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Redbird Academic Scholarship

Offered by Illinois State University

Reviewed by Lisa FreedlandLast updated Aug 21, 2023
Multiple awards worth

$1,000 - $5,000

Grade level

High School Senior

Application deadline:

November 1, 2023

Scholarship Overview

The Redbird Academic Scholarship is automatically awarded to new, academically-talented domestic freshmen at Illinois State University. Freshmen who meet the criteria for the Redbird Academic Scholarship and apply for admission by Illinois State University’s priority deadline (November 1st for the Summer and Fall semesters) will be notified of their award by mid-November. The scholarship, awarding between $1,000 and $5,000 to eligible students per year, can be renewed for up to 3 years so long as students maintain a 2.75 GPA and continue to take at least 12 credit hours per semester. If you’re an academically-talented domestic freshman, apply to Illinois State University to be considered for this scholarship! Keep on reading to learn more.

About Illinois State University

Illinois State University's staff and students work as a diverse community of scholars with a commitment to fostering a small-college atmosphere with large-university opportunities. They work to promote the highest academic standards in our teaching, scholarship, public service and the connections they build among themselves. They devote all of their resources and energies to creating the most supportive and productive community possible to serve the citizens of Illinois and beyond.

Eligibility information

This scholarship is open to students meeting the below eligibility criteria.

Grade Level

High School Senior

Minimum GPA




Application information

Applicants need to submit their SAT or ACT score, in addition to the materials below, to apply.

Optional personal statement

Academic transcript


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Scholarship FAQ

When will the winner of this scholarship be announced?

The Redbird Academic Scholarship winner will be announced: November 15, 2023.

Who should I contact with any questions about this scholarship?

For any questions regarding this scholarship application, please contact Illinois State University at admis[email protected].

Is this scholarship renewable?

Yes, the Redbird Academic Scholarship is renewable.

Where can I find help writing my scholarship essay?

For help writing the essay component of this scholarship application, check out our guides How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay and How to Start a Scholarship Essay (With Examples).
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