James T. Hill Scholarship

In recognition of James T. Hill's long and outstanding service to the University and his personal commitment to the professional development of UMB employees, a $2,000 educational scholarship is presented annually to a deserving employee.

The scholarship may be used to support employee development expenses related to vocational and trade schools, colleges and universities, and specialty training.

Who is eligible? 

  • Staff members are encouraged to apply.
  • Staff employees with a minimum of two years' continuous employment at the time of application.
  • Regular full-time exempt or nonexempt employees.

Award criteria 

  • History of demonstrated professional development activities.
  • Supervisor approval of your scholarship application.

Application process 

  • Complete the James T. Hill Scholarship application packet.
  • Provide a letter of recommendation from your supervisor.
  • Submit an optional recommendation letter from a personal reference.
  • Submit an essay describing your past and planned development goals, as they relate to your career goals.
  • Submit certificates, transcripts, and other supporting documentation.

How is the winner selected? 

By an internal review committee representing various campus departments managed by Human Resource Services.

Award timeline and frequency 

This is an annual award. Scholarship applications will be available in October 2024 and must be submitted by January 31, 2025. Award winners will be notified early spring. 

What does the winner receive? 

  • $2,000 check.
  • Certificate signed by the UMB President.
  • Engraved award.
  • Announcement in The Elm.
  • Recognition at the Annual Service Awards luncheon.