DRES Achievement and Leadership Awards

DRES Achievement and Leadership Awards

All students registered with DRES are encouraged to apply for the DRES Achievement and Leadership Awards. Please read the criteria and description of the awards that follow and complete the application by Friday, February 5, 2016. All of the awards have a monetary gift.

Pamela Borelli & Family Leadership Achievement Award (2)

The Pamela Borelli & Family Leadership Achievement Award is presented annually to two students with disabilities who have maintained a C+ or better GPA while demonstrating leadership in a student organization, with preference toward but not limited to Greek campus social organizations and well-balanced involvement in academics and other campus activities.  This is a monetary award.

Silvio and Loreta Corsetti DRES Scholarship Fund (1)

This scholarship is for  undergratuate students registered with DRES.  Resipients shall have a demonstrated financial need and continue to make sufficient progress toward their degree program to have the scholarship renewed.

John S Fine Scholarship (1)

This scholarship will be given to an undergraduate or graduate student with preference given to those in a transitional living environment such as, but not limited to, the Beckwith Residential Support Services Program.

Glenn Hebert Scholarships (2)

Created by University of Illinois alumnus, Glenn Hebert (MS ’78), these scholarships provide monetary support for students with a disability registered with DRES at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a preference for students with Cerebral Palsy, Learning, Cognitive, or Psychological Disabilities. These scholarships may be renewable.

Anne Hopkins Scholarship

The recipient of the Anne Hopkins Scholarship shall be a student who is affiliated with DRES, either through using services provided by DRES, volunteering at/for DRES, or as a student employee at DRES. Preference shall be given to a student who shows an interest in disability awareness and advocacy. Recipient may or may not have a disability. Consideration shall be given to a student enrolled in the College of AHS.

Carol Ann Kostka Award

The Carol Ann Kostka Award was established in memory of Carol Kostka. Ms. Kostka attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 1980 through 1987. She was studying to receive a master’s degree in English.  This is a monetary award.

The award is given annually to enhance educational opportunities for students with disabilities who utilize the programs and services of the Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES). Recipients of the award must demonstrate academic excellence.

Donald W Krumrey Scholarship

The Donald W Krumrey Scholarship will be given to students with visual impairment receiving services from DRES. Preference will be given to those students who are majoring in one of the following areas: mathematics, chemical sciences, life sciences, or engineering. Further preference will be given to students who graduated from a high school in the Grayslake Community High School District 127 in Illinois. This scholarship is renewable for up to five (5) successive academic years or until the student completes his/her undergraduate degree as long as the student remains in good academic standing.

Joseph R. Larsen Memorial Scholarship

This annual scholarship provides financial assistance and merit-based support for students with disabilities who are served by DRES.  It was created in memory of Dr. Joseph R. Larsen who served as the director of the Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services from 1985 until his death in 1989.  Dr. Larsen was extremely active in pursuing programs and services for people with disabilities. In 1987, in recognition of his efforts, he was inducted into the National Hall of Fame for Persons with Disabilities.

Irl H Marshall Rehabilitation Scholarship

This schoarship is for students registered with DRES who have a demonstrated financial need and who are eager to become self-supporting and of good services to others.

Mary Jane Neer Scholarship

This scholarship will be awarded to provide financial assistance for students who are working toward fulfillment of their college education at the University of Illinois in association with DRES. An emphasis will be placed on financial need and academic merit.

Timothy J. Nugent Award

In 1970, a special award was established by members of Delta Sigma Omicron, Alpha Chapter, to honor Professor Timothy J. Nugent, founder and director emeritus of the Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services.  The Timothy J. Nugent Award is presented annually in recognition of service performed by a student to the rehabilitation program and to his or her fellow students.  The recipient is judged on the following attributes: personal integrity, human dignity, intellectual endeavor, pride in self, and concern for others. 

Herbert G. Schaefer Scholarship

The purpose of the Herbert G Schaefer Scholarship is to provide scholarships to students who are deaf or hard of hearing and to support assistive communication and information technologies used by students with hearing impairments.

James E. Seybold Scholarship

Created by James Seybold’s mother, the late Charlotte Reid Simon, this award provides financial support to students with disabilities who are pursuing degrees in the College of Media.

Bill Stewart Memorial Award

The Bill Stewart Memorial Endowment Fund was established by the Moore Foundation of Indianapolis, Indiana, to foster student leadership in the Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This is a monetary award.

The primary focus of the Fund is to support an annual award to an undergraduate or graduate student with a disability who demonstrates spirit, courage, and concern for others. The unique aspect of this Fund is that the award recipient will “Pass the Baton” by choosing the manner in which a portion of the income from the Fund will be used to purchase services and/or equipment for benefit of other University of Illinois students with disabilities. This gives one student the opportunity to give to another and to help improve the quality of the life for fellow students with disabilities.

Donald W. Swift Scholarship

Funded by the family of Donald Swift (1924-1993), who was the first student using DRES services to graduate from the University of Illinois, this annual scholarship provides financial assistance and merit-based support for students with disabilities who are served by DRES.

The application  Deadline is February 5, 2016. Recipients will be notified by February 24, 2016. Applications are available on the DRES website.   Attendance at the DRES Awards Program and Reception on Friday, April 22, 2016 at the Hawthorne Suites from 2:30pm-5:00pm is mandatory for all recipients.