Illinois State University offers this scholarship for incoming freshmen, based on their academic achievements in high school. The University Scholarship is for new freshmen from traditionally underrepresented groups or first-generation college students who have overcome hardships in achieving their academic goals. University Scholars receive a minimum $24,000 award (minimum $6,000 per year, renewable for up to four years).
Applications for the University Scholarship are automatically reviewed for admission to the Honors Program. Students who are awarded the University Scholarship have the additional benefit of participating in the Honors Program.