Student Impact

Thanks to our generous alumni and friends, many Media students are able to receive scholarship aid. (See list of recipients.) This act of kindness does not go unnoticed, especially by our students. Their words of thanks are inspiring and a testament to how important you are to the Illinois experience.

If you are interested in learning how you can help future students, please contact the College of Media Office of Advancement at (217) 244-5466 or You can also make an immediate gift here.  

RickyRicky, Computer Science + Advertising, Class of 2024

"It is always difficult when it comes to paying for out-of-state tuition. However, with the help of both UIUC and generous donors like you, there will be less pressure on my family and I to gather payments and take out a substantial amount of loans. Instead, I can focus on getting a good education and start doing what I have always wanted to do: discover a career where I can utilize my ability to better my community."

MargaretMargaret, Media & Cinema Studies, Class of 2023

"Thank you for providing the funding for this scholarship. I am forever grateful for your generosity. I am one of the millions within the United States who is going to have to pay my college debt. This scholarship not only helps with my future finances but my future goal of becoming a documentarian."



PaulPaul, Media & Cinema Studies, Class of 2023

"From 2018 to 2019, I was living in Saitama, Japan, doing three of my favorite things: experiencing Japanese culture, doing volunteer work, and creating visual media. When I returned to the U.S., I applied to the College of Media at UIUC so I could earn my degree and return to Japan, to continue the work I started there. The pandemic has been difficult, and I have been worried about how I will accomplish these goals. Your generosity will go a long way to help me and will be multiplied through all the ways my work can help others."

RyanRyan, Advertising, Class of 2023

"My heavy involvement in and around campus will benefit greatly from your generosity. As I am involved in numerous school marketing departments, advertising clubs, and engage in my own self-initiated company work, I have a unique ability to create an impact on several different audiences. In my work, I strive to create content that promotes living a positive lifestyle and offers resources and knowledge to achieve it. This scholarship provides me with the ability to create content at a higher level, widening my ability to capture a larger and more diverse audience."

ZulemaZulema, Journalism, Class of 2022

"I am Mexican-American and a first generation college student, which made coming to this campus very challenging. I knew leaving home was hard for my family and me but I could not pass up the opportunity to excel to make all of their sacrifices worth it. With all this unrest and uncertainty lately I have been so uplifted with the news of this scholarship, which will make the steps to my future career a little easier."


CarolinaCarolina, Journalism, Class of 2022

"I am so grateful for this amazing scholarship and for your support of my education and my dreams. Your support will help ease the stress of financial troubles so that I can more easily focus on my studies and passions. Thank you for believing in writers and the vital, ever-changing world of journalism. It feels really good knowing my hard work and passion has paid off, and it feels even better knowing that there is someone who not only believes in my passions but wants to help me foster them."