During this current academic year, 109 students have received scholarship aid made possible by our generous alumni and friends. 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.

Beginning Nov. 29 on #GivingTuesday, the College will share through social media, a personal message of gratitude from one of our scholarship recipients. We call it Gratitude Tuesday.  

Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to receive a weekly message from one of our students. Or, come back often to this site for the collection of posts.

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 media-giving@illinois.edu. You can also make an immediate gift here.  

Jalilah, Advertising, Class of 2017
"When I received my award letter, I was overwhelmed with gratitude.  The fact that people I don't even know are willing to invest in my education and future genuinely warms my heart. Thank you so very much for making this award possible."

Jalilah
 
Adelinn, Broadcast Journalism, Class of 2019
"Speaking on behalf of all College of Media students and specifically Journalism majors, thank you very much for your endless generosity and support. Even in the most difficult of financial times, the University of Illinois continues to provide superior education to its students thanks to its many loyal supporters. I am honored to have received this award and look forward to continuing my education as an Illini."
Adelinn
   

Stephen, Journalism, Class of 2019
"Like Marilyn Miller Kaytor, I am looking for the long, winding path in journalism in order to reach my goals of being successful and I am incredibly excited about the opportunity to carry on her name during my next academic year in the College of Media at the University of Illinois. With Illini pride and gratitude, I am so honored and humbled to receive this amazing scholarship this year and I can't thank you enough!"

Stephen
   

Julia, Advertising, Class of 2018
"Before finding out about this scholarship, I was constantly stressing out over my financial stability for the upcoming school year. Thanks to receiving this scholarship, I will be able to work fewer hours and devote more of my time to my classes and the student-run organizations I am a part of. With this generous scholarship, I won't have to stress out over finances, instead I will be able to enjoy every moment of my journey at Illinois and continue to achieve my short and long term goals."

Julia
   

Hana, Journalism, Class of 2018
"I want to thank the College of Media for the inconceivable opportunities, and express my sincere gratitude for granting me the Richard Tuttle Orr Scholarship through the College of Media. I hope to take everything the College of Media offers me as the first step to leaving my footprint in the fashion domain and gaining the aptitude and stimulus to further expand the scope of my journalistic influence."

Hana
   

Madeleine, Journalism, Class of 2020
"I am sincerely honored to have been selected as the recipient of the Betty Hinckle Dunn Memorial Scholarship. I hope that one day, I can give back to the community by creating a scholarship of my own. Because of this scholarship, I am able to attend my dream school. Thank you again for your thoughtful and generous gift."

 
   

Isaac, Journalism, Class of 2020
"Many people were concerned that I wouldn't be able to pay for my school and that I would put myself into a lot of debt, but thanks to this scholarship, I will be able to pay for my education all by myself. I cannot thank you enough for your generous gift. You have made an investment into my life and I am so grateful. I am committed to not letting you or my family down."

Isaac
   

Angelica, Journalism, Class of 2017
"Please know that I value giving back to the community, and worked at a summer journalism camp for high school students for two summers. There is nothing more rewarding than knowing I am helping instill a passion for journalism in younger students and encouraging them to pursue their dreams despite the challenges that face them. Thank you again for showing me the same support through your investment in my education."

Angelica
   

Nicole, Advertising, Class of 2018
"I am so grateful for your support of my education and for this amazing scholarship. I plan on using it to continue to take advantage of all of the opportunities that the University of Illinois has offered me. Heading into my junior year, I have never been more motivated to not only make myself and my family proud, but to also make you proud as well. Thank you for this opportunity and I am very honored to receive a Paul C. Fulton Communication Scholarship."

 
   

Mikayla, Advertising, Class of 2017
"There is undoubtedly something special about our campus, and I am grateful to receive this award from people who are part of the Illini family. As someone who has always tried to learn all that I can, with my major in advertising, certificate in public relations, and minor in environmental economics and law, this scholarship allows for my dreams to continue. Thank you for this true honor and blessing."

Mikayla
   

Yixin, Advertising, Class of 2017
“With such a great honor, I am more inspired to chase my dream than ever. I will continue to devote myself to my work at the College of Media as well as other university services. Your unselfish support to my educational endeavor motivates me to make a greater impact on other people."

Yixin
   

Walker, Journalism, Class of 2018
“I would like to offer my most sincere gratitude for the honor of receiving the Brett Lerner Memorial Scholarship. Words cannot describe how meaningful it is to be the recipient of this award. I am in my junior year in the College of Media and know that I could not have made a better decision than to study journalism.”

Walker