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 1, 2019. All of the awards have a monetary gift.

Pamela Borelli & Family Leadership Achievement Award (undergraduate)

The Pamela Borelli & Family Leadership Achievement Award is presented annually to students with disabilities who demonstrate 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 Scholarship (undergraduate)

This scholarship is for undergraduate 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

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)

Glenn Hebert Scholarship for Students with Mobility Impairment

Created by University of Illinois alumnus, Glenn Hebert (MS ’78), this scholarship provides monetary support for students with mobility impairment registered with DRES at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a preference for students with Cerebral Palsy. This scholarship may be renewable.

Glenn Hebert Learning Cognititie and Psychological Scholarship for Students with Disabilities

Created by University of Illinois alumnus, Glenn Hebert (MS ’78), this scholarship provides monetary support for students with learning, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, acquired brain injury and/or psychological disabilities who are registered with DRES. This scholarship 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 and financial need.

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.

Jeffrey I. and Lisa Livovich Scholarship

This award is given to provide monetary support for students who utilize the services of the Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services.

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.

David S. Mundy Scholarship

Funds from this scholarship shall be used to provide undergraduate students enrolled with DRES and affiliated (currently or formerly) with the Beckwith Residential Support Services program to help offset the costs associated with hiring personal assistants. Preference shall be given to students in pursuit of achieving independence and responsibility for one's self.

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. 

Matthew Allan Odelius Scholarship

Funds shall be used to support a student who is an active participant in the Beckwith Residential Support Services Progam. The student must be in good academic standing and have demonstrated leadership in advancing the involvement  of students with disabilities in all aspects of academic and co-curricular life.

William A. Olson Scholarship (undergraduate)

This scholarshp is for an undergraduate student using services provided by DRES who has a physical disability with first preference going to a student who has Cerebral Palsy.

Herbert G. Schaefer Scholarship (Deaf/Hard of Hearing)

This scholarship is given annually to enhance the educational opportunities for a student with a hearing impairment who demonstrates academic excellence and who uses the programs of services of DRES.

James E. Seybold Scholarship

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 to support an annual award to an undergraduate or graduate student with a disability who demonstrates spirit, courage, and concern for others while fostering student leadership and providing financial support and recognition. 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. This is a monetary award.

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 1, 2019. Recipients will be notified by March 1, 2019.   Attendance at the DRES Awards Program and Reception on Thursday, April 25, 2019 at the I-Hotel and Conference Center from 6:00pm-8:00pm is mandatory for all recipients.

If you need the application in an alternate format, please contact Maureen Gilbert at mlgilbrt@illinois.edu.