President's Award Program

A Scholarship Program for Campus Diversity

The President’s Award Program is the most prestigious scholarship at the University of Illinois. The program was created in 1985 to recognize and award students graduating from Illinois high schools who have demonstrated outstanding academic performance and who represent the rich diversity of the State of Illinois.

At the University of Illinois at Chicago, the President’s Award scholarship is offered as an expression of our commitment to having these talented students join the UIC community. The PAP award is merit-based and starts at $5,000 per year as determined by the categories of PAP Scholars and PAP Honors. The scholarship may be renewed annually and is available for a maximum of four years (eight semesters).

Only newly admitted first-year students will be considered. Scholarship consideration is also based on a combination of factors including high school record, standardized test scores, and a comprehensive review of all application materials. Additionally, candidates must be from one from the following: (a) a low-sending Illinois county to the University of Illinois, (b) a family that is not expected to contribute to the cost of their dependent student’s education as verified through the financial aid application process or (c) a historically underrepresented group.

Consideration for PAP awards begins after a student is admitted to the university. Students do not apply directly to the program and there are no supplemental forms or materials to submit. Students meeting the stated criteria receive an individual review by the President’s Award Program selection committee and will be notified by mail.

Out-of-state students, transfer students and continuing students are not eligible for consideration.

A Campus-Wide Program for Academic Excellence

PAP Scholars Program

The PAP Scholars Program is a four-year scholarship program that promotes student success and academic excellence in collaboration with the entire UIC community. PAP Scholars participate in the PAP Academy which is comprised of Summer College and a First Year Experience. In addition, students are encouraged to participate in many opportunities, such as undergraduate research, a study abroad experience, specialized seminars facilitated by faculty liaisons, and career and graduate/professional school preparation.

PAP Honors Scholars Program

The PAP Honors Scholars Program is a four-year residential scholarship program that provides opportunities for academic engagement and mentoring as a member of the UIC Honors College. The PAP Honors Scholars Program promotes academic excellence within and beyond the Honors College community, connects students with Honors College Faculty Fellows and other faculty members, and fosters civic engagement and leadership. The Honors College provides a collaborative and supportive educational environment that allows students to explore issues in depth through small classes and specialized research projects. The scholarship covers four years of tuition and housing, a week-long Summer College orientation program, and a new laptop computer. Students must apply separately to the Honors College for consideration. To learn more about the Honors College, go to

PAP STEM Initiative

The PAP STEM Initiative supports PAP Scholars majoring in STEM disciplines to join a network with their peers and faculty in the UIC community of scientists and engineers. Students do research and develop a professional network. They enhance their experience at UIC through faculty seminars, classmate interactions, and the option to live in a residential living-learning community on campus, while preparing for graduate school. PAP Scholars majoring in a STEM discipline (biochemistry, biological sciences, chemistry, computer sciences, earth and environmental sciences, engineering, mathematics, neuroscience, or physics), who are interested in conducting research in science and pursuing graduate education in their STEM field are invited to join PAP STEM. More information is available at


Aisha Pleasant
Interim Director
President's Award Program
Phone: (312) 996-6421
Keila Valle
Program Coordinator
President's Award Program
Phone: (312) 996-6421