All incoming UIS freshmen are eligible to apply for Lincoln Merit Scholarships. The amount awarded is based upon the incoming student’s ACT or SAT score. To receive $14,000 over four years, students must earn a 21 to a 23 on their ACT or a minimum of 1060 SAT and hold a minimum high school GPA of 4.0.

For more information on scholarships, contact the UIS Office of Financial Assistance at 217/206-6724 or email finaid@uis.edu. For a full list of scholarship opportunities, visit www.uis.edu/financialaid/scholarships/.

David Eaton of Crystal Lake admitted to the University of Illinois Springfield

David Eaton of Crystal Lake, a senior at Crystal Lake Central High School, has been admitted to the University of Illinois Springfield for the fall 2017 term.

At Crystal Lake Central High School, he is involved in Madrigals singers, choir, speech team and soccer.

“I chose UIS because it has a great computer science program and an inclusive school environment,” he said.

Eaton will major in computer science and has plans to pursue a career in cyber security upon graduation.

The University of Illinois Springfield is one of three campuses of the world-class University of Illinois. Over 5,000 students enroll each year at UIS seeking a U of I degree in the friendly learning environment of a smaller university. Located in the state capital, UIS has a special mission in public affairs and has produced thousands of leaders in the public, private, and non-profit sectors.

For more information on the University of Illinois Springfield, contact the Office of Admissions at 888/977-4847 or go online at www.uis.edu/admissions.

Michelle Ruiz of Belvidere admitted to the University of Illinois Springfield

Michelle Ruiz, a senior at Belvidere High School, has been admitted to the University of Illinois Springfield for the fall 2017 term.

At Belvidere High School, she is involved in soccer, poms and dance team. At UIS, she plans to major in criminal justice.

Ruiz said she chose UIS because of its size and proximity to home.

“It’s a good school with good programs and I like that it’s not as big as other universities. It’s also a good distance from home, so I can find my independence, but at the same time not too far.”

Upon graduation, she would like to further her education in law school and has plans to someday run her own law firm.

The University of Illinois Springfield is one of three campuses of the world-class University of Illinois. More than 5,000 students enroll each year at UIS seeking a U of I degree in the friendly learning environment of a smaller university. Located in the state capital, UIS has a special mission in public affairs and has produced thousands of leaders in the public, private, and non-profit sectors.

For more information on the University of Illinois, contact the Office of Admissions at 888/977-4847 or go online at www.uis.edu/admissions.

Paige Stuckey of Decatur receives a $12,000 scholarship from the University of Illinois Springfield

Paige Stuckey of Decatur, a senior at Maroa-Forsyth High School, has been admitted to the University of Illinois Springfield and awarded a $12,000 Lincoln Scholarship for tuition over four years.

The scholarship is awarded based on GPA and ACT/SAT scores and can be renewed for a total of four years if the student maintains college GPA requirements.

Stuckey said she chose UIS because she loved the campus. She is currently undecided on a major.

At Maroa-Forsyth High School she is involved in cheerleading.

All incoming UIS freshmen are eligible to apply for Lincoln Merit Scholarships. The amount awarded is based upon the incoming student’s ACT or SAT score. To receive $12,000 over four years, students must earn a 21 to a 23 on their ACT or a minimum of 1060 SAT and hold a minimum high school GPA of 3.5

For more information on scholarships, contact the UIS Office of Financial Assistance at 217/206-6724 or email finaid@uis.edu. For a full list of scholarship opportunities, visit www.uis.edu/financialaid/scholarships/.