Tuition Award

The UIC Women’s Leadership and Resource Center offers financial awards towards 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.

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.
  • Should have demonstrated both leadership and involvement in the movement against domestic violence and sexual assault throughout the UIC campus and/or Chicago community or have had personal experiences within these areas.

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.

Funds for the 2021-2022 academic year have been exhausted. Please check back in fall 2022.

Congratulations to our 2020-2021 Tuition Award recipients!

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!”

2019-2020 Tuition Award Recipients

Helen Abera
Major: Sociology

Gurleen Kaur
Major: Computer Science
Minor: Mathematics

Emoonah McClerklin
Major: Psychology and Sociology

Jeyra Rivera-Arocha
Major: Mechanical Engineering

Makiz Salehzai
Major: Teaching of English
Minor: Psychology

Rashida Thompson
Major: Biological Sciences

Catherine Williams
Major: Civil Engineering