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Tuition Award

The UIC Women’s Leadership and Resource Center offers financial awards toward tuition* for undergraduate study at UIC.  The goal of this award is to support women students in their educational pursuits who have a great deal of financial need that is not being met by financial aid or loans.

Download the 2022-2023 application.

We especially encourage applications from women who are members of marginalized groups, e.g., lesbian, bisexual, and transgender women; women of color; women with disabilities; undocumented students; veterans; and students returning to college to complete their education.

Students must meet the following qualifications:

  • Must be a full time undergraduate degree-seeking student who meets the requirements of UIC’s SAP policy.
  • Must not have completed their degree requirements for graduation or already have earned a bachelor’s degree. Applicants must be continuing UIC undergraduate students who have attended UIC for at least one semester.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and must qualify for Illinois resident tuition.
  • Must complete the FAFSA and have financial need as determined by the FAFSA.

Submit the completed application to in PDF format.

We accept applications on a rolling deadline while funds are available.

This award can only be applied toward tuition costs, excluding fees. For out-of-state students, the maximum tuition award will only cover the amount equivalent to in-state tuition.  The student will be responsible for the remaining balance.

Congratulations to our 2021-2022 Tuition Award recipients! Heading link

Jane An

Jane An
Biological Sciences

“I would like to thank the Women’s Leadership & Resource Center (WLRC) for furthering the opportunity to continue my education at UIC as a Biological Sciences major and Public Health minor. As someone who has not received much government assistance to fund my education in the past, I feel extremely fortunate that WLRC is working to promote awareness and recognize the needs of women with diverse backgrounds. I can now say that I will be able to focus solely on my education for the remainder of the semester without financial strain for me or my parents. I will continue to work towards my higher education and personify the mission of WLRC!”

Zoe Bridges

Zoe Bridges
Disability and Human Development

“I am honored to be a recipient of the UIC WLRC Tuition Award for the Fall 2021 semester. Over the past 2 years, I’ve learned so much about myself as a student, disability advocate and my identity as a black woman. I’ve found new passions through my interdisciplinary education and strive to learn more from the amazing faculty in my undergraduate program. Being a student during the pandemic challenged me in ways I never would’ve thought. But, through perseverance and determination, I found an unwavering strength and power within myself. Being a leader has always been a trait of mine that I hold dear because I want to inspire young BIPOC students to be vocal about the issues that matter most to them. I’m happy to be one of many ambitious, like-minded undergraduates receiving this award because it is validating to see my hard work pay off. Thank you Dr. Natalie Bennett and the Women’s Leadership and Resource Center for selecting me.”

Neshunda Cannon

Neshunda Cannon
Applied Health Sciences

“I am so excited grateful and thankful for this award. I have had an unforgettable experience at UIC, and this award will make a big difference in my life and continuous studies. This award will help me to continue my dream and add in me furthering my education to graduate school. This scholarship will open opportunities that I could not have afforded otherwise. It is an amazing feeling to have been fortunate enough to be consider for this award. It has done so much for me and words cannot express my gratitude.”

Olivia Meisenbach

Olivia Meisenbach
Public Health

“Being award this tuition award truly means the world to me. As a first-generation student coming from a single parent household income, college seemed extremely farfetched for me. I am so incredibly grateful for this tuition award because it helped uplift some anxiety of mine on my future tuition payments. I am paying my tuition by myself and student loans, so having this opportunity helps me see clearer for my future after graduation. This tuition award from the Women’s Leadership and Resource Center has built my confidence in my schoolwork, my career path, and my finances for my university.”

Taahira Muhammad

Taahira Muhammad
Biological Sciences

“I am extremely grateful for the support of UIC WLRC and CAN as I’ve been completing my degree the last two years whether it be with the tuition assistance award, assistance with finding resources or invitations to participate in various programs groups held by WLRC and CAN. This award means I can finish the last year of my undergraduate studies focused primarily on my course load! My time at UIC has had highs and lows and it’s been filled with lessons and blessings, but it’s been incredibly rewarding to pursue this degree to become a future veterinarian. I’m excited to graduate in the spring 2022, to close out this chapter of my education at UIC, and be on my way to veterinary school!”

Erica Olavarria

Erica Olavarria
Biomedical Engineering

“I am so incredibly grateful to be awarded the Women’s Leadership and Resource Center (WLRC) Tuition Award for the 2021-2022 academic year! As a first-generation college student, I’ve always had to pay my tuition costs independently, and as a result I often found myself struggling to find a balance between my education and working long hours to afford it. I am expected to graduate this Spring of 2022 with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, and thanks to the WLRC, the fear of not being able to afford my final year of study has been alleviated. Furthermore, receiving this generous award shows me that it is possible to come from a disadvantaged background and still obtain a college degree, even when it feels like all of the odds are against you.

Thank you, WLRC, for being an advocate for women in their educational pursuits. I can’t wait to see what my future holds!”

2020-2021 Tuition Award Recipients Heading link

Paola Castro sitting and posing in front of a building

Paola Castro

“Thank you for selecting me as one of the students to receive this award. What this tuition award means to me is an opportunity to have a peace of mind from this semester’s financial toll. It also represents faith that sometimes even adversities that set me apart as a woman can be used to overcome other obstacles in life. I am greatly appreciative to UIC and the Women’s Leadership & Resource Center.”

Farreh Qatanani posing in front of trees

Farreh Qatanani

“As a daughter of parents who immigrated to this country, I have always struggled with my identity within a marginalized community, in addition to being a woman. The Women’s Leadership Resource Center (WLRC) Tuition Award is an honor, as it allows me to continue to pursue my goal of becoming a physician and conduct research without the additional stress of funding my educational goals. Currently I am working as an Emergency Medical Technician, conducting research on cells infected with herpes simplex virus (HSV), and tutoring students enrolled in introductory and general chemistry at UIC. My long-term goals include studying the social determinants of health and how they specifically affect marginalized groups, as well as providing care for underserved populations as a physician. I am very grateful for this generous WLRC award and aspire to continue to embody its legacy!”

Tatiana Carbajal

Tatiana Carbajal
Junior, Electrical Engineering and Entrepreneurship

Danielle Cortes

Danielle Cortes
Senior, Gender and Women’s Studies

Erica Olavarria

Erica Olavarria
Junior, Biomedical Engineering

Jennifer Corona
Sophomore, Psychology and Latin American and Latino Studies

Montserrat Pereyra
Junior, Psychology and Biology

2019-2020 Tuition Award Recipients Heading link

Helen Abera
Senior, Sociology

Gurleen Kaur
Junior, Computer Science with Mathematics Minor

Emoonah McClerklin
Senior, Psychology and Sociology

Jeyra Rivera-Arocha
Junior, Mechanical Engineering

Makiz Salehzai
Sophomore, Teaching of English with Psychology Minor

Rashida Thompson
Sophomore, Biological Sciences

Catherine Williams
Junior, Civil Engineering