Current Needs

Honors student Judy Liu carries the Honors College banner at Convocation in 2006.

Are you interested in making a gift to support the UIC Honors College?  The following page outlines our fundraising priorities for the Brilliant Futures Campaign.  

Honors College Annual Fund

The annual fund provides the college with an unrestricted pool of dollars that are used to provide scholarships, programming and other support to the students and faculty fellows of the Honors College.

A donation to the annual fund allows your gift to be used in the area of greatest need at the time that it is given.

Make a gift online now.  

Designate your gift to support your area of interest:

Many alumni would prefer to designate their gift to go toward specific projects or areas within the college. The following listing details areas where your gift can make an immediate impact at the Honors College.

~Student Scholarships allow the Honors College to attract top high school students to UIC, and enable students with financial need to attend UIC. They also allow students to live on campus, and more fully engage in college life. We have found that students with fewer financial concerns work less, and get more deeply involved in research, internships and in the campus. Gifts to support student scholarships may be made in any amount. New endowed named scholarship funds may be started with a minimum $25,000 gift.

~Undergraduate research assistantships allow students to spend time engaged in a research endeavor on campus. Paid research positions enable students who might be constrained financially to forgo other work and get involved in research. $1,000 gifts provide a one semester research stipend. $25,000 would start an endowed fund to provide ongoing support.

~Student activities and programming form part of the curriculum for Honors College students. Sponsorship of a student journal or student organization allows students to develop leadership skills and gain experience in the day to day operations of such enterprises. Frequently, students pursue these out of the classroom activities as a means to explore interests that differ greatly from their career goals. Gifts to support student programming may be made in any amount.

Examples of current student activities/programs include:

  • Red Shoes Literary Journal
  • Alternative Spring Break
  • Journal for Pre-Health Affiliated Students
  • Honors College String Ensemble

~Just recently, the Honors College has begun to create a new, dedicated Student Activity Center in Burnham Hall’s lower floor – a much needed space where students and faculty fellows can collaborate on projects, hold meetings, store educational and organizational materials, and work in various ways that make for a well-rounded education.

More than a dozen diverse student organizations that will now have permanent homes in the Student Activity Center where their creative ideas can flourish in powerful ways. For example, three student-produced journals (Journal for Pre-Health Affiliated Students, UIC One World, and Red Shoes Review) lack a dedicated space to work on their publications and thus haven’t had the opportunity to collaborate on ideas for layout, software, marketing, and other concerns common to student publications. All three can now be housed in the Student Activity Center to help facilitate dialogue among them.

To get the new Student Activity Center started, we have scavenged from campus surplus used furniture and materials, but we need more to make the space functional for the various student organizations that will use it.  

~Faculty Fellow programming is key for promoting a strong mentoring relationship between students and faculty. Sponsorship of a faculty research presentation in the college allows students to connect the research process with the classroom experience. ‘Mentorship meals,’- which allow for faculty fellows to gather their students for a group meal- are meaningful opportunities to foster connections outside the classroom.

~Student travel funds are needed to allow Honors College students to attend professional conferences, participate in internships and fellowships and perform volunteer work. In particular, transportation costs can be prohibitive for students wishing to attend a conference to present their research. Gifts to support student travel may be made in any amount.

~Study Abroad scholarships for Honors College students would allow us to significantly increase the number of students who participate in this important experiential learning opportunity. Frequently, students feel they cannot consider going abroad due to higher program costs, or lost wages while abroad. Even partial scholarships can make study abroad a reality for a broader cross-section of students. Gifts to support student scholarships may be made in any amount. New endowed scholarship funds may be started with a minimum $25,000 gift.

The preceding page outlines the fundraising priorities of the college. In all cases, donors should be confident that their gifts will be used as designated. Please contact with any questions or make your gift online now.