Couple helps students transfer to U of I with scholarship


CHAMPAIGN COUNTY, Ill. (WCIA) — A husband and wife, who are also professors, at the U of I are creating a scholarship for students who transfer from community colleges.

The couple, James Gallaher and Eboni- Zamani-Gallaher said they created this scholarship because James went to a community college before attending the U of I. He is now the executive director of strategic initiatives for Illinois Human Resources and a clinical assistant professor in the College of Education. Eboni is a professor in the College as well as the director of the Office of Community College Research and Leadership and executive director of the Council for the Study of Community Colleges.

The idea first sparked when Eboni looked at the number of community college students within the University of Illinois. Numbers were low for those who transferred from community colleges– and she wanted to change that. “The way in which tuition has outpaced inflation, college access is becoming more elusive for many families. “Even community college students are finding it difficult on occasion with that being the best priced option for post secondary so we wanted to provide arm ramps to Illinois”

The scholarship opened at the beginning of the month. Students can apply on the university’s website in the Undergraduate Graduate Student Awards section. Officials said the recipient of this scholarship will be announced at a virtual banquet in November.

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