Scholarship info and application

News! In December, 2023 the club's board voted to award an unprecidented $4,000 scholarship to a highly-deserving Houston-area High School Senior who has been accepted to study at UIUC in the fall of 2024! If you know any top Houston-area High School students considering attending UIUC beginning in the Fall of 2024, please notify them of our club's scholarship.  Learn about prior club scholarship winners here!

Each spring the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's (UIUC's) Admissions Department furnishes the club’s scholarship committee a list of accepted Houston-area rising Freshmen to UIUC. From that supplied list we send an invitation and form to apply for our club's scholarship. If you have questions, contact our scholarship chair, David Catalano, via


All Houston metro-area high school seniors who have been admitted to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are invited to apply for the Houston Illini Club's scholarship!


Please note that to qualify the student must:

  1. Have been accepted for admission to the freshman class at UIUC in the following fall;
  2. Have a permanent home address within the greater Houston metropolitan area, as defined by UIUC's Admissions Department;
  3. Be enrolled for full-time undergraduate study at UIUC at the time the award is paid, i.e. during the scholarship winner's freshman year;
  4. Neither be a direct dependent of a scholarship committee member, nor Houston Illini Club Officer.  

We encourage applications! Interested students should:

  1. By 5pm CST on May 24, 2024 please complete the following application form in its entirety via clicking on this 2024 application link (Google Form.)
  2. Email a scanned copy of your high school transcript, and your SAT and/or ACT scores (if taken) to
  3. Ensure that your High School Faculty Reference has e-mailed a letter of recommendation (200 words maximum) on your behalf to

View our gallery of our distinguished past Houston Illini Club scholarship recipients here! With any questions contact

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Our scholarship is funded by generous donations from our members, so please consider making a donation to our fund. As our club is dues-free your support is extrememely appreciated!

Meet The CommitteE

Scholarship Committee, 2023-2024:

Scholarship Chair: David Catalano
B.A., Communications (Minor in Music), UIUC, 2017


Ryan Almon
B.S., Journalism, UIUC, 1996


Brittany Badolato
B.S., Community Health, UIUC, 2011

Larry Burns
B.S., Architectural Studies, UIUC, '74 & M. Arch. '76
President: Jason Cables
B.S. Accounting, UIUC, 2000

Mike Davis
B.S., Aeronautical Engineering, UIUC, 1976


Alex Kosmala
M.S., Aerospace Engineering, UIUC, 1990

Bob Morgan
D.M.A., Music Composition, UIUC, 1974

Mark Ulrich

B.S., Chemical Engineering, UIUC, 1980