Help us reach 1,000 new members

As Illini Athletics charges forward, it is your involvement in the I FUND that will determine how far we go.

Our I FUND has a sole purpose - to pay the scholarships and fund the academic support services for our 450 student-athletes. Every year those expenses total more than $12 million. Currently, the I FUND only covers about $7 million of that total, but we need the I FUND to pay it all. We need your help to get there.

All it takes is one gift, of any amount, every year, to make a difference. Now is the time for you to join the most loyal and passionate fans in a movement to build a championship athletics program.

The I FUND provides financial resources for Fighting Illini Athletics. That support directly impacts the ability of our coaches and student-athletes to compete at the highest level and represent the university on a national stage.

The University of Illinois prides itself on being one of the world’s great academic institutions. The I FUND and Fighting Illini Athletics are committed to providing the resources and services necessary for our student-athletes to earn a four-year degree and engage in career advancement opportunities that will prepare them to be leaders long after their athletics careers have ended.


As the cost of student-athlete scholarships continue to rise, the more important your involvement becomes. The single largest expense the athletics department will pay to the university is over $12 million in tuition, room and board, books, and cost of living expenses for student-athletes.

Academic Excellence

The Irwin Academic Services Center is a great example of how support of the I FUND impacts all 500 Illini student-athletes. Located in the center of campus, the Irwin Academic building serves all student-athletes, providing them with classrooms, private learning spaces, tutoring services, computer labs, and access to academic counselors.

Career Development

Fighting Illini student-athletes participate in a variety of career development seminars. Professional networking, resume workshops, professional speaker series, and job shadow program are some of the opportunities that are made available to all student-athletes in support of their professional development.

Personal Development

As important as your I FUND support is to the student-athlete's performance in the classroom and on the field, it also impacts the services available for their spiritual and emotional needs. Fighting Illini student-athletes are afforded the opportunity to attend a variety of lifestyle seminars during their collegiate experience, helping them enhance their future following athletics. Among the seminars offered are those in career placement, financial planning, time and stress management, sexual harassment, drug and alcohol education and player/agent relations.

Coaching is critical to on-field success. Your gift to the I FUND frees up resources that the department of athletics can use to retain and attract the best coaches available to lead our teams.

Before the nation’s best and brightest student-athletes are competing for us, we are competing for them. Gifts to the I FUND have a direct impact on the ability of our coaching staffs to travel coast to coast in pursuit of the next class elite student-athletes that will represent the University of Illinois and compete for national and conference championships.

In addition to serving student-athletes and creating a championship athletics department, your I FUND support makes you a part of an elite group of Fighting Illini fans. In return for your commitment to excellence, the I FUND provides you with special benefits ranging from exclusive invitations to travel with teams to away games and private social events with the athletics director, to premium seating and parking opportunities at Memorial Stadium or State Farm Center.


By providing the resources necessary to fund student-athlete scholarships, your gift to the I FUND allows us to invest in other areas that help build a championship athletics program. Below are some examples of how your I FUND scholarship support helps other areas of the athletics department.

Loyalty Circle

$50,000 Platinum – Annual out-of-state scholarship
$30,000 Gold – Annual in-state scholarship
$15,000 Silver – One year of in-state tuition
$10,000 Bronze – Room and board

Block I - $6,000

Supports one full year of professional development programming for all student-athletes.

Olympian - $3,000

Provides one student-athlete with a full cost of attendance stipend for one academic year.

Oskee - $1,000

Covers the annual cost of books for one Illini student-athlete.

Champion - $500

Covers the average cost of a cross country recruiting trip for an Illini coach.

All-American - $250

Helps provide sports nutrition services through the Illini Fuel program.

Captains - $100

Assists in offsetting the cost of private academic tutoring.

Illini Nation - $50

Ensures Illini student-athletes have a world-class experience.