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College Priorities

Funding Priorities

Make a Difference to Graduate Students @ Illinois - Funding Priorities

  1. Increase Fellowships and Scholarships
  2. Provide for Scholarly Travel
  3. Broaden Participation
  4. Support Greatest Needs

2017 - Celebrating 125 years of Graduate Education

Your gift to the 2017 initiative will help us meet growing campus demand for the Graduate College's centralized fellowships, scholarships and travel funds. These distinguished awards augment departmental resources, providing the competitive edge to recruit and support outstanding graduate students.

100% of your gift to the 2017 initiative will directly benefit outstanding Illinois graduate students.

Priority 1: Increase Fellowships & Scholarships

  • Recruiting Fellowships
  • Completion Fellowships
  • Illinois Professional Master’s Scholarships

Priority 2: Provide for Scholarly Travel

  • Dissertation Research Travel
  • Master's Research Travel
  • Conference Travel

Priority 3: Broaden Participation

  • Underrepresented Student Support
  • Fellowships
  • Scholarships
  • Scholarly Travel

Priority 4: Support Greatest Needs

  • Dean's Fund for Excellence


Sharon Stutzke

“Giving to the Graduate College allows our foundation to support top scholars at Illinois where the need and opportunity are greatest. Support of grad student travel or fellowships through the 2017 initiative compliments well the gifts we make directly to specific departments.”

Sharon Stutzke President, Richard David Stutzke Foundation