Financial Aid and Scholarships

AHS Scholar Award

This scholarship is awarded to top incoming freshmen to the College of Applied Health Sciences.  The number of awards given each year varies and is dependent upon the applicant pool. All incoming freshmen are considered for this award each year based on high school grades, entrance exam scores, leadership experience and volunteer experience and essay.

Career Development and Leadership Awards

  • Funding for student involved in professional organizations (up to $75), conference travel (up to $250), study abroad (up to $500) or research opportunities (up to $100).
  • Applicants must be current undergraduates in AHS in good academic standing.
  • Funding requests must be related to current field of study.
  • Students are required to present on reading day of the semester that the funds are used.
  • To apply, please go to the Career Development and Leadership Awards Application. Applications are due during the first Monday of October and the first Monday of March.

Peter J. and Ella Montaleone Scholarship

  • $1,000 award renewable for a second year if adequate progress is being made toward completion of his or her degree.
  • Designated for academically talented students who are residents of the Rockford area (Winnebago County) and are currently enrolled in the College of Applied Health Sciences in their junior year.
  • Preference is given to those who have financial need.
  • A call for applications is sent to all AHS students each February.

The Peter J. and Ella Montaleone Scholarship was created by the Montaleone family in honor of their deceased parents who were long time residents of Rockford, IL and who were strong advocates of education.

Floyd and Etta McAfee Award

  • $500 award
  • Applicants must demonstrate a strong commitment to multicultural issues.
  • Undergraduates currently enrolled in the College of Applied Health Sciences who have financial need.
  • A call for applications is sent to all AHS students each February.

This award was created by the family of the late Col. McAfee, a 1956 U of I graduate in physical education and Mrs. McAfee to honor their parent's commitment to education and to helping others reach their potential.

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Ralph Geeseman Award

  • $1,000 award
  • Designated for students enrolled in the College of Applied Health Sciences who have either served in or are or are training for a branch of the US Military, or who are dependents of active members of the military
  • Preference is given to students enrolled in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health

The scholarship was created through the generosity of alumni, friends and colleagues of Ralph Geeseman (1942-2009) who devoted 39 years of service to the University of Illinois Department of Kinesiology. He provided invaluable support to faculty and students. Ralph was proud not only of his affiliation with Illinois, but also of his service in the U.S. Navy. Therefore, this scholarship was created to support AHS students who are affiliated directly or indirectly with those serving our country through the U.S. Military.

Departmental Scholarships

Department of Kinesiology and Community Health

Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism

Department of Speech and Hearing Science

Additional Financial Aid Information