Verdell Frazier Young Awards for Women

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Verdell Frazier Young Awards for Women

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The Verdell Frazier Young Award was established to assist womxn who have had an interruption in pursuing a college degree. Awards are available for Fall, Spring and Summer. Individual applicants can be awarded for two semesters within a given degree program. The application is currently open and accepting rolling applications. 

Award Eligibility Requirements:

  • There must be at least one year interruption in the educational process with priority given to applicants with a two or more year interruption. The interruption can occur at any point in the educational career.
  • Priority for awards will be given to undergraduate students.
  • All currently enrolled students are eligible regardless of citizenship or in-state status. 
  • All continuing students must have a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.75; each student must include a copy of their transcript or grade report.
  • Students will be eligible for the awards no more than 2 semesters per degree (including summer terms).
  • All students must submit a copy of their Financial Aid Award Letter; financial criteria will help to determine the amount of the award.
  • A fully completed application and interview will be required for all applicants.
  • Students must be enrolled at the University of Illinois - Urbana campus during the award period. Enrollment may be full or part time.

How to Apply

Applications may be submitted via the online form here. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and potential recipients will be invited to a brief, in-person interview. Note: You will be notified by Women's Center staff if you are selected for an interview. 

Additional questions can be directed to the Women's Resources Center at or (217) 333-3137.