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2021 Laurette Kirstein Scholarship Application

The Office of International Services is pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 Laurette Kirstein Scholarship for UIC International Students. Each of the six winners was chosen by a panel of judges from a competitive applicant pool to receive a $5,000 (pre-tax) award in the form of a student account credit for tuition, books, and living expenses. The group represents six different countries and academic disciplines from across the University. While diverse in background, each winner has demonstrated a commitment to academic excellence and a desire to use their education for positive social change. Please join us in congratulating the winners!

Shayan Assaie-Ardakany – Medicine

Edidiong Essien – Biotechnology

Manead Khin – Pharmaceutical Sciences

Carina Martinez – Chemical Engineering

Jihyun Song – Finance

Shweta Srinivasan – Computer Science


Laurette Kirstein Scholarship



Professor Kirstein began her career with the University of Illinois in 1946 teaching English at Navy Pier. She went on to found the Office of International Services in 1961 and served as its director until her retirement in 1993. She was known for her tireless dedication to helping international students, faculty and staff with their transitions to both a new country and a new university. The Laurette Kirstein Foreign Student Fund, created through a generous gift from Professor Kirstein’s estate, continues her legacy by providing scholarship support for international students.


The Laurette Kirstein Scholarship recognizes students who display academic excellence and meet the following requirements:

  • An international student* currently enrolled full-time at UIC pursuing either an undergraduate or graduate degree
  • A minimum UIC cumulative GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Must have completed at least one semester of coursework at UIC at the time of application

*The term "international student" encompasses any student enrolled at UIC who is neither a U.S. citizen nor a permanent resident, who holds a valid non-immigrant visa status, and is maintaining his/her status.  In addition to those individuals who entered the U.S. on student visas, this population includes students in dependent status who are eligible to enroll full-time in an academic program.

Application Process

The Office of International Services typically awards the scholarship once a year during the spring semester. Around February the OIS website is updated and an email is sent to the UIC international community announcing the availability of updated application details, including materials, process, and deadlines. Outside the application window, students may send questions about the scholarship to


Additional Scholarship Assistance at UIC

The UIC Office of External Fellowships (OEF) assists current UIC undergraduate and professional school students in searching and applying for nationally competitive scholarships, fellowships, and external scholarship awards. They provide information about available awards, advice on application preparation, and assistance throughout the scholarship application process. OEF services are available to current UIC undergraduate and professional students only. UIC graduate students (master's and PhD) are encouraged to visit the GraduateCollege webpage on funding your education.