Bob Byars Scholarship for First-Generation College Students

Bob Byars was an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science from 1968 to 1975.  He enjoyed the solidarity and support of many students and colleagues at Illinois during his struggle to gain tenure in the department.  Some 25-30 years later, he resumed contact with several former students who had succeeded in a variety of fields, who pooled their resources for a need-based scholarship fund for first-generation college students in political science at the University of Illinois.

Learn more about the history behind the creation of the Bob Byars Scholarship for First Generation College Students.


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