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Scholarships and Funding

Transportation-focused students have a number of scholarship and funding options available via UTC and external sources.

George Krambles Transportation Scholarship Heading link

The Krambles scholarship program has been managed by the UTC since 2006. It is awarded to UIC students who have demonstrated a commitment to public transportation through scholarship and a desire to launch a career in the industry. Applications are open in fall and recipients are announced at the UTC and CUPPA Alumni Association reception during the Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board.

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Joe DiJohn Memorial Fund Scholarship Heading link

Named in honor of a former UTC senior researcher and the first executive director of the Pace suburban bus network, the DiJohn Fund recognizes a CUPPA student who has excelled academically and advanced professionally in transportation. Recipients are selected by UTC and CUPPA research faculty.

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The Darl Hall Scholarship Fund Heading link

This scholarship honors the life of Darl Hall, whose passion for all things freight and passenger rail, and decades spent as a model train repairman, inspired his daughter to pursue a PhD in urban planning with a focus on transportation.  The scholarship awards $1,000 annually to a student in the Urban Transportation Center who is pursuing an advanced degree (Masters, PhD, or certificate) in Urban Planning and Policy.

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Other Funding Opportunities

The Gao-Zhang Graduate Fellowship Fund Heading link

The Gao-Zhang Graduate Fellowship Fund provides a fellowship to an Urban Planning and Policy graduate student every school year. The fellowship offers the student recipient a research assistantship and a full tuition waiver for the school year.

This fund was created in 2019 with a gift from alumni Amy Gao and Shawn Zhang, both of whom attended the MUPP graduate program with a fellowship in 1999.  Amy and Shawn contribute their success to their education in UIC CUPPA and established the Fellowship as an endowment to promote innovative use of technology in urban planning.

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