Programs & Initiatives

Illinois Student Council has a rich history of creating programs and initiatives on campus.

ISC Leadership Initiative (ILI)

ILI (ISC Leadership Initiative) is a program developed by the Illinois Student Council dedicated to fostering personal growth, nurturing leadership skills, and facilitating connections within the campus and the broader Champaign-Urbana community. Through ILI, you'll gain an insider's perspective on ISC while exploring your capacity to contribute positively.

Check back for the launch of the 2024-2025 ILI Information Sessions.

iClicker Loan Program

The iClicker Loan Program began in the early 2000s to assist students in acquiring iClickers for classes. Today, the program is coordinated by the Office of Minority Student Affairs (OMSA). Priority for iClicker distribution is provided in the following order: iPromise Scholars, TRIO Students, then any student on a first-come-first-serve basis. Requests for iClicker can be made through Brian Becker, OMSA Academic Outreach Advisor, at

HOPE Scholarship

The Helping Others’ Personal Excellence (HOPE) Scholarship is a student-initiated fee that provides funds for students who demonstrate financial need yet do not otherwise qualify for financial aid. Illinois Student Council and I-CAUSE created and implemented this scholarship in 2020. This scholarship fund—a commitment by students, for students—is intended to help alleviate some of the burdens that come with attaining higher education.

Click here for more information about the HOPE Scholarship.

Teaching Excellence Award

The Illinois Student Council Teaching Excellence Award is an opportunity for students to recognize and thank excellent instructors for their hard work and commitment to the mission of the University. Any instructor may be nominated, from Teaching Assistants to Full Professors. Recipients will be selected and contacted in late March. Nominators and nominees will be invited to attend the Provost's Celebration of Teaching Excellence in April.

Check back, as we'll post the nomination form link soon.

U of I System Day in the Illinois Capitol

Day in the Illinois Capitol is an excellent opportunity for any student to engage in advocacy and meet with state legislators and staff on state priorities. Hosted by the University of Illinois System and coordinated by ISC, you'll learn about lobbying and policymaking.

Application Closes on Friday, February 23

Interested in attending? Complete the application by clicking here. ISC will prepare you for the trip, and all expenses are covered!