Renée Romano Student Leadership Scholarship

About This Award

Dr. Renée Romano served as Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 2006–2017. During that time, her dedication to the learning experience of students outside the classroom at the University of Illinois, and her relentless commitment to diversity and inclusion, experiential learning, and leadership opportunities left an indelible mark on this campus. Her initiatives created a sense of belonging and a community ethic of care, while building real world skills, that support the academic mission of the University.

The Renée Romano Student Leadership Scholarship recognizes an undergraduate student who exemplifies authentic leadership and has contributed a personal legacy of impact, especially with programs, projects, efforts, or activities that benefits women students and contributes to a campus community ethic of care, much like Dr. Romano during her tenure at Illinois.

The Renée Romano Student Leadership Scholarship is supported by Student Affairs alumni in part by the Esther Caldwell and Ruth Caldwell Hussey Fund in honor of Vice Chancellor Romano.

The recognition includes a scholarship and will be applied directly to the student's financial aid package. Seniors will receive the scholarship applied to their financial aid package spring semester; sophomores and juniors will receive per semester stipend for the upcoming academic year.

This scholarship is for any undergraduate student.

Nominators, please address the following in your nomination:

  1. Describe in detail why and how you feel the nominee has exemplified authentic leadership and has contributed to a personal legacy of impact for students on campus.
  2. Describe in detail, with specific example(s), how the nominee’s leadership has contributed to a campus community ethic of care.
  3. Describe in detail, with specific example(s), the nominee’s leadership experience with programs, projects, efforts, or activities that benefit women (including women-identifying) students.