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Bailey Scholarship & Leadership Awards for Undergraduates

When can I submit an application?  Online applications for undergraduate scholarship and leadership awards will be available beginning November 7. The deadline to submit an application for the scholarship and leadership awards is February 7.
When will I be notified if I have been selected? Applicants will be notified in late April/early May as to whether or not they have been selected to receive a Bailey Scholarship.
How do I get a copy of my transcript?
You can request a copy of your official transcript from the U of I Office of the Registrar or check with your high school guidance counselor. If you are a current U of I student, you can order an electronic copy of your transcript and directly upload it to your application.
For more information, visit the Registrar Transcript Site. If your high school does not offer an electronic transcript option, use a scanner to create a pdf of your transcript or contact Kasey Umland, Bailey Scholarship Director at (217) 337-1514 for more options.
DON'T wait until the last minute. It takes the Office of the Registrar approximately 5 days to process your request. The YMCA will give a 10 day grace period after the deadline to receive transcripts but you don't want all of your hard work to be wasted because you did not order a transcript!
Am I eligible for a Bailey award if I plan to graduate this fall?
Yes, you may apply for a Bailey Scholarship even if you will not be enrolled in the spring.  However, the Bailey Scholarship award is divided amongst two semesters so you would only receive ½ of the total award possible (i.e. $1500 for one semester if you are chosen for a scholarship or $2500 if you are chosen for the Bailey Leadership award.)
Is there a minimum GPA requirement?
There is no minimum GPA required to be eligible as a Bailey Scholar or Fellow. However, academic achievement is considered in evaluating applications.
Is there an income requirement?
There is no income requirement to be eligible as a Bailey Fellow. However, financial need is considered in evaluating applications.
Who evaluates my application?
Bailey Readers are the volunteers responsible for selecting Bailey Scholars. They are made of University YMCA board members, Y alumni, community leaders and activists, and University of Illinois faculty and staff. To learn more about volunteer opportunities with the Bailey program, email bailey@universityymca.org or call (217) 337-1514.
How can I access the involvement report form?
The involvement report can be found as an editable pdf or as a google doc here. To download the google doc, click the link and select File>Download As>Word.
Who should I ask to be a reference?
A good reference should be familiar with your involvement and impact in your community. References can be an advisor, an instructor, a fellow organization member, a volunteer supervisor, a community leader, or anyone else who can speak to your character, passions, leadership, and how you are making a difference.
How can I apply for the Leadership award?
All undergraduate students who will graduate during the upcoming academic year are automatically considered for the leadership award.  You do not need to fill out a separate application. 
I received a Bailey scholarship previously.
Can I still apply?
Students who received a Bailey Scholarship may reapply for the scholarship. If you plan to gradate during the upcoming year, you may also apply for a Bailey Leadership Award. For more information, contact Kasey Umland, Bailey Scholarship Director at baileyscholar@universityymca.org or call (217) 337-1514.

Bailey Fellowship Awards for Graduate & Professional Students


When can I submit an application? The fellowship application for graduate and professional students will be available beginning December 15. The deadline to submit a fellowship application is February 15.
When will I be notified if I have been selected?  Fellowship applicants will be notified of the committee's final awards decisions by April 15.
How do I get a copy of my transcript?
You can request a copy of your official transcript from the U of I Office of the Registrar or check with your high school guidance counselor. If you are a current U of I student, you can order an electronic copy of your transcript and directly upload it to your application.
For more information, visit the Registrar Transcript Site. If your undergraduate institution does not offer an electronic transcript option, use a scanner to create a pdf of your transcript or contact Kasey Umland, Bailey Scholarship Director at (217) 337-1514 for more options.
DON'T wait until the last minute. It takes the Office of the Registrar approximately 5 days to process your request. The YMCA will give a 10 day grace period after the deadline to receive transcripts but you don't want all of your hard work to be wasted because you did not order a transcript!
Am I eligible for a Bailey award if I plan to graduate this fall?
Yes, you may apply for a Bailey Fellowship even if you will not be enrolled in the spring.  However, the Bailey Scholarship award is divided amongst two semesters so you would only receive ½ of the total award possible (i.e. $6300 for the fall semester)
Is there a minimum GPA requirement?
There is no minimum GPA required to be eligible as a Bailey Fellow. However, academic achievement is considered in evaluating applications.
Is there an income requirement?
There is no income requirement to be eligible as a Bailey Fellow. However, financial need is considered in evaluating applications.
Who evaluates my application?
The Bailey Committee appoints a special Fellowship Selection Committee each spring. This committee is made up of University YMCA board members, Y alumni, community leaders and activists, and University of Illinois faculty and staff. To learn more about volunteer opportunities with the Bailey program, email bailey@universityymca.org or call (217) 337-1514.
Who should I ask to be a reference?
A good reference should be familiar with your involvement and impact in your community. References can be an advisor, an instructor, a fellow organization member, a volunteer supervisor, a community leader, or anyone else who can speak to your character, passions, leadership, and how you are making a difference.
I received a Bailey award previously.
Can I still apply?
Students who have received a Bailey Fellowship may NOT reapply for the fellowship.  Students who received a Bailey award as an undergraduate are eligible to apply as a graduate or professional student at UIUC for the fellowship.


International Service Travel Scholarships for Undergraduates

When can I submit an application?  Applications will be reviewed by the Bailey Scholarship committee during two application periods: Application Period 1 (October 14 – November 13), and Application Period 2 (February 15 – March 18). 
When will I be notified if I have been selected? Candidates who apply during Application Period 1 will be notified in early December.  Candidates who apply during Application Period 2 will receive notification in mid-April.
Can I apply for funding for my study abroad program?
Only travel with a strong service component will be considered for this scholarship.  If your study abroad program includes a volunteer project, you may apply. 
Am I eligible for a Bailey award if I am going to graduate at the end of the term?
You must be enrolled as a University of Illinois student during your dates of travel. If you will graduate in May, you are not eligible for the following summer or fall but you would be eligible to travel during the spring semester.  
Is there a minimum GPA requirement?
There is no minimum GPA required to apply. However, academic achievement is considered in evaluating applications.
Is there an income requirement?
There is no income requirement to be eligible to apply. However, financial need is considered in evaluating applications.
Who evaluates my application?
The Bailey Committee appoints a special selection committee for these awards each year. This committee is made up of University YMCA board members, Y alumni, community leaders and activists, and University of Illinois faculty and staff. To learn more about volunteer opportunities with the Bailey program, email bailey@universityymca.org or call (217) 337-1514.
What is the role of the faculty/staff sponsor?
The faculty sponsor helps the student develop learning goals for the project and provides a letter of support to help the committee evaluate the student’s qualifications for the program.  For more information on the role of the faculty sponsor, download the faculty sponsor information sheet here.
Who should I ask to be my faculty/staff sponsor?
Your faculty sponsor should be knowledgeable about the project you are going to be working on when you arrive in your host community.  Your sponsor might be an instructor who studies the country or issue you are working with, a student organization advisor, or an expert in international service learning. 
I received a Bailey scholarship previously. Can I still apply?
Students who received a Bailey Scholarship may also apply for the international service travel award.  However, each student may only receive one travel award while enrolled as a University of Illinois undergraduate.  


Bailey Unpaid Internship Scholarship for Undergraduates

When can I submit an application?  Applications will be reviewed by the Bailey Scholarship committee during two application periods: Spring (October 14 – November 13), and Summer/Fall (February 15 – April 18). 
When will I be notified if I have been selected? Spring applicants will be notified in early December.  Summer/Fall applicants will receive notification in early May. 
Am I eligible if I am receiving course credit for the internship?/ Do I have to be enrolled the semester of my internship? Internships may be for credit or no credit, but all interns must have a faculty sponsor/supervisor.  Students completing internships that are part of an academic program’s graduation requirements (community health practicum, social work internship, student teaching, etc.) are not eligible to receive the Bailey Internship Scholarship.  We highly encourage students in these programs to consider applying for Bailey undergraduate scholarship, due February 7.  For more information on the Bailey Undergraduate Scholarship program, click here: http://www.universityymca.org/bailey/scholarship_awards.html

If you will graduate in May, you are not eligible for the following summer or fall but you would be eligible to travel during the spring semester.  
What kinds of internships will you fund?
Internship activities that are eligible for funding: program development; fundraising; projects; generating marketing plans; designing posters; conducting studies and surveys; developing presentations; creating social media sites; preparing budgets and financial reports & more!

Internship activities that are ineligible for funding: primarily administrative responsibilities such as mailings, data entry, etc.; internships at for-profit businesses (except where exemptions are granted by the Bailey Scholarship committee); internships without clear learning opportunities; internships without supervision/mentorship; student teaching, internships, and other activities that are required for graduation
Am I eligible for a Bailey award if I am going to graduate at the end of the term?
You must be enrolled as a University of Illinois student in good standing during your dates of internship. If you will graduate in May, you are not eligible for the following summer or fall but you would be eligible to travel during the spring semester.  
Is there a minimum GPA requirement?
There is no minimum GPA required to apply. However, academic achievement is considered in evaluating applications.
Is there an income requirement?
There is no income requirement to be eligible to apply. However, financial need is considered in evaluating applications.
Who evaluates my application?
The Bailey Committee appoints a special selection committee for these awards each year. This committee is made up of University YMCA board members, Y alumni, community leaders and activists, and University of Illinois faculty and staff.  To learn more about volunteer opportunities with the Bailey program, email bailey@universityymca.org or call (217) 337-1514.
What is the role of the faculty/staff sponsor?
The faculty sponsor helps the student develop learning goals for the project and provides a letter of support to help the committee evaluate the student’s qualifications for the internship.  The faculty sponsor must also approve the internship job description and sign off on evaluations of the student provided by the site sponsor.  For more information on the role of the faculty sponsor, download the faculty sponsor information sheet here.
Who should I ask to be my faculty/staff sponsor?
Your faculty sponsor should be knowledgable about the field you are going to be working in. Your sponsor might be an instructor from your major, an academic advisor,  or a student organization advisor. 
I received a Bailey scholarship previously. Can I still apply?
Students who received a Bailey Scholarship may also apply for the unpaid internship scholarship.  However, each student may only receive one internship award while enrolled as a University of Illinois undergraduate.  

 

 

 

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