HOW CAN I DONATE?
Give by Mail: Visit https://uif.uillinois.edu/give-by-mail (checks should be made payable to UIF/ Civil Service Employees and Dependents Scholarship Program Fund in Honor of Marjorie Beasley)
Give by Credit Card: Visit https://giving.illinois.edu (type Beasley in the Search box)
Additional Methods of Giving*: Visit https://uif.uillinois.edu/how-to-give (includes payroll deduction, electronic funds transfer, and online)
* The fund name to enter when prompted is "Civil Service Employees and Dependents Scholarship Program Fund in Honor of Marjorie Beasley."
Civil Service employees established the Civil Service Employees and Dependents Scholarship Program Fund in Honor of Marjorie Beasley in 1984 for Civil Service employees and their dependents. This scholarship program was originally conceived and implemented by Marjorie Beasley and Judy Barker. Supporting 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 an undergraduate degree.
In the early years, a number of campus units including the Personnel Services Office 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 Program Fund in Honor of Marjorie Beasley was established by donations from Civil Service employees, retirees, the Secretariat (now Illinois Administrative Professionals), the Classified Employees Association, the Fraternal Order of Police, and a large number of fund-raising events.
HOW IS IT FUNDED?
The program is funded primarily from individual or group contributions and gifts made to honor a particular employee (upon retirement, for example). This award program is made possible through donations from employees, dependents, employee groups, retirees, various fund-raising activities, former scholarship recipients, and anyone interested in this unique scholarship program.
The purpose is to provide financial assistance to University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Civil Service employees and their dependents in their pursuit of higher education at an accredited college or university.
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.
The scholarship applications will be made available in mid-February with awards made by mid-June.
1. The employee must be a current 100%-time U of I at Urbana-Champaign 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.
1. The scholarship applicant must be the dependent of a current 100%-time U of I at Urbana-Champaign Civil Service status employee who has a minimum of three years of continuous full-time service and meet the IRS definition of a dependent.
2. Be a continuing full-time student who shows satisfactory academic progress working toward an undergraduate degree or be 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
Your completed application with current official transcript must be received by the posted date. All information will be confidential. For a printed paper application you can go to Illinois Human Resources at the Personnel Services Building, 52 E. Gregory Dr., Champaign, IL 61820.
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.
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.