Scholarship Info

The Metro NY Illini Club offers scholarships to incoming freshmen from the local area on an annual basis. The scholarships are sponsored by the proud members of the Metro NY Illini Club on behalf of over 10,000 Illinois alumni in the NY, NJ, CT area.

2020 New Student Scholarships

This year our alumni organization will be awarding one $2,500 scholarship, to be awarded on the basis of academic achievement and leadership potential.

Eligibility requirements include:
• Acceptance into the Freshman Class at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for the 2020 Fall Semester;
• Your current, permanent home address must be in the Greater New York Area (as defined by the University of Illinois Admissions Department); and
• Enrollment as a full-time undergraduate student at the time the award is paid.

If you would like to apply for the 2020 Student Scholarship, please request an application, complete it in its entirety and return it, along with copies of a certified high school transcript and your SAT and/or ACT scores and letters of recommendation, as instructed. All materials must be postmarked no later than April 28, 2020.

PLEASE NOTE that if your high school or your teachers/counselors will be mailing out official high school transcripts and/or letters of recommendation separately from your application, it is your responsibility to notify them in advance of the deadline date and to followup with them in order to ensure that all application materials are mailed out and post-marked no later than April 28, 2020 (If you are notified of your admission to the University after February 1 and you need to extend the deadline for your application, please contact our scholarship chairperson, Tony D'Anzica, directly at

Finalists will be required to participate in an interview with a Scholarship Committee member, which will be held in the New York metropolitan area. The Scholarship Committee will endeavor to notify all scholarship recipients by June 1, 2020. Scholarship awards will be paid directly to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and scholarship recipients will be credited upon registering for the Fall Semester. We look forward to receiving your application. Please contact our scholarship chairperson directly, Tony D'Anzica (, if you have any questions regarding either the scholarship program in particular, or the University of Illinois in general.


The club scholarship program is entirely funded by members of our local alumni club so we could use a hand in the fundraising department.  To make a donation, click here.

There are other ways you can help!  Please reach out to Tony D'Anzica (, our Scholarship Chairperson, for more information.

Your support is deeply appreciated.