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Minority Student Success Fund – OMSA

The Minority Student Success Fund will support, for example, student diversity outreach initiatives (e.g., campus visits), academic achievement initiatives (e.g., providing financial assistance for study abroad experiences), incentives for participation in academic services (e.g., prizes), and recognition for academic achievement through scholarships which are only awarded through a competitive process where outstanding grades, an essay, and participation in department services are considered.

Michael L. Jeffries & Mrs. Gayle Jeffries and Friends – OMSA High Achievement Scholarship

This scholarship was created in 2013 by Michael Jeffries, former Associate Dean of Students and OMSA Director, to be provided annually to students served by OMSA. To be eligible, students must have a 3.0 grade point average from the previous year at Illinois and have demonstrated an interest in pursuing studies in graduate school or professional school. The primary focus will be on students from Chicago Public Schools who are participants in OMSA activities.

H.O.P.E. Scholarship

The H.O.P.E. (Helping Others Prosper from Education) Scholarship was created in 2001 by Jacquelyn Hayes in memory of her parents. This is an endowed fund that is designated for University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign undergraduate students with sophomore, junior or senior standing, with a 3.2 GPA and are participants in OMSA services, with preference given to minority students.

OMSA Study Abroad Fund

Study Abroad Assistance Grants will be used to assist minority, first generation, and low income students who receive OMSA services and meet other criteria with study abroad funding. The intent is to encourage more U.S., domestic, and underrepresented minority students to increase their global awareness and competitive edge through study abroad experiences.

Your ongoing support ensures that OMSA remains a place where dreams begin and brilliant futures unfold!

Learn more about the Office of Minority Student Affairs.

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