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September 5th, 2021


Important Dates, Deadlines, & Reminders

Important upcoming academic deadlines:

Academic Deadlines:
Monday, September 6th: Labor Day (No Classes)
Friday, September 17th: Last day to drop a first 8-week course without a W
Friday, October 15th: Last day to drop a full semester course without a W


Save the Dates!

Illinois Promise Exclusive Resource Fair

Stop by and learn all about the resources available to you! We will have representatives from The Office of Undergraduate Research, Pre-Law Advising, The Office of Student Finacial Aid, and so many more.  This is a drop-in/drop-out event, so stay as long as you'd like.

Want to study abroad but don't know the first steps?
We got you covered! Representatives from the Study Abroad office will be at this event!

Need information on how to fund your study abroad trip?
Talk to the Office of Student Financial Aid.

Wondering how to get involved in research and publish/present your work?
Check out the Office of Undergraduate Research.

Want to focus on your mental health this semester?
No problem! The Counseling Center will also be there!

And SO much more!

When: Thursday, September 23rd,  2-4 pm
Where: The Illini Union Ballroom



Recurring Events

Meet the Embedded Counselor

These days, it feels like everyone is feeling more stress than usual and may need some additional support from the Counseling Center. Each Monday, from 1-3 PM, Matilda Smith-Thompson, the embedded counselor in our office suite, is holding open Zoom hours for consultations.  No appointment needed, just jump in when you're available.

Zoom Link: https://illinois-phi.zoom.us/j/3256398050?pwd=R2h4dXR4dXVzcGw3b0V4N1REMDA1Zz09
Meeting ID: 325 639 8050
Passcode: 210939

FAFSA or General Financial Aid Questions? Meet with Lizzie from ISAC!
Have a question about FAFSA or general questions about financial aid? Check-in with Iris Medina from ISAC!  You can easily sign up for a 30-minute appointment here:


Mentors Matter!

Although ANY Illinois Promise Scholar can request a mentor, first-year Scholars are encouraged to do so.  Data shows that students who participate in the Illinois Promise Mentoring Program have higher first-year GPAs than those who opt-out. Want to learn more? Watch this video with real testimonies about the mentor match!

- Participate in a required Match Me meeting in the fall to prepare for the mentoring experience 
- Make a one-academic-year commitment and meet with your mentor for a minimum of one hour per month (though most mentors and mentees meet every other week)
- Complete a Statement of Intent together at your first meeting and sign and submit it to ipromise@illinois.edu  
- Have the chance to attend sponsored mentor/mentee events including a Mentor Appreciation celebration at the end of the spring term

Request a mentor match here:

If you have any questions about the mentorship program, reach out to Shanicka Burdine, Assistant Director, at burdine2@illinois.edu


Mental Health Help

WellTrack Now Available to YOU!

WellTrack, an app that offers a suite of online tools and courses to help students identify, understand and address mental health issues is now available. WellTrack employs aspects of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. It features a mood tracker, modules that teach students about managing anxiety and depression, and useful tools such as meditations and reminders for users to include enjoyable activities in their days.

Students can access the WellTrack app by downloading from Google Play or the App Store and then logging in with your Illinois email address and password.  WellTrack can also be accessed via the web at Illinois.WellTrack.com with your Illinois email and password. 

Mindwise Mental Health Screenings Provide Quick, Confidential Check-Ups

The Counseling Center offers Mindwise mental health screenings through its website. These quick, confidential assessments allow you to understand if feelings like prolonged sadness, anxiety, irritability, loss of pleasure, and/or hopelessness might actually be related to depression. 

Other screenings for generalized anxiety disorder, alcohol misuse, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder are also available. Participants will receive immediate results at the end of each screening to print and bring to a counselor for further discussion and evaluation if indicated. Please note that these screenings are to help you have an informed conversation with your counselor. They are not intended to be a clinical diagnosis.

To access the screenings, please visit our website.


Scholarship Opportunities & Scholar Resources

Gilman Scholarship

The Gilman International Scholarship Program is a need-based program for those who desire to study abroad. This scholarship provides $5,000 (plus up to a $3,000 supplement for critical languages) to study abroad for the summer, semester, or academic year. 

Eligibility Requirments:

  • U.S. citizen
  • Undergraduate
  • Pell Grant Recipient

Deadline to apply: Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Churchill Scholarship Information Session
Are you a STEM student interested in pursuing a Master’s Degree in a STEM field or in Public Policy at Cambridge University?

The Churchhill Scholarship provides STEM students the opportunity to study abroad at Cambridge University. If awarded the scholarship, you will get to study abroad for one year. Not only will you get to explore the beautiful scenery, learn about a new culture, but you will get to forge incredible friendships that could last a lifetime. At this information session, you will go over basic eligibility requirements, selection criteria, and the application process for the award. 

Eligibility Requirements:
- U.S Citizen
- In last year of undergraduate degree OR graduated in the last 12 months

When: Friday, Sept. 10, 2021, 3:00-4:00 p.m
Where: Illini union Bookstore Building Room 514

Deadline to apply: Monday, October 4th by noon

While only 16 scholarships nationwide are provided each year, the University of Illinois has had more recipients (20) than any other public institution. GO ILLINI!

GLOBE: Orange and Blue Engagement

GLOBE is a program that bridges Blue members (current university students) with Orange members (new university students) to enhance intercultural communication skills, leadership experience, and lifelong friendships, and “helps all students develop global awareness and cultural competency," as outlined in the strategic plan of the University of Illinois.

Requirements for Blue members:

  • Be a full-time student
  • MUST be in their second year at U of I or higher for undergrad; Graduate students MUST be in their second semester or higher at U of I.
  • Have at least a 2.7 GPA
  • Be involved in the campus community through extracurricular, part-time employment, volunteering, or other endeavors
  • Have a sincere interest in helping others and building friendships
  • Respect for cultural differences and an interest in learning about the needs of international students
  • Commit at least 1 hour per week throughout the one semester and be willing to commit more time at the beginning of the semester

    Blue members apply HERE

Requirements for Orange members:

  • Be an incoming student, in their first semester at U of I (unless as a returning Orange member).
  • Regularly communicate and meet with Blue members before and after arrival
  • Have a sincere interest in sharing one’s culture and building relationships
  • Have an Interest in getting involved in campus life
  • Commit at least 1 hour per week throughout the semester

    Orange members apply HERE
NEW Math and Statistics Student Support Center

Are you taking Math 112, Math 115, Math 220, Math 221, Math 231, Stat 212, or Stat 400? Need some help? The NEW Math and Statistics Student Support Senter (SSC) has on-site qualified teaching assistants and course assistants to help any student enrolled in the previously listed courses. This service is completely FREE to students!

- I-card (for check-in)
- Safer Illinois app with “Building Access Granted” status
- Facemasks

Where: Illini Hall Room 24
- Monday 10:00-12:00 and 1:00-4:00
- Tuesday 10:00-12:00 and 1:30-4:00
- Wednesday 10:00-12:00 and 1:00-4:00
- Thursday 11:00-12:00 and 1:00-4:00
- Friday 10:00-12:00
- Sunday 1:00-4:00

For more info, check out their website!


Get Involved!

The Career Center Workshops

Looking for a fun and easy way to learn more about career readiness? Look no further!  The Career Center is hosting several workshops this semester on many different useful topics! Check out the schedule and see what workshop piques your interest!

Career Fair Preparation: Tuesday, September 14, 5 – 6 p.m.
Finding an Internship: Thursday, September 16, 5 – 6 p.m
Acing Your Interview: Monday, September 20, 5 – 6 p.m.
Career Fair Preparation: Wednesday, September 22, 5 – 6 p.m.
Creating Your Powerful Cover Letter: Tuesday, October 12, 5 – 6 p.m


Want to attend the workshop, but cannot due to your schedule? 
Poof: Your wish is our command! Click here to watch recorded workshop sessions!

WE CU Community Engaged Scholars Orientation

Join a community of students interested in making a positive impact in the world with We CU Community Engaged ScholarsWhether you are already involved in service or you are interested in getting involved, We CU offers training, support, service opportunities with community partners, a chance to connect with like-minded peers and university recognition for your service. Learn more during the information on session at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 8. 
Register to receive connection details, a link to the recording and next steps for joining We CU: go.illinois.edu/wecuinfo. Questions?
Check our one-page handout with answers to frequently asked questions or contact 


Stay Connected!

Illinois Promise Coach

Be sure to keep in touch with your Promise Coach! We're committed to your success and promise to listen and support you throughout your Illinois experience (and beyond!).

Why should I contact my Promise Coach? Here are a few reasons!:

  • Academic/personal challenges
  • Career/professional development (jobs/internships/post-graduation employment)
  • Scholarship/funding questions
  • Degree completion
  • The pathways to graduate/professional schools
  • Self-advocacy/ navigating institutional policies and processes
  • Encouragement and advice  

Scheduling with Your Coach is Quick and Easy...


Kristine McCoskey, Interim Director
Scholars with last names starting with A-C & G – N, schedule a meeting with Kristine here:


Shanicka Burdine, Assistant Director
Scholars with last names starting with D-F & O – Z, schedule a meeting with Shanicka here:


If you have questions, or if you'd like to include an announcement or event in the next bulletin, please contact Lena Summers.