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Civil Service Employees and Dependents Scholarship Program

HISTORY
Civil Service employees established the Civil Service Employees and Dependents Scholarship Fund in 1984 for Civil Service employees and their dependents. This scholarship program was originally conceived and implemented by Marjorie Beasley and Judy Barker. Postulating the concept of employees helping employees to succeed, the goals and objectives of the Program were designed to assist Civil Service employees and their dependents to achieve educational goals by providing selected recipients with financial assistance in their pursuit of higher education at an accredited college or university. In the early years, a number of campus units including the Staff Human Resources gave in-kind donations of time and materials to further the goals of this fund so a firm footing could be developed. The Civil Service Employees and Dependents Scholarship Fund was established by donations from Civil Service employees, retirees, the Secretariat, the Classified Employees Association, the Fraternal Order of Police and a number of fund-raising events.
 
HOW IS IT FUNDED
The dependence on generous donations by interested donors continues today. Primarily the program is funded by individual or group contributions and gifts made to honor a particular employee (upon retirement, for example). This scholarship program is made possible through donations from employees, dependents, employee groups, retirees, various fund-raising activities, and former scholarship recipients.  A tax-deductible donation is welcome at any time. Employees may donate through payroll deduction or by check (made payable to the U of I Foundation/CSE&DSF).
 
PURPOSE
The purpose is to provide financial assistance to UIUC Civil Service employees and their dependents in their pursuit of higher education at an accredited college or university.
 
VALUE
Typically eight scholarships are awarded each year. The scholarships will be equally divided between employee and dependent applicants unless there are an insufficient number of applications in either category. The number awarded and the value of each scholarship will depend on the interest pool earned from the endowment fund.  Individual dependent scholarship awards will be 1.5 times greater than individual employee scholarship awards.
 
AVAILABILITY
The scholarship applications will be made available in mid-February with awards made by mid-June.

EMPLOYEE ELIGIBILITY

  1. The employee must be a current 100%-time UIUC Civil Service status employee with a minimum of three years of continuous full-time service at the time of application.
  2. The employee must be a student and show satisfactory academic progress.
  3. Previous recipients may reapply but preference will be given to non-recipients.

DEPENDENT ELIGIBILITY

  1. Be a child that meets the IRS definition of a dependent, and a dependent of a current 100%-time UIUC Civil Service status employee who has a minimum of three years of continuous full-time service.
  2. Be a continuing full-time student that shows satisfactory academic progress working toward an undergraduate degree or an entering freshman at an Institution of higher education.
  3. Meet the requirements of the school he/she plans to attend and have a grade point average of "C" or above in both high school and/or college.
  4. Previous recipients may reapply but preference will be given to non-recipients.

NOTE: No more than one employee or dependent from each household may receive an award in a given year.

HOW TO APPLY
Completed application with current transcript must be received by the posted date.  All information will be confidential. Applications are available at Staff Human Resources, Facilities and Services and the Benefits Center.

Civil Service Employees and Dependents Scholarship Application Form

PDF format Form in PDF Format which requires Adobe Acrobat Reader
AWARD PRESENTATION
Recipients will be asked to attend a presentation to receive a certificate and check.*  Recipients will be notified of the date and time of the presentation (typically in June). A recipient unable to attend the presentation must contact the Committee. If a recipient makes no direct contact with the Committee prior to the presentation the scholarship is forfeited.

*Scholarship funds awarded to recipients who attend the University of Illinois are credited directly to the recipient's student account.
 
RECIPIENT RESPONSIBILITY
In the event that a recipient is unable to enter or return to school in the fall semester immediately following the receipt of this scholarship, all cash must be returned to the Scholarship fund. The donors that make this program possible heavily rely on the ethical and fiscal responsibility of the recipient to ensure the monetary award is used in achieving the goals and objectives as declared on the application. The signatures on the application serve as a contract that the scholarship will be used as pledged.