Scholarship Overview

The University of Illinois Alumni Association awarded the Houston Illini Club the "110% Award" for the Club's Scholarship Program (2013)!



In June of 2017, the Houston Illini Club is pleased to announce that it has awarded its scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to Bellaire High School’s John “Jack” Lillig. Jack will begin his studies in Business at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign beginning this fall. In high school, Jack was the team captain of his high school soccer team and played at Houston Express Soccer Club. He was also starting kicker for his high school football team during his senior year. Jack is a volunteer at Friends of Down Syndrome, where he mentors adults with Down syndrome and assists in both academic and athletic development. In addition, Jack is an AP Scholar, graduated with honors, was a member of the National Honor Society and participated in numerous extra-curricular activities both at Bellaire High School and at his previous school in Australia, where he lived before transferring to Bellaire his sophomore year. In Australia, he played on the soccer team, as well as on the rugby and volleyball teams and ran cross country. He also presented with his school’s robotics program at Queensland University of Technology. 

Each spring the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's (UIUC's) Admissions Department provides the Houston Illini Club a list of all Houston area high school seniors who have been accepted to UIUC. In early April the Committee sent each such individual an e-mail with our congratulations of their acceptance to Illinois, and our encouragement to complete the club's scholarship application. The club intends to award ia $1,000 scholarship based on applications sent by the May 6, 2017 deadline, with our award determined based on academic accomplishment and leadership credentials. If you know any top Illinois-bound high school students please encourage them to apply!

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. Have been 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. Not be a direct dependent of any of the below listed scholarship committee members, nor of a Houston Illini Club Officer.  

Scholarship Committee: 

Scholarship Chair: Ryan Almon
B.S., Journalism, UIUC, 1996

Communications: Mark Ulrich
B.S., Chemical Engineering, UIUC, 1980

Treasurer: Larry Burns
B.S., Architectural Studies, UIUC, '74 & M. Arch. '76
Mike Davis
B.S., Aeronautical Engineering, UIUC, 1976

Michael S. Hopkins
B.S., Aerospace Engineering, UIUC, 1991

Alex Kosmala
M.S., Aerospace Engineering, UIUC, 1990
Events: Brittany Kusay
B.S., Community Health, UIUC, 2011

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