This scholarship was established by Mark Bruker ('85, MS '87), Jeff Charnogorsky ('85), Bob Freitag ('84), Tom Pfeiff ('83), and Larry Apfelbaum ('83). The friendship these five built as students at Illinois State University has continued long past graduation. Each credits Illinois State University with providing a basis for the success he has enjoyed. Through the Redbird 5 Scholarship they seek to give back to the University that has given them so much. More importantly, the Redbird 5 Scholarship allows these men the opportunity to make a difference in the life of a current Illinois State University student by providing financial support to a student who might otherwise be unable to obtain an Illinois State University education.
Each candidate for the Redbird 5 Scholarship must meet the following criteria:
A single scholarship award will be deposited in the recipient’s Illinois State University account at the beginning of the fall semester to help cover educational expenses. The amount of the award will be equal to the fund balance which will depend on the annual gifts of the 5 sponsors (estimated $3,000).
Applications for the 2023-2024 school year are due to the College of Arts and Sciences office by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, February 3, 2023. Scholarships will be awarded after the 10th day of the start of fall semester 2023. You must be enrolled as a full-time student in the fall to be awarded a scholarship. Applications can be submitted to email@example.com with the name of the scholarship in the subject line or by bringing a copy to Room 141 in Stevenson Hall.