The Eugertha Bates Memorial Award (EBMA)

Eugertha Bates Memorial Award (for humanitarian commitment) The Eugertha Bates Memorial Award (EBMA) honors a student whose volunteer activities in a campus or community setting demonstrate an outstanding degree of caring dedication, selfless commitment, and a truly exceptional humanitarian contribution to the needs of others. Nominations for this award must include a detailed description of the uniqueness and significance of the nominee's humanitarian service and the impact on the campus/community through his/her episodic or ongoing service.

Eugertha Bates was a UIC Civil Service support staff employee who dedicated her University career to working with students.  Mama Bates, as she was affectionately known, could always be found in the Student Information Network (SINC) ready to lend an ear, give advice, or even bus fare to a UIC student.  She died in December 1989 after a lengthy illness.   The UIC Staff Advisory Council established the Eugertha Bates Memorial Award in 1990.  The award is a memorial to Eugertha Bates, her dedication to UIC students, support staff, and the campus community.

The Eugertha Bates Memorial Award is awarded to a UIC Freshman or a continuing, full-time undergraduate student at UIC registered for at least 12 hours per semester, whose parent or parents are full-time UIC Civil Service Employee(s). Preference will be given to a student continuing to study at UIC after Spring (NOT GRADUATING). The amount of the scholarship varies ($100 - $400) which shall be awarded to one student.


  1. Applicant's parent or legal guardian must be a full-time employee on the support staff at UIC;
  2. Must be a continuing full-time undergraduate student (not graduating);
  3. Applicant must have a 2.5 GPA and, if a freshman, be ranked in the top 10 percent of his/her high school graduating class
  4. Must have two letters of recommendation once it has been confirmed that you are being considered for this award.

To apply, please complete the online application to apply. Application deadline varies. Please contact the Office of Special Scholarship Programs for more information.