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August 22nd, 2021


Important Dates, Deadlines, & Reminders


Important upcoming academic deadlines:


Academic Deadlines:
Friday, September 3rd: Deadline to add a full semester course
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 DIA Job Fair

Illinois Promise and the DIA (Division of Intercollegiate Athletics) have teamed up (pardon the pun) to deliver the first-ever I-Promise EXCLUSIVE Job Fair!  The event will take place from 3-5 pm on Wednesday, August 25th in the Colonnades Club of Memorial Stadium and is ONLY for I-Promise Scholars (that's you!).
Attendees will enter the stadium through Gate 16 on the west side.

Multiple positions are available; interviews and job offers will take place on the spot, so come prepared by bringing your resume* and hiring documents.

(it's a required part of the university's hiring process--a photocopy is acceptable)

Many positions don't require previous experience, so don't hesitate to apply at the Job Fair!

Additionally, we'll have our friends from Public Affairs on-hand offering FREE professional headshots! 

*In need of a resume review or resources for putting together your resume? 
Check out the Career Center!

Link to the full list of available jobs on the flyer!

Illinois Promise Fall Kickoff
You won't wanna miss this!

Join the Illinois Promise council and staff for a day of fun. This is a great opportunity to meet your fellow Illinois Promise students and your Illinois Promise Coach! There will be free food, games, and even a Kona Ice Truck! 

When: Friday, August 27th, 2pm-4pm
Where: South Quad


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:



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

Informational Session (In-person): Thursday, September 2nd 3:30 pm-4:40 pm @ Illini Union Bookstore
Informational Session (Virtual): Friday, September 3rd 9:00 am -10:00 am
Workshop Session:  Friday, September 3rd 3:00 pm-4:00 pm @ Illini Union Bookstore
Deadline to apply: Tuesday, October 5, 2021

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

Get Involved!

Path to the Park Mentorship Program
UIUC Research Park

The Path to the Park Mentorship Programs' goal is to assist underrepresented students to find employment with Research Park companies. By participating in this program, you will help "close the gap" by increasing the number of minority professionals in the technology field.

What is it?
Mentorship by and networking with Research Park Professionals for freshman and sophomores, offering students a first-hand look into the Research Park, as a precursor to internship success. 

Why should you join?
UIRP mentees will get:
- Enhanced soft skills
- Resume reviews, mock interviews, goal setting, and more
- Preparation for future internships at Research Park and beyond

Deadline to apply: September 17th, 2021


Stay Connected!


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.