Office of Advancement


Alumni and friends invest in our School annually by making gifts to benefit students, faculty, and programs, but what is the return on your investment?

Ask students who benefit from financial assistance for tuition, books, career development, travel, awards, and alumni engagement opportunities. Donor support assists students in need of financial assistance and maintains the excellence of our top-ranked programs (both on campus and online). Thanks to your help, our graduates become leaders in the field who benefit their communities, the nation, and the world. We urge you to renew your annual support today.

Gifts in Action

Scholarship provides support to future school librarian


Emily Adams, current recipient of the iSchool's Herbert R. and Laura Beth Hearsey Scholarship, is a master's student in the K-12 program. Growing up on a farm close to Sullivan, Illinois, she considered going into agriculture or teaching, but she wasn’t sure which one to choose. After shadowing her cousin Holly Pantle (MS '09) on the job, Adams decided to become a school librarian.

The University of Illinois was her top choice for graduate school because of its number one ranked MS degree in library and information science, in-state tuition, and her cousin's strong endorsement.

Adams is grateful for the financial support she has received from the School and especially donors like Herbert and Laura Hearsey.

"I've been able to earn enough scholarships and save enough money that I didn’t have to take out any student loans, so I'll be graduating from college debt free," said Adams. "This could not have happened without the scholarships and foundations that were established by many generous people, and I am extremely grateful for their support."

Contact Us

jgengler-sq.jpgThe Office of Advancement is proud to serve the needs of our School's alumni, students, faculty, and friends. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions. 

Jill Gengler, Director of Alumni Affairs
Phone: (217) 300-5746
ischool-advancement [at]